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Fri July 19, 2013

Ex-CIA Officer Heads To U.S. After Italy Issues Warrant

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:12 pm

Former CIA officer Robert Seldon Lady is on his way back to the U.S. after being briefly detained in Panama. An Italian court had convicted the agent in the first trial anywhere involving the practice known as extraordinary rendition, in which a terrorist suspect is kidnapped and transferred to a country where torture is practiced.

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4:02 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

John Kerry: A 'Basis' For New Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank, on Friday. Shortly afterward, Kerry announced a "basis" for the Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace negotiations.
Fadi Arouri Pool/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 8:45 am

Nothing ever seems to come easy in the Middle East, but Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that there was "a basis" for a new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which would be the first such talks in several years.

Kerry made the announcement in Amman, Jordan, after a series of discussions with Palestinian and Arab leaders.

"We have reached an agreement that establishes the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis," Kerry said. "This is a significant and welcome step forward."

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3:52 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Look Up And Smile: NASA's Taking More Photos Of Earth

That little blue dot is how Earth will likely appear in a photo shot from a spacecraft that is studying Saturn.
NASA/JPL-Caltech simulation

As Robert Krulwich says, "it's going to be a very small picture, but we're all going to be in it — all trillions of us on Earth."

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3:33 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Obama: Black Americans Feel Pain In Martin Verdict

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, Friday, July 19, 2013, in Washington, about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 4:45 pm

President Barack Obama says black Americans feel pain after the Trayvon Martin verdict because of a “history that doesn’t go away.”

Obama spoke in a surprise appearance Friday at the White House, his first time appearing for a statement on the verdict since it was issued last Saturday.

Obama says African Americans view the case through “a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.” He says black men in particular are used to being feared and blacks see a disparity in the way they are treated under the law.

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Parallels
3:06 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Brazil's Highflying VIPs Face Backlash Over Air Travel

A helicopter carries VIPs to the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo in 2010. Politicians taking expensive helicopters and government planes have generated controversy in Brazil.
Jefferson Bernardes AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 7:57 pm

Unlike New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who often takes the subway to work, some prominent politicians in Brazil have a far more impressive way of getting around: private helicopters and government planes.

Perhaps the most over-the-top example of the trend is that of Rio de Janeiro state Gov. Sergio Cabral. A recent magazine expose showed that his commute to work is only about 6 miles.

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Shots - Health News
2:58 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

HPV Vaccination Might Help Reduce Risk Of Throat Cancers

Vaccines against the HPV virus are already used to prevent cervical and anal cancer.
Harry Cabluck AP

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 4:29 pm

A study of women in Costa Rica is raising hope that getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, could lower the risk of throat cancers.

The research doesn't show that. It would take a much bigger and longer study to do that – if such a study could ethically be done at all.

What this study does show is that among the nearly 6,000 women in the study, those who got vaccinated against two strains of the virus had 93 percent fewer HPV throat infections four years later.

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2:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Iron & Wine's Sam Beam, In His Own Words

Singer-songwriter Sam Beam goes by the stage name Iron & Wine. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Singer-songwriter Sam Beam, who’s better known by his musical persona Iron & Wine, spoke about his influences, making art and his new album, “Ghost On Ghost,” after a performance at the Boston Public Library.

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2:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Trying To Keep Cool, Across The U.S.

Jameek Delmonte of Brooklyn sells cold water on Atlantic Avenue in front of the Barclays Center on Thursday, July 18, 2013, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Jon Gerberg/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 4:45 pm

Much of the U.S. is sweltering under a heat wave that’s expected to lift this weekend.

We check in with an air conditioning repair service about how business has been and how repairmen are staying cool.

Copyright 2013 WBUR-FM. To see more, visit http://www.wbur.org.

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2:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Abortion Pill Sellers In Mexico Expect Boom From Texas

Dr. Celia Gomez (center) says American girls as young as 14 years old regularly stop by her clinic, just over the border from Laredo, Texas, seeking an abortion. (Joy Diaz/KUT)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 4:45 pm

Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a new law yesterday that bans abortion after 20 weeks, and increases the standards for clinics and doctors who provide abortions.

Clinics have a little more than a year to upgrade to ambulatory surgical centers, and critics say it will force as many as 37 of the state’s 42 clinics to close.

Women in rural and poor areas of Texas will be the most affected.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Houston Police Discover Four Men Held Captive In House

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:23 pm

Police say four men were found captive in a north Houston house — some apparently for years — in what authorities describe as "deplorable conditions."

Police Sgt. Steven Murdock tells The Associated Press that a neighbor called authorities Friday morning expressing concern about men in the house.

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The Two-Way
2:21 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Obama: 'Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago'

President Obama at the White House on Friday, as he spoke about the death of Trayvon Martin and the national discussion that the case has generated.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 7:15 pm

"When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son," President Obama told reporters Friday afternoon. "Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."

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2:21 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

U.S. Judge 'Troubled' By Government Drone-Strike Policy

A federal judge considering a constitutional challenge to drone strikes that killed three U.S. citizens in Yemen says she's "troubled" by the idea that the courts have no role to play in what's essentially a political dispute.

Over nearly two hours of arguments in her standing-room-only Washington, D.C. courtroom, Judge Rosemary Collyer repeatedly pressed the Obama administration about its claim to a broad right to use lethal force against Americans engaged in conflict overseas, demanding more than once that government lawyers put a "fence" around their position.

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2:16 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Scientists: Like Proust, Apes Have Autobiographical Memory

An endangered Sumatran orangutan with a baby clings on tree branches in the forest of Bukit Lawang, part of the vast Leuser National Park, in Indonesia's Sumatra island.
Romeo Gacad AFP/Getty Images

In Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust marvels at how the taste of "plump little cakes called 'petites madeleines'" brought forth memories of Sunday mornings at Combray when he walked into to his aunt Léonie's bedroom to say good morning.

Proust describes what scientists came to term an autobiographical memory. It's the kind of thing that many thought was uniquely human.

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1:51 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Listener Letters: Tyson Gay

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 4:45 pm

There was a little misunderstanding over something we said recently. In promoting the story of Tyson Gay, the elite runner who admitted that he’s tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, we said “Tyson Gay, say it isn’t so!”

We heard from one irate listener who wrote “Shame on you!” She joins us to explain.

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1:50 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Comic-Con International Hits San Diego

A Stormtrooper makes his way through the crowd during Day 2 of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 18, 2013 in San Diego, Calif. (Chris Pizzello/Invision via AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 4:45 pm

Storm troopers, bat men and every alien you can think of are descending on the streets of San Diego for the annual Comic-Con International convention.

It’s the biggest convention of the year for fans of comic books, science fiction and pop culture.

Creating a lot of buzz this year is the Sci Fi movie Ender’s Game, where children train as soldiers to fight an alien menace who’s attacking earth.

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