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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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Jan 4, 2014 — Zaentz produced few films, but three of them won "best picture" honors: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus and The English Patient. Before making films, he was in the music industry. He and Creedence Clearwater Revival's Fogerty had some bitter legal battles over the singer's songs.
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Jan 2, 2014 — The race car legend fell while skiing in France on Sunday. A blow to his head caused extensive bleeding in his brain. Doctors induced a coma and have operated twice. They aren't talking publicly about his chances for recovery.
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Dec 20, 2013 — This summer, Angelina Jolie announced that she had both her breasts removed to reduce her risk of breast cancer. Her story got a lot of people talking. But they didn't necessarily learn more about the genetics of breast cancer risk.
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Sep 1, 2013 — The television icon conducted hundreds of high-profile interviews with celebrities and politicians over the years, including a 1977 talk with Richard Nixon in which the former president acknowledged some personal fault over the Watergate scandal.
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Jul 16, 2013 — Cory Monteith, 31, was found dead Saturday in his room at a hotel in Vancouver. According to the coroner, there is "no evidence to suggest this anything other than the most sad and tragic accident."
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Sep 21, 2012 — Capri Sun could capitalize on its clever gift to juice fan and Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul. Paul complained that his teammates have been stealing his juice, and the company offered him a unique solution.
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Dec 19, 2011 — This year saw musicians, athletes and actors launching their own lines of beer, wine and mescal. The list includes the boy band Hanson, which premiered an India pale ale called MMMHop.
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Jun 29, 2011 — What are the odds you'll ever see Betty White and Slash hanging out together? Never fear — a new Tumblr blog "Awesome People Hanging Out Together" captures famous and influential people from different walks of life in very natural elements.
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Dec 29, 2010 — In our first hour of Talk of the Nation, TOTN Politician of the Year.  in our second hour, why we need celebrities, and what changed for African-Americans in 2010.
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Jan 7, 2014 — The Hong Kong movie mogul's films included 1972's Five Fingers of Death, which was a kung fu classic. With his brother Ronnie, Shaw produced more than 1,000 films over five decades. He also helped produce some American films, including Blade Runner. Later, he became a prominent philanthropist.
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