10:01am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 10:55 am

Arturo, the only polar bear in Argentina, lives in captivity at a zoo in Mendoza. The plight of the "sad bear" has spawned more than 400,000 signatures on a petition to get him moved to a "better life" in Canada.
AFP Getty Images

Despite a public outcry that resulted in more than a half-million petition signatures and a personal appeal by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Arturo, Argentina's "sad bear," has been deemed too old to migrate to Canada.

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9:55am

Thu July 24, 2014
Parallels

Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 1:06 pm

One of the three stamps issued recently to commemorate Syrian leader Bashar Assad's presidential election victory.
Via Syrian Arab News Agency

As the Middle East froths with blood — from Iraq to Syria to the Gaza Strip — a commemorative set of three stamps depicting Syrian President Bashar Assad may not seem hugely relevant.

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8:50am

Thu July 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

When Federal Privacy Laws Protect Hospitals Instead Of Patients

ProPublica

In the name of patient privacy, a security guard at a hospital in Springfield, Mo., threatened a mother with jail for trying to take a photograph of her own son.

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8:42am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine's Prime Minister Quits After Allies Withdraw From Coalition

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:23 pm

Ukraine's prime minister announced today that he is resigning after two parties said they were withdrawing from the ruling coalition.

"I am announcing my resignation in connection with the collapse of the coalition," Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said, adding Parliament could no longer do its work.

The Associated Press adds:

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8:32am

Thu July 24, 2014
Goats and Soda

Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 10:34 am

We are all Russian nesting dolls: Our intestines house many bacteria, which house many viruses. These so-called bacteriophages are likely as important for our health as the bacteria they live in.
Lisa Brown for NPR

New viruses are a dime a dozen.

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8:08am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

European Court Rules Against Poland In CIA 'Black Sites' Case

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:50 pm

Barbed-wire fence surrounding a military area is pictured in the forest near Stare Kiejkuty village, close to Szczytno in northeastern Poland. The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday.
Kacper Pempel Reuters/Landov

The European Court of Human Rights ruled today that Poland broke the European human rights convention by allowing the CIA to imprison and torture two terrorism suspects in secret prisons on its soil.

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8:03am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 3:07 pm

The U.S. State Department's global database for processing visas and passports is experiencing problems that could cause delays for millions of people around the world who are awaiting travel documents.

The Associated Press writes:

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7:47am

Thu July 24, 2014
Goats and Soda

Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 1:48 pm

Health officials examine rats for signs of bubonic plague in New Orleans, 1914.
U.S. National Library of Medicine

The plague isn't just something you read about in medieval history books.

This past week, five cases were reported: four in Colorado and one in China.

The Colorado residents were diagnosed after coming into contact with an infected dog.

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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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