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Science
5:09 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Science Confirms 2014 Was Hottest Yet Recorded, On Land And Sea

Floodwaters from rising sea levels have submerged and killed trees in Bedono village in Demak, Central Java, Indonesia. As oceans warm, they expand and erode the shore. Residents of Java's coastal villages have been hit hard by rising sea levels in recent years.
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Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 10:14 am

For the past quarter-century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been gathering data from more than 400 scientists around the world on climate trends.

The report on 2014 from these international researchers? On average, it was the hottest year ever — in the ocean, as well as on land.

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Sports
5:09 am
Fri July 17, 2015

2-4-6-8, A 401(k) Would Be Great: Calif. Law Makes Cheerleaders Employees

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:55 am

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Religion
5:09 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Raises Questions Of Religious Rights, Tax Status

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 2:00 pm

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The Salt
11:03 am
Thu July 16, 2015

The Fall Of A Dairy Darling: How Cottage Cheese Got Eclipsed By Yogurt

Cottage cheese peaked in the early 1970s, when the average American ate about 5 pounds of it per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 1:52 pm

As you know, here at The Salt we've been a little obsessed with yogurt lately.

But there's a flip side to the story of the yogurt boom. What about that other product made from fermented milk that had its boom from 1950 to 1975, and has been sliding into obscurity ever since?

Cottage cheese took off as a diet and health food in the 1950s.

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Parallels
8:41 am
Thu July 16, 2015

The View From Inside Syria

Saeed al-Batal, a Syrian photographer, posted this image from Douma, Syria, on his Facebook page on March 31.
Courtesy of Saeed al-Batal

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 3:46 pm

Syria's civil war has created the worst refugee crisis in the world, with more than 4 million people fleeing the country. Millions more have been displaced inside Syria, though we rarely hear from them.

Over the past year, NPR's Morning Edition has spoken three times with Saeed al-Batal, a photographer and filmmaker who doesn't use his real name for security reasons.

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Animals
5:55 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Stab It With A Dinglehopper! Seagull Goes After Eagle In Alaska

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 11:03 am

Seagulls don't get a lot of respect; they seem to be all screeching and scavenging for food. But at least one sea gull showed the guts of a hero recently.

Photographer David Canales caught what he called this "epic aerial battle" while kayaking in Alaska: A bald eagle, one seagull trapped in its talons, under ferocious assault from another gull.

Unfortunately, for all its fellow seagull's daring, the eagle's snack did not appear to escape.

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Around the Nation
5:55 am
Thu July 16, 2015

After 25 Years, The Days In Illinois Can Have One Happy Hour Again

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 11:03 am

It's happy hour in Illinois. Well, not right this instant, but many are happy that happy hour is back.

Alcoholic drink specials were banned in the state more than 25 years ago, but Gov. Bruce Rauner overturned that yesterday.

There are still some restrictions: So-called volume specials — like two-for-one, or all-you-can-drink — are not allowed.

Happy hour also has to end by 10 p.m. That's fine with your hard-working, overnight-hours Morning Edition staff, so long as happy hour can start at noon.

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Middle East
5:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

For Families Of Americans Held Or Missing In Iran, Nuclear Deal Is A Loss

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 11:03 am

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Europe
5:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

After Years Of Recession, Greeks Fear Bailout Will Only Make Lives Harder

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 3:46 pm

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U.S.
5:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

U.S. Immigration Agency Again Drops 'Family Friendly' Detention Centers

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 12:42 pm

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The Two-Way
5:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

'Buckyballs' Solve Century-Old Mystery About Interstellar Space

Harry Kroto, pictured in 1996, displays a model of the geodesic-shaped carbon molecules that he helped discover.
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Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 11:03 am

Researchers in Switzerland say they've solved a nearly 100-year-old astronomical mystery by discovering what's in the wispy cloud of gas that floats in the space between the stars.

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Middle East
5:43 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Interview: Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu On Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 9:27 am

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Middle East
5:43 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Does Nuclear Agreement Strengthen Iran's Drive To Be A Regional Power?

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:25 am

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Strange News
5:43 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Clearer Than Bureacratese: Airport Official Replies To Politician In Klingon

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:25 am

Maj po.

That was "good morning" in Klingon, the fictional language from "Star Trek."

You'd have to be able to speak the language in order to understand a recent statement from a government spokesperson in Wales.

When Darren Miller, an opposition politician, asked about possible UFO sightings at an airport, the spokesperson responded — in Klingon — that her boss would reply in due course.

Millar told the BBC this confirmed his suspicion — that members of government were from another planet.

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Around the Nation
5:43 am
Wed July 15, 2015

A Month Into Summer, Boston's Finally Out Of Snow

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:25 am

It's mid-July, and winter has finally ended in Boston — at least symbolically. On Tuesday, Boston's mayor announced that the giant pile of dirty snow left over from the city's record-breaking snowfall had finally melted.

The seven-story snow tower took so long to thaw out that there was a citywide contest to guess when it would go away. In response to the news, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker tweeted: "Our nightmare is finally over!"

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Middle East
11:25 am
Tue July 14, 2015

After Iran Nuclear Deal, What's Israel's Next Step?

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Middle East
10:38 am
Tue July 14, 2015

What Iran's Regional Rivals Are Saying About The Deal

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:25 am

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U.S.
10:38 am
Tue July 14, 2015

In Congress, A Mixed Reaction To Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 6:22 pm

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Middle East
8:48 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Obama: Iran Nuclear Pact Provides 'Constant International Supervision'

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:25 am

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Strange News
6:50 am
Tue July 14, 2015

You've Heard Of Hot Dogs, Here's A Hot Cat

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:25 am

It's like The Incredible Journey, except if the pets had to cross the Sahara.

A cat stowed away under the hood of a pickup truck, and survived a 28-mile ride with the hot engine as the vehicle was driven from Pennsylvania to the parking lot of Mars Chocolate headquarters in New Jersey.

People walking by heard purring from the engine — even after it was switched off.

The kitty was quickly dubbed "Mars" — after the chocolate, or perhaps more appropriately, the fiery-red planet.

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