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Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:10pm

Would you be a better cook if you could see your food on the grill without lifting the lid? We take a peek under the hood of an innovative glass-top grill that claims to help prevent the dreaded burn.

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Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:08pm

What does a 20 percent chance of rain or snow actually mean? Interpreting probabilities in forecasts can be hard even for mathematicians and meteorologists — never mind the average person.

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D.C. Washington's Voice Shines On The Diamond In Nation's Capital

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:56pm

On a visit to a Washington Nationals game, Robert Siegel was struck by the singer of the national anthem — by his baritone and his apt name: D.C. Washington. So, he invited Washington to the studio.

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VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:53pm

Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

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Near Crash Site, Stories Of The Jet Cleave Closely To Russian Version

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:50pm

Following the downing of the Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, local residents have been talking about the event — but the picture is being distorted by a propaganda campaign in local media.

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University Would Study Health Issues in Polluted Town

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:49pm

People who live in Tonawanda, N.Y., also live near a company whose ovens heat coal into material for the iron and steel industries, releasing toxic chemicals into the air.

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Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Killed By Beetles

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:43pm

A pine tree planted in Los Angeles in memory of George Harrison is one of several brought down in Griffith Park by an infestation of beetles.

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Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:29pm

If inflation were to flare up, Fed policymakers would have to push up interest rates. Tuesday's consumer price report suggests inflation is low, but some say the data isn't capturing asset "bubbles."

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A Spicy Take On An Old Standby: This Ketchup's Ripe For Return

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:14pm

When life gives you tomatoes, make ketchup. With those fruits of the vine in season, All Things Considered reaches into the archives for a tomato ketchup recipe.

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The Polish Case For Tougher Russia Sanctions

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:14pm

In the wake of the Malaysian airliner's downing, many Europeans are now calling for tougher sanctions against Russia. Among them is Radek Sikorski, Poland's foreign minister, who explains to Robert Siegel why the West should ratchet up sanctions.

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Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:14pm

Two different U.S. appeals courts issued opposing verdicts on the Affordable Care Act, one striking down a crucial component of the law while another upheld the same component. NPR's Mara Liasson unravels the political consequences of the conflicting decisions.

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Obama's Health Care Law Has A Confusing Day In Court

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:14pm

The Affordable Care Act received conflicting rulings in federal courts Tuesday. One U.S. appeals court tossed out an IRS regulation governing subsidies, while another three-judge panel issued unanimous verdict saying just the opposite.

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In Cairo, First Steps Taken On Gnarled Path To Gaza Cease-Fire

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:14pm

Secretary of State John Kerry has finished his first full day in Cairo, where he's trying to help forge a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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As Rockets Encroach, Israel's Main Airport Sees Canceled U.S. Flights

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:14pm

U.S. airlines have canceled flights to Israel after reports of Hamas rockets landing near Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv.

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Newark Police Placed Under Federal Microscope For Rampant Misconduct

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:14pm

After a lengthy investigation, the U.S. Justice Department has found that the Newark Police Department, the largest in New Jersey, has frequently violated residents' civil rights and engaged in unreasonable use of force. Sarah Gonzalez of WNYC reports that the department will be placed under federal oversight.

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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:33pm

Arthur Allen's new book The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.

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Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:31pm

Researchers have stumbled on an ingenious idea: Use bubble wrap as a cheap test tube and petri dish. They've even run tests on blood that's sitting inside the poppable packaging. So how does it work?

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Fresh Air Remembers Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:31pm

The Broadway star used to describe herself as a Catholic, diabetic, alcoholic. She died July 17 at the age of 89. In 1999, she talked with Terry Gross when she was starring in a revival of Sail Away.

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As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:19pm

Kids who play lacrosse will tell you there's lots of action. Now, there's an analysis of injuries sustained by high school lacrosse players that quantifies the risks.

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Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:17pm

The largest outbreak in history is giving birth to what may be the largest outbreak of Ebola rumors. It's a curse! It's carried by mosquitoes. Or ... a snake. Here's a look at what people are saying.

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