Strange News
3:50 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Judge To Bulldog Thief: 'You Hid The Pup; The Jig Was Up'

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NPR Story
3:13 am
Thu July 24, 2014

As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:39 am

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NPR Story
3:13 am
Thu July 24, 2014

What Would Demilitarizing Gaza Entail?

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:39 am

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Economy
3:13 am
Thu July 24, 2014

How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy

An artist's installation shows pre-foreclosed homes in Newark, N.J., in July 2009 at the Queens Museum of Art in New York City.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 10:05 am

"Foreclosure, foreclosure, foreclosure."

Real estate broker John Susani drives down a Paterson, N.J., street where every third house seems to be abandoned or boarded up. During the boom years, money flooded into Paterson.

"The banking industry allowed everyone to be a homeowner; they gave mortgages to people [just because they were] breathing," Susani says.

In some cases, he says, home prices jumped as much as 50 percent. The homes on these streets aren't worth nearly that much anymore.

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Parallels
3:13 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel

Rabbi Michel Serfaty (right), head of the Jewish-Muslim Alliance of France, stands next to a Muslim cleric, or imam, as they both hold signs wishing Muslims a happy Ramadan. The rabbi and the imam have also traded hats. Despite efforts by Serfaty's group, a record number of French Jews are expected to move to Israel this year.
Eleanor Beardsley NPR

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 7:53 am

Jews are leaving France and moving to Israel in unprecedented numbers this year.

With the departures expected to surpass 5,000, France could pull ahead of the U.S. for Jewish emigration to Israel, known as aliya. Usually, making aliya is a cause for celebration. But in France this year, it's tinged with bitterness.

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Politics
3:13 am
Thu July 24, 2014

A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future

Paul Davis, third from left, the presumed Democratic nominee for Kansas governor, receives the endorsements of more than 100 current and former Republican politicians on July 15, 2014, in Topeka, Kan.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 8:40 am

Kansas's Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is locked in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle for doing exactly what he said he would do — cut taxes.

Citing mounting evidence that those tax cuts are creating a budget crisis – not stimulating the Kansas economy as promised — some in the state's moderate Republican establishment recently did the unthinkable: endorse a Democrat for governor.

That's not only endangering Brownback's re-election hopes, it's also tarnishing his plans to turn one of the reddest of red states into a national model.

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Health
10:05 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Oregon County Turns Public Health Function Over To State

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 5:34 pm

Counties across the Northwest that are heavily dependent on timber revenue from federal lands have been struggling to provide public health services.

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Law and Justice
10:04 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement

Eldon Samuel III

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:05 pm

The ACLU of Idaho has joined the fight to move an accused teenage killer out of solitary confinement and back into juvenile detention.

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Law
7:05 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Ariz. Governor Orders Review After Execution Lasts 2 Hours

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 7:36 pm

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Health
7:01 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Oregon Has A Shortage Of Certified Medical Interpreters

Dr. Angela Alday communicates with her patient, Isidro Hernndes, through Spanish interpreter Armando Jimenez.
Credit Tuality Healthcare/Jeff Schilling

Interpreting from one language to another is a tricky business.  But when it comes to interpreting between a doctor and patient, the stakes could hardly be higher.

Consider the story of 18-year-old baseball player Willie Ramirez.

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