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11:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Amazon Launches Subscription Service For E-Books

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:17 am

Amazon launched a new subscription service for e-books and audiobooks on Friday called Kindle Unlimited.

The service, which will cost subscribers $9.99 per month after a free initial 30-day trial, offers access to more than 600,000 e-books and about 2,000 audiobooks. The reading and listening experiences can be linked through a syncing service.

Such "all you can eat" subscription models have become common for music and video. Amazon now enters into a space already occupied by unlimited reading services such as Scribd, Oyster and Entitle.

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Shots - Health News
11:01 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close After Restrictions Enacted

Texas gubernatorial hopeful and state Sen. Wendy Davis came to prominence when she opposed legislation restricting abortions. The bill eventually became law and is now blamed for the closure of abortion clinics across the state.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 10:40 am

In a little over a year, the number of clinics that provide abortions in Texas fell to 20 from 41, and watchdogs say that as few as six may be left by September.

Many clinics closed because of a requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain hospital admitting privileges within a certain radius of the clinic, and many doctors couldn't comply. The requirement took effect last November. This week marks the first anniversary of the state law that started it all.

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The Two-Way
10:36 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Typhoon Batters Chinese Island, Heads For Vietnam

A woman watches thunderstorms gather over Hong Kong's skyline Thursday as Typhoon Rammasun approached.
PHILIPPE LOPEZ AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 8:29 pm

The strongest typhoon to hit China in years battered the island of Hainan on Friday.

Typhoon Rammasun killed 54 people as it passed across parts of the Philippines Wednesday and gained strength as it crossed the South China Sea.

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The Two-Way
9:37 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Wildfires Force Evacuation Of Towns, Hospital In Washington State

Smoke and flames rise from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 6:49 pm

This post was updated at 6:30 p.m. ET:

The small town of Pateros in north central Washington has emptied out as wildfires burning in the area destroyed as many as 100 homes.

The roughly 650 residents of Pateros — as well as a nearby hospital — were evacuated late Thursday.

Gov. Jay Inslee said the fire had grown to 168,000 acres by midday Friday.

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Berlusconi Underage Sex Conviction Overturned By Italian Court

Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi (center) arrives for a court hearing in Naples in June, where he was appearing as a witness in the trial of an associate. Berlusconi's conviction on sex with a minor and abuse of power was overturned by a court in Milan on Friday.
Ciro Fusco EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 10:26 am

An appeals court in Italy has overturned the conviction of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges that he paid for sex with an underage prostitute and then abused his power to cover up the crime.

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Monkey See
8:03 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: For Our 200th Episode, Quizzes And A Q&A

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It seems like it's been about 200 weeks since we started hyping the 200th episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour, and it's finally here. This is the second hour of our June 24 live show in NPR's Studio 1, and it's got a bit of everything — but first, a few announcements.

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The Two-Way
7:09 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Book News: 15 Unpublished Elmore Leonard Stories Coming Out Next Year

Author and former adman Elmore Leonard smiles during an interview at his home in Bloomfield Township, Mich., in September 2012.
Paul Sancya AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
5:47 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine

A firefighter douses the smoldering wreckage of Flight MH17 on Thursday.
Alexander Khudoteply AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 2:24 am

This post was updated at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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The Two-Way
5:40 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Israeli Ground Operation In Gaza Continues

An Israeli artillery shell is fired at the border with Gaza on Friday near Sderot, Israel. Late Thursday night Israeli forces escalated their operation with a ground offensive, sending troops into Gaza. More than 250 Palestinians have lost their lives since Israel began operation "Protective Edge."
Ilia Yefimovich Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 6:42 pm

This post was updated at 6:15 p.m. ET:

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Middle East on Saturday in hopes of finding a way to stop the fighting between Israel and Hamas.

"Israel has legitimate security concerns, and we condemn the indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza into Israel that ended yesterday's temporary cease-fire," Jeffrey Feltman, deputy U.N. secretary-general for political affairs, told the Security Council on Friday. "But we are alarmed by Israel's heavy response."

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Shots - Health News
3:36 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches

The CDC's director, Tom Frieden, testified before a congressional subcommittee Wednesday regarding a recent anthrax incident and lab safety improvements he is instituting.
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Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 10:40 am

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the hot seat.

It all started in mid-June, when the CDC announced that dozens of its scientists might have accidentally been exposed to anthrax.

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The Two-Way
8:25 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

FedEx Charged With Shipping Drugs For Illegal Online Pharmacies

FedEx was indicted Thursday on charges of assisting illegal online pharmacies by shipping controlled substances.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:28 pm

A federal grand jury has indicted FedEx on charges of assisting illegal pharmacies. Prosecutors say the shipping company knowingly distributed controlled substances, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

FedEx is "accused of conspiring to distribute prescription drugs to people who never met with doctors — a violation of the Controlled Substances Act," Johnson says.

She says prosecutors in San Francisco demanded that representatives for FedEx appear in court on July 29.

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The Two-Way
6:42 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Libya Asks U.N. For Assistance In Protecting Oil And Airports

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:42 pm

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the United Nations Security Council for help protecting the country's ports, airports and oil installations on Thursday, warning that the country could become a failed state.

He pleaded with the council "to take the case of Libya seriously before it is too late," according to Reuters.

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The Two-Way
5:50 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Some Airlines Say They Are Avoiding Ukrainian Airspace

This screen grab from Flightradar24.com shows the pocket of open airspace above Ukraine after a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in the eastern part of the country.
Flightradar24.com

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 12:24 pm

We are following the news of a Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine with 298 passengers and crew onboard, and some airlines are now operating over the area with added caution.

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The Salt
5:48 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux?

Deep-fried breakfast on-a-stick is a new food at this year's Minnesota State Fair. It contains American and Swiss cheeses, a sausage patty, one egg and Canadian bacon sandwiched between two pancakes, then dipped in a light, sweet batter and deep-fried on a stick.
Courtesy of Minnesota State Fair

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 7:54 pm

It is the season of state fairs, when you may have a chance to expand your palate or test your gag reflex at the concession stands. (Once you're stuffed, maybe you'll get to admire a butter sculpture.)

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