5:08am

Sat July 12, 2014
Politics

What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 9:14 pm

Campaign spending in the Kentucky Senate race between GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes could reach $100 million.
LM Otero AP

For the amount of money that's expected to be spent in the Kentucky race for U.S. Senate this year, you could buy a bottle of the state's own Maker's Mark whiskey for nearly every man, woman and child in the state.

Some observers say the election could end up as the most expensive Senate race in history, with spending topping $100 million. And why wouldn't it be? It's at the heart of the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.

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5:08am

Sat July 12, 2014
Around the Nation

Governors Talk Infrastructure At Annual Meeting

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 9:12 am

The National Governors Association held its annual summer meeting in Nashville, Tenn. this week, and the collapsing highway trust fund was the centerpiece issue.

5:08am

Sat July 12, 2014
Middle East

Conflict Continues In Gaza Strip, With No Cease-Fire In Sight

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 9:12 am

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TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Tamara Keith in for Scott Simon. The conflict continues between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip. Israeli air strikes have killed more than 120 Palestinians since Tuesday morning. In Israel, nearly a dozen Israelis have been seriously injured by rocket fire from Gaza. There is no cease-fire in sight, but there may be some indications of a slowdown. NPR's Emily Harris joins us from Gaza City. Hi, Emily.

EMILY HARRIS, BYLINE: Good morning.

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5:08am

Sat July 12, 2014
Afghanistan

Kerry Struggles To Resolve Election Crisis In Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 9:12 am

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kabul to try to resolve an election dispute threatening to derail the country's democratic process. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry.

5:08am

Sat July 12, 2014
Parallels

Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 9:12 am

Barcelona football star Lionel Messi (right) leaves a courthouse in Gava, Spain, in September 2013, after a hearing on tax evasion charges. Messi and his father paid $6.5 million to try to settle the case, but his father may still go on trial.
Josep Lago AFP/Getty Images

Many of the biggest stars in global soccer — Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo — play the regular season with club teams in Spain. Their marquee names have helped their Spanish teams get filthy rich. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona top Forbes magazine's list of the world's richest sports franchises. You have to scroll down to No. 4 to find the New York Yankees, and NFL teams below that.

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5:03am

Sat July 12, 2014
Shots - Health News

People Asked A Stress Psychologist Just About Everything On Reddit

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 8:31 pm

Take a deep breath.
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We've been asking Americans about stress in their lives.

On Friday, the tables were turned when Dr. Lynn Bufka, a licensed psychologist with expertise in treating anxiety, stress and related problems, came to NPR to take questions on Reddit about coping with stress.

Bufka, who works at the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., is on Twitter: @DrBufka.

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5:03am

Sat July 12, 2014
Code Switch

What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 8:28 am

Firefighters in Chicago hose down the scene of a shooting last fall where several people, including a toddler, were shot.
Paul Beaty ASSOCIATED PRESS

We have a default template for the way we process mass shootings. We scour through every available scrap of the perpetrators' interior lives – Facebook postings, YouTube videos, interviews with former roommates — to try to find out what drove them to kill. The sites of the massacres become a kind of shorthand: Columbine, Sandy Hook, Fort Hood. We conduct protracted, unsatisfying conversations about gun rights, and about mental illness, and about how we have to make sure that they never happen again.

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4:53am

Sat July 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Death Toll At 135 In Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 2:00 pm

A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of Al-Farouk mosque, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike, in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday.
Ezz Zanoon/APA Images APA/Landov

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

At least 145 people have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded since Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip began five days ago, according to Palestinian officials. The offensive has come amid a barrage of Hamas rocket fire directed at Israel. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports that Israeli tanks and reserve troops are poised for a possible ground invasion.

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4:36am

Sat July 12, 2014
Asia

The Day That Changed Everything On Mt. Everest

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 9:12 am

On April 18, 16 Nepalese guides were killed in an avalanche on Mt. Everest. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Outside Magazine's Grayson Schaffer about the deadliest day in Everest history.

4:36am

Sat July 12, 2014
Sports

Rio's Statue Is Restored, But Brazil Team's Redemption Still Ahead

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 9:12 am

Restoration work on Rio's famed "Christ the Redeemer" statue is now complete. But can Brazil get redemption after not making it to the World Cup finals?

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