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Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal Intended To Fix VA System

Mon, 2014-07-28 03:42

The package would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide extra funding to hire more doctors and nurses. Lawmakers unveiled the plan on Monday.

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Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today

Mon, 2014-07-28 02:55

Despite a demand from the United Nations Security Council for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire, fighting continued in Gaza, where the death toll has surpassed 1,000.

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Israelis Broadly Support Military's Operation In Gaza

Mon, 2014-07-28 01:54

Recent polls show more than 8 in 10 Jewish Israelis support the military operation, even as the death tolls climb. And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ratings are soaring.

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Israel Resumes Airstrikes On Gaza After Lull In Fighting

Mon, 2014-07-28 01:20

The strikes followed an almost 12-hour pause in fighting and came as international efforts intensified to end the conflict with Hamas at the start of a major Muslim holiday.

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People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:57

Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you're here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives.

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More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:57

Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many will have missed a decade or more of work.

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Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:57

Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.

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Fighting In Ukraine Continues; Russia Dismisses Threat Of Sanctions

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:57

Fierce fighting continued overnight in eastern Ukraine along the Russian border, and Russia's foreign minister rejected U.S. claims that his country has been supporting pro-Russia fighters there.

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The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:57

Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.

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Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:57

Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.

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Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:42

To withstand their 9,300-mile migration, red knots feast on eggs from horseshoe crabs each spring in Delaware Bay. Scientists worry many crabs are starting to lay eggs before the birds can get there.

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Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:40

People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.

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New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:36

Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent?

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With Deadline Looming, Lawmakers Reach Deal On VA Health Care

Mon, 2014-07-28 00:07

The compromise plan to be unveiled Monday is expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics and hire more doctors and nurses.

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What Makes This Fight In Gaza Different From The Others?

Sun, 2014-07-27 13:02

Anne Barnard from The New York Times talks with NPR's Eric Westervelt about the differences between the current explosion of violence in Gaza and previous ones.

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On The Eve Of Ramadan's End, Fighting Resumes In Gaza

Sun, 2014-07-27 13:02

Israel and Hamas carried out a rhetorical battle Sunday over the fate of dueling offers to extend a ceasefire. In the end, the fighting resumed after Saturday's 12-hour truce. Israel vowed to continue its military campaign, targeting tunnels along the border. Wary Gazans prepared as best they could for the feast that marks the end of Ramadan.

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Violence Spikes Anew In Iraq, As Islamic State Looks To Expand

Sun, 2014-07-27 13:02

Bloodshed is escalating in Baghdad as the militant group known as the Islamic State seeks to expand its territory in Iraq. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to reporter Alice Fordham in Erbil about life under the rule of the radical Islamic group.

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With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier

Sun, 2014-07-27 11:08

A jury gave Courtney Lockhart life in prison in 2010, but a judge sentenced him to death instead. Lockhart has appealed to the state Supreme Court, hoping it will reconsider judicial override rules.

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With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier

Sun, 2014-07-27 11:08

A jury gave Courtney Lockhart life in prison in 2010, but a judge sentenced him to death instead. Lockhart has appealed to the state Supreme Court, hoping it will reconsider judicial override rules.

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Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France

Sun, 2014-07-27 10:08

The cyclist had dominated the Tour, wearing the yellow jersey through all but two stages of the grueling three-week competition.

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