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6:11am

Sat July 19, 2014
Middle East

Israel Intensifies Ground Operation In Gaza

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 9:45 am

International correspondent Ari Shapiro talks with NPR's Scott Simon from Jerusalem about about the second day of the Israeli military's ground operation of the Gaza Strip.

5:53am

Sat July 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Gaza Toll Near 340 As Israel Presses Ground War

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 4:44 pm

An Israeli Apache helicopter fires a missile toward the Gaza Strip on Saturday as Israeli forces pressed ahead with a ground offensive.
Baz Ratner Reuters/Landov

Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Nearly 340 people have been killed and nearly 2,400 wounded in 11 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip, as tens of thousands have been displaced in the conflict, according to health officials in the Palestinian territory.

Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gazan health official, says 338 Palestinians have been killed and 2,556 wounded. Earlier, another health official said some 70 children were among the dead.

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5:48am

Sat July 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine Accuses Rebels Of Destroying Evidence At MH17 Crash Site

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 9:45 pm

With pro-Russian separatists standing guard, investigators from the OSCE arrive at the crash site of the Malaysia Airline jet near the village of Hrabove in Eastern Ukraine on Friday.
Dmitry Lovetsky AP

Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET.

International investigators say armed rebels have limited their inspection of the Eastern Ukraine site of the downed Malaysian Airlines flight that killed nearly 300 passengers and crew, as Kiev accused pro-Russian separatists of destroying evidence at the scene.

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5:08am

Sat July 19, 2014
Goats and Soda

In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone

One set of knuckles meets another. Both are equal in this greeting that expresses approval and triumph.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Back in the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama launched a media storm when he nonchalantly fist bumped his wife Michelle. "Obama's Fist-bump Rocks The Nation!: The Huffington Post exclaimed. "Is the fist bump the new high-five?" NPR's Laura Silverman asked.

Obama has done it again.

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3:42am

Sat July 19, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Microsoft Layoffs, Comcast Call Hell And Call Of Duty

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts gestures as he speaks during a cable convention in Washington, D.C., in 2013. This week, his company drew scrutiny for an agonizing customer service experience.
Susan Walsh AP

Between the Comcast kerfuffle and big layoffs at Microsoft, we weren't at a loss for tech news this week. So here's what happened since your last wrap-up, from NPR and beyond.

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3:32am

Sat July 19, 2014
Code Switch

How Turbans Helped Some Blacks Go Incognito In The Jim Crow Era

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 7:57 am

South Asian scholar Chandra Dharma Sena Gooneratne wore a turban to avoid anti-black discrimination in the American South.
Courtesy of South Asian American Digital Archive

There's a weekly trial on the Internet about who may be stealing culture from whom. Earlier this week, the defendants were Iggy Azalea and white gay men.

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3:31am

Sat July 19, 2014
It's All Politics

No Filter: Interior Tweets America The Beautiful

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Twitter account routinely produces electrifying visuals.
Tom Koerner/@USFWS U.S. Department of the Interior via Instagram

It isn't one of the largest federal agencies. Its Twitter following pales next to many other Cabinet departments.

But the Department of Interior's Twitter (@Interior) account — replete with stunning visuals, straightforward hashtags, and snappy captions — is nevertheless steadily building a devoted following.

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5:54pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Code Switch

New York's 'Night Of Birmingham Horror' Sparked A Summer Of Riots

Helmeted New York City police carry away a rioter at West 130th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem on July 19, 1964.
AP

4:31pm

Fri July 18, 2014
The Salt

White House Fetes 54 Kids With Serious Cooking Chops

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 1:20 am

Cody Vasquez, 11, is from Arizona. His winning dish was shrimp tacos with watermelon jicama salad.
Jeff Elkins for Epicurious

It's not easy to snag an invite to a White House State Dinner.

So, imagine how 54 children — one from each state, U.S. territory and the District of Columbia — felt being honored in the elegant East Room by the President and first lady at an event Friday afternoon billed as a Kids State Dinner.

The pee-wee honorees were the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe contest for kids tied to the first lady's Let's Move Campaign. The event was co-sponsored by the food site Epicurious.

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3:47pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Europe

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

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:54 pm

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 and local reactions.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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3:47pm

Fri July 18, 2014
This Week's Must Read

Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:54 pm

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I live in Tucson, Ariz. National news about thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border — some as young as 2 years old — is local news here. A front-page headline from this week's Arizona Daily Star reads, "Immigration tension boils over in Oracle." It's subtitled "Protesters, supporters, clash; bus carrying children fails to show."

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3:47pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Parallels

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

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:54 pm

Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City on Friday.
Hatem Moussa AP

The beginning of Israel's ground invasion Thursday night was loud. Explosions lit up the sky to the north and east and boomed throughout the Gaza Strip.

But Friday started pretty quietly for Rashad Abu Tawila.

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3:47pm

Fri July 18, 2014
News

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

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:54 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now to recap the major stories of the day. The United States is pinning the blame for the crash of a passenger jet in Ukraine on pro-Russian separatists. President Obama said today that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by the separatists. Mr. Obama called for a cease-fire to allow for a full investigation.

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2:52pm

Fri July 18, 2014
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 3:35 pm

Candles commemorating the dead spell out MH17, the flight number of the plane that crashed Thursday, at a church in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
Joshua Paul AP

Quinn Schansman, the dual U.S.-Dutch citizen killed on Malaysia Airlines MH17, was reportedly planning to join his family in Kuala Lumpur for vacation when the plane he was on was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

USA Today says: "Photos on social-media accounts show a fun-loving college student who enjoyed hanging out with friends, had a girlfriend and liked to relax with a beer or a smoke, especially after exams. Some news reports say he was 19 when he died."

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2:40pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Middle East

A Hamas Response To Israeli Peace Terms And The Violence In Gaza

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:54 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Ihab al-Ghussein, deputy information minister for Hamas in Gaza, about the conditions under which Hamas would accept a cease-fire.

2:40pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Movie Interviews

In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams?

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:54 pm

In Wish I Was Here, Braff plays a father who embarks on a chaotic attempt to home-school his kids, Tucker (Pierce Gagnon ) and Grace (Joey King).
Merie Weismiller Wallace, SMPSP Focus Features

Zach Braff is currently performing on Broadway, and for a time he starred in the TV comedy Scrubs. But he's also known for directing and starring in the 2004 film Garden State, a model of 20-something angst.

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2:05pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Pop Culture

So, Thor Is A Woman And Cap Is Black: Is This A Big Deal Or Not?

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:54 pm

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2:05pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Law

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

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:54 pm

Anti-abortion protester Eleanor McCullen stands at the painted edge of a 35-foot buffer zone outside a Planned Parenthood location in Boston in December. She says she'll fight Massachusetts' new bill just like she did the last one.
Steven Senne AP

Just three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer zone around clinics that perform abortions, lawmakers there are rushing through a replacement. The new bill, which they hope to pass before the legislative session ends in two weeks, would give police more power to disperse unruly protesters.

The bill has broad support, but opponents say it still goes too far.

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2:05pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Asia

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

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:54 pm

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.

2:05pm

Fri July 18, 2014
News

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

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:54 pm

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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