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Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years In Corruption Case

Wed, 2014-07-09 07:20

Nagin, who became the face of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.

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What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer

Wed, 2014-07-09 06:54

The number of Central American children seeking entry into the U.S. has grown dramatically. The U.N. calls it a refugee crisis, but the GOP blames administration policies for encouraging migrants.

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5,000 Years Old: Ancient Yew Tree Identified In Wales

Wed, 2014-07-09 06:53

While it's not exceptionally tall, the tree has a wide canopy. And it dates back to the era of Egypt's great pyramids.

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Defending Tour De France Champ Froome Quits Race

Wed, 2014-07-09 06:14

After falling twice in treacherous conditions on today's stage of the bicycle race, Chris Froome is forced to abandon his quest to repeat last year's victory.

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This Kenyan Runner Can't See But He Has A Far-Reaching Vision

Wed, 2014-07-09 05:56

Henry Wanyoike lost his sight two years after graduating from high school. That didn't stop him from running — and bringing the joy of sports to other disabled Kenyans.

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Volunteer Recap: A Bumpy (And Itchy) Ride Through Tanzania

Wed, 2014-07-09 05:43

Nick Stadlberger, a medical student at Dartmouth, spent a month volunteering at Muhimbili Hospital in Dar es Salaam. The scariest moment, he says, was when he boarded a dala dala bus.

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Brazil Reels From Thrashing That Bounced It From World Cup

Wed, 2014-07-09 05:19

To say Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany stunned the host country would risk giving the impression that its fans aren't feeling intense pain at this defeat.

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Immigrants Sending Money Back Home Face Fewer Options

Wed, 2014-07-09 04:03

The giant remittances economy has been expanding for years. Facing tighter regulations, big banks are nixing services that let people send money across borders.

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Israel Strikes Gaza, As Hamas Rockets Show Increased Range

Wed, 2014-07-09 03:18

In a notable step, rockets fired from Gaza were being aimed at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, Israel launched air attacks on more than 150 targets in Gaza.

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A Tough Little Droplet Fights To Stick Around

Wed, 2014-07-09 03:03

It's just a drop of water. It's about to fall. And when it does, a story begins. What happens next may feel oddly familiar. Maybe it's telling you — about you.

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In Google Newsroom, Brazil Defeat Is Not A Headline

Wed, 2014-07-09 00:21

Google is mining its search data from the World Cup games, trying to make factoids that go viral. Its "newsroom" is focused on happy thoughts, not sad ones — like Brazil's brutal defeat.

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Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Claim Against Georgia School

Tue, 2014-07-08 23:33

Flint Dollar had to leave a Catholic school after officials learned he plans to marry his partner. Federal anti-discrimination laws don't cover sexual orientation, so he's fighting back another way.

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States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back

Tue, 2014-07-08 23:32

Several red states, including Louisiana, have been diverting some offenders away from prison and into drug treatment and other incarceration alternatives. But not everyone is embracing the effort.

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Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much

Tue, 2014-07-08 23:32

A racing mind and a pounding heart aren't all bad — the stress response can help humans and other animals deal with the unexpected. So what makes a vital system, that evolved to help us, turn toxic?

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As Engines Sputter To Life, Vintage Spacecraft Turns Toward Moon

Tue, 2014-07-08 16:30

So far, so good. ISEE-3, the versatile 1978 space probe that took a detour to greet a comet in the 1980s, is now on track to get close to the moon, scientists say, though course fixes can be tricky.

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The Collective Anguish Of The Brazilian Defeat

Tue, 2014-07-08 14:39

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro watched Brazil's World Cup semifinal against Germany in a bar in Sao Paulo. She speaks to Robert Siegel about the game and the devastation it sowed among Brazilian fans.

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A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool

Tue, 2014-07-08 14:28

In his new ad, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor uses his Bible to respond to an opponent's attack.

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3 Kickstarter Food Projects That Leave Potato Salad In The Dirt

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:59

One guy's Kickstarter quest for $10 to make his first potato salad has now raised over $50,000 — a kind of Internet joke gone viral. Here are three modest food projects to consider instead.

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What Looks Like Overcharging By Your Hospital Might Not Be

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:57

In 2012, Medicare was rocked by allegations that hospitals were systematically overcharging the program by miscoding electronic medical records. A study released Wednesday took another look.

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Germany Gives Brazil Das Boot With 7-1 Win, Enters World Cup Final

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:46

Brazil, without striker Neymar, was in shambles. Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos scored two goals each for Germany, and Miroslav Klose became the highest goal scorer in World Cup history.

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