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Middle East
2:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

After An Ultimatum, Christians Flee Iraqi City

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 5:30 am

For the first time since the first century, there are basically no Christians left in the historic Iraqi city of Mosul.

World
2:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

International Observers Work To Keep Tabs On Site Of Malaysia Jet Crash

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 5:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Secretary of State John Kerry spent a lot of time on TV yesterday, laying out what he says is extraordinary circumstantial evidence that rebels in Eastern Ukraine shot down the Malaysia Airlines jetliner. Kerry said on NBC's "Meet The Press" they did it with Russian help.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MEET THE PRESS")

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: It is clear that Russia supports the separatists, supplies the separatists, encourages the separatists, trains the separatists and Russia needs to step up and make a difference here.

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Around the Nation
2:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts

Florida's state capitol. A redistricting plan crafted by the Republican-controlled Legislature in Tallahassee was partially thrown out by a state judge.
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Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 12:18 pm

With the midterm election a little more than three months away, a legal battle in Florida has cast uncertainty over the state's upcoming congressional races.

A state judge ruled this month that maps for two of Florida's 27 congressional districts violated the state constitution. He ordered the Legislature to redraw the maps.

The question now is when.

Like most states, Florida redrew the maps for its congressional districts after the 2010 census. Some states appoint special commissions to do the job, but in Florida, redistricting is done by the state Legislature.

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12700 Acres Saturday Morning
9:02 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Progress Made On Shasta County Fire; Fatality Discovered

The Bully Fire shortly after starting Friday afternoon, as seen to the west of Whiskeytown Lake.
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UPDATED | Saturday 9 am - As firefighters make significant progress on Shasta County’s  Bully Fire , Cal Fire officials report that a body has been discovered within the burn zone. 

Cheryl Buliavac, a spokesperson for Cal Fire’s Shasta Trinity Unit, says the body was found late Wednesday afternoon near a residence north of Platina Road. “It appears that the individual was trying to escape the approaching fire,” said Buliavac.

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Asia
3:56 am
Fri July 18, 2014

On Its Way To Kuala Lumpur, Plane Brought Down Over Ukraine

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:00 am

Many experts question the decision to fly near the fighting in Ukraine. Some airlines have circumvented the country for weeks. In March, a Malaysia Airlines plane went missing on a flight to Beijing.

Europe
3:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

British Parliament Member Gets Stuck In Restroom

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:00 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Michael Gove, a member of Britain's Parliament, might be feeling a little flushed. He got stuck in the bathroom on Wednesday, his first full day as chief whip - that's the person in charge of making sure members of his party are in place to vote the right way. Now, a colleague came to Gove's defense, pointing out that knowing who is using the toilet at any moment is part of the whip's job, so he was likely just carrying out his duties. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
2:49 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Reminder: Better Pay Your Trash Bill

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:00 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a reminder to pay your trash bill. This comes courtesy of a trash hauling company in Redwing Minnesota. The company is called Paul's Industrial Garage, P-I-G, PIG. A customer did not pay for trash hauling, so a company employee dumped almost two tons of garbage on his lawn. PIG has now been fined for dumping, quote, "wet putrescible waste."

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Putrescible?

NPR Story
2:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

When It Comes To Thinking, 2 Fish Heads Are Better Than 1

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 8:52 am

Maybe we can learn from fish — they don't call a group of them a school for nothing. Researchers found that when 2 fish swim together, they make better decisions than when 2 fish are swimming alone.

NPR Story
2:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Actor Kurt Russell Talks About The Family Business: Baseball

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:00 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Portland Mavericks were a minor league baseball team that played in the 1970s. Their story is told in a new documentary on Netflix. It's called "The Battered Bastards Of Baseball." This team was irreverent, unorthodox. The roster included a bunch of hopefuls and has-beens.

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The Mavericks were founded by a baseball outsider, the actor Bing Russell probably best known for his role as Deputy Clem on "Bonanza." But he was also a serious student of baseball.

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NPR Story
2:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Afghan Businesses: Election Season Caused Economic Hardship

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:00 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Afghanistan is a little closer to having a new president. The country has launched an audit of every VOTE cast in last month's runoff election to ensure the outcome is free fraud. Now, in many countries election season means big money for pollsters and media consultants and restaurants and local TV stations. But as the fight for power in Afghanistan continues, businesses across Kabul have faced hardship. NPR's Sean Carberry reports.

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