7:44am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

'This Is Wrong': U.N. Secretary General Condemns Attack On Gaza School

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:40 am

Injured Palestinian children lie on the floor of an emergency room after the U.N. school where they took refuge in the northern Gaza Strip was shelled.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Updated at 7:59 p.m. ET.

A United Nations-run school sheltering civilians in Gaza came under attack Thursday, the U.N. says. More than a dozen people have been killed, according to Palestinian officials.

Reuters quotes Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, the main U.N. agency in Gaza, as confirming that the shelter in Beit Hanoun was hit.

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6:32am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 7:24 am

Sen. John Walsh, a Democrat from Montana.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

After The New York Times reported that Sen. John Walsh plagiarized at least a quarter of his master's thesis, the Montana Democrat is telling The Associated Press that post-traumatic stress disorder may have played a role.

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6:27am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 2:32 pm

Fouad Massoum speaks to the press after an Iraqi Parliament session in Baghdad in 2010. Massoum, a Kurd, has been elected to the largely ceremonial post of president in Iraq.
Hadi Mizban AP

Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been elected president of Iraq by the country's parliament, another step in forming a new government after months of deadlock.

As Leila Fadel reports from Irbil in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, "Massoum took his oath vowing to protect the constitution and the unity of Iraq. He made the promise as Iraq threatens to splinter into three pieces."

The vote for the largely ceremonial post of president was delayed for a day after the Kurdish bloc of legislators asked for more time to make their pick. Massoum was their choice.

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6:16am

Thu July 24, 2014
KALW Almanac

Thursday July 24, 2014

1911
  • 205th Day of the Year / 160 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 60 Days
  • Sunrise:6:07
  • Sunset:8:25
  • 14 Hours 18 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:4:19am
  • Moon Set:6:45pm
  • Moon’s Phase 4%
  • Full Moon August 10 @ 11:10am
  • Full Sturgeon Moon

The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month.

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4:57am

Thu July 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 3:02 pm

Sure, your doctor can do this. But you can, too. And for stroke patients, it could be a lifesaver.
iStockphoto

An irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation is a big cause of stroke, especially for people who have recently had a stroke. But it's not something that most people can feel.

Doctors test for atrial fibrillation by hooking people up to an electrocardiogram machine at the office, or having them wear a Holter monitor for a day or a week. There are also implantable monitors to check for afib, but they aren't widely used.

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4:35am

Thu July 24, 2014
Parallels

Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 11:05 am

Ayaman with his wife, Selma, and their 1-month-old daughter, Shana, who was born in Turkey. Syrian refugee parents who give birth in Turkey are finding it difficult to register their newborns, and many are stateless.
Jodi Hilton for NPR

Thousands of Syrian infants born to refugee parents are now stateless. Their births are unregistered and will pose many difficult challenges in this long-term conflict.

The exact numbers are far from certain. A recent report by the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, suggests that 75 percent of Syrians born in Lebanon since 2011 have not been properly registered. Many families don't have any identification documents, which were destroyed in the fighting or left behind in a panicked escape.

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4:35am

Thu July 24, 2014
U.S.

Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:43 pm

Zzarr, a Dutch shepherd, with K-9 handler U.S. Army Sgt. Nathan Arriaga (partly hidden), in 2011.
Romeo Gacad AFP/Getty Images

It's dog days on Capitol Hill — or, more precisely, dogs have had their day there.

Five in particular — all war dog veterans. The canines joined their human advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, "Military Dogs Take the Hill," to spotlight an effort to require that all military working dogs be retired to the U.S.

Congress passed a law last year saying the military may bring back its working dogs to the U.S. to be reunited with their handlers, but it does not say they must be brought back.

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4:35am

Thu July 24, 2014
Asia

With New Safety Measures, Nuclear Reactors May Reopen In Japan

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:39 am

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4:35am

Thu July 24, 2014
Business

New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:39 am

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4:35am

Thu July 24, 2014
U.S.

Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 1:44 pm

Bill Gluba, the mayor of Davenport, is trying to find appropriate sites that could serve as shelters for Central American minors.
pioneer98 Flickr

Thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have been crossing the Southern border of the U.S. over the past few months.

That's led to protests and debates — not only in the Southwest but across the country, as children have been given shelter in cities and towns that are sometimes quite far from the border.

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