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1:30 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

New Zealand Cites Obesity In Denying Chef's Work Visa

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 2:05 pm

Chef Albert Buitenhuis has been declared too fat to live in New Zealand, a country with one of the highest obesity rates in the developed world.

Immigration officials recently informed South African Buitenhuis that his work visa would not be renewed because, at 286 pounds, he falls short of what Wellington deems "an acceptable standard of health."

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Three Capitals Observe 60th Anniversary Of Korean Armistice

Tourists visit the Korean War Veteran Memorial on the National Mall on Friday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Sixty years after the armistice that ended hostilities in the Korean War, North Korea was celebrating 'Victory Day' with a show of military force that included goose-stepping soldiers, mobile missile launchers and armored columns.

In South Korea, meanwhile, President Park Geun-hye vowed not to tolerate provocations from Pyongyang.

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The Two-Way
11:33 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Former Louisiana Congresswoman Lindy Boggs Dies At 97

Former Democratic Rep. Lindy Claiborne Boggs attends the Distinguished Service Award ceremony at the Capitol in May 2006 in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 12:51 pm

Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana and an ardent civil rights campaigner, has died at age 97.

Boggs went to Congress after a special election to succeed her late husband, Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr., who had died in a plane crash in Alaska. She served in the House for nearly two decades.

She died of natural causes at her home in Chevy Chase, Md., according to her daughter, NPR senior news analyst and ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts.

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Singer, Songwriter J.J. Cale Dead From Heart Attack At 74

J.J. Cale wrote hits including "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" for Eric Clapton.
R. Diamond WireImage/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 9:12 am

J.J. Cale, whose songs became hits for the likes of Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died at age 74 from a heart attack, his management agency's website announced.

Cale died at about 8 p.m. Friday at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., the Rosebud agency said Saturday.

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Train Driver Held In Spain Following Deadly Derailment

Men stand next to the train engine stored in a warehouse in Escravitude, 10 miles from the site of Wednesday's crash.
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Spain's Interior Minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, announced Saturday that the driver of a high-speed train that derailed this week, killing at about 80 people near the town Santiago de Compostela, has been detained on suspicion of negligent homicide.

Diaz said Francisco Jose Garzon Amo has been discharged from the hospital and taken to a police station, The Associated Press reports.

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The Two-Way
8:17 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Gunman, Six Others, Killed In Florida Apartment Standoff

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 9:05 am

A Florida gunman seized hostages and killed six people in an eight-hour standoff at an apartment complex that ended early Saturday when a SWAT team stormed the building and fatally shot the assailant.

The deadly incident occurred in Hialeah, a town just a few miles north of Miami. Police were quoted by The Associated Press as saying the bodies of three women and two men were found at the scene and that another man had been killed nearby. Two hostages were unharmed.

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The Two-Way
7:42 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Scores Killed As Egypt Demonstrations Turn Deadly

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi carry an injured man to a field hospital following clashes with security forces at Nasr City.
Khalil Hamra AP

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 9:58 pm

The top of this post was last updated at 9:45 p.m. ET:

About 80 people have been killed and hundreds injured in bloody clashes overnight in and around Cairo after protests escalated into violence, with supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi saying police shot at demonstrators.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports that Egypt's Ministry of Health has updated the number of dead to 80, with 792 injured.

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Monkey See
7:03 am
Sat July 27, 2013

A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day

A lone, sad stormtrooper descends an escalator.
JC Moya Courtesy Glen Weldon

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 5:55 am

Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.

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The Salt
6:38 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Tucson Food Bank Helps The Needy Grow Their Own Food

Food bank client Jamie Senik takes a break near her garden plot sponsored by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. She grows food for herself and her diabetic mother.
Pam Fessler NPR

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 10:15 pm

Food banks around the country face growing demand, despite improvements in the economy. Many families are still underemployed and struggling. So some food banks are looking for more permanent ways to address hunger, beyond handing out food.

One of them is the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, based in Tucson. Among the many programs it runs is Las Milpitas de Cottonwood, a community farm located in one of the city's lower-income neighborhoods.

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The Two-Way
5:38 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Elite Hacker Barnaby Jack Dies At 36

Barnaby Jack demonstrates an attack on two automated teller machines during the Black Hat technology conference in Las Vegas on July 28, 2010.
Isaac Brekken AP

Barnaby Jack, one of the world's most prominent hackers, died on Friday, the San Francisco Medical Examiner tells NPR's Steve Henn.

As Steve tells our Newscast unit, Jack became a hacker hero when he exploited a security vulnerability in an ATM machine and made it spit out cash.

The move became known as "Jackpotting." Via YouTube, here is the moment from the Black Hat USA 2010 conference (the real action starts at 3:05 and 5:57):

Jack was 36.

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Shots - Health News
5:15 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Hating On Fat People Just Makes Them Fatter

The roots of obesity are complex and include genetics and other factors beyond individual choice, research shows.
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Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 5:48 pm

Don't try to pretend your gibes and judgments of the overweight people in your life are for their own good. Florida researchers have evidence that discriminating against fat people only makes them fatter.

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Shots - Health News
3:49 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

50 Years On, Research On Sex Can Still Be A Lightning Rod

Johnson with her fellow researcher and sometimes husband, William Masters. The pair helped legitimize the study of human sexuality.
AP

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 7:07 pm

The world has changed a lot since a divorced mother of two teamed up with a St. Louis gynecologist to study the physiology of sex.

Masters and Johnson's first book, Human Sexual Response, made Virginia Johnson and William Masters household names in the 1960s. More than any other scientists before them, they approached sex as a biological process to be observed, measured and analyzed.

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Hedge Fund SAC Capital Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks at a news conference on Thursday about a federal indictment against SAC Capital.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 5:04 pm

Hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors has pleaded not guilty to wire and securities fraud, a day after federal prosecutors in New York charged the firm in connection with an alleged insider trading scheme.

Peter Nussbaum, SAC's general counsel, entered the plea on behalf of the firm, one of Wall Street's biggest hedge funds.

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Monkey See
3:24 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

'Snacks On A Plane' And Other #dullermovies

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Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:01 pm

Boring movie titles may not lure audiences into theaters, but they are luring users on Twitter. The #dullermovies thread challenges tweeters to pick an enticing film title and deflate it. People have come up with must-not-see films such as Ferris Bueller Goes to School and I Speculate On What You Did Last Summer. A couple of our favorites are collected below.

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The Two-Way
3:05 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

In Closing Arguments, Defense Argues Manning Is A Whistleblower

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted from court on Thursday in Fort Meade, Maryland.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:58 pm

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was not aiding the enemy when he leaked the largest cache of classified information in the history of the United States, the defense argued today during closing arguments of his military trial in Fort Meade, Maryland, today. Instead, he released the information in an attempt to spark debate about things he found troubling about war and American diplomacy.

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