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UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe

Thu, 2014-07-24 13:43

The practice is on the decline in many countries. But the population boom in Africa and the Middle East will put millions of girls at risk unless more progress is made.

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The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Thu, 2014-07-24 13:26

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

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DOJ Reaches Agreement For Oversight Of Albuquerque PD

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:29

The deal follows a Justice Department report released in April that showed the city's police used excessive force in dealing with many suspects.

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Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis?

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:21

Many kids and teenagers leave Central America to avoid climbing levels of gang violence, extortion and drug trafficking. Sometimes, it's to find their families.

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5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:19

From being mistaken for Randy Jackson to confronting network executives about diversity issues, TV critic Eric Deggans runs down highlights of the two-week blizzard of parties and press conferences.

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The Death Clerk, And Other Details Of Last-Minute Execution Appeals

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:12

An hour into Wednesday's botched execution in Arizona, an attorney for the inmate reached out to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy seeking his intervention. How do such appeals work? And how often do they happen?

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Botched Ariz. Execution Renews Unease Over Lethal Injections

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:12

Activists against the death penalty are seizing on a botched execution in Arizona Wednesday. Witnesses say that death row inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood gasped for air, taking nearly two hours to die by lethal injection.

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Central American Leaders: Immigrant Children Are A Shared Problem

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:12

The presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are offering their take on the mounting numbers of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. from Central America. They're talking to reporters on the day before a meeting with President Obama.

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Sen. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:12

The Wisconsin Republican is rolling out a plan that he says will fight poverty more effectively than the programs launched by former President Johnson's War on Poverty, but progressives are skeptical.

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Missing Air Algerie Flight Appears To Have Crashed In Mali

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:12

According to Air Algerie, one of the airline's flights has likely crashed in the African country of Mali. The plane, which carried 116 passengers and crew, lost contact with authorities an hour after it took off.

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Palestinian Authority Faces A Fraught Path To Peace In Gaza

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:12

The war in Gaza is unfolding between Israel and Hamas, but the Palestinian Authority, based in the West Bank, is also involved in efforts to end the fighting. The Palestine Liberation Organization's diplomatic representative to the U.S., Maen Areikat, speaks with Robert Siegel about the causes of the conflict and the possible consequences of a cease-fire.

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Attack On U.N. School Kills Over A Dozen Civilians In Gaza

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:12

A United Nations school, which was being used to shelter displaced Gazans awaiting evacuation, came under fire from a missile or shelling. The attack reportedly killed 15 people. Palestinian officials blame Israeli shelling; Israel says it may have been Hamas rockets that fell short of their target.

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For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:12

Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital are working on ways to help patients better understand their chances of suffering heart attacks and surgical complications.

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U.S. Teens Still Lag In Getting Vaccinated Against HPV

Thu, 2014-07-24 12:02

Eight years after the FDA approved the first vaccine against HPV, only 57 percent of female teens and 35 percent of male teens have been inoculated, the CDC says. Are doctors partly to blame?

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4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief

Thu, 2014-07-24 11:33

Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest company, affects the lives of millions of workers and shoppers. So its U.S. leadership change is attracting lots of interest. Here are some theories about what happened.

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This Suit Keeps Ebola Out — So How Can A Health Worker Catch It?

Thu, 2014-07-24 10:58

The head-to-toe protective gear is designed to prevent Ebola from infecting health care workers, yet some do contract the disease. It's not the suit's fault. It's likely a case of human error.

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U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops

Thu, 2014-07-24 10:46

The State Department says it has evidence that Moscow is lobbing artillery across its border at Ukrainian government forces, and that the Kremlin plans to ship rocket artillery to the rebels.

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Central American Presidents Say U.S. Shares Responsibility For Migration Crisis

Thu, 2014-07-24 10:38

The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala also called for more aggressive cooperation with the U.S. to curb the violence and poverty they say is driving child migrants to the U.S.

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Human Rights Watch Researcher Reports ISIS Abuses In Iraq

Thu, 2014-07-24 10:26

Letta Tayler recently returned from Iraq, where she documented stories about the militant Islamist group ISIS and abuses by the Iraqi government. She tells Fresh Air what she learned.

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Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada

Thu, 2014-07-24 09:01

The plight of the nearly 30-year-old polar bear, who lost his enclosure mate two years ago, has attracted attention from well-wishers the world over who want him moved.

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