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Islamic State Bolsters Its Control Over Northwestern Iraq

Mon, 2014-08-04 12:18

The militant group known as the Islamic State has reportedly captured Iraq's largest dam, just another instance in its successful offensive in northwestern Iraq. Melissa Block talks with reporter Jane Arraf about the group's gains.

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Toledo Escapes The Looming Bloom, Turns Its Taps Back On

Mon, 2014-08-04 12:18

A weekend-long ban on drinking tap water in Toledo, Ohio, was lifted early Monday. Some 400,000 residents in the region had been told not to drink the water.

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Foreigners Flee As Violence Worsens In Libya

Mon, 2014-08-04 12:18

Conditions in Libya have gone from bad to worse in recent months, with its main airport now a battleground and foreigners pulling out of the country.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama Abortion Law

Mon, 2014-08-04 12:18

A federal judge has ruled an Alabama abortion law unconstitutional. The measure required doctors to have admitting privileges in nearby hospitals. The ruling comes amid legal fights over just how far states can go to regulate abortion.

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What You Need To Know About Sierra Leone And Ebola

Mon, 2014-08-04 12:18

Sierra Leone is one of three West African nations hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is there and has the latest.

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Africa: The Richest Region For Young Workers And Consumers

Mon, 2014-08-04 12:14

Sub-Saharan Africa is the youngest region in the world. American corporations are seeking ways to do business on a continent that is home to 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24.

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Where The Wild Things Play

Mon, 2014-08-04 12:10

What makes a great adventure playground? Among other things, lots of freedom, stuff to build ... and a zip line.

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Oxytocin Isn't Lacking In Children With Autism, Researchers Say

Mon, 2014-08-04 11:41

Since the hormone oxytocin makes people more social, it's easy to imagine it might cause the social deficits of autism. But a study found children with autism no more likely to be short of oxytocin.

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Tennessee Denies Public Assistance To Drug Users

Mon, 2014-08-04 11:19

The state last month began requiring welfare applicants to detail their drug history. It's the latest attempt to find a constitutional way to deny assistance to people who use illegal drugs.

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James Brady, Gun Control Campaigner And Presidential Spokesman, Dies

Mon, 2014-08-04 10:09

Brady became a prominent gun control advocate after being struck by a bullet during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. He was 73.

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Hacker Says He Can Break Into Airplane Systems Using In-Flight Wi-Fi

Mon, 2014-08-04 10:03

Two years ago, a group at Las Vegas' annual hacker convention said it could break into air traffic control systems. This year a session will show how a passenger can hack a plane while in the air.

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Iraqi Leader Orders Air Support For Kurds Battling Extremists

Mon, 2014-08-04 09:35

Meanwhile, Kurdish forces are urging the U.S. to provide weapons in the fight against militants with the Islamic State.

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WATCH: Playful Lion Cub Scares The Daylights Out Of Dog

Mon, 2014-08-04 08:53

The viral video was filmed at a farm in South Africa that specializes in training animals to work in movies.

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Federal Judge Rules Alabama Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional

Mon, 2014-08-04 08:18

The law required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The measure is similar to legislation in 10 other states.

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Doctor With Ebola Is Improving, As Nigeria Reports Second Case

Mon, 2014-08-04 08:06

Dr. Kent Brantly, the first person to be treated for Ebola in the U.S., arrived in Atlanta Saturday, while the outbreak in West Africa continues to spread. Nigeria says a doctor there has the virus.

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Hospitals And Health Plans See The Future Very Differently

Mon, 2014-08-04 07:52

Are we going back to the bad old days of big increases in health care spending or is the modest boost of recent years here to stay? It really depends on who you ask — insurers or hospitals.

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Chef Grills Steak, Volcano-Style, With Molten Lava

Mon, 2014-08-04 07:50

After Sam Bompas roasted marshmallows over lava at a volcano in Japan, he wanted to recreate the experience. So he asked a geologist and sculptor who'd built an artificial volcano to host a barbecue.

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Storms, Aftershocks Hurt Rescue Efforts Following Deadly China Quake

Mon, 2014-08-04 06:38

The earthquake that hit Yunnan Province on Sunday afternoon has killed nearly 400 people. It displaced about 230,000 people, and more than 57,000 may still be waiting for rescue.

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Mudslides, Flooding Strand Thousands In California

Mon, 2014-08-04 05:19

One person was killed Sunday when a mudslide buried a car. Officials told people in two communities and in a campground to shelter in place.

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Gaza Conflict: Israel Begins Redeploying Troops

Mon, 2014-08-04 03:58

Israel also declared a seven-hour humanitarian cease-fire, but there were still no signs that a long-lasting peace was at hand.

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