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WATCH: Video Shows Women Narrowly Escape Death On Railroad Tracks

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 6:06am

The 4,000-ton freight train could not come to a stop. But the women laid down between the rails and survived.

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Book News: PEN Award Winners Include Poet Frank Bidart, Ron Childress

NPR Books - July 30, 2014 - 5:44am

Also: Rand Paul plans to come out with a book in 2015; Jesse Ventura was awarded almost $2 million in a defamation suit.

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U.S. Economy Rebounds In Spring With GDP Expanding At 4 Percent Rate

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 5:03am

The news from the Commerce Department comes after the economy shrank at a 2.1 percent rate in the first quarter of the year. The numbers raise hope for continued growth in the second half of 2014.

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Gaza Conflict: Shell Strikes U.N. School, Killing Up To 19 Who Sought Shelter

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 4:04am

One U.N. official said this was a "breaking point." The conflict, now going into its 23rd day, shows no sign of abating. The death toll in Gaza has now surpassed 1,200.

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Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids

NPR Books - July 30, 2014 - 4:04am

Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. "You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words," she says.

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Q&A: Michelle Rhee On Teacher Tenure Challenges

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 4:03am

Vergara v. California dealt a serious blow to teacher tenure and seniority laws in that state. And anti-tenure groups say their movement is spreading.

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An Unconventional Family On The Road To Happiness In 'Lucky Us'

NPR Books - July 30, 2014 - 3:03am

Amy Bloom's new novel follows two half-sisters from a disastrous stint in 1920s Hollywood, to happiness with an unexpected, impromptu family group in the disruptive years around World War II.

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Water Main Break Dumps Up To 10 Million Gallons Of Water, Flooding UCLA

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 3:00am

It took officials about four hours to figure out which valve needed to be closed. By then, the UCLA campus was under water, with some staircases looking like waterfalls.

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NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 1:58am

The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.

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After War's Deadliest Day, Another U.N. School In Gaza Gets Hit

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 1:30am

A U.N. spokesman said Israeli tank shells hit the school Wednesday, killing 15 Palestinians and wounding 90. The agency is housing scores of people displaced by the fighting in schools across Gaza.

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Wildfire Season Flares Up Early In The Pacific Northwest

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:59am

Wildfire season has intensified early in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are turning to the federal government for assistance in fighting the fires and cleaning up the mess left behind.

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U.S., EU Try To Turn Up The Heat On Russia

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:59am

The U.S. and EU announced more sanctions against Russia because of its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions are more wide-ranging than previous efforts to target the ruling elite.

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Doctor Treating Ebola Patients In Sierra Leone Succumbs To The Disease

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:59am

Sheik Humarr Khan, one of the doctors fighting to control West Africa's largest Ebola outbreak, died Tuesday in Sierra Leone. He was 39.

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Polio's Surge In Pakistan: Are Parents Part Of The Problem?

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:59am

Health workers are trying to convince parents to let their children take a vaccine, but the program faces violent opposition. Researchers from Harvard polled the parents; the results surprised them.

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California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:59am

Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.

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Senate's Highway Trust Fund Bill Sets Up Conflict With The House

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:59am

A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.

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U.S. Judge Sides With Iraq, Blocks Kurds' Attempt To Sell Oil

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:59am

A U.S. judge has blocked an effort by Iraq's Kurdistan region to sell $100 million worth of crude oil to refiners in the U.S. It's sitting in a giant tanker ship off the coast of Texas. The judge agreed with the Iraqi government that the oil belongs to it and not the Kurds.

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Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2014 - 12:59am

Scientists are trying to raise prized bluefin tuna completely in captivity. An experiment at a Baltimore college is the first successful attempt in North America.

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Senate Approves $8 Billion Transportation Package

NPR Top Stories - July 29, 2014 - 4:00pm

The federal highway trust fund will run short of money starting this week unless Congress acts. But the Senate's bill differs significantly from what the House passed last week.

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The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan

NPR Top Stories - July 29, 2014 - 3:30pm

The effort to end polio is taking a toll on Pakistan's already overstretched health system. With more children dying of measles and diarrhea, some question whether the focus on polio is worth it.

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