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6:12am

Wed July 22, 2015
Strange News

In A Hurry, Queen Elizabeth Goes Off Road

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:52 am

Being the queen apparently doesn't exempt one from being what we all are at times: an impatient driver.

Queen Elizabeth was driving to church through the park leading out of Windsor Castle. And she just couldn't pause for a family that was out for a Sunday stroll and blocking her way

So, reports The Telegraph, the queen veered onto the grass.

Though perhaps unlike the rest of us, the queen smiled and waved as she passed the startled family.

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6:12am

Wed July 22, 2015
National Security

After Iran Nuclear Deal, U.S. Defense Secretary Reassures Mideast Allies

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:47 am

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6:12am

Wed July 22, 2015
NPR Story

Pets And Other Non-Humans Gets Rights Upgraded In A Spanish Town

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:52 am

The Declaration of Independence says "all men are created equal."

It took a civil war to show it really meant all men, and generations more to make it all men and women.

Now a small town in Spain has taken another step.

The town council of Trigueros de Valle declared all residents are born equal.

That includes pets.

"A resident, whether human or non-human, is entitled to respect," the council decreed.

Bullfighting is out. It's not clear if dogs and cats get to vote.

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5:44am

Tue July 21, 2015
Strange News

In Transylvania, Donating Blood Will Get You Concert Tickets

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:20 am

An electro-dance festival in Romania "vants to suck your blood."

Concert-goers will get free or discounted tickets for donating blood for transfusions.

Organizers aim to raise awareness about donating in a country where less than 2 percent of people give blood.

The Festival is being held in Transylvania, home of Dracula. Let's hope the Count doesn't make an appearance looking for music from the children of the night.

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5:37am

Tue July 21, 2015
Sports

Los Angeles Angels Blow Dry Their Wet Field With A Helicopter

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:20 am

There may be a drought in California, but the Los Angeles Angels had a home game rained out Sunday, their first in 20 years.

They needed to dry the field on Monday, so they called in a helicopter to hover overhead.

The field was blow-dried, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia was unimpressed.

He recalls a youth league game years ago when wet base paths were doused in gasoline and set on fire.

Presuambly the fire went out before the game began.

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5:37am

Tue July 21, 2015
Interviews

The Secret Talks That Led To The Negotiations With Iran

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 2:22 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In the many months that Iran, the U.S., and five other world powers met to negotiate a nuclear deal, ministers and diplomats were filmed and photographed at the negotiating table, sightseeing, waving from hotel balconies.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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5:01am

Tue July 21, 2015
Shots - Health News

Expanding, Not Shrinking, Saves A Small Rural Hospital

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 10:03 am

One of the first signs drivers see on the way into Unionville, Mo. is this billboard advertising cardiology at Putnam County Memorial Hospital. Offering specialty services, like cardiology and psychiatry turned the hospital around, community leaders say.
Bram Sable-Smith/KBIA/Side Effects Public Media

Missouri cattle farmer Greg Fleshman became so concerned about keeping his local hospital open that in 2011 he joined its governing board.

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3:47am

Tue July 21, 2015
Parallels

Gaza To Canada And Back To Gaza: Why A Family Chose To Return

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:25 pm

Ihab al-Aloul (left) and his sons Abdel Rahman, 9, and Ahmed, 22, at the family's pool in Gaza City. The Aloul family left Gaza in 2008 and moved to British Columbia, Canada, but returned to Gaza in the fall of 2014.
Emily Harris NPR

What would make you move to Gaza?

The small strip of land along the Mediterranean coast is run by Hamas, the Islamist group Israel and the U.S. consider a terrorist organization. Earlier this year the World Bank said Gaza probably had the highest rate of unemployment in the world. It can be difficult to get into Gaza, and, if you are Palestinian, very difficult to get the necessary Israeli or Egyptian permission to leave.

Three wars between Israel and Hamas since 2008 killed more than 3,000 Gazans, the majority civilians.

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3:33am

Tue July 21, 2015
Business

Zappos: A Workplace Where No One And Everyone Is The Boss

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:43 pm

Zappos.com tour guide Erika Newman (right) shows off the ball pit in the human resources department of the company's Las Vegas headquarters. Zappos eliminated managers and embraced a system of self-governance known as holacracy.
Sacramento Bee TNS/Landov

Jacqui Gonzalez once spent an hour and a half on the phone helping a customer. The Zappos.com employee enjoys being generous with the online shoe retailer's money, sending gift baskets and thank-you cards to people whose complaints she has solved.

And mostly, she's grateful that she doesn't have a manager to consult in making those decisions.

"We don't have to put someone on hold and ask permission," says the former customer service agent, who is now a tour guide at the company. "We don't have a manager that you need to be transferred to. How refreshing is that?"

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7:20am

Mon July 20, 2015
Sports

For The Rubik's Cube World Champ, 6 Seconds Is Plenty Of Time

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 4:14 pm

The Rubik's Cube world championships were held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over the weekend, drawing participants from more than 40 countries. The winner completed his cube in 5.69 seconds.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

Brazil hosted the World Cup last year. Next year, it will host the Summer Olympics. On Sunday, though, the country played host to another international gathering of talented competitors: the Rubik's Cube World Championship.

This past weekend, hundreds of "speedcubers," as they're known, descended on Sao Paulo from over 40 countries, to take part in three days of intensive competition.

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7:01am

Mon July 20, 2015
All Tech Considered

Commerce Department: Tighter Controls Needed For Cyberweapons

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 9:18 pm

The Commerce Department is looking to place tighter controls on exporting software that can attack a network. The cybersecurity industry opposes the proposed new rules.
Patrick George Ikon Images/Getty Images

Federal regulators are looking to place tighter controls on the export of cyberweapons following the megabreaches against the Office of Personnel Management and countless retailers.

The Commerce Department wants to ensure that software that can attack a network — the kind that can break in, bypass encryption and steal data — can't be shipped overseas without permission. But the cybersecurity industry is up in arms.

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6:54am

Mon July 20, 2015
Shots - Health News

Sometimes A Little More Minecraft May Be Quite All Right

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:49 pm

At a Minecraft camp in Shaker Heights, Ohio, kids trade secrets about making their virtual worlds come to life.
Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN

It's family vacation time, and I've taken the kids back to where I grew up — a small plot of land off a dirt road in Kansas.

For my city kids, this is supposed to be heaven. There are freshly laid chicken eggs to gather, new kittens to play with and miles of pasture to explore.

But we're not outside.

I'm sitting in my childhood bedroom watching my 7-year-old son and his 11-year-old-cousin stare at a screen. The older kid is teaching the younger the secrets of one of the most popular games on Earth: Minecraft.

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6:09am

Mon July 20, 2015
NPR Story

How Should Republicans Deal With Donald Trump?

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 8:40 am

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5:18am

Mon July 20, 2015
NPR Story

Scientists Say They Can Read Your Mind, And Prove It With Pictures

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 7:07 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

David. Hey, David.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Yeah?

MONTAGNE: What am I - what am I thinking?

GREENE: (Laughter) I have no idea. I'm not a mind reader.

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5:18am

Mon July 20, 2015
NPR Story

Springsteen Crashes The Show ... And No One Seems To Mind

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 4:16 pm

You could see being upset if you came to a concert to hear a band — and they suddenly stopped playing.

That happened Saturday night at Wonder Bar on the Jersey shore.

Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers were just 20 minutes into their set when ... Bruce Springsteen crashed the show. He played for nearly two hours.

The Houserockers had no hard feelings.

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