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NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Politics In The News

President Obama has sent Congress an almost $4 billion request to deal with the situation at the southern border, where children from Central America continue to arrive. The president has said it's a stopgap measure — that what's really needed is an immigration overhaul. But Republicans argue they can't trust Obama, as they point to other instances of laws they say he has ignored.

NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Gaza Conflict Enters 7th Day, Israel Downs Drone

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 4:53 am

On Israel's southern coastline, the military said it downed a drone. Earlier, Israel intensified air strikes, and warned thousands of Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip to take shelter.

NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Israel's U.S. Ambassador: We're Fighting In Surgical Fashion

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 4:58 am

Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer talks to Steve Inskeep about what it will take to stop the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from escalating further.

NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Firemen's Ball Ushers In France's Bastille Day

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 5:08 am

On this day in 1789, crowds stormed the Bastille prison, where the king kept his enemies. The monarchy was overthrown in a revolution.

Shots - Health News
2:29 am
Mon July 14, 2014

To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

Zarr with Kellsi Aguilar and her father, Felipe, in Zarr's Washington, D.C., office.
Sam Sanders/NPR

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 3:32 am

When Dr. Robert Zarr wanted a young patient to get more exercise, he gave her an unusual prescription: Get off the bus to school earlier.

"She has to take a bus to the train, then a train to another bus, then that bus to her school," says Zarr, a pediatrician at Unity Health Care, a clinic that serves low-income and uninsured families in Washington, D.C. So the prescription read: "Walk the remaining four blocks on the second bus on your route to school from home, every day."

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The Salt
1:35 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Saskawhat? A Novel Berry From Canada Takes Root On Michigan Farms

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 3:35 am

A new kind of berry has found its way into Michigan grocery stores. These dark purple fruits are called saskatoons.

They're fairly common in Canada, but they're kind of a mystery here in the U.S. Even the farmers who've started growing them in Michigan aren't quite sure how to describe the taste.

"Every time I eat them I get a different flavor," says Steve DuCheney, who grows saskatoons in the northern part of Michigan. "The other day I had somebody tell me they tasted like peach and that was the first time I heard that one."

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Law
1:28 am
Mon July 14, 2014

How Banning One Question Could Help Ex-Offenders Land A Job

Sherman Justice says he had to struggle when he got out of prison after serving time for robbery and drug trafficking.
Pam Fessler NPR

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 3:06 am

Washington, D.C., is expected to join four states and several cities soon in prohibiting companies from asking job applicants — up front — if they have a criminal record.

It's part of a growing movement called Ban the Box, a reference to that box on a job application form that asks, "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?"

Advocates for the laws say having to check the box prevents many ex-offenders from getting a fair shot at a job.

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