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  • Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions.

  • Leading Ebola Doctor Stricken With The Disease Himself

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, the head doctor fighting the Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone, has begun to exhibit symptoms of the disease. For more details on the situation, Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Daniel G. Bausch, a colleague of Khan's and an associate professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

  • For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State have begun a new round of fighting with the Syrian regime, surrounding a base outside its stronghold in Raqqa and launching offensives in Aleppo province and Kurdish regions. The death toll in Syria this week reportedly has reached 1,700, most of whom are combatants of one sort or another.

  • Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    The U.S. Army War College has determined in a preliminary review that Sen. John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master's degree. An investigative panel is reviewing the evidence.

  • Gaza Cease-Fire Still Just Out Of Reach: What Does Each Side Want?

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Secretary of State John Kerry is trying again to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, as casualty counts rise inexorably higher. NPR's Emily Harris explains both sides' demands.

  • In A Complex Web Of Tunnels, Israel Draws Its Red Line

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Both the government and the people of Israel have been determined to continue the country's ground invasion in Gaza, despite a growing wave of international criticism. Israelis have been shaken by claims that Hamas has a heavily fortified network of tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

  • Pa. Hospital Sees Gun Fight Between Psychiatrist And Patient

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    On Thursday, a psychiatric patient opened fire at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital outside Philadelphia, killing a caseworker and injuring his psychiatrist. The psychiatrist returned fire with a gun of his own, injuring the gunman. Both patient and psychiatrist survived the gun fight.

  • As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections?

  • How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    A husband and wife who are doctors have been working on fact boxes for drugs that, like nutrition labels for foods, would more concisely convey a medicine's benefits and risks.

  • The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Growing waistlines, a savvy clothing industry and good old-fashioned stubbornness have kept many men in pants that don't fit. It doesn't have to be this way.

  • Sen. John McCain Calls Lengthy Execution In Arizona 'Torture'

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    The Arizona senator said he believes in the death penalty, but that was not "an acceptable way of carrying it out."

  • Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C.

  • Indonesia's President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Joko "Jokowi" Widodo made a campaign promise to be a new kind of leader and has now asked ordinary Indonesians to help him choose his government.

  • The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful?

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has a new plan to address poverty. Host Michel Martin talks with commentators Corey Ealons and Ron Christie about it and other political stories of the week.

  • In India's Sultry Summer, Bucket Bathing Beats Indoor Showers

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Our writer hated it as a child. Now she loves it: Fill pitcher, pour over head. It's a great way to stay cool in a place where water isn't always running. Maybe you should put it on your bucket list.

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