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5:20am

Sat August 15, 2015
Parallels

A Paris 'Beach Party' Turns Into A Middle East Protest

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

People in Paris dance at the "Tel Aviv beach event" on the banks of the Seine River on Thursday. Every summer, Paris celebrates a different seaside city. But the choice of Tel Aviv this year sparked protests from pro-Palestinian activists, who head a rival "Gaza beach event."
Francois Mori AP

Paris turns a bank of the River Seine into an urban beach every August, providing a respite for Parisians who can't get away for a summer vacation.

This year the Israeli seaside city of Tel Aviv was the theme for what was supposed to be a day of music and food trucks set amid sand, umbrellas and palm trees. But the faux seashore turned into a Middle East political battleground on Thursday.

"Israel murderers, Paris accomplices!" the pro-Palestinian protesters shouted next to a children's playground by the river.

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12:44am

Sat August 15, 2015
The Two-Way

China Evacuates Tianjin Blast Site As Sodium Cyanide Found

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 3:07 pm

People carry their luggage as they are evacuated Saturday in the aftermath of a huge explosion that rocked the port city of Tianjin, China. Explosions and a fireball at a chemical warehouse killed at least 85 people in the north-eastern Chinese port city.
Wu Hong EPA /Landov

Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET

Chinese police are clearing everyone within two miles of a fire in the port city of Tianjin over fears of chemical poisoning, days after a massive explosion that authorities now say has killed at least 104 people.

Police confirmed that highly toxic sodium cyanide was present near the site, raising fears that spread of the chemical could cause more casualties.

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7:21pm

Fri August 14, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Officials Say Self-Proclaimed Islamic State Leader Raped American Hostage

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 8:09 pm

Kayla Mueller was 26 when she was killed.
Courtesy of The Mueller family

U.S. government officials report that Kayla Mueller, the American who was kidnapped while doing relief work with Syrian refugees, was repeatedly raped by the top leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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7:05pm

Fri August 14, 2015
It's All Politics

Democrat Vows To Block Key Nomination Over Asia Trade Deal Secrecy

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 8:13 pm

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is holding up an Obama trade nomination after U.S. trade authorities missed a deadline to ease secrecy protocols around TPP draft language.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Friday he is going to block the confirmation of a high-level White House nominee, because of the Obama administration's refusal to relax its secrecy protocols that make it difficult for members of Congress and their staffs to review the language in a Pacific Rim trade deal.

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5:55pm

Fri August 14, 2015
World

'Running Away Is The Best Policy': Syrian Refugee Recalls Journey To Greece

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 7:11 pm

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5:55pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Performing Arts

'Evan Hansen' Makes Music Out Of Teen Angst And Anxiety

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 7:08 pm

Laura Dreyfuss plays Zoe, Connor's bereaved sister, and Ben Platt is Evan in Dear Evan Hansen.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of Arena Stage

An anxious, awkward teenager, social media, suicide. These are the themes at play in a new musical at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The production has garnered praise from both the New York Times ("sweet, sad and quite moving") and the Washington Post (which said it "radiates charm and wit)." They're not the only ones buzzing about it — this play about human behavior in the digital age will head to New York's Second Stage Theater next spring.

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5:55pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Commentary

Melissa Block Looks Back On More Than 12 Years Hosting 'All Things Considered'

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 7:11 pm

Melissa Block reporting in China in 2008. She was on a reporting trip to southwest China when a massive earthquake hit, leaving some 90,000 dead or missing.
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You don't host All Things Considered without having a list of memorable interview moments with musicians, actors and authors.

On her last day as host, NPR's Melissa Block takes a look at some of the highlights over her 12 1/2 years as one of the voices of All Things Considered.

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4:44pm

Fri August 14, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Investigating Whether ISIS Used Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

The U.S. is investigating the possibility that the self-proclaimed Islamic State used mustard gas or another chemical weapon to attack Kurdish forces in Iraq this week.

The Wall Street Journal reported first reported the story:

"Islamic State militants likely used mustard agent against Kurdish forces in Iraq this week, senior U.S. officials said Thursday, in the first indication the militant group has obtained banned chemicals."

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4:29pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Energy

Closure Of BP Refinery Sends Gasoline Prices Soaring In The Midwest

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:39 pm

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4:29pm

Fri August 14, 2015
National Security

U.S. Investigates Reports ISIS Used Chemical Weapons In Attack On Kurds

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:21 pm

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4:29pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Science

Scientists Discover 15th Convex Pentagon Able To Tile A Plane

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 7:17 pm

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4:01pm

Fri August 14, 2015
The Two-Way

Immigration Officials Arrest 50 Suspected Of Human Rights Violations

Fifty foreign nationals have been arrested in several cities across the U.S. in raids this week by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on suspicion of human rights violations.

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2:35pm

Fri August 14, 2015
The Two-Way

With Discovery, 3 Scientists Chip Away At An Unsolvable Math Problem

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 3:38 pm

The 15th convex pentagon found to be able to tile a plane.
Casey Mann

Jennifer McLoud-Mann had almost come to believe that her last two years of work had been for naught.

"It had gotten to the point, where we hadn't found anything," she said. "And I was starting to believe I just don't know if we're going to find anything."

Armed with an algorithm, McLoud-Mann, along with her husband, Casey Mann, and David Von Derau — all of the University of Washington, Bothell — had been trying to help unravel one of math's long-standing unanswered questions.

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2:13pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Television

'Show Me A Hero' Offers A Nuanced Take On Public Housing Discrimination

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 3:05 pm

Oscar Isaac plays an ambitious young politician in the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, which begins airing Sunday.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

By now, viewers know what to expect from a David Simon drama. You expect an intense study of a precise location, as with Baltimore in The Wire and New Orleans in Treme. You expect flawed, fascinating and unforgettable characters — like Omar in The Wire, just to name one. And you expect the story to raise issues, especially about race and politics, that are unfortunately relevant to today.

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2:13pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Author Interviews

David Foster Wallace: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

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