Thu July 11, 2013
NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

Join The Twitter Roundtable: What Makes A City 'Smart'?

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 3:10 pm

Use #nprcities to join a Twitter conversation about smart cities and urban innovation.

This year, the NPR Cities Project is covering the concept of "smart cities": how cities worldwide are experimenting with technology to solve all sorts of urban problems. Please join us as we tackle the issue of smart cities with a live Twitter chat on Thursday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon EDT.

Policymakers hope implementing technological solutions to urban issues will help cities become more efficient, more user-friendly and more environmentally sustainable.

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Thu July 11, 2013
The Salt

Hipsters Off The Hook: The Truth Behind Abandoned Backyard Chickens

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 11:15 am

Don't leave me: Many cities allow hens but not roosters.

From the headlines this week, I almost expected to see a hen clucking outside NPR's headquarters this morning.

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Thu July 11, 2013
Striding Forward

Amputee Ran in 5 Marathons After Loss of Leg

Jack Richmond with his tension spring running leg on left and computer enhanced leg with functional ankle pictured on right.
Credit Rabbit Zielke

Jack Richmond did not let the loss of one leg keep him from racing and now he motivates other amputees to embrace the technology that will help them run again. 

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Thu July 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose Last Week

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 11:55 am

There were 360,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits filed last week, up 16,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

The "four-week moving average," which gives a sense of the recent trend, "was 351,750, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average of 345,750."

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Thu July 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Country Star Randy Travis In Critical Condition After Stroke

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 11:58 am

Country singer Randy Travis at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville on June 7.
Terry Wyatt UPI/Landov

Country singer Randy Travis is in critical condition at a hospital in Plano, Texas, after suffering a stroke, the Baylor Health Care System says.

He underwent surgery Wednesday night to relieve pressure on his brain, the hospital system adds. Word of his stroke came that evening.

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Thu July 11, 2013

What Should The U.S. Be Doing In Egypt?

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 3:25 pm

Some Egyptian protesters felt the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, was too close to the recently deposed president, Mohammed Morsi. Demonstrators in Cairo carry banners denouncing her on June 30, three days before Morsi was ousted by Egypt's military.
Ed Giles Getty Images

Egypt's crisis has ignited a familiar debate over U.S. foreign policy where the combatants cluster around two basic viewpoints: The U.S. is doing too little, and the U.S. is doing too much.

So which is it? Is America shrewdly orchestrating events behind the scenes, or is it just an impotent bystander in the Egyptian drama? It depends on whom you ask.

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Thu July 11, 2013
The Two-Way

After Crash, Why Were Asiana Passengers Told To Stay Seated?

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 5:41 pm

Passengers move away from Asiana Airlines Flight 214 on Saturday in San Francisco. This photo was taken by a passenger.
Eugene Anthony Rah Reuters/Landov


Thu July 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Evidence 'Overwhelming' In Apple Price-Fixing Case

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 7:29 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Thu July 11, 2013

Tourists At Kruger National Park Witness High-Speed Chase

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 11:16 pm



Good morning. I'm David Greene. Tourists at South Africa's Kruger National Park witnessed a dramatic high-speed chase - two cheetahs chasing a herd of impala. Impala are African antelope, and of course a Chevy model. And seconds from becoming dinner, one of the impala decided to make a tourist's SUV its getaway car.

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Thu July 11, 2013
The Two-Way

50 Likely Died In Quebec Train Disaster, Officials Say

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 10:13 am

At a school in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the town's people have been waiting for word about their friends and family members.
Christinne Muschi Reuters /Landov
  • On 'Morning Edition': Brian Mann reports from Quebec

Police in Quebec are not holding out hope that any of the people still missing after Saturday's train derailment and explosions in the town of Lac-Mégantic are alive.

With 20 bodies found so far and an additional 30 people still unaccounted for, that means the death toll is expected to be around 50. Authorities are telling the families of the missing to prepare for the worst.

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