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Lego Releases Female Scientists Set; May Appease 7-Year-Old Critic

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 08:07

Months after a girl took the company to task for its female toy figures, Lego has released the Research Institute, a play set created by a "real-life geophysicist, Ellen Kooijman," the company says.

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Taste For Rare, Wild Pangolin Is Driving The Mammal To Extinction

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 06:48

The meat of this scaly, ant-eating creature has become a luxury food for some newly-rich Asians. But all eight pangolin species are now threatened by extinction, with two critically endangered.

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Algae Toxins Prompt Toledo To Ban Its Drinking Water

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 06:31

The toxins' presence is blamed on algae from Lake Erie, sparking a water ban that has affected about half a million people since it was first announced this weekend.

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Can Google Build A Typeface To Support Every Written Language?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:31

Google recently announced a font family, Noto, that aims to include all the world's written languages. But it may prove to be an even more ambitious effort than self-driving cars.

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'It's So Terrible': Quake Reportedly Kills Hundreds In Southwest China

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:25

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Yunnan Province Sunday afternoon, leveling buildings and rippling roads. Rescue crews are still working to find survivors.

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Afghanistan Officials To Audit Votes From June Election

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

Election officials in Afghanistan are preparing for an audit of all the votes cast in the June election after the two candidates disagreed on how to determine which votes were fraudulent.

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As Wildfires Burn Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

Wildfires are ravaging the West Coast, burning homes and prompting evacuations. Responding to wildfires has proven costly and now the Obama administration is reevaluating how it pays to fight them.

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Sierra Leone, Struggling With Ebola, Passes On Africa Summit

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

Umaru Fofana of the BBC World Service in Sierra Leone tells NPR's Arun Rath about the Ebola situation and the Sierra Leonean president's decision to stay home from the U.S.-Africa summit.

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Obama Moves To Overhaul VA With Compromise Measure

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

Two months after VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned, President Obama looks set to sign legislation to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs, to the tune of nearly $17 billion.

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What The Week's Primaries Mean For Politics

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

Another five states hold primaries this coming week, including Tennessee, Kansas and Michigan. NPR's Arun Rath talks to senior Washington correspondent Ron Elving about what's at stake.

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Africa Summit Hopes To Change The Narrative About The Continent

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

The first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit kicks off at the White House on Monday. Africa correspondent Gregory Warner previews what's on the agenda with NPR's Arun Rath.

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What You Need To Know About The War In Gaza

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

On Sunday morning, an Israeli airstrike hit outside a UN-run school in Gaza, where many had gone to seek safety. NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from Mideast correspondent Emily Harris in Gaza.

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Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

Being a health worker usually isn't controversial. But in Pakistan, it can get you killed. Fatima Noor explains why she still goes door to door to immunize kids, even though she's scared.

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Two Doctors Weigh Whether To Accept Obamacare Plans

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

Fears of a medical system that favors the wealthy grow as some doctors reject Affordable Care Act insurance. Insurers need to balance the need to offer consumers low rates and paying doctors enough.

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U.S.-Russia Relations: More Carrot Or More Stick?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 04:50

Lately, when Washington ratchets up the pressure on Moscow, Russia increases its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Some in Washington wonder if it's time to change the approach.

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Gaza: Deadly Attack Near U.N. School; Update On Israeli Soldier

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 04:32

An Israeli attack at a U.N.-run school in Gaza Sunday killed at least 10 people, health officials say. The attack came as Israel declares a soldier believed to have been captured died in battle.

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The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 01:55

Syracuse artist Sam Van Aken is developing a that will bloom in pink, purple and red in the spring and bear 40 different fruit in the summer and fall. It's one part art, one part agricultural marvel.

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Nepal Official: 'No Chance' Of Finding People Missing In Landslide

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 01:48

Rescuers have so far recovered only eight bodies since the landslide early Saturday blocked a mountain river, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages.

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Supreme Court Silent On Legal Fight Over Execution Drugs

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 01:14

No one on the Supreme Court objected publicly when it voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of Joseph Wood, who unsuccessfully sought information about the drugs that would be used.

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Israel Strikes Several Gaza Targets As Redeployments Begin

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 00:54

Fighting continues amid signs Israel is starting to scale back ground operation.

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