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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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Why Bringing Ebola Patients To The U.S. Is The Right Thing To Do

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 00:07

Dr. Kent Brantly became the first person infected with Ebola to be brought to the United States from Africa. He arrived Saturday at Emory University Hospital, one of the nation's best hospitals.

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Toledo Residents Cut Off From Water Supply After Tests Show Toxins

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-02 21:17

After tests revealed the presence of a toxin possibly from algae on Lake Erie, officials in Toledo, Ohio, warned residents not to drink from its water supply. More than 400,000 people are affected.

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Hall Of Famer Andre Reed Makes One More Catch

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-02 19:39

During Saturday's induction ceremony, the wide receiver caught a pass from former Buffalo Bills teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Jim Kelly on the stage at Fawcett Stadium.

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China: 37 Civilians, 59 Attackers Killed In Xinjiang Violence

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-02 19:25

Last week's violence in the western province is the deadliest unrest in months that authorities blame on ethnic separatists.

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Economic Growth Hits Headlines, But Not Wallets

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-02 13:05

Despite the economy adding more than 200,000 jobs last month, unemployment ticked up and incomes have stayed stagnant. For many people, stretching every dollar is still an economic necessity.

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The NFL's Punters (Finally) Land One In The Hall Of Fame

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-02 12:45

Ray Guy, a gifted athlete who became the prototype of an NFL punter in the 1970s and 80s, becomes the first punter to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.

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