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Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:37pm

Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington, including one that has stretched over 250,000 acres.

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Episode 555: Why Is The Milk In The Back Of The Store?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:25pm

Today on the show, two big theories to answer a little question: Why is the milk in the back of the store?

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Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:14pm

The radical Islamic State and former associates of Saddam Hussein have fought together against Iraq's government. But the fault lines between the unlikely partners are beginning to show.

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Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:08pm

Around the U.S., food assistance agencies are trying to come up with new ways to feed hungry kids in the summer. In Hopkins County, Ky., they're using mobile vans to take food to where kids live.

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Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:06pm

Republicans say a sting in which false identities were used to sign up for health care has revealed a major problem. Democrats question the premise that people would try to steal insurance.

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Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:52pm

Federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, show that nearly 1 million insurance transactions have taken place since the middle of April.

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Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:29pm

The Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler, a former doctor, is known as a literate and introspective musician. But then he wondered how his brainy musings would translate to music for the body.

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Confusion With A Chance Of Clarity: Your Weather Questions, Answered

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:19pm

Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel read letters from listeners about the percentages used in weather forecasts.

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'Tahrir Harassment' Trials End In Sexual Assault Convictions

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:16pm

Sexual assault convictions have been handed down to some Egyptian men, after several women were attacked during celebrations for incoming President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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N.Y. Man's Death Prompts Police Introspection On Use Of Force

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:13pm

Funeral services are being held for Eric Garner, a New York City man who died in police custody. The incident is prompting the NYPD to rethink how it trains all its officers in the use of force.

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Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

Secretary of State John Kerry met separately Wednesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to try to ease tensions in the Gaza Strip.

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Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

Operators of the Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami have received federal permission to run their cooling system above the old 100 degree limit. The decision is meant to combat algae growth and rising temperature in cooling canals, but environmental groups in nearby Biscayne National Park are concerned.

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A Bird's-Eye View On Common Core Across The Country

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

With conservative commentator Glenn Beck renewing his fight against the Common Core State Standards, it's worth taking a bird's-eye view of the learning benchmarks. Where are they now being implemented, what challenges remain and what does the coming school year have in store?

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Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck hosted a live, interactive "night of action" against the Common Core State Standards. He has long fought against the learning benchmarks in reading and math now being used in 43 states. Events such as these, and the Common Core itself, could continue to play a role in the 2014 midterm campaigns.

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Costa Concordia's Rusty Hulk Embarks On A Final Voyage

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

More than two years since it ran aground off an Italian island and killed 32 people, the Costa Concordia cruise ship is finally up and away. Cocooned in stabilizing containers that act as floats, the crippled ship is headed to Genoa, where it will be broken up for scrap.

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In Facing National Security Dilemmas, CIA Puts Probabilities Into Words

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

In 2011, when President Obama was presented with circumstantial evidence of Osama bin Laden's whereabouts, he faced a range of estimates — anywhere from 30 to 95 percent that the man spotted in the compound was actually bin Laden. In this new installment in a series on the intersection of risks and probabilities, Obama's national security quandary takes center stage.

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Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

The governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state. But the mayor of Des Moines and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor.

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To Cope With Immigration Influx, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

Both the House and Senate have unveiled legislation to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Both are proposing to spend less than the Obama administration's request for $3.7 billion, but Republicans are also proposing that a relevant 2008 law must be changed.

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40 Hearses For 40 Coffins: Netherlands Mourns Malaysian Jet Victims

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

The remains of passengers of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight arrived in the Netherlands, on what has been a national day of mourning. Most of those killed in the jet that was brought down over Ukraine were Dutch. Robert Siegel talks with Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times, who is in the Netherlands.

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Out Of The Amazon, Uncontacted Indians Face Diseases Of A New World

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

An uncontacted Amazonian tribe has ended its isolation in Brazil. Fiona Watson, the field and research director for Survival International, explains why this tribal people left its village.

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