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'Transformers' Inspires Chinese Farmer-Artists

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

Some Chinese farmers have left their plows and taken to welding giant robot replicas in public spaces. The craze follows release of the new Transformers movie, China's biggest-ever box office hit.

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Facility Sets Up Extreme Precautions To Treat Ebola Patients

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is killing dozens by the week. Medical workers have responded by expanding a field hospital, taking extraordinary measures to contain infection.

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Gaza Evacuees Crowd Into Schools Remade As Shelters

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

While Israelis seek refuge from Hamas rockets in ubiquitous shelters, Palestinians crowd into schools to escape Israeli airstrikes. Conditions there grow dire as the conflict drags on.

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LA Mayor Offers To Shelter Immigrant Kids, Angering Protesters

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he is working with the White House to house unaccompanied minors who entered the U.S. illegally. He talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the controversial decision.

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Justice Dept. Charges FedEx For Online Drug Shipments

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

The Justice Department has indicted FedEx for shipping prescription drugs from illegal online pharmacies. FedEx had been warned, and now faces up to $1.6 billion in fines if found guilty.

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Plane Crash Is A 'Powerful Tragedy' For The Netherlands

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

Dutch editor Willem Schouten tells NPR's Arun Rath that people in the Netherlands are saddened and outraged over the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight. Nearly 200 of victims were Dutch.

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International Outrage Grows Over Treatment Of Ukraine Crash Site

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 06:14

NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from correspondent Corey Flintoff at the site of last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Eastern Ukraine.

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Israel Says Attacks On Its Forces Killed 13 Soldiers

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 04:26

Israel sent more troops into Gaza on Sunday, stepping up tank fire and airstrikes ahead of the short-lived cease-fire.

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James Garner, Of The '70s TV Show 'The Rockford Files,' Dies

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 04:18

Actor James Garner, whose wise-cracking but affable character made hits out of the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86.

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Kerry: Evidence Points Clearly To Rebels Shooting Down MH17

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 03:40

The U.S. secretary of state says a mix of U.S. intelligence and social media reports "points a very clear finger at the separatists" having brought down the plane with a surface-to-air missile.

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A YouTube Video Is Doctor's Secret Weapon Against Back Pain

NPR News - Sun, 2014-07-20 01:05

Back pain is common. Nearly all of us have at least one episode in our lives, and two-thirds of us will have it repeatedly. Exercise, though it may seem counterintuitive, is often the best medicine.

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Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 13:05

Triathlete Tim Bomba has spent a decade helping people feel comfortable swimming in the ocean. But before he could do that, he had to overcome his own fear of the water at the age of 52.

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Remixed And Retweeted

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 13:05

Propaganda has always been a part of war. Social media is expanding the battlefield, but sometimes it also creates a space for mutual respect.

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Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 10:44

Virginia Democrat Rep. Jim Moran and a dozen others are on the list of people who will not be allowed to travel to Russia.

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Dutch Premier Decries 'Utterly Disrespectful Behavior' At MH17 Crash Site

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 09:13

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he had a "very intense" conversation with Vladimir Putin about the Russian leader using his influence with Moscow-backed rebels to secure access to the scene.

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States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 08:25

The 13 states that lifted their minimum wage levels on Jan. 1 experienced added jobs at a faster pace than the 37 states that kept wage levels steady.

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Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 08:12

The Sunni town fought back when Sunni Muslim extremists from the Islamic State tried to impose their rule. The extremists leveled the town as a warning to Sunnis who won't accept their brutal rule.

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Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 08:09

Writer Will Potter raised money through Kickstarter to buy drones and other equipment to investigate animal agriculture in the U.S. He says drones will help him circumvent so-called "ag-gag" laws.

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400,000+ Sign Petition To Move 'Sad Bear' To Better Life In Canada

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 06:28

Arturo the polar bear, living in a cramped and hot zoo enclosure in Argentina, is the subject of an online campaign that includes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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Israel Intensifies Ground Operation In Gaza

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 04:00

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.

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