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11:53am

Mon July 21, 2014
World

Understanding The Basics Of the Conflict In Gaza

Fighting between Israel and Hamas escalated over the weekend as Israeli forces shelled the town of Shejaia in Gaza. Host Michel Martin learns the latest from Zack Beauchamp of Vox.

11:53am

Mon July 21, 2014
World

Could The Conflict In Ukraine Turn Into A Regional War?

Nearly 300 people died after a Malaysian Airlines plane crashed near the Russian-Ukrainian border. European security expert F. Stephen Larrabee explains what this might mean for the volatile region.

10:47am

Mon July 21, 2014
Goats and Soda

Straightening Sisay's Spine: A Twist Of Fate Saves A Boy's Life

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 11:57 am

Andrew Dickinson Andrew Dickinson for NPR

One dewy morning back in May 2013, a dozen children gathered in an elementary school courtyard to play soccer in Addis Ababa. Seven-year-old Sisay Gudeta stood alone on the balcony above them.

Sisay poked his head through the arms of a rusty, blue guard rail, staring down at his classmates as they kicked an empty plastic bottle across the pavement. The kids rarely ask him to play, Sisay says. They are afraid to touch him, afraid of the bump on his back that stretches out his neatly pressed school sweater.

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10:16am

Mon July 21, 2014
The Two-Way

Veteran Who Held Off Taliban Attack On His Own Receives Medal Of Honor

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 5:05 am

Sgt. Ryan Pitts waits for a flight at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
U.S. Army

Army Sgt. Ryan Pitts will be the ninth living veteran to receive the nation's highest award for valor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan, when President Obama presents him with the Medal of Honor later today.

As NPR's Tom Bowman reports, Pitts is credited with holding off a brutal Taliban attack back in 2008. Tom filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Soldiers from Chosen Company were setting up an outpost in the rugged hills near the Pakistan border. Suddenly they came under attack by more than a hundred Taliban fighters.

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7:57am

Mon July 21, 2014
The Two-Way

Reports: Texas Gov. Perry To Deploy 1,000 National Guardsmen To Border

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 1:15 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to local party activists on Saturday in Algona, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce on Monday that he is ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico, according to reports from The Monitor and The Houston Chronicle.

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7:44am

Mon July 21, 2014
The Two-Way

Dozens Killed As Libyan Militias Battle For Tripoli's Airport

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 9:19 am

A damaged building and debris outside are seen Sunday after heavy fighting broke out between rival militias near the airport in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
Hani Amara Reuters /Landov

At least 47 people have been killed in fighting over the past 24 hours between rival Libyan militias battling for control of Tripoli's international airport.

The country's health ministry said late Sunday that the fighting also wounded 120 people. The Associated Press reports:

"The weeklong battle over the airport is being waged by a powerful militia from the western city of Zintan, which controls the facility, and Islamist-led militias, including fighters from Misrata, east of Tripoli. The clashes resumed Sunday after cease-fire efforts failed.

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6:18am

Mon July 21, 2014
The Two-Way

Putin: Tragedies Like MH17 Should 'Bring People Together'

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 12:57 pm

Deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug (center right) stands outside a refrigerated train as members of the Netherlands' National Forensic Investigations Team inspect bodies.
Vadim Ghirda AP
(This post was updated at 12:51 p.m. ET.)

Russian President Vladimir Putin says tragedies such as the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 last week should "bring people together" rather than "dividing us."

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5:52am

Mon July 21, 2014
Food

To Save These Pigs, Ky. Farmer Says We Have To Eat Them

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 12:54 pm

Kentucky hog farmer Travis Hood with Luther, a young Red Wattle boar. Hood started raising Red Wattles five years ago after cuts to his job, and began turning a profit on the meat in February.
Courtesy of Hood's Heritage Hogs

Robertson County has the smallest population of any county in the state of Kentucky, and it's the only one, word has it, without a stoplight.

So it's an unlikely place to find a campaign to keep the food system more genetically diverse. But that is exactly what's happening on a small farm owned by Travis Hood, called Hood's Heritage Hogs.

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5:04am

Mon July 21, 2014
The Two-Way

In Effort To Forge Cease-Fire Between Israel And Hamas, Kerry Heads To Egypt

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:26 pm

A Palestinian overcome by emotion watches rescuers carry a body from the rubble of a house which was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike, in Gaza City, on Monday.
Khalil Hamra AP

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Egypt today in an effort to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry would meet with Egyptian and other senior officials.

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4:55am

Mon July 21, 2014
NPR Ed

In Asheville, N.C., Summer Vacation Lasts Just A Few Weeks

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 7:48 am

It's the first day of school at Hall Fletcher Elementary in Asheville, N.C. Principal Gordon Grant stands outside in a white suit and bow tie, greeting students. The kids arrive sporting fresh haircuts and new shoes. One even wears a tutu.

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4:36am

Mon July 21, 2014
Around the Nation

Company Says It Can Cure Your Hangover – For Up To $300 A Visit

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:30 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. People waking up with a hellacious hangover often say they'd pretty much give anything to make it go away. And a new company promising to do just that is thriving in New York. For up to $300 a visit, it will send a nurse to your home armed with medicine and - this is key - an IV for instant rehydration. Given the treatment cost more than the night out at the bar, though, you might want to stick with the hair of the dog. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:06am

Mon July 21, 2014
Strange News

How Many Frequent Flyer Miles Can You Get With A $36M Charge?

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:30 am

Last spring a man bought an ancient Chinese ceramic cup, sold by Sotheby's Hong Kong. The price: $36 million. But because of currency rules, he paid with his American Express card.

4:06am

Mon July 21, 2014
Business

Report Of Expired Meat Sparks Food Safety Scare In China

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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4:06am

Mon July 21, 2014
Business

Arkansas Razorbacks Trademark Famous Hog Call

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:30 am

The famous hog call chanted by fans of the sports teams of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks is now a registered trademark owned by the school.

3:34am

Mon July 21, 2014
All Tech Considered

Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 8:07 am

Taneka Armstrong, 20, is learning about different aspects of the tech industry — from coding to sales — through the nonprofit group Hack the Hood.
Aarti Shahani NPR

Twenty-year-old Taneka Armstrong wants to land a high-tech job, but her day starts at Taco Bell.

Armstrong stands behind a steel counter, making Burrito Supremes and ringing up customers. She counts pennies and quarters. She also gets orders from her bosses, who she says can be pretty condescending.

"They're just like, 'Oh, did you know that already?' Or, 'Can you do this?' " she says. "Yes, I've been doing it, for almost a year now."

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3:27am

Mon July 21, 2014
Around the Nation

Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 1:18 pm

Florida's state capitol. A redistricting plan crafted by the Republican-controlled Legislature in Tallahassee was partially thrown out by a state judge.
iStockPhoto

With the midterm election a little more than three months away, a legal battle in Florida has cast uncertainty over the state's upcoming congressional races.

A state judge ruled this month that maps for two of Florida's 27 congressional districts violated the state constitution. He ordered the Legislature to redraw the maps.

The question now is when.

Like most states, Florida redrew the maps for its congressional districts after the 2010 census. Some states appoint special commissions to do the job, but in Florida, redistricting is done by the state Legislature.

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3:27am

Mon July 21, 2014
World

International Observers Work To Keep Tabs On Site Of Malaysia Jet Crash

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:30 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Secretary of State John Kerry spent a lot of time on TV yesterday, laying out what he says is extraordinary circumstantial evidence that rebels in Eastern Ukraine shot down the Malaysia Airlines jetliner. Kerry said on NBC's "Meet The Press" they did it with Russian help.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MEET THE PRESS")

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: It is clear that Russia supports the separatists, supplies the separatists, encourages the separatists, trains the separatists and Russia needs to step up and make a difference here.

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3:27am

Mon July 21, 2014
Middle East

After An Ultimatum, Christians Flee Iraqi City

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:30 am

For the first time since the first century, there are basically no Christians left in the historic Iraqi city of Mosul.

3:27am

Mon July 21, 2014
Code Switch

The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 8:50 am

Young people are being chased out of the labor market. Though the national unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, and the jobless rate is even higher among young minorities. For young people between the ages of 16 and 24, unemployment is more than twice the national rate, at 14.2 percent. For African-Americans, that rate jumps to 21.4 percent.

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3:27am

Mon July 21, 2014
Shots - Health News

Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 12:43 pm

Katherine Streeter for NPR

No one likes it when a new drug in people's medicine cabinets turns out to have problems — just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was removed from the market over concerns that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke.

To do a better job of spotting unforeseen risks and side effects, the Food and Drug Administration is trying something new — and there's a decent chance that it involves your medical records.

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