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We Asked, You Answered: Going To Extremes To Disconnect On Vacation

Mon, 2014-07-07 12:29

Giving up digital devices — even if for just a few hours or days — is a struggle. Whether it was to catch up on the news or peek in on the World Cup, NPR listeners found it tough to kick the habit.

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More Than 50 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Holiday Weekend

Mon, 2014-07-07 12:15

The Chicago Tribune called it "the greatest burst of gun violence Chicago has seen this year." The number of shootings in the city has risen since last year even as the homicide rate has fallen.

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Pope Meets Sex Abuse Victims, Bearing A Plea For Forgiveness

Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

In his first meeting with victims of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis asked forgiveness on behalf of the church.

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In Jerusalem, And Caught In A Crossfire Of Thrown Stones

Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

Following the deaths of three Israeli teens and the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian, Jerusalem is as tense as it has been in years. NPR's Ari Shapiro and his translator found themselves victims of rock-throwing there. Their story offers a window into a city on edge.

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In Brazil, Pacification Paves Way For Baby Steps To Democracy

Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

Brazil's ambitious effort to drive crime out of Rio de Janeiro's violent, low-income favelas ahead of the World Cup has had a mixed record. One positive effect: giving residents a say in local issues.

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The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress

Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

The tobacco industry played an influential role in the funding and popularization of stress research. A vast document archive details the relationships between cigarette makers and key scientists.

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A Red July 4th Weekend Leaves Dozens Of Casualties In Chicago

Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

A bloody Fourth of July weekend left 60 people shot in Chicago, nine of them fatally, since Thursday afternoon. Many of the weekend's shootings occurred in the city's South Side neighborhoods.

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News Of Israeli Arrests Met With Both Resentment And Reflection

Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

For details on how news of recent killings has been received in Israel, Robert Siegel turns to Ari Shavit, senior correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

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From Pen And Paper To 3-D, Look Who's Challenging Google Maps

Mon, 2014-07-07 12:07

Today, digital maps are a big business, and Google has become nearly everyone's go-to cartographer. But there are challengers out there — and you might be surprised by some of the competition.

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Asian-American Leadership Programs Tackle The 'Bamboo Ceiling'

Mon, 2014-07-07 10:23

The programs aim to address a lack of Asian-American representation among top executives by highlighting the cultural tendencies of American workplaces.

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Australia Says It Returned 41 Asylum Seekers To Sri Lanka

Mon, 2014-07-07 09:52

The transfer at sea was condemned because those returned could face persecution. Australia's High Court granted an interim injunction to block the return of 153 other asylum seekers to Sri Lanka.

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Meeting Abuse Victims, Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness

Mon, 2014-07-07 09:30

The pope holds his first official meetings with victims of sexual abuse, saying that the priests who hurt them behaved like "a sacrilegious cult."

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Pistorius Trial: Will Judge Buy His 'Tragic Accident' Defense?

Mon, 2014-07-07 09:27

The defense is preparing to wrap in South African track star Oscar Pistorius' murder trial. Host Michel Martin learns more about the trial that's captured the nation from reporter Barry Bateman.

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In California Town, Protests Shed Light On National Immigration Debate

Mon, 2014-07-07 09:15

Residents of Murrieta, California blocked buses of undocumented immigrants, forcing them to go to another town. Host Michel Martin learns more about the protests and the influx of immigrants.

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With Gene Disorders, The Mother's Age Matters, Not the Egg's

Mon, 2014-07-07 08:45

For a long while doctors thought that an egg's age relative to others explained why older women are more likely to produce eggs with genetic abnormalities. But a study finds that's not really true.

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Early Afghan Vote Count Gives Ex-Finance Minister The Lead

Mon, 2014-07-07 08:32

The result is unlikely to quell claims from Ashraf Ghani's rival, Abdullah Abdullah, that the election was fraudulent. Abdullah easily won the first round of voting, but now trails by a million votes.

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Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency

Mon, 2014-07-07 08:17

Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani had about a million more votes than Abdullah Abdullah, who had been considered the front-runner. Abdullah has charged massive fraud in the election.

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Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide?

Mon, 2014-07-07 08:17

It's like sliding off the top of a 15-story building on nothing more than an air mattress. The giant Verrückt water slide stands at 168 feet tall.

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Dozens Of Women Reportedly Escape Nigeria's Boko Haram

Mon, 2014-07-07 05:23

More than 60 women and girls who had been abducted by the extremist group reportedly escaped after their captors left for a raid. More than 200 schoolgirls taken in April remain missing.

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What We Don't Know About Summer School

Mon, 2014-07-07 04:36

Lots of kids spend part of their vacation at summer school, but there is very little information about what works.

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