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Mexico jails Guzman prison guards

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 12:44
A Mexican judge jails three prison officers while an inquiry continues into the escape of drug cartel head Joaquin Guzman.

Taser used during house intrusion

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 12:37
Police have used a Taser on a man who broke into the home of a mother and child.

Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry

NPR News - Fri, 2015-07-24 12:33

California's ongoing drought has forced many almond growers to use groundwater on the thirsty crop. The problem: That water is high in salt, and it's killing almond trees.

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Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged Eden'

NPR News - Fri, 2015-07-24 12:28

A century and a half ago, the poet and philosopher headed to New York's Adirondack Mountains with some notable pals. Today, we follow his journey with a new crew, the help of a painting and a book.

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Vietnam War Study Raises Concerns About Veterans' Mental Health

NPR News - Fri, 2015-07-24 12:28

A federally mandated study shows that almost 300,000 Vietnam veterans still struggle with daily health problems linked to the traumas they experienced more than 40 years ago during the war.

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Dark Pluto Bares Its Heart

NPR News - Fri, 2015-07-24 12:18

NASA's probe to Pluto has revealed stunning new pictures of the distant world. They show evidence of glaciers moving across the surface.

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VIDEO: '£206 for one mile rickshaw trip'

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 12:03
A rickshaw rider in London has been questioned over the amount he charged taking tourists between Oxford Circus and Marble Arch.

Clinton sent emails containing classified information

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 11:37
Clinton sent emails containing classified information

Pluto may have 'nitrogen glaciers'

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 11:26
Pluto would appear to have glaciers of nitrogen ice, the latest pictures from the New Horizons probe suggest.

VIDEO: Is this Kenya's Steve Jobs?

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 11:17
Is this Kenya's Steve Jobs?

Obama Greeted Warmly On First Presidential Trip To Kenya

NPR News - Fri, 2015-07-24 11:11

The visit has a personal resonance for the president, whose father was born there. He is expected to discuss trade and security issues.

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VIDEO: The bag designed to thwart terrorists

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 11:04
Scientists have developed what they're describing as a bomb proof material that could be a major step forward in aircraft security.

Froome 'appalled' at alleged spitting

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 10:57
Tour de France leader Chris Froome criticises behaviour of some spectators after he is allegedly spat at during stage 19.

Building tiny homes for the homeless

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-07-24 10:52

When Elvis Summers moved to South L.A. last August, he met Smokie, a 60-year-old homeless woman whose real name is Irene McGhee. She was living on the street and would come by to ask for recyclables. 

When Summers learned about Smokie's living situation — essentially in the dirt, with a broken chair — Summers wanted to help. After $500 and a trip (or two) to Home Depot, a tiny home for Smokie was born:

The house was built on wheels and parked on the street — technically a vehicle under city law. As long as the home/vehicle is moved every 72 hours, it's allowed to stay.

After building Smokie's house, he continued to build tiny homes for other homeless individuals he met in the area:

You can learn more about Summers' project in the audio player above or at his website: My Tiny House Project LA

No More Hidden Sugar: FDA Proposes New Label Rule

NPR News - Fri, 2015-07-24 10:32

The FDA wants to revamp the Nutrition Facts panels on foods. The labels would have to list how much added sugar the foods contain — and how much it counts against your recommended daily allowance.

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Hulk Hogan's WWE Contract Terminated After Alleged Racist Language In Sex Tape

NPR News - Fri, 2015-07-24 10:14

WWE said it's "committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers, and fans worldwide."

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Why A Vaccine That Works Only A Third Of The Time Is Still A Good Deal

NPR News - Fri, 2015-07-24 10:12

The first vaccine against a parasite — one that causes malaria — was recommended for approval. It's not as effective as researchers had hoped. But they still think it could make a big difference.

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VIDEO: What has Obama done for Africa?

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 09:58
When Barack Obama came to power in 2009, there were high hopes for relations between Africa and the US, but has the president delivered?

President Obama arrives in Kenya

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 09:51
Barack Obama arrives in Kenya on the first visit to his ancestral home as serving US president.

Let's Roomba!

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-07-24 09:45

Robots are coming! Do they save you money? Or time? Are they intelligent? Where are they filling in the gaps, and when are they not good enough?

What would you never trust a robot to do?

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