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Arizona Execution Of Inmate Takes Nearly Two Hours

Officials who were attempting to put inmate Joseph Wood to death today instead watched him gasp and snort for more than an hour, Wood's attorney says.

Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.

Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate

The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors.

Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State

Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington, including one that has stretched over 250,000 acres.

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Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling

The radical Islamic State and former associates of Saddam Hussein have fought together against Iraq's government. But the fault lines between the unlikely partners are beginning to show.

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Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery

Around the U.S., food assistance agencies are trying to come up with new ways to feed hungry kids in the summer. In Hopkins County, Ky., they're using mobile vans to take food to where kids live.

Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare

Republicans say a sting in which false identities were used to sign up for health care has revealed a major problem. Democrats question the premise that people would try to steal insurance.

Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends

Federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, show that nearly 1 million insurance transactions have taken place since the middle of April.

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'Tahrir Harassment' Trials End In Sexual Assault Convictions

Sexual assault convictions have been handed down to some Egyptian men, after several women were attacked during celebrations for incoming President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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N.Y. Man's Death Prompts Police Introspection On Use Of Force

Funeral services are being held for Eric Garner, a New York City man who died in police custody. The incident is prompting the NYPD to rethink how it trains all its officers in the use of force.

Coastal Erosion Is Fact Of Life On Cape Cod

July 23, 2014
The Gay Head light is one of the most important navigational tools on the East Coast. The Board of Selectmen in Aquinnah recently approved a new location to preserve it from coastal erosion. (Timothy Valentine/Flickr)

The geologist emeritus of the USGS in Falmouth says there is little we can do prevent a radical change to the Cape’s shoreline.

Netherlands Mourns As Crash Victims’ Bodies Arrive

July 23, 2014
A convoy of funeral hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, drives from the Eindhoven Airbase to Hilversum on July 23, 2014. (Jerry Lampen/AFP/Getty Images)

The remains are being taken to a military base in Hilversum, southeast of Amsterdam. Robert Chesal joins us from there with details.

Salary Gag Rules Are Illegal, But Still Widespread

July 23, 2014
Jonathan Timm writes in The Atlantic that regardless of his job, "the story was the same: My employers wanted me to keep my mouth shut about money." (Bob Prosser/Flickr)

Jonathan Timm writes that regardless of his job, “the story was the same: My employers wanted me to keep my mouth shut about money.”

Why Come North? A Panel Discussion On US Immigration Policy

July 23, 2014
In this Saturday, July 12, 2014, photo, migrants walk along train tracks and boxcars after getting off a train during their journey toward the US-Mexico border, in Ixtepec, southern Mexico. (AP)

Crisis at the US border. What do Latinos on this side of the border have to say? We’ll ask our special roundtable.

Remains Of Clovis Boy Reburied In Montana

July 22, 2014
During a special ceremony, scientists and representatives of six tribes reburied a 12,600-year-old Clovis child in a patch of sagebrush on Saturday June, 28, 2014, close to the site where he was accidentally unearthed almost 50 years ago. (Shawn Raecke/Livingston Enterprise)

DNA from the boy buried 12,600 years ago shows his people were ancestors of many of today’s native peoples.

Detroit Couple Decides Whether To Stay Or Go

July 22, 2014
In this July 17, 2013, aerial photo is the city of Detroit. (Paul Sancya/AP)

Michigan Radio reporter Sarah Hulett and her family have been grappling with whether to leave Detroit. One consideration: crime.

Retail Confession: Adults Who Wear Kids’ Clothes To Save Money

July 22, 2014
Can you correctly guess if this pair of underwear is a Men's Small or a Boys' XL? Taylor Quimby is betting you can't. (Taylor Quimby/NHPR)

Taylor Quimby of New Hampshire Public Radio is among the many adults buying kids XL-size clothing instead of adult size smalls.

The 'Elephant Whisperer' Of World War II

July 22, 2014
Lt. Col. James Howard Williams, aka "Elephant Bill," is the hero of Vicki Constantine Croke's new book, "Elephant Company." (Courtesy Random House)

We’ll travel to the jungles of Burma for the remarkable true story of Billy Williams—aka “the elephant whisperer”—and his World War II heroism.

Mass. Does Well In New Kids Count Report

July 22, 2014

The latest Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation has found that children in Massachusetts are better off than almost anywhere else in the nation.

The Kid Is Alright

July 22, 2014
What navel gazing -- literally -- taught one boy about the value of being different. Pictured: The author (right) desperately trying to hide his outie at Wheelwright Pond in Lee, NH, c. 1977, with his siblings. (Sarah Gilsdorf/Courtesy)

What navel gazing — literally — taught one boy about the value of being different.

Beth Israel Opens Mental Health Notes To Some Patients

July 21, 2014
Austrian psychoanalyst Prof. Sigmund Freud and his dog "Jofi" in his office in Vienna, Austria, in 1937. (AP)

A new pilot program lets some psychiatric patients read their therapists’ notes online. Advocates say it could help with treatment. Others worry it may be harmful.

Weston Mother Deals With Daughter’s Death In Unconventional Way

July 21, 2014
The Forbes family in San Francisco in 2004, before Charlotte's death. (Photo courtesy Kersti Malvre)

Weston-based author Sukey Forbes tells the story of the sudden loss of her 6-year-old daughter Charlotte and her unusual method of coping with grief.

Why Hot Cars Are So Deadly

July 21, 2014
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration officials demonstrate how hot it can get inside a parked car with a demonstration outside of the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia. (Adam Ragusea)

An average of 38 kids die in a hot car every year in the U.S. We look at the science of why cars get so hot so fast, and why children are more vulnerable.

Heavy Meddle: Will The Soundtrack Of My Youth Embarrass Me Forever?

July 21, 2014
What if I go on loving the the same music I did at the age of 20? (alessandro/flickr)

What if I go on on loving the same music I did at the age of 20?

What This Plane Crash Means For Airlines

July 18, 2014
A Malaysia airlines plane is seen on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 18, 2014. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

We discuss potential economic consequences of the downed plane in eastern Ukraine, which might include higher airfares, with Bloomberg’s Michael Regan.

The High Price Of Financial Transactions When You’re Poor

July 17, 2014
Many of the approximately 70 million Americans who don't have a bank account or access to traditional financial services end up relying on check-cashing services, which come with hefty fees. (Orin Zebest/Flickr)

Derek Thompson says “for tens of millions of Americans without a bank account, paying a bill isn’t just an odyssey, it’s a part-time job.”

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