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11:01am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 11:55 am

Arturo, the only polar bear in Argentina, lives in captivity at a zoo in Mendoza. The plight of the "sad bear" has spawned more than 400,000 signatures on a petition to get him moved to a "better life" in Canada.
AFP Getty Images

Despite a public outcry that resulted in more than a half-million petition signatures and a personal appeal by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Arturo, Argentina's "sad bear," has been deemed too old to migrate to Canada.

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10:55am

Thu July 24, 2014
Parallels

Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 2:06 pm

One of the three stamps issued recently to commemorate Syrian leader Bashar Assad's presidential election victory.
Via Syrian Arab News Agency

As the Middle East froths with blood — from Iraq to Syria to the Gaza Strip — a commemorative set of three stamps depicting Syrian President Bashar Assad may not seem hugely relevant.

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9:50am

Thu July 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

When Federal Privacy Laws Protect Hospitals Instead Of Patients

ProPublica

In the name of patient privacy, a security guard at a hospital in Springfield, Mo., threatened a mother with jail for trying to take a photograph of her own son.

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9:42am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine's Prime Minister Quits After Allies Withdraw From Coalition

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 1:23 pm

Ukraine's prime minister announced today that he is resigning after two parties said they were withdrawing from the ruling coalition.

"I am announcing my resignation in connection with the collapse of the coalition," Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said, adding Parliament could no longer do its work.

The Associated Press adds:

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9:32am

Thu July 24, 2014
Goats and Soda

Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 11:34 am

We are all Russian nesting dolls: Our intestines house many bacteria, which house many viruses. These so-called bacteriophages are likely as important for our health as the bacteria they live in.
Lisa Brown for NPR

New viruses are a dime a dozen.

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9:08am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

European Court Rules Against Poland In CIA 'Black Sites' Case

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 1:50 pm

Barbed-wire fence surrounding a military area is pictured in the forest near Stare Kiejkuty village, close to Szczytno in northeastern Poland. The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday.
Kacper Pempel Reuters/Landov

The European Court of Human Rights ruled today that Poland broke the European human rights convention by allowing the CIA to imprison and torture two terrorism suspects in secret prisons on its soil.

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9:03am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:07 pm

The U.S. State Department's global database for processing visas and passports is experiencing problems that could cause delays for millions of people around the world who are awaiting travel documents.

The Associated Press writes:

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8:47am

Thu July 24, 2014
Goats and Soda

Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 2:48 pm

Health officials examine rats for signs of bubonic plague in New Orleans, 1914.
U.S. National Library of Medicine

The plague isn't just something you read about in medieval history books.

This past week, five cases were reported: four in Colorado and one in China.

The Colorado residents were diagnosed after coming into contact with an infected dog.

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8:44am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

'This Is Wrong': U.N. Secretary General Condemns Attack On Gaza School

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:47 am

Injured Palestinian children lie on the floor of an emergency room after the U.N. school where they took refuge in the northern Gaza Strip was shelled.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Updated at 7:59 p.m. ET.

A United Nations-run school sheltering civilians in Gaza came under attack Thursday, the U.N. says. More than a dozen people have been killed, according to Palestinian officials.

Reuters quotes Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, the main U.N. agency in Gaza, as confirming that the shelter in Beit Hanoun was hit.

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7:32am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 8:24 am

Sen. John Walsh, a Democrat from Montana.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

After The New York Times reported that Sen. John Walsh plagiarized at least a quarter of his master's thesis, the Montana Democrat is telling The Associated Press that post-traumatic stress disorder may have played a role.

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7:27am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 3:32 pm

Fouad Massoum speaks to the press after an Iraqi Parliament session in Baghdad in 2010. Massoum, a Kurd, has been elected to the largely ceremonial post of president in Iraq.
Hadi Mizban AP

Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been elected president of Iraq by the country's parliament, another step in forming a new government after months of deadlock.

As Leila Fadel reports from Irbil in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, "Massoum took his oath vowing to protect the constitution and the unity of Iraq. He made the promise as Iraq threatens to splinter into three pieces."

The vote for the largely ceremonial post of president was delayed for a day after the Kurdish bloc of legislators asked for more time to make their pick. Massoum was their choice.

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5:57am

Thu July 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:02 pm

Sure, your doctor can do this. But you can, too. And for stroke patients, it could be a lifesaver.
iStockphoto

An irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation is a big cause of stroke, especially for people who have recently had a stroke. But it's not something that most people can feel.

Doctors test for atrial fibrillation by hooking people up to an electrocardiogram machine at the office, or having them wear a Holter monitor for a day or a week. There are also implantable monitors to check for afib, but they aren't widely used.

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5:35am

Thu July 24, 2014
Parallels

Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:05 pm

Ayaman with his wife, Selma, and their 1-month-old daughter, Shana, who was born in Turkey. Syrian refugee parents who give birth in Turkey are finding it difficult to register their newborns, and many are stateless.
Jodi Hilton for NPR

Thousands of Syrian infants born to refugee parents are now stateless. Their births are unregistered and will pose many difficult challenges in this long-term conflict.

The exact numbers are far from certain. A recent report by the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, suggests that 75 percent of Syrians born in Lebanon since 2011 have not been properly registered. Many families don't have any identification documents, which were destroyed in the fighting or left behind in a panicked escape.

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5:35am

Thu July 24, 2014
U.S.

Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 1:43 pm

Zzarr, a Dutch shepherd, with K-9 handler U.S. Army Sgt. Nathan Arriaga (partly hidden), in 2011.
Romeo Gacad AFP/Getty Images

It's dog days on Capitol Hill — or, more precisely, dogs have had their day there.

Five in particular — all war dog veterans. The canines joined their human advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, "Military Dogs Take the Hill," to spotlight an effort to require that all military working dogs be retired to the U.S.

Congress passed a law last year saying the military may bring back its working dogs to the U.S. to be reunited with their handlers, but it does not say they must be brought back.

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5:35am

Thu July 24, 2014
Asia

With New Safety Measures, Nuclear Reactors May Reopen In Japan

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:39 am

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5:35am

Thu July 24, 2014
Business

New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:39 am

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5:35am

Thu July 24, 2014
U.S.

Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 2:44 pm

Bill Gluba, the mayor of Davenport, is trying to find appropriate sites that could serve as shelters for Central American minors.
pioneer98 Flickr

Thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have been crossing the Southern border of the U.S. over the past few months.

That's led to protests and debates — not only in the Southwest but across the country, as children have been given shelter in cities and towns that are sometimes quite far from the border.

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5:35am

Thu July 24, 2014
Law

In Detroit Porch Shooting Trial, It's Murder Vs. Self-Defense

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:39 am

Copyright 2014 Michigan Radio. To see more, visit http://michiganradio.org/.

5:26am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Gaza Conflict Day 17: Here's What You Need To Know

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:44 pm

The grief-stricken Palestinian mother of 1-year-old Abdulrahamn Abed al-Nabi carries his body after he was killed in an Israeli military strike along with their cousin, 3-year-old Hadi Abed al-Nabi.
Mohammed Abed AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now allowing American flights in and out Israel.

If you remember, the FAA banned flights to Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday, after a rocket landed about a mile from the airport.

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4:51am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Wreckage Of Air Algerie Flight With 116 Aboard Found In Mali

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 8:21 pm

Updated at 10:05 p.m. ET.

The Air Algerie MD-83 en route from the capital of Burkina Faso to Algiers with 116 passengers and crew aboard has been found with no survivors.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, reporting for our Newscast team, that a presidential aide in neighboring Burkina Faso says the remains of the missing aircraft have been found just across the border in Mali, in an isolated area about 60 miles south of the town of Gao.

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