4:49am

Wed July 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Dutch Day Of Mourning, As Remains Of Some MH17 Victims Come Home

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 8:17 am

Flowers lay on the tarmac as a ground Hercules transport aircraft of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, carrying bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, prepared to take off Wednesday in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
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In its first national day of mourning in more than half a century, the Netherlands came to a standstill Wednesday as the remains of some of the victims who died when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was downed over eastern Ukraine came home.

Two military planes landed in Eindhoven. King Willem Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte, along with some family members of the dead, waited on the tarmac on a bright, clear day.

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4:29am

Wed July 23, 2014
Shots - Health News

Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 8:07 am

Fun hikes offer health benefits for kids of every shape and size.
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Kids can be cruel, especially about weight. So you might think overweight or obese children know all too well that they're heavy — thanks to playground politics. But that's not necessarily so, according to government data covering about 6,100 kids and teens ages 8-15.

About 30 percent "misperceived" their weight status (underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese), according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. (The CDC bases those categories on body mass index, adjusted for gender and age.)

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4:11am

Wed July 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Gaza Conflict Day 16: Here's What You Need To Know

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 8:46 am

Smoke and fire rises over Gaza City on Tuesday. Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area as diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two-week war.
Hatem Moussa AP

Amid another day of fighting, Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and began a whirlwind session of shuttle diplomacy.

As NPR's Michele Kelemen, who is traveling with Kerry, tells our Newscast unit, the secretary of state is "trying to talk to everybody" to see if he can broker a cease-fire and perhaps lay the groundwork for longer-term negotiations over the future of Gaza.

The Israeli offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip is now entering its 16th day. Here's what you need to know:

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3:10am

Wed July 23, 2014
Law

New York Death Reignites Decades-Old Debate Over Neck Restraints

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 11:53 am

A memorial for Eric Garner rests on the pavement near the site of his death. The poster on the ground quotes Garner; video of the arrest shows him telling police officers he couldn't breathe, shortly before he lost consciousness.
John Minchillo AP

Eric Garner's funeral will be held in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Wednesday afternoon. The New Yorker died last week shortly after being wrestled to the ground by police.

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3:10am

Wed July 23, 2014
Health Care

Conflicting Obamacare Rulings Set Stage For Supreme Court Face-Off

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:51 am

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2:30am

Wed July 23, 2014
Middle East

As Gaza Fighting Rages, West Bank Palestinians Can Only Watch

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 11:31 am

Palestinian Imad Abudayyah and his son, Ghassan, speak to relatives in the Gaza Strip via Skype from Ramallah in the West Bank. Israeli restrictions make it extremely difficult to travel between the two territories. West Bank Palestinians have largely been bystanders in the current round of fighting.
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR

At least three times a day, Imad Abudayyah, 49, fires up his laptop at the West Bank hotel where he's currently living with his 11-year-old son, Ghassan, to reach out to relatives in the Gaza Strip. Abudayyah says Skype is the only way they can see the family members they have left behind.

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2:24am

Wed July 23, 2014
Business

Don't Make Me Come Back There: Toyota's New Parent-Friendly Options

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:51 am

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2:19am

Wed July 23, 2014
Strange News

$500,000 Gets You A 170-Foot-Tall Ketchup Bottle In Illinois

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:51 am

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In 1988, a determined Bob Boilen started showing up on NPR's doorstep every day, looking for a way to contribute his skills in music and broadcasting to the network. His persistence paid off, and within a few weeks he was hired, on a temporary basis, to work for All Things Considered. Less than a year later, Boilen was directing the show and continued to do so for the next 18 years.

2:16am

Wed July 23, 2014
Health Care

What Do The New Obamacare Rulings Mean For People Getting Subsidies?

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:51 am

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