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1:49 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Valley Fever Strikes Hard In California Towns

Arthroconidia of Coccidioides immitis. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 6:21 am

Often considered a “silent epidemic,” valley fever officially infected 22,000 Americans in 2011 — most of them in California and Arizona — but some think the numbers are much higher.

It’s an infection that can wreak havoc on the lungs, heart, bones and in some cases the brain. At its worst, its fatal.

Valley fever is prevalent in hot, dry climates and it’s thought to spread through contact with soil.

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The Two-Way
1:26 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Ireland Enacts Law Providing For Abortion, A First

Ireland now has its first law making abortion legal in the country under specific conditions, after President Michael D. Higgins signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 into law Tuesday.

The legislation provides women with access to abortion in cases where their lives are at risk, including medical emergencies and cases in which suicide could be a factor.

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NPR Story
1:11 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Data-Driven Parenting: A Mom Who Tracks Everything

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Many parents look to parenting books and blogs for tips on raising their children. Amy Webb prefers to collect and analyze her own data to direct her parenting style.

“I measure everything my kid does,” reads her recent column in Slate. “And I track it on spreadsheets. Really — every single thing. Even every poop. And it makes me a better parent.”

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NPR Story
1:11 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Tropical Depression Flossie Hits Hawaii

Tom Evans, acting director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, shows satellite images of Hurricane Flossie in Honolulu on Monday, July 29, 2013. (Oskar Garcia/AP)

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:44 pm

A storm called Flossie has been forcing schools and government buildings to close across Hawaii.

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed an emergency proclamation on Sunday that gives him the power to use state disaster funds and call up the National Guard if needed.

Flossie has been downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression, and it continues to weaken. But high winds and heavy rains have knocked out power to thousands of homes on several islands, and there are worries about flooding.

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NPR Story
1:11 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Prison Raid Frees Dozens Of Militants In Pakistan

A plainclothes police officer takes a photo with his mobile phone of a damaged gate of center jail caused by Taliban militants attacked, Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan. (Ishtiaq Mahsud/AP)

The Taliban is claiming responsibility for a sophisticated attack on a prison in Pakistan that freed more than 200 inmates, many of them described as dangerous terrorists.

A few of the inmates were recaptured and authorities are searching for the others.

Many of the attackers were dressed as Pakistani police officers and were riding motorcycles decorated with Taliban flags.

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All Tech Considered
12:38 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Report: MIT Didn't Target Swartz; Missed 'Wider Background'

Internet activist Aaron Swartz at a rally in January 2012.
Daniel J. Sieradski Flickr

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 1:42 pm

In a long-awaited chronicle of its involvement in the prosecution of the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology officials released a 180-page report saying administrators never "targeted" the programmer and committed no wrongdoing. But the report raises questions about existing university policies and whether MIT should have stepped in to actively support Swartz, rather than take its "position of neutrality."

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Book Reviews
12:06 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

With 'Arrangements' And 'The Rest,' Two Debut Novelists Arrive

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:41 pm

The novel I've been recommending this summer to anyone, female or male, who's looking for the trifecta — a good story that's beautifully written and both hilarious and humane — is Seating Arrangements, Maggie Shipstead's debut novel from last summer. I was about to go all old-school and excitedly add that Seating Arrangements is now out in paperback, except since more and more readers are instantly downloading new books at a discount, paperbacks are becoming increasingly irrelevant.

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The Record
12:03 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Maxwell's, The Beloved New Jersey Venue, Closes

Maxwell's, in Hoboken, N.J., hosted Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana and the Replacements, to name a few.
George Kopp

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 4:32 pm

The rock club Maxwell's is a tiny space that's hosted some of the biggest names in music for more than 30 years. R.E.M., Nirvana and many more bands have squeezed onto Maxwell's stage in Hoboken, N.J. Native son Bruce Springsteen recorded the music video for "Glory Days" there.

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The Two-Way
11:51 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Investigators: Train Conductor Was On Phone During Spain Crash

Flowers pay tribute to the victims of the train that crashed in northwestern Spain last week. The driver of the train was on the phone and traveling at nearly twice the speed limit, according to court papers.
Rafa Rivas AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:18 pm

The driver of a Spanish train that derailed and killed 79 people was speaking on the phone and had taken the train to nearly twice the speed allowed on the stretch of track where the crash occurred, according to court investigators who reviewed the train's "black box" recorders.

After reaching speeds of 119 miles per hour, train conductor Francisco Jose Garzon Amo tried to slow the train down "seconds before the crash," according to an Associated Press report on the court's preliminary findings, which were released Tuesday.

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Music Reviews
11:48 am
Tue July 30, 2013

'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz

Clarinetist Darryl Harper discovered jazz as a teenager in Philadelphia.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:41 pm

In jazz, the clarinet went into eclipse for awhile, drowned out by louder trumpets and saxes. The instrument has long since made a comeback, and the modern clarinet thrives in settings where it doesn't have to shout to be heard.

Take "Spindleshanks," a little out-of-sync boogie-woogie for Darryl Harper's clarinet and Kevin Harris' piano. It's from Harper's The Edenfred Files. In his long-running Onus Trio, the spare unit Darryl Harper features on most of his new album, he can sing softly as an owl in the night.

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The Two-Way
11:40 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Bradley Manning Not Guilty Of 'Aiding The Enemy'

Army Private Bradley Manning, center, leaves the courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Tuesday.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 5:47 pm

This post was last updated at 6:42 p.m. ET.

Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst who perpetrated the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, has been acquitted of the most serious charge against him.

Col. Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the case in Fort Meade, Md., found the Army private not guilty of aiding the enemy, when he released hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The charge carried a possible punishment of life in prison.

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The Salt
11:39 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Is The Way To Tech Workers' Loyalty Through Their Stomachs?

Ari Dvorin was hired in May as the first corporate chef at SpareFoot, a startup in Austin, Texas. Here, Dvorin cuts suckling pig for a mockumentary SpareFoot made.
Jenny Zhang Courtesy of SpareFoot

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 2:01 pm

The dazzling array of food options at the Googleplex campus in Mountain View, Calif. — 25 cafes at last count — is the much-cited example of tech world food perks. And you can peruse the menus at Airbnb and Facebook to get a taste of an equally high bar for not just free food, but worldly food that is designed to delight and fuel employees to work better and harder.

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U.S.
11:04 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Cities On The Brink: Lessons From Detroit

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We turn now to the debate about Detroit. It's been almost two weeks since Detroit became the largest municipality to file for bankruptcy in this country, but the debate on why it happened and what lessons, if any, other cities in the country can learn from it are still going on.

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Africa
11:04 am
Tue July 30, 2013

After 3 Decades Of Mugabe, Could Zimbabwe Get A New Leader?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, Detroit's bankruptcy last week made headlines because it was the biggest in history, but now comes the question of why this happened and what, if anything, this means for other American cities. We'll hear two very different views about this in just a few minutes. But first, we want to turn to two significant elections in Africa this week. The West African country of Mali is being praised for a smooth presidential vote this past weekend.

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Law
11:04 am
Tue July 30, 2013

What's Behind Falling Incarceration Rates?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program, we'll talk about elections set for Zimbabwe, where 89-year-old President Robert Mugabe is hoping to win yet another term despite - or maybe because of - what many people call an increasingly abusive dictatorial style of government. We'll talk about that in just a few minutes. But first, we want to talk about an issue that's become a central focus of activists in this country - it's the incarceration rate.

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The Two-Way
10:38 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Obama Meets With Mideast Negotiators

Secretary of State John Kerry leaves the West Wing of the White House with chief negotiators, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (back to camera), Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (right) and others, after a meeting with President Obama on Tuesday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 7:48 am

President Obama personally met with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, this morning, a White House official tells NPR's Ari Shapiro.

The official called it a "quick check-in," but this is significant because Obama — at least publicly — has largely stayed out of the process, instead letting Secretary of State John Kerry take the lead.

Haaretz reports that Obama called on the negotiators to "exhibit good will and to remain focused and steadfast throughout the talks."

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All Tech Considered
10:24 am
Tue July 30, 2013

In The Digital Age, The Family Photo Album Fades Away

In the future, a hard drive full of photographs may serve as the digital analog of a pile of old pictures.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 1:42 pm

Once upon a time, parents documented their kids' firsts in words and pictures in baby books and scrapbooks that got updated as life's big milestones got reached. Family photo albums grew thick with memories of trips, holidays, friends and relatives.

But who has time for that? I have two kids, thousands of pictures of them and a bunch of well-meaning, half-finished photo book projects littering my house and computer.

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The Two-Way
10:08 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Home Prices Rose In May; Consumer Confidence Dips

Home prices increased during May in the S&P/Case-Shiller 20 City Home Price Index.
Jae C. Hong ASSOCIATED PRESS

Home prices continue to rise, according to the latest numbers in the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Home prices were up 12.2 percent in May from a year ago.

S&P/Case-Shiller's closely watched 20-city index found the average price of a home climbed 2.4 percent in May compared with April. The city with the biggest average monthly gain was San Francisco, where home prices jumped 4.3 percent.

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The Two-Way
9:58 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Defense Workers' Furlough Days May Be Cut

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 10:36 am

The number of furlough days for civilian workers at the Department of Defense may be cut nearly in half, according to The Associated Press, a result of Pentagon officials finding hundreds of millions of dollars in savings within their current budgets.

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The Two-Way
8:58 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Taliban Attack Frees At Least 175 From Pakistani Prison

Pakistani policemen stand outside the central prison after an overnight attack in Dera Ismail Khan. Officials say Taliban insurgents freed hundreds of prisoners, including hard-line militants.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 10:25 am

Scores of prisoners were freed from a prison in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, after Taliban militants armed with explosives and automatic weapons reportedly stormed the facility. At least nine people, including five guards, died in gun battles and other violence at the prison, according to multiple news outlets.

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Shots - Health News
8:01 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence In Treating Back Pain

Unfortunately, that CT scan probably won't help.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 11:18 am

The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds.

Physicians are increasingly prescribing expensive scans, narcotic painkillers and other treatments that don't help in most cases, and can make things a lot worse. Since 1 in 10 of all primary care visits are for low back pain, this is no small matter.

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The Two-Way
7:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Egypt's Ousted President Morsi Is 'Well,' Says EU Official

Egyptian supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi demonstrate against the military-backed government in Cairo. Morsi, who has been detained since July 3, is in good health, a European official says.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 9:33 am

After a long talk with ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton says Morsi, who has been detained for nearly a month, is in good health.

"We talked for two hours; we talked in-depth. He has access to information, in terms of TV, newspapers — so, we were able to talk about the situation," Ashton tells the BBC. "And we were able to talk about the need to move forward."

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The Two-Way
7:04 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Suspected Nazi War Criminals Living In Limbo In U.S.

John (Ivan) Kalymon talks about his deportation outside his Troy, Mich., home in this 2009 photo. Kalymon is one of at least 10 suspected Nazi war criminals who remains in the United States despite attempts to deport him.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 1:38 pm

At least 10 people suspected of committing Nazi war crimes were never deported from the U.S. despite losing the American citizenship they gained when they immigrated, The Associated Press reports. A main cause of the delay is simple: Their European homelands don't want them back.

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The Two-Way
6:33 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Fiery Explosions Rock Florida Propane Tank Plant

A Blue Rhino propane gas plant burns, as seen in a frame grab from an AP video. The fire sent at least seven workers to the hospital Monday night.
AP

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 10:23 am

A series of fiery explosions ravaged a Blue Rhino propane gas plant in central Florida's Lake County late Monday night, forcing nearby residents to be evacuated. The detonations reportedly lasted for some 30 minutes and were heard as far as 10 miles away. A fire at the plant raged into the early morning hours.

Update at 11:10 a.m. ET: Work Continues; No Sign Of Sabotage

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The Two-Way
6:24 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Book News: Campaigner For Jane Austen Banknote Deluged With Threats

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Around the Nation
5:40 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Giant KFC Bucket Not Your Typical Yard Decoration

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 6:46 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. In Waynesboro, Georgia, Aleena Headrick thought she was hallucinating when she saw a huge Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket in her front yard. Turns out her landlord collects vintage signs and put it there. It quickly became a big draw for gawkers, which Headrick finds amusing.

It's All Politics
5:33 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Abortion Drives Bigger Wedge Between Red And Blue States

Texas, where abortion-rights battles took place in July at the state capitol, is part of an eight-state region that has gotten more conservative on the issue.
Eric Gay AP

Regional disparities over the abortion issue have grown during the past two decades, leading to an ever widening gulf between the nation's most conservative and most liberal regions.

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Around the Nation
4:51 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Missing Class Ring Turns Up 65 Years Later

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 6:46 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene.

Richard Diedrich of Illinois lost his high school class ring in 1948. His girlfriend had been wearing it, but removed it to dissect a frog in biology class. It disappeared. Sixty-five years later, a guy name Mike Geiger was using a metal detector on a Wisconsin lake. He found the ring and contacted the school, looking for an alum with the initials RD. He says the first RD he reached wasn't friendly. The second can't believe he's got his ring again at age 82.

Politics
4:25 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Survey Shows Regional Divide On Abortion

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 6:46 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

American attitudes towards abortion reflects strong regional differences in opinion, and a new poll shows that divide seems to be growing. For more on what Americans have to say about abortion, we're joined now by Michael Dimock. He's the director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, which conducted the survey. Good morning.

MICHAEL DIMOCK: Good morning.

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Economy
4:25 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Yellen Emerges As A Top Choice To Lead Federal Reserve

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 6:46 am

Janet Yellen is on President Obama's short list to replace Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve.

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