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Wed July 29, 2015
Music Reviews

Ashley Monroe's 'Blade' Blends Country Sentiment And Delicate Phrasings

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4:05pm

Wed July 29, 2015
Shots - Health News

Doctors Devise A Better Way To Diagnose Shaken Baby Syndrome

Frustration with a crying baby can lead some parents and caregivers to shake a baby.
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To tell if a baby has been injured or killed by being shaken, the courts use three hallmark symptoms: Bleeding and swelling in the brain and retinal bleeding in the eyes. Along with other evidence, those standards are used to convict caregivers of abusive head trauma, both intentional and unintentional, that can result in blindness, seizures, severe brain damage or death.

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2:55pm

Wed July 29, 2015
Goats and Soda

Some Chinese Grandparents Are Making Their Grandkids Fat

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 6:36 pm

At a camp for overweight children in Beijing, students stretch after taking a swim.
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Too much love and affection from Grandma and Grandpa are helping China's "little emperors" pack on the pounds.

That is, children in China who are mainly cared for by grandparents are twice as likely to be overweight or obese, according to a study published this month in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

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2:10pm

Wed July 29, 2015
Shots - Health News

Texting While Walking: Are You Cautious Or Clueless?

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Do you roam city sidewalks with your nose buried in your phone, oblivious to what's going on around you? If so, you may want to look up and start paying attention.

Texting while walking decreases the ability to walk in a straight line and slows down pace significantly, according to a study published Wednesday in PLOS ONE. But this gait change may not be as dangerous as it sounds, the researchers say.

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2:05pm

Wed July 29, 2015
Animals

A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 3:04 pm

White God is about a dog who is separated from his owner (Zsófia Psotta) when her father forces her to give him up. Teresa Ann Miller worked as a trainer for the Hungarian film.
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Animal trainer Teresa Ann Miller is used to working with furry performers, but she says the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "This wasn't necessarily a film with an animal in it," Miller tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It was a dog leading the film and telling the story."

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó, White God tells the story of a mixed-breed dog, Hagen, who is abandoned alongside a highway and who then bands together with other discarded dogs to get revenge against the people who have mistreated them.

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1:58pm

Wed July 29, 2015
The Two-Way

University Of Cincinnati Police Officer Charged In Killing Of Unarmed Black Man

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:17 pm

Mourners Shanicca Soloman cries in the embrace of friend Terrell Whitney outside funeral services for Samuel DuBose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati on Tuesday.
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Announcing the indictment of a white University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a traffic stop, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters called the officer's actions "asinine" and "totally unwarranted."

"This doesn't happen in the United States," he said. "It might happen in Afghanistan or somewhere else, but people here don't get shot during a traffic stop."

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1:57pm

Wed July 29, 2015
The Two-Way

'Booker Dozen' Stirs In A Hefty Batch Of American Authors

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 4:04 pm

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When the Man Booker Prize announced in 2013 it would expand eligibility to include writers across the English-speaking world, the doomsayers came out in spades. The literary award, the U.K.'s most prestigious, had long been open only to British writers and those from Ireland, Zimbabwe and the Commonwealth.

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1:07pm

Wed July 29, 2015
Code Switch

On Wyatt Cenac, 'Key & Peele,' And Being The Only One In The Room

Onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A.
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Last week, the Internet exploded after an episode of the WTF! Podcast with Marc Maron went online. The guest was the comedian Wyatt Cenac, who talked about being a writer and correspondent on The Daily Show for several years. He recalled getting into a heated argument with Jon Stewart, the show's host, over Stewart's impression of Herman Cain, which Cenac had found troubling:

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12:49pm

Wed July 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Windows 10 Rolls Out, Along With Concern Over Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:15 pm

With Windows 10, Microsoft is more closely uniting its operating systems that run tablets, phones and desktops.
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Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 as a free upgrade Wednesday, hoping to become more relevant to mobile users as it updates a key operating system. One feature, which shares your Wi-Fi with your contacts list, is drawing skepticism.

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11:49am

Wed July 29, 2015
The Salt

To Shed Pounds, Going Vegetarian Or Vegan May Help

Most people go vegetarian out of some combination of ethical, environmental or health concerns.

But to drop pounds? That could soon become another reason to go meatless. A meta-analysis published in early July shows that people who followed a vegetarian diet overall lost more weight than people on an average American diet.

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11:45am

Wed July 29, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., Of Philadelphia, Indicted On Corruption Charges

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 3:25 pm

Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., D-Pa., speaks in Philadelphia on May 7.
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Updated at 3:25 p.m. ET

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., the Democrat who represents a district that includes parts of Philadelphia, was indicted on Wednesday over allegations of political corruption.

According to the indictment, the government alleges that Fattah was involved in a wide-ranging conspiracy that included bribery, the illegal use of campaign contributions and theft of charitable funds.

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11:41am

Wed July 29, 2015
Code Switch

'Key & Peele' Is Ending. Here Are A Few Of Its Code Switch-iest Moments

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:34 pm

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11:03am

Wed July 29, 2015
NPR History Dept.

The Future Of American History

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 7:15 am

Teaching American history in the contemporary classroom — and in the coming years — holds some particular, and complicated, challenges. (Space mural by Robert McCall, National Air and Space Museum)
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College history majors used to study The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Today perhaps they should also be studying the decline and fall of history majors.

Since 2010, the number of history majors at Ohio State University has dropped by more than 30 percent, according to a May 9 Columbus Dispatch story. Meanwhile, the number of students majoring in history at the University of Cincinnati has fallen by 33 percent since 2010.

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10:58am

Wed July 29, 2015
Shots - Health News

Progress For Bill To Bolster Medicare Patients' Hospital Rights

Hospitals can call people who stay overnight outpatients, a classification that can have surprising financial consequences.
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The Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday night requiring hospitals across the nation to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but haven't been admitted to the hospital as inpatients.

The distinction is easy for patients to miss — until they get hit with big medical bills after a short stay.

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10:35am

Wed July 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Migrant Dies In Calais As Thousands Try To Use Channel Tunnel

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 11:22 am

Migrants cross a road near the Eurotunnel on Wednesday in Coquelles, near Calais, France. A Sudanese man, between 25 and 30 years old, was killed by a truck as up to 1,500 migrants tried to force their way into the tunnel, officials say.
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France is boosting security around its entry to the tunnel that runs beneath the English Channel, after thousands of migrants tried to make a desperate rush to Britain. One migrant died; at least 3,500 have tried to make the trip this week.

Since the start of 2015, French officials have intercepted more than 37,000 migrants who were hoping to jump on trains or trucks heading to Britain via the tunnel that's called the Eurotunnel in France and the Channel Tunnel, or Chunnel, in Britain.

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