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5:08pm

Sat August 15, 2015
Around the Nation

Adopting A Buddhist Ritual To Mourn Miscarriage, Abortion

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 7:54 pm

A Jizo figure at the Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Ore.
Deena Prichep for NPR

When parents lose a child, there are rituals to mark their grief — holding funerals, sitting shiva, bringing casseroles. But when that loss happens before birth, it often isn't marked. Sometimes, it's barely even mentioned. It's different in Japan, which has a traditional Buddhist ceremony that some Americans are adopting as their own.

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5:08pm

Sat August 15, 2015
Around the Nation

At Sandra Bland Vigils, Activists Say Seeds Of Change Must Be Sown In Person

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 6:56 pm

A memorial sits outside the Waller County Jail last month in Hempstead, Texas. Activists have taken to demonstrating outside the jail, where Sandra Bland died of an apparent suicide in her cell.
Pat Sullivan AP

It has been another 100-degree day in Hempstead, Texas. But no matter: dozens of activists have still come to demonstrate outside the Waller County Jail, setting up improvised camps and playing songs, as they've been doing for the past month.

In July, Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman, apparently commited suicide inside the jail, just days after she was arrested by a white state trooper during a traffic stop. Bland's family has filed a federal lawsuit against Waller County and state officials, and there have been calls for a Justice Department investigation.

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5:08pm

Sat August 15, 2015
Politics

It's A Party In Iowa — And Just About All The Candidates Are Invited

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 6:56 pm

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5:08pm

Sat August 15, 2015
Economy

What The Roiling Markets Mean For The U.S. And The World

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 6:56 pm

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4:43pm

Sat August 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Report: AT&T Had Long, 'Highly Collaborative' Partnership With NSA

A man using a mobile phone walks past an AT&T store, in June. The New York Times and ProPublica report that the telecom giant helped the NSA spy for decades.
Mark Lennihan AP

The New York Times and ProPublica report that the National Security Agency's ability to spy on Internet traffic "has relied on its extraordinary, decades long partnership" with AT&T, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

According to the reporting, the NSA documents do not identify AT&T by name, but by the codename "Fairview."

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2:59pm

Sat August 15, 2015
The Two-Way

East Coast Flights Returning To Normal After Glitch Causes Delays

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 4:39 pm

Alisha Lalani, 10, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., looks at her phone as her mother and brother check in for their flight to Miami at Washington's Reagan National Airport. Their flight was one of thousands delayed as a result of a technical glitch with an FAA automated system.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET

After thousands of flights were delayed as a result of technical problems with FAA automation at one of its centers in Virginia, the agency says the problem has been resolved and that flights are returning to normal.

Here's our original post:

Thousands of flights in and out of New York and Washington, D.C., have been delayed due to technical problems at a Federal Aviation Administration center in Virginia, authorities said.

Some delays were as long as 2 hours, 45 minutes, officials said.

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2:24pm

Sat August 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Burundi's Ex-Army Chief Gunned Down In Latest Violence

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 3:00 pm

Col. Jean Bikomagu, Burundi's ex-army chief who led the armed forces during the country's more than decade-long civil war, was gunned down in the capital Bujumbura today, the latest in a series of apparent assassinations that the United Nations warns could be causing the country to spiral out of control.

The BBC, via Agence France-Presse, reports that Bikomagu was killed at the gates of his residence and that his daughter was badly wounded.

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1:05pm

Sat August 15, 2015
The Two-Way

In Iowa, Clinton Calls Email Controversy 'Usual' Partisan Politics

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 1:16 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at the Surf Ballroom on Friday. Appearing at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, she said the controversy over her emails was the "usual" politics.
Charlie Riedel AP

Hillary Clinton reiterated her earlier remarks that she "did not send or receive emails marked 'classified' " on a private server used while she was secretary of state, calling the controversy over the subject the "usual" partisan politics.

Appearing at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines with former Sen. Tom Harkin, who endorsed her on Friday, Clinton said "the facts are the same as they have been from the beginning."

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11:51am

Sat August 15, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Elephant Poachers; 'Mistress America'; A Teenage 'Diary'

Baby elephants are a welcome sight in Zakouma National Park in Chad. Thanks to stepped-up enforcement, the park hasn't lost an elephant to poachers since 2012. Without the stress of poaching, the elephants started breeding again and more than 40 calves have been born.
Brent Stirton Reportage by Getty Images for National Geographic Magazine

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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10:41am

Sat August 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Eurozone OKs Greek Bailout Deal, Extending Financial Lifeline

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 1:25 pm

A European Union (EU) flag flutters in front of the temple of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, on Saturday. Finance ministers on Friday approved the first 26 billion euros ($29 billion) of a vast new bailout package for Greece.
Yorgos Karahalis AP

After months of wrangling and brinkmanship, the Eurozone finally approved the first tranche of an 86 billion euro ($96 billion) bailout for Greece in exchange for a promise from Athens to put its financial house in order. It is the third time in five years that Greece has sought emergency funds to stave off default.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the approval sent a "loud and clear" message that Greece will remain in the Eurozone — ending concerns that the country would be forced out.

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9:58am

Sat August 15, 2015
The Two-Way

At Least 40 Migrants Found Dead On Boat In Mediterranean

At least 40 migrants were found dead in the hold of a smuggling boat in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, as the Italian navy rescued 320 others.

"The dead were found in the hold," Cmdr. Massimo Tosi, speaking from the navy ship Cigala Fulgosi while the rescue was still ongoing, according to The Associated Press. Asked by RaiNews24 how the migrants died, Tosi said "it appears to be from inhaling exhaust fumes."

"They are still counting the victims," Interior Minister Angelino Alfano told reporters.

As The Associated Press notes:

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8:42am

Sat August 15, 2015
NPR Story

In Measuring Post-Katrina Recovery, A Racial Gap Emerges

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 10:36 am

A woman walks along the rebuilt Industrial Canal levee wall in the Lower Ninth Ward on May 18, 2015 in New Orleans.
Mario Tama Getty Images

How can you tell if a city has come back from a tragedy as devastating as Hurricane Katrina?

Ten years after the levees failed in New Orleans, and the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, whipped up by Hurricane Katrina, flooded most of the city, New Orleans residents say there's been much progress since then.

A new NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that a majority surveyed — 54 percent — says New Orleans has mostly recovered, measured by returning population, new housing, jobs, infrastructure and quality of life.

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8:34am

Sat August 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Japan's Emperor Expresses 'Deep Remorse' For War Past

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 1:27 pm

Japan's Emperor Akihito delivers his remarks with Empress Michiko during a memorial service at Nippon Budokan martial arts hall in Tokyo, on Saturday. His expression of "deep remorse" for Japan's wartime past is seen as an unprecedented apology.
Shizuo Kambayashi AP

Japan's Emperor Akihito has apologized for his country's actions during World War II, 70 years after its surrender, expressing for the first time "deep remorse" over the death and destruction caused by Japanese forces.

"On this day to commemorate the war dead and pray for peace, my thoughts are with the people who lost their precious lives in the last war and their bereaved families," Emperor Akihito said in a speech during the ceremony.

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8:14am

Sat August 15, 2015
It's All Politics

'Same Old Partisan Games,' Clinton Says Of Attacks Regarding Emails

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 1:19 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding on Friday in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidates played to a full house in Clear Lake, Iowa, on Friday night — in the same ballroom where in 1959 Buddy Holly played his last-ever show. At the historic Surf Ballroom, with a vintage mirror ball dangling from the ceiling, candidates offered up a version of their own greatest hits.

In her speech, Hillary Clinton took a new approach, going after those who have been attacking her over her email accounts and over her actions during the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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8:03am

Sat August 15, 2015
Code Switch

Through Watts Riots And Rodney King, Hawkins House Of Burgers Stands Strong

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 2:03 pm

Cynthia Hawkins is in the third generation of her family to lead a business in Watts, now known as the Hawkins House of Burgers.
Courtesy Hawkins House of Burgers

Some people take the day off for their birthdays. Not Cynthia Hawkins. She's at the grill of Hawkins House of Hamburgers, making food that keeps her customers happy, like her bacon cheeseburger. And she's persnickety about the bacon.

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