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'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story

NPR Books - July 24, 2014 - 10:26am

Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel is about a family that emigrates from Odessa to the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's a funny tale full of insider knowledge and offbeat words.

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European Court Rules Against Poland In CIA 'Black Sites' Case

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 7:08am

The European Court of Human Rights said Poland broke the European human rights convention by allowing the CIA to imprison and torture two terrorism suspects in secret prisons on its soil.

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U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 7:01am

The problem in the U.S. State Department system could cause problems for millions of people worldwide who are awaiting travel documents.

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Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 6:47am

Is this 2014 or 1348? The plague — yes, the infamous Black Death — was reported in China and Colorado. It's the same disease as the Middle Ages pandemic. Only now we know how to treat it.

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Israeli Artillery Hits U.N.-Run School In Gaza

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 6:44am

More than a dozen people have been killed at the school used as a shelter in Beit Hanoun, according to Palestinian officials.

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Dean Koontz: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - July 24, 2014 - 6:00am
The author, most recently, of “The City” is a fan of Marilynne Robinson and Cormac McCarthy: “Both offer voluptuous yet highly controlled language and profound moral purpose.”






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Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 5:28am

Sen. John Walsh lifted at least a quarter of his United States Army War College master's thesis, according to a report in The New York Times. Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February.

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Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 5:27am

Fouad Massoum, who has a long history in Iraqi politics, took the oath of office vowing to protect the constitution and the unity of the country.

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Book News: Amazon Exec Says Hachette Is Using Authors 'As Human Shields'

NPR Books - July 24, 2014 - 4:18am

Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.

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A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 3:57am

Most people can't tell when they're having the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation that puts them at risk of stroke. Simply learning to take your own pulse could help, researchers say.

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Gaza Conflict Day 17: Here's What You Need To Know

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 3:24am

For the first time since Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration is allowing flights to Israel. The death toll in Gaza has now surpassed 700.

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Can I Get A Do-Over? Shadow Selves And Second Chances

NPR Books - July 24, 2014 - 3:04am

Get your comic fix this week with Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds and The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. Both books take up the idea of re-writing the past — but in very different ways.

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Authorities Lose Contact With Air Algerie Jet

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 2:34am

The MD83 aircraft was about an hour into its flight from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers. It was carrying 116 passengers, including six crew members.

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A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 2:05am

An open revolt among moderate Kansas Republicans has clouded Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election hopes and focused national attention on the tax-cutting experiment at the heart of his "red-state model."

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In Detroit Porch Shooting Trial, It's Murder Vs. Self-Defense

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 2:01am

The murder trial is underway for Theodore Wafer, the Detroit homeowner who shot Renisha McBride, an unarmed black teen, on his porch. Wafer claims self-defense; prosecutors say there was no threat.

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Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 2:01am

The governor of Iowa says he's empathetic but doesn't want to host any of the unaccompanied and undocumented children from Central America. But advocacy groups and other officials in the state are urging Iowans to welcome them.

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New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 2:01am

The Obama administration is proposing new safety rules for railroad oil tank cars, after a series of fiery derailments. The rules would phase out thousands of older cars in two years.

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With New Safety Measures, Nuclear Reactors May Reopen In Japan

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 2:01am

Three years after the Fukushima disaster shut Japan's nuclear power plants, reactors at a different plant may reopen. Steve Inskeep talks with Wall Street Journal Tokyo bureau chief Peter Landers.

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Military Dogs' Advocates Say The Canines Aren't Pets — They're Vets

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 2:01am

Military war dogs serve combat tours, save lives and suffer injuries like the soldiers they serve. On Capitol Hill this week, dogs and their handlers made the case that all dogs should be brought home from war and treated with the respect they've earned.

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FAA Lifts Ban On U.S. Flights To Tel Aviv

NPR Top Stories - July 23, 2014 - 8:27pm

The FAA worked with other U.S. agencies to reassess the risk of planes being hit by rockets at Israel's main airport. But that doesn't mean all carriers will resume service.

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