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White House Fetes 54 Kids With Serious Cooking Chops

Fri, 2014-07-18 14:26

First lady Michelle Obama hosted winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a recipe contest for kids tied to her Let's Move Campaign. But Friday's event wasn't all cheerleading for healthy food.

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Wrap-up: The Day's Events In Eastern Ukraine And Gaza

Fri, 2014-07-18 13:46

Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel offer a summary of what's now known about the two big stories of the day: the shot-down Malaysian jet, and the mounting Israeli ground invasion in the Gaza Strip.

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Inside Gaza And Under Israeli Fire, A Family Tries To Stay Safe

Fri, 2014-07-18 13:41

The Israeli army's invasion on the margins of the Gaza Strip has already wreaked havoc and injury for Gazans. A day in the life of the Abu Tawila family illustrates that stark and tragic reality.

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Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life

Fri, 2014-07-18 13:35

Since October thousands of children attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border have been taken into custody. Author Kate Bernheimer recommends a book to help reflect on the lives of these children.

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Among The Ruins Of The Plane, Tentative Steps To Secure Order

Fri, 2014-07-18 13:18

Journalist Noah Sneider was at the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down, killing all 298 people onboard. Sneider updates Audie Cornish on the state of the site.

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Joep Lange, Who Died On Flight MH17, Changed The Way We Fight AIDS

Fri, 2014-07-18 13:02

He was a passenger on the downed Malaysia Airlines flight. Those who knew researcher and activist Joep Lange say he was a giant in the battle against AIDS — and truly "a scientist with a heart."

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U.S. Citizen Killed On MH17 Lived Mainly In Netherlands

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:52

Quinn Schansman, a dual U.S.-Dutch citizen, was born in New York City. His father reportedly lives in the San Francisco area.

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Israeli Forces Move Into Gaza, 'Terrorist Tunnels' In Cross Hairs

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on the latest news from the Gaza Strip, where Israel has undertaken a ground invasion against Hamas operatives. It's the first time in five years that the Israeli military has conducted a ground operation.

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In 5 Months, 2 Lost Planes: Malaysians Struggle To Cope

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

Malaysia is reeling from the loss of a second plane in five months. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports on the reaction from Malaysians in the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur.

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Unanimous Vote Could Mean Reduced Penalties For 46,000 Defendants

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted Friday on a recommendation that Congress lower certain mandatory drug sentences retroactively. The move could cut almost two years off of thousands of prisoners' sentences.

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The Short Spiral: From A Peace Plan Scuttled To A Gaza Invasion

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

Until a few weeks ago, Assistant Secretary of State Martin Indyk had been running the faltering U.S. effort to put Israelis and Palestinians on a path toward peace. He speaks with Robert Siegel about the violence in the Gaza Strip and Israel's unfolding ground invasion.

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After Abortion Ruling, Mass. Pushes To Replace Buffer Zone Law

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

Just three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot buffer zone around clinics that perform abortions, lawmakers there are rushing through a replacement.

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Obama: U.S. Confident That Missile Came From Rebel-Held Region

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

The U.S. says that evidence suggests the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was fired from separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports what is now known about the crash.

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A Pillar Of AIDS Research And Activism, Lost With Shot-Down Jet

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 had been carrying several researchers and activists on their way to a global AIDS conference in Australia. Among them was Dr. Joep Lange, a leading researcher and former president of the International AIDS Society. He was a giant in the field and a mentor to many.

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Drug Sentencing Guidelines Reduced For Current Prisoners

Fri, 2014-07-18 10:51

More than 46,000 inmates can petition for early release starting next year, unless Congress acts soon.

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What To Watch In Israel's Ground Invasion Of Gaza

Fri, 2014-07-18 09:11

Israel has unleashed repeated military offensives in the Gaza Strip but has never permanently suppressed Palestinian rocket fire. We look at what is, and isn't, different this time.

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Health Safety Experts Call For Public Reporting Of Medical Harms

Fri, 2014-07-18 08:20

Fifteen years after a landmark report called attention to the deaths and injuries caused by medical errors, safety experts told a Senate panel that more needs to be done to protect patients.

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An 'Overhappy' Survivor, A Guarded Forecast: Reporting On Ebola

Fri, 2014-07-18 08:16

An Ebola survivor ran to the front of the room where community health workers were meeting in Sierra Leone. Everyone applauded. It was a moment of joy in a grim time.

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Soylent DIYers Sell Their Own Versions Of The Powdered Food

Fri, 2014-07-18 07:59

Soylent, the offbeat meal replacement company, has built an online community of more than 18,000 users. But some are impatient to get their orders, so they're making and selling it themselves.

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Appeals Court Upholds Overturning Of Oklahoma Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

Fri, 2014-07-18 07:26

The ruling of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver mirrors the same court's decision regarding a gay-marriage ban in Utah.

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