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10:11 am
Fri July 24, 2015

It's Pie And Beer (And Pioneer) Day In Utah!

A statue of Mormon pioneer leader Brigham Young at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
DOUGLAS C. PIZAC ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 11:01 am

July 24th is Pioneer Day in Utah, honoring the arrival of Brigham Young and other Mormon settlers at Salt Lake Valley in 1847. State offices and banks are closed, employees have the day off, and there are parades and fireworks throughout the state.

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The Salt
10:10 am
Fri July 24, 2015

The Gene For Sweet: Why We Don't All Taste Sugar The Same Way

"It now pays to get a lot of pleasure out of a little bit of sugar," says Danielle Reed, a scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center.
Ryan Kellman NPR

Sugar gives the human brain much pleasure. But not everyone revels in cupcakes with an inch of frosting, or milkshakes blended with candy bars, though these crazily sugary treats are increasingly the norm.

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The Two-Way
9:48 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Two Teachers Hailed As Heroes In Louisiana Shooting

A screenshot of a fundraising page for teachers Jena Meaux and Ali Martin, who are being hailed as heroes for their actions in Thursday's theater attack.
NPR

The actions of two teachers who were in a Louisiana movie theater when a gunman opened fire Thursday night are being praised, as officials say the women's bravery and quick thinking saved the lives of unsuspecting patrons.

Two people were killed in the attack in Lafayette, La.; nine more were injured. After being cornered by police, the gunman, identified as John Russel Houser, 59, reportedly killed himself.

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Goats and Soda
9:42 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Carnations, Coffee And Denim: A Look At Kenya's Top Ten Exports

Beans are picked at a coffee cooperative in Embu, Kenya.
Ute Grabowsky Photothek via Getty Images

Arriving in his father's homeland, President Barack Obama has business on his mind.

The president will spend portions of his visits to Kenya (where his dad was born) and Ethiopia discussing security cooperation, but in a White House speech Wednesday, the president described his trip mainly as an opportunity to forge new economic ties.

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Shots - Health News
8:39 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Well-Off Baby Boomers Know How To Binge Drink, Too

Youngsters aren't the only ones who have an affinity for consuming a lot of alcohol in a short amount of time – in other words, harmful drinking. It turns out, the parents and grandparents of millennials know how to binge drink, too.

Adults over age 50 who are healthy, active, sociable and well-off are more at risk for harmful drinking than their peers, according to a study published in the BMJ on Thursday.

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Business
8:10 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Anthem To Buy Health Insurance Rival Cigna

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The Two-Way
7:37 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Too Good To Be True: TV Reporter Was In On Magicians' Photobomb

Two magicians prepare to perform a trick behind a Sky News reporter; the network says the seemingly live report was never broadcast.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 9:15 am

It had all the elements of an Internet hit: Two magicians hijack a TV news update, performing in the background behind an oblivious reporter. The video quickly went viral in Britain — but then it emerged that the Sky News team was in on the joke.

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Thai Prosecutors Seek Indictments Against Scores Of Alleged Human Traffickers

Office of the Attorney General spokesman Wanchai Roujanavong talks to reporters during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday after the announcement that scores had been indicted on charges of human trafficking.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Prosecutors in Thailand have recommended charges against more than 100 people, including an army general, in connection with a probe triggered by the discovery earlier this year of some 30 gravesites near the country's southern border containing the remains of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Police Identify Louisiana Theater Shooter As 59-Year-Old 'Drifter'

This undated photo provided by the Lafayette Police Department shows John Russel Houser.
AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 10:10 am

Police say the man who opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, La., on Thursday was a 59-year-old "drifter."

During a press conference this morning, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said that John Russel Houser was from Alabama, had moved around quite a bit, but had been living in Lafayette since early July. At the time of the shooting, Houser was living in a local motel. Craft said Houser was at a showing of the comedy Trainwreck when he stood up and unloaded at least 13 rounds into the audience, killing 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson.

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The Two-Way
6:25 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Anthem To Buy Cigna, Creating Largest Health Insurer By Enrollment

Anthem, headquartered in Indianapolis, is buying rival Cigna in a deal valued at $48 billion announced Friday.
Michael Conroy AP

Health insurer Anthem has struck a deal to acquire rival Cigna for $48 billion — a buyout that would create the country's largest health insurer by enrollment.

The combined entity would have an estimated revenue of $115 billion and cover 53 million people in the U.S.

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The Two-Way
4:57 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Classified Emails Were Sent Through Clinton's Private Network, Says Watchdog

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a Hillary For American Discussion with Mayors and Local Official event on Thursday in Columbia, S.C.
Stephen B. Morton AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 11:21 am

(This post was last updated at 12:29 p.m. ET.)

Two inspectors general have asked Justice Department officials to look into whether classified information was mishandled in relation to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account to conduct official business.

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Politics
4:19 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Donald Trump Visits The Border And Calls For Tougher Enforcement

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 5:56 am

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Parallels
4:14 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Obama's Roots A Source Of Pride — And Discord — In Kenya

Workers finish installing a billboard showing Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Barack Obama in downtown Nairobi a day before Obama's visit.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 5:56 am

The billboard that President Obama will see when he exits the airport in Nairobi on Friday says: "Welcome Home, Mr. President."

Obama's Kenyan roots have been a source of pride, but at times a source of discord, too, in the land of his father's birth.

For example, when Barack Obama won the U.S. presidency in 2008, Kenyans were ecstatic. His victory was declared a national holiday.

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U.S.
4:13 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Mass Shootings In America By The Numbers

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:49 am

Mass shootings as defined by the FBI happen about every two weeks in America. For nearly a decade, USA Today has been tracking these incidents on a website that paints a grim picture.

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Business
3:40 am
Fri July 24, 2015

The Financial Times, A Newspaper Success Story, Is Sold For $1.3 Billion

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 5:58 am

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Sports
3:33 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Baseball Writer To Be Honored By Hall Of Fame, But He's Out Of A Job

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 5:56 am

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Medical Treatments
3:31 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Doctors Plan Database On Cancer Drugs, Showing Effectiveness And Cost

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:01 am

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NPR Story
3:28 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Turkey Grants U.S. Permission To Use Air Base Near Syrian Border

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 5:56 am

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Strange News
3:28 am
Fri July 24, 2015

A New York Hotel Room For Under $100. Yeah, There's A Catch.

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 5:56 am

Remember that Chris Farley character from "Saturday Night Live?" The motivational speaker who lived in van down by the river.

Well, visitors to New York can now spend the night in a van down by the East River.

A listing on AirBnB is offering bed space in several vans in Long Island City.... ranging in price from $22 to $99.

The vans lack almost all amenities. One guest commented that "not being able to shower was definitely a negative ... seeing as New York isn't very clean."

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Strange News
3:28 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Trapped Under A Car, A Women Is Saved By A Crowd

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:24 am

A motorcyclist in Dallas crashed into a car and the rider ended up trapped under the car.

Emergency personnel tried to use a jack to lift the vehicle, but it failed. And it was taking too long to bring heavier equipment.

So a crowd of emergency responders and passers-by lifted the vehicle by hand.

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NPR Story
3:03 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Nearly 200 Comedians, All Playing The Same City

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 5:56 am

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NPR Story
3:03 am
Fri July 24, 2015

'Southpaw' Throws Some Familiar Punches

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 5:56 am

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NPR Story
3:03 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Germany Moves Quickly To Restore Business Ties With Iran

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 5:56 am

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Parallels
1:54 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Egypt's Military Struggles To Quell Growing ISIS-Linked Insurgency

Egyptians carry the coffin of 1st Lt. Mohammed Adel Abdel Azeem, one of more than 20 Egyptian military personnel killed by militants in the Sinai on July 1.
Hassan Ammar AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 11:13 am

In 2013, there were seven known militants from the village that Ahmed Abu Deraa comes from in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula. Today, that number has jumped to about 60, says Abu Deraa, an independent journalist who sometimes works for NPR. All of them are with Sinai Province, the local affiliate of the so-called Islamic State.

The Sinai's militants are all gathering under the ISIS umbrella, Abu Deraa says. But what they're fighting for isn't some grand regional cause.

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The Two-Way
5:08 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Maine Fisherman Catches His Second Rare Lobster

Fisherman Bill Coppersmith named the rare lobster "Captain Eli" after his grandson.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:23 pm

Bill Coppersmith, a fisherman in Maine, might want to buy a lottery ticket. He's gotten pretty lucky lately. This week he caught a rare orange lobster while fishing with his sternman Brian Skillings, writes the Portland Press Herald.

The paper talked to Robert Bayer, executive director of The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, who said that the actual odds of catching an orange lobster would just be a guess. But "it's one in several million, there's no doubt about that," he said.

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The Two-Way
4:46 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Apology Demanded For Mustard Gas Experiment Subjects

A bipartisan group of members of Congress lead by Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., have called on Defense Secretary Ash Carter to apologize to American veterans who were used in race-based chemical weapons experiments.

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The Two-Way
4:35 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Turkey Agrees To Allow Use Of Its Soil For Airstrikes Against ISIS

A U.S. Air Force plane takes off as a Turkish air force fighter jet taxis at the Incirlik airbase, southern Turkey, in 2013. Reversing an earlier policy, Ankara has agreed to allow the U.S.-led coalition to fly anti-ISIS airstrikes from the base.
Vadim Ghirda AP

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:55 pm

Updated at 11:30 p.m. ET

Turkey has agreed to allow anti-ISIS coalition warplanes to begin using the air base at Incirlik in the country's east to carry out airstrikes against the extremist group in neighboring Syria, NPR has confirmed.

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Live Samples Of Anthrax Were Sent Worldwide In May Due To Ineffective Procedure

The lab at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah failed to completely kill live samples of anthrax before sending it around the world.
Jim Urquhart AP

The Department of Defense says that the Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah failed to completely kill samples of anthrax in May before it shipped them to dozens of other labs around the world.

NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports that the samples of anthrax the Pentagon thought were dead, were still alive:

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The Salt
4:26 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

House To States: Don't You Dare Demand GMO Labels

A label on a bag of popcorn indicates it is a non-GMO food. House Republicans on Thursday voted in favor of a law that would block states from mandating GMO labels.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 6:35 am

The argument over genetically modified food has been dominated, in recent years, by a debate over food labels — specifically, whether those labels should reveal the presence of GMOs.

The battle, until now, has gone state by state. California refused to pass a labeling initiative, but Maine, Connecticut and Vermont have now passed laws in favor of GMO labeling.

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