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July 29, 2014 | NPR · House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Washington Post reporter Liz Sly tells Renee Montagne that U.S. arms may be flowing to moderate Syrian rebels, but the aid seems to be too little too late to affect the course of the civil war.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · Virologist Thomas Geisbert has spent decades studying Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers. He speaks to Audie Cornish about the current Ebola outbreak, the worst in history, and how it might be contained this time around.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · The Eid festival, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, serves as a time for visiting relatives and exchanging gifts. But one family's holiday in Gaza traces the death and displacement wrought by the war between Hamas and Israel.
 

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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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Mar 24, 2014 — Asian carp are not just a problem for the Great Lakes region. Fish processors in Kentucky are finding novel ways to dispose of them — including sending them to China, where they are prized as food.
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Oct 4, 2013 — The system, which has been traveling through the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to make landfall in Louisiana.
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Apr 24, 2013 — The Mississippi River continues to rise, overtopping small levees north of St. Louis. But some of the bigger problems are in Illinois, near the town of Peoria.
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Dec 28, 2012 — The drought gripping the nation's midsection has made the river very hard to navigate from St. Louis to Cairo, Ill., where it meets the Ohio River. By next week, barge traffic may have to halt altogether in that section, trade groups warn.
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May 17, 2011 — Dominique Strauss-Kahn jailed in New York; Louisiana flooding slowing down; Irish security defused a bomb before Queen Elizabeth arrived in Dublin; NFL owners won legal approval to continue locking out players; former Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child with a staffer not his wife
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May 16, 2011 — IMF chief jailed in New York on sex assault charges; more gates open on Louisiana spillway; pro-Palestinian supporters rush Israeli borders and are repelled; Air France says it can get data from crashed jet's recorders; Japanese man restarts convenience store business
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May 11, 2011 — Mississippi River flooding surges south; Presbyterians vote to allow homosexual clergy to serve openly; Syria shells civilian areas; American hikers jailed in Iran for spying don't show up in court; author Douglas Adams has been dead for 10 years
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May 9, 2011 — The Mississippi river is expected to crest in Memphis Tuesday near record levels; the average price for regular gas reaches $4 a gallon; 12 people died in religious fighting in Cairo this weekend; tens of thousands of people turned out in Mexico City Sunday to protest drug violence
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May 6, 2011 — Flooding along the Mississippi and its tributaries is breaking high-water records that have stood since the 1930s.
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May 4, 2011 — The Army Corps of Engineers is flooding some rural areas to relieve pressure upstream. In some places, residents are being warned that graves may be disturbed — and not to try to recover any "caskets, vaults or skeletal remains" in the water.
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