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5:09am

Fri July 25, 2014
Strange News

Giant Toad Resembling Former President Attracts China's Censors

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5:09am

Fri July 25, 2014
U.S.

Honduran Foreign Minister: U.S. Should Address Root Causes Of Migration

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:14 am

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5:09am

Fri July 25, 2014
Middle East

Kerry Awaits Response From Israel, Hamas On Proposed Cease-Fire

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5:09am

Fri July 25, 2014
World

Fighting In Ukraine A Hurdle As Investigators Try To Access MH17 Site

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:14 am

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5:09am

Fri July 25, 2014
Law

Death Penalty Expert On Why Lethal Injection Is So Problematic

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4:59am

Fri July 25, 2014
The Two-Way

France Dispatches Military Unit To Site Of Air Algerie Wreck

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:24 pm

French President François Hollande speaks to the press at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday.
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A day after an Air Algerie jet crashed in Mali killing all 118 people aboard, France is dispatching a military unit to the site.

ABC News reports that on Friday morning French President François Hollande said one of the flight data recorders had been recovered. ABC adds:

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3:02am

Fri July 25, 2014
NPR Story

What's The Outlook For Nigerian Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram?

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:14 am

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3:02am

Fri July 25, 2014
NPR Story

It's Time For Comic-Con!

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:14 am

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3:02am

Fri July 25, 2014
NPR Story

Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:14 am

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3:02am

Fri July 25, 2014
StoryCorps

Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 5:52 am

Roger Alvarez (left) did not graduate from high school, despite the efforts of former teacher Antero Garcia. "I just wanted you to know," Alvarez tells him, "I always respected you. ... You looked at me and you paid attention."
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3:02am

Fri July 25, 2014
Sports

'No Easy Answer': Ex-Baseball Manager La Russa On Legacy, Steroids

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:14 am

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is introduced before Game One of the World Series in 2011. La Russa will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Paul Sancya AP

Tony La Russa's tenure as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A's and St. Louis Cardinals is legendary. La Russa, who on Sunday will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, won a total of 2,728 games — more than any Major League Baseball manager in the past 60 years.

And when he hung up his jersey for good after the Cardinals made a historic late-season run in 2011, La Russa became the first manager to retire immediately after winning a world championship.

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4:15pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Goats and Soda

UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 8:00 am

For 15 years, Amran Mahamood made a living circumcising young girls in Hargeysa, Somalia. Four years ago, she gave it up after a religious leader convinced her that Islamic law did not require it.
Nichole Sobecki AFP/Getty Images

Women and girls are less likely to undergo female genital mutilation, or FGM, than 30 years ago. That's the encouraging news from a UNICEF report on the controversial practice, presented this week at London's first Girl Summit.

The rate has dropped in many of the 29 countries across Africa and the Middle East where FGM is practiced. In Kenya, for example, nearly half the girls age 15 to 19 were circumcised in 1980; in 2010 the rate was just under 20 percent.

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4:04pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Men In America

The Evolution Of The 'Esquire' Man, In 10 Revealing Covers

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:50 pm

Issued in the midst of the Korean War, this cover makes clear that that even though styles may change, some topics have stayed constant: fashion, sports and scantily clad women.
Courtesy of Esquire

This summer, All Things Considered has been exploring what it means to be a man in America today — from a second look at popular notions of masculinity and men's style, to attitudes toward women — and how all those ideas have shifted over time.

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3:56pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Men In America

When One Size Doesn't Fit All: A Man's Quest To Find An Extra-Small

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 2:36 pm

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3:56pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Politics

Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:22 pm

Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat in February, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will likely be complicated by allegations of plagiarism, reported by The New York Times. It seems that in a paper Walsh submitted for his master's degree from the U.S. Army War College, long passages were borrowed without attribution.

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3:30pm

Thu July 24, 2014
The Salt

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 1:51 pm

Food companies spend a lot of time and resources coming up with the perfect plastic packaging to keep their products fresh.
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Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.

While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.

And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.

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3:23pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Author Interviews

When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 3:52 pm

Brothers and aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright walk together in 1910.
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Joshua Wolf Shenk doesn't believe in the myth of the lone genius. "What has one person ever done alone?" he asks NPR's Robert Siegel. "We think of Martin Luther King and Sigmund Freud and Warren Buffett and Steve Jobs as these great solo creators, but in fact, if you look into the details of their life, they are enmeshed in relationships all the way through."

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2:39pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Parallels

Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis?

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:23 pm

Volunteers such as this woman — who's with a group that calls itself "Las Patronas" — throw bags of food and water to migrants in Veracruz, Mexico, who are headed toward the U.S.-Mexico border.
Courtesy of Deborah Bonello

Since October, a staggering 57,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been apprehended at the southwestern U.S. border. Sometimes, they've been welcomed into the country by activists; other times they've been turned away by protesters.

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2:29pm

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

DOJ Reaches Agreement For Oversight Of Albuquerque PD

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:03 pm

The mayor of Albuquerque has signed off on a framework of principles to submit the city's troubled police department to oversight by an independent monitor.

The deal, announced by the Justice Department, is aimed at addressing eight problem areas identified in a report last year by officials.

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2:25pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Deceptive Cadence

Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:22 pm

Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers of a lockout if a contract deal isn't settled by July 31.
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The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.

For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Otherwise, Gelb contends, the company could go bankrupt in two to three years.

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