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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 | KERA · After caring for Ebola patients for several months in West Africa, Dr. Kent Brantly noticed last week that he had symptoms. The 33-year-old immediately put himself into a Liberian isolation ward.
 
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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Ted Williams, man with the golden voice

Dec 3, 2012 — "I could lose my life," Jeffrey Hillman tells The New York Times. He fears being killed for the boots, so he isn't wearing them all the time. A photo of New York City Police Officer Lawrence DePrimo giving Hillman the footwear went viral last week.
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Feb 9, 2011 — The homeless man who skyrocketed to national fame thanks to an Internet video isn't in rehab anymore — but says he is living in a "clean and sober" facility and working again.
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Jan 13, 2011 — This news comes after he and some family members were taped yesterday for a Dr. Phil show appearance that airs today. And it follows the reports of a "disturbance" this week involving Williams and one of his adult daughters at a Los Angeles hotel.
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Jan 11, 2011 — No arrests were made, but Los Angeles police did bring him in for questioning Monday night after he got into a loud argument with his adult daughter. Williams has gone from living on the streets to national fame because of his deep voice.
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Jan 7, 2011 — "I felt like I brought so much disgrace to this woman," Williams said on The Today Show. "Don't disappoint me" again, mother Julia asks.
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