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After Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain

Friday, July 11, 2014

Germany thrashed Brazil 7 to 1 this week. Author Kevin Roose says Ernest Thayer's classic poem on failure, "Casey at the Bat," might cheer the Brazilian soccer team up.
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Declining Domestic Sales Speed Talks For Tobacco Mega-Merger

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tobacco companies Reynolds American and Lorillard have confirmed they're in talks about a merger. For Reynolds, the move would mean doubling down on the future of e-cigarettes.
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Week In Politics: Israel And Immigration

Friday, July 11, 2014

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the conflict in the Gaza Strip and President Obama's request of emergency immigration funds.
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Homeward Bound: Lebron James Declares His Return To Cleveland

Friday, July 11, 2014

Lebron James has made a decision: He's returning home to Ohio, to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer has been watching James play since his high school days in Akron, and he speaks to Melissa Block about the reasons behind the decision.
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By Laying Waste To Houses, Israeli Strikes May Lay Seeds For New Rage

Friday, July 11, 2014

Israeli air strikes have flattened Gazan homes, even as they target Hamas militants. One Palestinian human rights advocate says that, with these attacks, Israel is destroying a safe future for itself.
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Health Officials Push HIV Prevention Pills

Friday, July 11, 2014

The World Health Organization has announced a sweeping new guideline, recommending that all men who have sex with mean take antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV infection.
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In World Cup's Final Weekend, Messi Bears Brunt of Argentina's Hopes

Friday, July 11, 2014

Melissa Block talks to NPR's Tom Goldman about the final two matches in the World Cup: Brazil against the Netherlands in a fight for third place, and Argentina against Germany in the final.
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The Music — And Mess — In Ben Watt's Long Goodbye To His Father

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ben Watt is a singer and DJ, best known for being in the British pop duo Everything but the Girl. Now, he's back with a new album and a book that gives an inside look at his complicated relationship with his parents.
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Among Israelis, Pressure Swells To Commence Ground War In Gaza

Friday, July 11, 2014

One of the first serious hits by a Hamas rocket has left a gas station burning — and one Israeli badly injured — as Israel ramps up talk of a Gaza ground invasion. But that carries a lot of downsides.
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The History And Meaning Of Boy Bands

Friday, July 11, 2014

As long as there are teenage girls going through huge emotional changes, there will be groups of four to six young men singing pop songs to them (and sometimes dancing).
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Oh, 'Boyhood!' Linklater's Cinematic Stunt Pays Off

Friday, July 11, 2014

Richard Linklater's new film took 12 years to make and tracks the actual youth and adolescence of its lead actor. Critic Bob Mondello says Boyhood is a rich and resonant portrait of real life.
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'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A pilot found himself hungry during a midflight delay. But instead of just buying a pizza for himself, he bought 50 pizzas for the entire Frontier Airlines plane.
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This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Off the coast of Tuscany, prisoners serving the end of their sentences are learning to make wine from a 30th-generation winemaker. It's a unique approach to rehabilitation that seems to be working.
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A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Service members are prescribed narcotic painkillers three times as often as civilians. For some vets, dependence on those pills becomes a bigger problem than their original ailment.
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Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill

Thursday, July 10, 2014

President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to address the influx of immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing about the request.
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In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ayad Akhtar plumbs his past to grapple with what it means to be Muslim in America. While some accuse him of airing dirty laundry, Akhtar uses such questions not just for rupture but also for renewal.
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Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Some drivers are on strike at the ports of LA and Long Beach, and shipping companies are in negotiations with dockworkers over a new contract. Analysts say a full-blown strike would hurt the economy.
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HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Federal officials have announced that a young Mississippi girl, once thought to have been cured of HIV, now once again has detectable levels of the virus.
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In A Unanimously Passed Law, The Seeds Of An Immigration Controversy

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The handling of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is governed by a law that was passed in 2008. For more, Robert Siegel speaks with David Abramowitz, who helped work on the law when it passed.
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The Conundrum Of The Cup-Deprived: Brazilians Wonder Who To Root For

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Brazilian soccer fans, in their grief over the national team's World Cup loss, now must decide whether to cheer for their archrival Argentina or Germany, the team that crushed their Cup dreams.
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