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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 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about tenure protections and who gets them.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
 

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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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Mexican drug violence

Jul 15, 2013 — The man, Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, also known as "Z-40," was reportedly captured by Mexican Marines.
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Oct 9, 2012 — This throws doubt on whether the military really killed Heriberto "El Lazca" Lazcano.
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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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Nov 2, 2010 — Imagine a city where everyone's a cop — a planned community built to house 800 police officers and their families. That may seem strange — but in Mexico,Cop Land is more than the title of a Sylvester Stallone movie.
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Oct 13, 2010 — The men were killed in Southern Afghanistan. French unions extend their strike for another day, bringing the country to a halt. And a Mexican police investigator is beheaded.
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Aug 31, 2010 — Mexican police put alleged drug king Edgar Valdez Villarreal, aka, La Barbie, on display.
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Aug 26, 2010 — The grenade that exploded in a Puerto Vallarta bar was an accident, said the Jalisco governor.
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