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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Tens of thousands of displaced Gazans face skyrocketing prices for limited water supplies, and severely disrupted electricity service. As well, long lines are developing for staples like bread.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Christian Science Monitor reporter Christa Case Bryant tells Renee Montagne why the Israeli army is finding Hamas a more formidable foe now than during the 2009 war.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Oklahoma is experiencing more earthquakes, and some scientists say they're caused by wastewater disposal wells. Linda Wertheimer learns more from energy reporter Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma.
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · An explosion rocked a crowded Gaza market during what was expected to be a lull in the fighting. Earlier in the day a United Nations school was hit by what U.N. officials say was Israeli artillery fire, killing at least 15 people. Meanwhile, rocket fire from Gaza continues to be fired into Israel.
 
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July 30, 2014 | NPR · Hamas militants are using tunnels in and out of Gaza to strike inside Israel. Israelis are questioning how the tunnels grew to be so complex and why the military hasn't been able to shut them down.
 
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July 30, 2014 | NPR · A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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California fires

May 14, 2014 — Fire officials hope they've seen the worst of a fire that has burned 1,550 acres. They also say they'll get to the bottom of a message in an alert stating, "fire in your pants."
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Jan 16, 2014 — The fire, apparently started at a camp site, has swept through more than 1,500 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles.
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Aug 24, 2013 — The Rim Fire, which has crossed into Yosemite National Park, is already affecting the power supply to the Bay Area, 150 miles to the west.
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Jun 3, 2013 — Cooler weather helped firefighters gain ground on a huge blaze that has scorched more than 45 square miles northwest of Los Angeles. Firefighters were able to double containment of the Powerhouse wildfire, which had been fueled by dry brush and windy conditions over the weekend.
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May 5, 2013 — Firefighting officials in California are optimistic that they can get more of the Springs Fire under control Sunday, as for the second day cooler temperatures and higher humidity are expected to help their cause. The fire could be entirely contained by Monday, officials say.
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May 4, 2013 — Firefighters in Southern California are welcoming the latest weather forecast, as lower temperatures and higher humidity could help them control the Camarillo Springs Fire. So far, only 15 structures have reportedly been damaged, in an area where rugged wilderness provides plentiful fuel for fires.
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May 2, 2013 — The blaze is burning in the rugged foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains about 50 miles west of Los Angeles and less than a dozen miles from the Pacific Ocean. It has forced evacuations of hundreds of homes.
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Jul 3, 2008 — As hundreds of fires continue to burn in California, we'll talk with the men and women on the front lines of firefighting. Are you a firefighter? What's your story?
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