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12:12pm

Sat July 19, 2014
Iraq

Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 8:34 pm

Thousands of Iraqis fleeing Sunni extremists fled to the Kurdish city of Erbil, where they lined up here on June 12 at a checkpoint before entering.
EPA /LANDOV

A small Sunni Arab town north of Baghdad put up a fight when Sunni Muslim extremists from the so-called Islamic State tried to impose their rule on the town.

The residents lost, and now the town, Zowiya, just outside of Tikrit, is destroyed. More than 200 of its homes have been blown up, and the residents have fled.

The Islamic State leveled the town as a warning to anybody else that dares to fight them.

"My town is gone," says Abu Saad, a businessman in his sixties. "They bombed all our houses. Everything we have is gone."

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11:45am

Sat July 19, 2014
World

Inspectors Struggle To Collect Evidence At MH17 Crash Site

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 12:11 pm

At the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed in eastern Ukraine, inspector Michael Bociurkiw says rebels have allowed some access, but the inspectors are hampered by a lack of equipment.

10:30am

Sat July 19, 2014
Shots - Health News

As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 11:22 pm

Truvada has been around for a decade as a treatment for people who are already HIV-positive. In the last few years, it has also been shown to prevent new infections, and New York officials are embracing the pill as a way to prevent the spread of AIDS.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

AIDS researchers and policymakers from around the globe are gathering in Melbourne, Australia, for a major international conference that starts this Monday. They'll be mourning dozens of colleagues who died in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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8:11am

Sat July 19, 2014
Music Interviews

Marisa Ronstadt, Cousin Of Linda, Spans Genres For 'Moon'

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 11:45 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Marisa Ronstadt bears a musical name but she has her own style, which seems to be a mix of Mariachi, Classic Rock, Soul, R&B, Indie Pop - maybe she'll fill in any that we've missed. She's played music since she was seven and has her own band now "Marisa Ronstadt And The Know-It-All's." Their debut album is "Blueberry Moon." It's out now - let's hear a little.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BLUEBERRY MOON")

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8:11am

Sat July 19, 2014
Middle East

Israel Intensifies Ground Operation In Gaza

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 11:45 am

International correspondent Ari Shapiro talks with NPR's Scott Simon from Jerusalem about about the second day of the Israeli military's ground operation of the Gaza Strip.

8:11am

Sat July 19, 2014
Animals

In Tracking Bats, It Helps To Find Them Adorable

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 11:45 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This summer, we're hearing from young people who've landed unusual jobs - sometimes really unusual jobs. Today, we meet 27-year-old Julia Hoeh. Her job is downright batty. Reporter Daniel Potter caught up with her in the mountains of Tennessee and sent us this story.

DANIEL POTTER, BYLINE: Julia Hoeh works late - past midnight - and doesn't get done until around three a.m.

JULIA HOEH: We typically lead kind of the same nocturnal life that bats do.

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10:33am

Sat July 12, 2014
Opinion

A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:09 pm

Darlena Cunha says that she wrote her essay about her family's temporary poverty so her twin daughters would learn not to judge people on government assistance.
Courtesy of Darlena Cunha

The stereotype of the so-called welfare queen driving a luxury car while leaching off of society is an enduring one.

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10:18am

Sat July 12, 2014
Shots - Health News

Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

Stressed? Try taking a fresh look at what's actually going on.
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Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.

Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Meditation can help people cope, says author Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.

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9:15am

Sat July 12, 2014
Law

Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

Outside New York City Hall, a policeman watches a protest against racial disparities in marijuana arrests. The majority of those arrested are black or Latino, even though those groups are not more likely to smoke pot.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Marijuana enthusiasts should still think twice before lighting up in the streets of Brooklyn.

The borough's district attorney announced this week that he'll no longer prosecute most low-level marijuana possession cases. But not all law enforcement officials in New York City are on board. Police Commissioner William Bratton responded to Thompson's decision with a shrug.

"It will not have any impact on our officers and the discretion they have as they go about their business," says Bratton.

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8:08am

Sat July 12, 2014
Parallels

Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

Barcelona football star Lionel Messi (right) leaves a courthouse in Gava, Spain, in September 2013, after a hearing on tax evasion charges. Messi and his father paid $6.5 million to try to settle the case, but his father may still go on trial.
Josep Lago AFP/Getty Images

Many of the biggest stars in global soccer — Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo — play the regular season with club teams in Spain. Their marquee names have helped their Spanish teams get filthy rich. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona top Forbes magazine's list of the world's richest sports franchises. You have to scroll down to No. 4 to find the New York Yankees, and NFL teams below that.

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8:08am

Sat July 12, 2014
Sports

Cavaliers Fans Can Finally Make Peace WIth Their Old LeBron Jerseys

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

From the basketball court to the soccer pitch, ESPN's Howard Bryant and NPR's Tamara Keith catch up on the latest news in sports.

7:38am

Sat July 12, 2014
Afghanistan

Kerry Struggles To Resolve Election Crisis In Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kabul to try to resolve an election dispute threatening to derail the country's democratic process. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry.

7:38am

Sat July 12, 2014
Music Interviews

Jack Antonoff Takes A Break From fun. To Release 'Desire'

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

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TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

You may or may not recognize the name. But I'm pretty confident you already know our next guest - Jack Antonoff. Two summers ago, if you had a radio or a phone or just went outside anywhere where speakers exist, you heard Jack Antonoff. He was playing an extra distorted guitar for a band called Fun.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WE ARE YOUNG")

FUN: (Singing) Tonight we are young. So let's set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun.

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7:38am

Sat July 12, 2014
Movie Interviews

Ellar Coltrane Speaks Of Growing Up On Screen In 'Boyhood'

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

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TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

The film "Boyhood," which opened last night in LA and New York, was shot over 12 years. The result is a time lapse of childhood. No special effects, just the sometimes dramatic changes that can take place from year to year - both physically and emotionally. We are joined now by Ellar Coltrane who plays Mason, Jr. - the boy of "Boyhood" - the main character who we see grow up on screen. And let's get something out of the way. This is not a documentary, right?

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1:08pm

Sat July 5, 2014
The Salt

Want To Eat Brazilian Food At The World Cup? Please Step Outside

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:53 am

Acaraje are a regional food in Brazil made from fried balls of mashed-up beans, onions and salt. The balls are sliced in half, slathered with a spicy pepper sauce and cashew paste, and then topped with shrimp.
Russell Lewis NPR

The stadiums of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are all different, constructed to reflect the region. Natal's arena has a wavy beach-dune style, while the stadium in Manaus looks like a woven basket.

Inside those stadiums, however, you'd never know you're in Brazil. Budweiser is an official beer seller, and Coke has the soda market cornered. Other menu items include hot dogs, cheeseburgers and turkey sandwiches. It's almost impossible to find any Brazilian fare on the menu.

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