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Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70

July 17, 2014 - 8:13am

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter has died, ending a long and expansive career that included working alongside bluesman Muddy Waters and playing at the Woodstock festival.

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The GOP Now Likes Community Organizing (If It Wins Elections)

July 17, 2014 - 7:09am

Yes, Republicans plan to use technology to get out voters in the midterms much like President Obama used it in 2012. But he was Sputnik to their planned moon landing, an official said.

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A 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel Ends, And Fighting Begins

July 17, 2014 - 6:51am

Israel and Hamas agreed to hold their fire for five hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time, for humanitarian reasons. But the peace is now over, and attacks have resumed.

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Israel, Hamas Begin Humanitarian Cease-Fire

July 17, 2014 - 4:36am

The two sides agreed to the pause following a request by the United Nations so that supplies could be delivered to Gaza. The latest round of fighting is in its 10th day.

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Palestinian-American Teen Beaten In Mideast Returns Home To Florida

July 17, 2014 - 4:26am

Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, who relatives say was beaten by Israeli authorities, returned home to Florida late Wednesday. He says he will never think of freedom in the same way again.

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Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser

July 17, 2014 - 3:34am

It's not a plot from a Bond film: Zapping diamonds could tell researchers more about the insides of giant planets.

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Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank

July 17, 2014 - 3:32am

Journalist Paul Salopek's journey from Africa to South America takes him to Israel and the West Bank, where he notes the physical beauty of the landscape stands in stark contrast with violence there.

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Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain

July 17, 2014 - 3:31am

Too stressed to get seven hours of solid shut-eye tonight? Prepare to be even less resilient tomorrow. Stress disrupts sleep, which feeds depression, anxiety — and more stress, scientists say.

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Gunmen Temporarily Shut Down Kabul Airport

July 16, 2014 - 11:00pm

Kabul Police Chief Mohammed Zahir Zahir later said four of the attackers were killed and that the attack was halted without any civilian or police casualties.

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Obama Unrolls New Sanctions Against Russia

July 16, 2014 - 8:02pm

President Obama delivered a whirlwind news conference Wednesday, discussing a series of foreign policy issues from Afghanistan to Ukraine. Obama also announced a new round of sanctions against Russian banks, energy companies and individuals for what he sees as interference in Ukrainian affairs.

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Federal Judge Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional In California

July 16, 2014 - 6:52pm

Systemic delays create a system that is arbitrary, a federal judge in Orange County decided. Death penalty advocates, however, say delays are a bigger problem for victims' families.

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This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

July 16, 2014 - 6:07pm

Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded "the world's worst weed."

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Lotteries Take In Billions, Often Attract The Poor

July 16, 2014 - 5:39pm

Americans wager nearly $60 billion a year on lotteries. Revenues help states, which use the money to provide services. But researchers say the games often draw low-income gamblers who are on welfare.

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Lotteries Take In Billions, Often Attract The Poor

July 16, 2014 - 5:39pm

Americans wager nearly $60 billion a year on lotteries. Revenues help states, which use the money to provide services. But researchers say the games often draw low-income gamblers who are on welfare.

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U.S. Sanctions Major Russian Banks And Energy Companies

July 16, 2014 - 5:33pm

The Obama administration announced new sanctions Wednesday that go well beyond any previously imposed in its dispute with Russia over Ukraine. It's not clear whether Europeans will match them.

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Militias Clash At Libyan Airport For Fourth Day

July 16, 2014 - 4:54pm

The Tripoli airport has become a battleground between rival groups. The United Nations pulled its personnel out of the country earlier this week due to concerns about violence around the country.

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Visa Makes Big Move To Boost Consumer Spending Online

July 16, 2014 - 4:45pm

Ever try shopping on your smartphone and decide you don't want to put in your credit card number? Visa says it's a big problem and came up with a tool that combines improved security and convenience.

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Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists

July 16, 2014 - 4:11pm

A Houston internist who supported the Affordable Care Act now finds that many of her patients who bought less expensive coverage have trouble getting the specialized care they need.

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The Devastation On The Ground In Gaza City

July 16, 2014 - 4:06pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Robert Turner of the United Nations in Gaza City, discussing the extent of the devastation there in the midst of Israel's bombardment.

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On Two Sides, Two Funerals — While Death Toll Mounts In Gaza

July 16, 2014 - 4:06pm

As the violence between Hamas and Israel continues, so too do the funerals that come in its wake. NPR correspondents Ari Shapiro and Emily Harris attended two such funerals today, in Tel Aviv and Gaza respectively, and they tell of what they learned there.

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