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2:40 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Researchers Grow 'Liver Buds' Using Stem Cells

Image of a mouse implanted with a "liver bud," from a 2012 video about the research at Yokohama City University. (YouTube screenshot)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 4:38 pm

Researchers have made a breakthrough in using stem cells to grow a human organ. That’s the report just out from the scientific journal Nature.

Japanese scientists led by Takanori Takebe of say they used stem cells to create “liver buds” — precursors of the liver. When the human liver buds were implanted in mice, they functioned a lot like a liver.

The shortage of organ donations highlights the need for finding other organ replacement therapies.

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2:37 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Deadline On Egypt Military's Ultimatum Passes

Opponents of President Mohammed Morsi protesters shout slogans and wave national flags in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. (Amr Nabil/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 4:38 pm

Egypt’s military has suspended the Islamist-backed constitution and called early elections.

The military also announced that embattled President Mohammed Morsi will be replaced.

Cheers erupted among millions of protesters nationwide who were demanding Morsi’s ouster.

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NPR Story
2:27 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

William Faulkner On The Battle Of Gettysburg

William Faulkner works at his typewriter Aug. 12, 1954, in Oxford, Miss. (AP)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 7:40 pm

Some of the most famous words ever written about Gettysburg were penned by the great southern writer William Faulkner.

In his 1948 novel “Intruder In The Dust,” Faulkner wrote about the promise the afternoon of July 3, 1863, held for the southern cause, the moment before the Confederate attack that became known as “Pickett’s Charge.”

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The Salt
2:18 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Outbreak Traced To Pomegranates Reveals Flaws In Global Food Chain

A fruit thought by some to be what Eve used to tempt Adam has been grown in the Middle East for centuries.
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Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 4:10 pm

Disease detectives have traced the continuing outbreak of hepatitis A that has so far sickened 136 people in the U.S. to a shipment of pomegranate seeds from the Anatolian region of Turkey.

As a result, the Food and Drug Administration has ordered any new shipments from the company that shipped the suspect fruit, Goknur Foodstuffs Import Export Trading, to be seized at American ports.

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Movie Reviews
1:42 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

'The Lone Ranger': Summer Fun With Manifest Destiny

Armie Hammer stars as the Lone Ranger in a new Disney adaptation.
Film Frame Disney

We're at the point when Johnny Depp's dumbest whims can lead to movies costing $200 million. I imagine Depp lying in a hammock on his private island and saying, "I've always wanted to play Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows!" and it's done. Then he says, "I've always wanted to do The Lone Ranger — but as Tonto!" and it, too, gets the green light.

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Television
12:54 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Elisabeth Moss: From Naif To Player On TV's 'Mad Men'

Elisabeth Moss says she's ambivalent about the end of Mad Men, which began in 2007.
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Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 1:48 pm

When Mad Men premiered in July 2007, the character of Peggy Olson was introduced to audiences as Don Draper's naive young secretary. In the seasons that have followed, Peggy has slowly become a talented copywriter and Don's protege, meanwhile trying constantly to create a place for herself in the male-dominated world of advertising. Her development has been a centerpiece of the series.

Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy, says she has learned about the character and her growth episode by episode, script by script, just like those of us who watch the show on television.

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The Salt
12:47 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Civil War Soldiers Needed Bravery To Face The Foe, And The Food

How did the food taste? These faces say it all. Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Meade in Virginia, August-November 1863.
Timothy H. O'Sullivan Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 1:11 pm

War is hell, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman is famously said to have uttered.* And the food, he might as well have added, was pretty lousy, too.

As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg — a turning point in the Civil War — it's worth remembering that the men who fought on that Pennsylvania field did so while surviving on food that would make most of us surrender in dismay.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Accused Cleveland Kidnapper Is Ruled Competent For Trial

Ariel Castro sits with his defense attorneys Craig Weintraub (left) and Jaye Schlachet during Wednesday's hearing, at which he was found mentally competent to stand trial.
Jason Miller AP

Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping and raping three women while he held them prisoner in his house for about 10 years, has been declared mentally competent to stand trial. The finding comes one week after a Cleveland judge ordered Castro to undergo an evaluation.

The results of that analysis were presented at a court hearing this morning.

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NPR Story
12:22 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

A Look At The Economy Midway Through 2013

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 1:45 pm

This week marks the halfway point of the year. Where is the economy today?

This also is the 4th anniversary of the start of the “recovery.” The GDP has been growing non-stop since late June or early July of 2009.

Have most people now completely recovered financially?

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The Two-Way
12:19 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Ecuador Says Its London Embassy Was Bugged

A covert microphone was found in the office of the Ecuadorean ambassador in London, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ricardo Patiño announced during a news conference in Quito.
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Ecuador's foreign minister says a microphone has been found hidden inside the country's embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living for the past year. The listening device was found last month, says Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño, when he traveled to the embassy to meet with Assange.

The covert microphone was reportedly discovered in the office of the ambassador, Ana Alban.

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Digital Life
12:17 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Martin Luther King's Memory Inspires Teenage Dream

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And now we continue our special series remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which will be 50 years old this summer.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: I have a dream...

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 1: As a kindergarten teacher in a Texas public school, my dream is for our country to begin to value our youngest members of society.

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Politics
12:17 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The Politics Of Abortion In Texas

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And now, this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to go back to law and the politics of abortion, and we want to focus on what's happening in Texas. Early this morning, legislators there revived an effort to restrict access to abortion in that state. The bill would ban most abortions after 20 weeks and it would also place new tough standards on existing clinics.

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Race
12:17 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Housing Investigation Exposes Harassment Of LA's Minorities

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Coming up in a few minutes, we'll dive a little deeper into what's going on with the abortion debate in Texas. But first, we want to talk about a development that's affecting recipients of housing assistance in Los Angeles County. The U.S. Department of Justice this week ordered LA County and the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, California to pay a total of $12.5 million in damages to residents of subsidized housing. That follows a two-year investigation by the department.

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Politics
12:17 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Aftershocks Felt After Affordable Care 'Earthquake'

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NPR Story
11:57 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Cities Boost Security For July 4th Celebrations

Fireworks blaze over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during Philadelphia's multi-day Wawa Welcome America! bash, 2010. (G. Widman/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 4:38 pm

Big cities across the country are taking security at Independence Day festivities very seriously.

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly told investigators he and his brother had initially planned on carrying out the attack at the Fourth of July celebrations in Boston.

On Monday, Canadian officials arrested two people for a Canada Day terror plot involving pressure cooker bombs.

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