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Sun August 16, 2015
NPR Story

A Decade After Katrina, Hopes Of Recovery Remain Unfulfilled In Waveland, Miss.

Mayor Mike Smith stands near a mural, created by residents, that depicts Waveland before and after Katrina.
Evelina Burnett MPB

Hurricane Katrina sent a 30-foot wall of water crashing into coastal Mississippi, and the small town of Waveland, Miss., near the Louisiana border, was one of the hardest-hit places. For 10 years now, its residents have struggled to rebuild in the face of multiple obstacles.

Standing on the second-floor balcony of Waveland City Hall, Mayor Mike Smith points out what used to be on Coleman Avenue, the main downtown thoroughfare: "There was a building right here on the corner, and then there was a drugstore and some shops on the right-hand side. ..."

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5:07pm

Sun August 16, 2015
Music Interviews

'Bringing Back The Home': Jon Cleary Celebrates The Soul Of New Orleans

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 11:34 pm

Jon Cleary's new album, GoGo Juice, is out now. (Don't fret: He doesn't really know what gogo juice is, either.)
Danielle Moir Courtesy of the artist

Jon Cleary's songwriting is pure New Orleans. The pianist and singer has absorbed every last bit of sound from the Mississippi delta. But here's the thing: Cleary was born and raised in England.

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5:07pm

Sun August 16, 2015
My Big Break

Alison Brie's Breakout Role On 'Mad Men' Looked Like A Bit Part

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 8:18 am

Alison Brie (right) as Trudy Campbell on Mad Men.
Carin Baer/AMC

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Before donning polka dots, pencil skirts, plaid and stylish retro hairstyles on Mad Men, Alison Brie was sporting a far less glamorous look.

She worked the children's birthday party circuit as a clown.

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5:07pm

Sun August 16, 2015
Environment

A Week Since The EPA Spill, Coloradans Look Back On How It Happened

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 5:53 pm

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5:07pm

Sun August 16, 2015
News

Protesters Take To The Streets In Brazil, In A Nationwide Call For Change

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 5:53 pm

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5:07pm

Sun August 16, 2015
Business

The Trademark Woes Of Michael Jordan (And Many Others) In China

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 11:34 pm

Air Jordan VIIs like these were originally released in 1992. In the years since, they've inspired retro releases from Nike — and unsanctioned imitators, like this pair of Qiaodan Sports' women's basketball shoes.
Christopher Robert Allah (killachris) Flickr

Copyright law is complicated to begin with.

But many American companies have run into extra trouble trying to do business in China, where trademark laws are completely different than they are here in the United States.

Take a chain of shoe and athletic wear stores in China, where things might look a little familiar. Looming above the columns of shoes and rows of clothes is the store's logo: a silhouette of a basketball player, mid-air, his outstretched arm holding a basketball.

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2:59pm

Sun August 16, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Says It Will Remove Patriot Missile Defense From Turkey In October

U.S. soldiers stand beside a Patriot missile system at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, last October. In a joint statement, Washington and Ankara said the missiles would be withdrawn for updating and modernization.
Osman Orsal Reuters/Landov

Two years after the United States deployed the Patriot missile defense system to Turkey, a NATO ally, the system will be withdrawn, the countries announced today.

In a joint statement, Turkey and the U.S. said that the air-defense units would be withdrawn in October, when the original two-year mandate expires. The statement reads, in part:

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1:20pm

Sun August 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Scores Killed In Syrian Airstrikes On Rebel Neighborhood In Damascus

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 2:54 pm

People inspect a site hit by what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on a marketplace in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, on Sunday.
Bassam Khabieh Reuters/Landov

More than 80 people were killed in a series of Syrian government airstrikes on a marketplace in a rebel-held neighborhood in the capital, Damascus, according to a U.K.-based monitoring group.

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11:48am

Sun August 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Migrants And Refugees Find Temporary Shelter On Greek Ferry

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 2:53 pm

Syrian refugees prepare to board the passenger ship Eleftherios Venizelos at Kos's main port on Sunday in Kos, Greece. The vessel will house more than 2,500 refugees and migrants who entered the country from the Turkish coast.
Milos Bicanski Getty Images

Hundreds of Syrian refugees stuck on the Greek island of Kos are now sheltering in a passenger ferry docked near the island.

Thousands — including many families from Syria and Afghanistan — are stranded on Kos, a resort island popular with tourists. There are not enough local police to register and fingerprint the migrants and refugees, who cross on inflatable rafts from the Turkish coast every day.

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10:47am

Sun August 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Toll At 112 In Aftermath Of China Blast; Nearly 100 Missing

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 2:50 pm

Chinese firefighters collect lunch as they wait near the site of an explosion in northeastern China's Tianjin municipality on Saturday. Officials say that 85 firefighters are among the nearly 100 people still missing from the blasts.
Ng Han Guan AP

More bodies were pulled from the wreckage of last week's industrial explosion southeast of Beijing, raising the official death toll to 112, even as nearly 100 others were still missing, officials said.

Chinese authorities said that 85 of the 95 people unaccounted for were firefighters who responded to Wednesday's massive explosions at a warehouse housing hazardous chemicals.

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9:10am

Sun August 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Julian Bond, Civil Rights Leader And Longtime NAACP Chair, Dies At 75

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

Then NAACP Chairman Julian Bond addresses the civil rights organization's annual convention in Detroit in 2007. Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75.
Paul Sancya AP

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

Julian Bond, a key civil rights activist and anti-war campaigner who helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and later served for years as the chairman of the NAACP, has died at age 75.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, where Bond served as president in the 1970s, announced his death in a statement on Sunday. The SPLC said Bond died Saturday evening in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

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8:33am

Sun August 16, 2015
Parallels

Is Afghanistan Backsliding?

Afghan security forces inspect a suicide bombing attack on Aug. 10 near the main gate of Kabul's international airport. It was one of a series of recent attacks in the Afghan capital that have left at least 50 dead. Violence in Afghanistan has increased since U.S. combat troops pulled out last year.
Massoud Hossaini AP

Amid the horrors of war in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, it's become easy to overlook Afghanistan. Remember Afghanistan? Back in the mid-2000s, it was known as the "forgotten war," eclipsed by the bloodshed in Iraq. Now it's overshadowed all over again. But there's plenty of reason to pay attention.

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8:11am

Sun August 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Indonesian Plane With 54 Aboard Crashes In Remote Papua

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:38 pm

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

Updated at 9:30 p.m. ET

An Indonesian twin-turboprop plane carrying 54 passengers and crew reportedly crashed in the country's mountainous and densely wooded Papua province, according to the Transportation Ministry.

There was no distress call from the Trigana Air Service ATR42-300. A search plane spotted the wreckage on Monday morning, the Associated Press reports; there is not yet any word on whether there were any survivors.

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8:09am

Sun August 16, 2015
Animals

For Cancer-Detecting Canines, The Nose Knows

Dr. Claire Guest, co-founder of Medical Detection Dogs, says one of her dogs sniffed out her own breast cancer.
Janine Warwick

A new clinical trial is set to begin in the United Kingdom using the powerful noses of dogs to detect prostate cancer in humans.

While research has been done before, these are the first trials approved by Britain's National Health Service.

The trials, at the Milton Keynes University Hospital in Buckinghamshire, will use animals from a nonprofit organization called Medical Detection Dogs, co-founded in 2008 by behavioral psychologist Claire Guest.

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7:42am

Sun August 16, 2015
Europe

In The Mediterranean, Dramatic Rescues Are 'Extremely Emotional'

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

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