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Senate Approves $8 Billion Transportation Package

July 29
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

The federal highway trust fund will run short of money starting this week unless Congress acts. But the Senate version differs significantly from what the House passed last week.

The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan

July 29
Jason Beaubien / NPR
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The effort to end polio is taking a toll on Pakistan's already overstretched health system. With more children dying of measles and diarrhea, some question whether the focus on polio is worth it.

Israeli Bombing Ruins Gaza's Only Power Plant

July 29
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

Israel broadened its bombing campaign on Tuesday, bringing the Palestinian death toll above 1,200. Brief hope for a cease-fire was quickly dashed.

McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

July 29
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.

France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia

July 29
Eleanor Beardsley / NPR
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Amid ongoing fighting in Ukraine and stepped-up U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia, the deal has met with little criticism in the shipbuilding town of St. Nazaire, where it has created 2,500 jobs.

Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic

July 29
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

A federal appellate court rejected arguments that women could seek abortions outside the state, saying no state can farm its constitutional duties out to its neighbors.

Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

July 29
April Fulton / NPR
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Mackerel, herring and sardines are some of the most nutritious fish in the sea. Now there's another reason to eat them: Fishermen use a lot less fuel to catch them than many other kinds of seafood.

American Doctor Sick With Ebola Now Fighting For His Life

July 29
Lauren Silverman / NPR
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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.

Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course

July 29
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

Having offended its own staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has canceled a course intended to help employees "speak with a more neutral American accent."

Beijing Begins Apparent Corruption Probe Into High-Level Official

July 29
Anthony Kuhn / NPR

China has begun investigations into one of the country's senior politicians. Zhou Yongkang was a former domestic security chief, and he's suspected of "serious disciplinary violations."

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