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12:16pm

Mon August 17, 2015
It's All Politics

Bernie Sanders and the Size and Wisdom of Crowds

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has gotten some of the biggest and most devoted crowds of the 2016 presidential race, including in Portland, Ore., this month, where he drew more than 19,000.
Troy Wayrynen AP

One measure of how impressive Bernie Sanders' crowds have been lately is the respect they get from Donald Trump, a man who clearly believes size matters.

"He's getting the biggest crowds, and I'm getting the biggest crowds," Trump said last week of Sanders in one of his innumerable TV interviews.

He meant it as a putdown of Hillary Clinton, but the left-handed salute to Bernie resonated. Because he has arguably drawn the very biggest crowds this summer, even more "biggest" than Trump's.

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11:18am

Mon August 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Deadly Explosion Rocks Thailand's Capital City

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 11:57 am

Thai soldiers inspect the scene after a bomb exploded Monday evening near the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok.
Pornchai Kittiwongsakul AFP/Getty Images

An explosion tore through a major intersection in the center of Bangkok, Thailand's capital city, near a Hindu shrine popular with tourists.

Multiple news reports put the number of people killed at more than a dozen. Scores of people were wounded in the blast at about 7 p.m. local time.

Maj. Gen. Weerachon Sukhondhapatipak, a spokesman for Thailand's ruling junta, said there were at least two bombs and that at least one had detonated, according to The Associated Press.

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10:55am

Mon August 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Cute And Cuddly? Think Again. Koala Terrifies Aussie Farmer

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 12:35 pm

A speedy koala caught up to this four-wheeler.
Ebony Churchill

You thought koalas were cute and cuddly, right?

Well, you should ask Ebony Churchill, an Australian dairy farmer, about that.

Churchill uploaded a video on Facebook over the weekend that shows a big koala chasing after her.

"They've got hard, sharp claws, and I didn't want to have him grabbing at my leg as I was on the bike," she told her local paper, The Advertiser.

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9:56am

Mon August 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Jeff Bezos Responds To 'New York Times' Report On Amazon's Workplace

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appears at an event last year in Seattle for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone.
Ted S. Warren AP

Following a weekend New York Times feature that depicted an often harsh and unforgiving workplace culture at tech giant Amazon, CEO Jeff Bezos has responded in a memo to employees.

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8:03am

Mon August 17, 2015
Around the Nation

New Jersey Brewery Crafts Beer For Pope's Visit

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 8:50 am

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8:03am

Mon August 17, 2015
Around the Nation

New York City Council Considers Plan To Text 911

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 8:50 am

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7:10am

Mon August 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Indonesian Authorities Spot Wreckage Thought To Be Of Missing Plane

A Trigana Air ATR-42 similar to the one missing in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province.
Bagus Indahono EPA/Landov

Indonesian authorities have spotted a wreckage, which they believe belongs to a missing Trigana Air Service turboprop plane, in a remote area of Papua.

The Financial Times reports:

"Search and rescue aircraft spotted the wreck in the Bintang Mountains, according to Reuters, and are heading to the site to look for any survivors.

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5:10am

Mon August 17, 2015
Animals

Decoding Nature: Identifying Sounds A Horned Owl Makes

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 12:29 pm

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5:10am

Mon August 17, 2015
NPR Story

Black Men Who Are Crime Victims Have Few Places To Turn

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 8:50 am

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5:10am

Mon August 17, 2015
Economy

China Devaluates Currency; Multiple Effects On Global Economy

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 8:50 am

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5:10am

Mon August 17, 2015
Politics

Politics In the News: Presidential Candidates Court Iowa

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 8:50 am

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5:01am

Mon August 17, 2015
The Two-Way

In Private Letter, Red Cross Tried To End Government Inquiry

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 10:16 am

The American Red Cross, which has often boasted of its transparency, attempted last year to halt a congressional inquiry into its disaster relief work, according to a private letter Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern wrote to Rep. Bennie Thompson.

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4:42am

Mon August 17, 2015
Shots - Health News

'Play This Video Game And Call Me In The Morning'

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 11:45 am

Can playing the Project Evo game really improve the brain's ability to deal with distractions? Its manufacturer thinks so.
Courtesy of Akili

I'm driving through a frozen world, where the roads are paved in ice. As I swerve left to avoid a miniature iceberg, a red fish flashes at the top of my screen. I'm supposed to tap all the red fish that pop up, but not the green fish or the blue. And I have to do this without crashing the car.

An unidentifiable, omnipresent game-meister says: "Doing one thing at a time is easy, but doing them both at the same time is where the magic happens!"

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4:40am

Mon August 17, 2015
Environment

To Measure Drought's Reach, Researchers Scale The Mighty Sequoia

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 10:06 am

UC Berkeley tree biologist Wendy Baxter is about to begin her ascent of a giant sequoia.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

The giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevada are one of America's treasures, but for the first time in Sequoia National Park's history, the trees are showing visible signs of exhaustion due to the drought.

On a hike last summer, a scientist noticed that the leaves of the giant sequoias were browning and more sparse than usual. This finding got ecologists thinking: Did the drought cause this?

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3:35am

Mon August 17, 2015
NPR Story

After Katrina, New Orleans' Public Housing Is A Mix Of Pastel And Promises

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 9:13 am

Bobbie Jennings, 69, stands outside her home in the Harmony Oaks housing development in New Orleans. Jennings says that she misses the sense of community of the Magnolia projects, the nickname of the C.J. Peete projects that Harmony Oaks replaced.
Edmund D. Fountain for NPR

Hurricane Katrina caused widespread devastation and loss of life, and many of those whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged fled New Orleans.

In the months that followed, many of the city's poorest families got even more bad news: The public housing units they called home would be knocked down, even if undamaged by the storm.

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