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4:04 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Scott Simon On Sharing His Mother's Final Moments On Twitter

Simon's parents on their wedding day.
Courtesy of Scott Simon

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 5:33 pm

If you are among NPR host Scott Simon's 1.3 million Twitter followers, you likely know the news. Simon's mother, Patricia Lyons Simon Newman, entered a Chicago hospital on July 21 and died Monday night. She was 84 years old.

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Shots - Health News
3:29 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

A Bit Of Thought Makes Finding Out Medical Risks Less Scary

Angelina Jolie took a genetic test to find out her risk of breast cancer, and had a preventive double mastectomy.
Alastair Grant PA Photos /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 5:39 pm

Would you want to know your risk of getting heart disease? Diabetes? Or an inherited form of breast cancer?

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Author Interviews
3:26 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Pioneering 'Masters Of Sex' Brought Science To The Bedroom

Human sexuality researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson Masters, shown in San Francisco in 1972.
AP

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 4:40 pm

William Masters and Virginia Johnson became famous in the 1960s for their groundbreaking and controversial research into the physiology of human sexuality. Instead of just asking people about their sex lives, Masters and Johnson actually observed volunteers engaging in self-stimulation and sexual intercourse. Changes throughout their bodies during arousal were measured with medical equipment.

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NPR Story
2:49 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Writing And Living On Martha's Vineyard

Lambert's Cove Beach in West Tisbury, on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (vbecker/Flickr)

This weekend, the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival takes place in the island towns of Edgartown and Chilmark, Massachusetts.

Here & Now co-host Jeremy Hobson sits down with two writers, Ward Just and Laura Wainwright, who both make the Vineyard their home year-round.

They talk about the distractions of being in a place that’s a tourist haven three months of the year, as well as the beauties of living on the island.

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NPR Story
2:49 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Obama Proposes Cuts In Corporate Tax Rates

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:44 pm

U.S. home prices continue to surge. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index out today shows a 12 percent increase in May compared to a year ago.

Low interest rates and an improving job market are boosting demand for homes and driving prices up.

President Obama is out with a plan that he says will improve the job market even more. The president is touring an Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tenn. to announce a so-called “grand bargain” to overhaul the corporate tax system.

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NPR Story
2:49 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Valley Fever Strikes Hard In California Towns

Arthroconidia of Coccidioides immitis. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 7:21 am

Often considered a “silent epidemic,” valley fever officially infected 22,000 Americans in 2011 — most of them in California and Arizona — but some think the numbers are much higher.

It’s an infection that can wreak havoc on the lungs, heart, bones and in some cases the brain. At its worst, its fatal.

Valley fever is prevalent in hot, dry climates and it’s thought to spread through contact with soil.

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The Two-Way
2:26 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Ireland Enacts Law Providing For Abortion, A First

Ireland now has its first law making abortion legal in the country under specific conditions, after President Michael D. Higgins signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 into law Tuesday.

The legislation provides women with access to abortion in cases where their lives are at risk, including medical emergencies and cases in which suicide could be a factor.

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NPR Story
2:11 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Data-Driven Parenting: A Mom Who Tracks Everything

(dolanh/Flickr)

Many parents look to parenting books and blogs for tips on raising their children. Amy Webb prefers to collect and analyze her own data to direct her parenting style.

“I measure everything my kid does,” reads her recent column in Slate. “And I track it on spreadsheets. Really — every single thing. Even every poop. And it makes me a better parent.”

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NPR Story
2:11 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Tropical Depression Flossie Hits Hawaii

Tom Evans, acting director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, shows satellite images of Hurricane Flossie in Honolulu on Monday, July 29, 2013. (Oskar Garcia/AP)

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:44 pm

A storm called Flossie has been forcing schools and government buildings to close across Hawaii.

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed an emergency proclamation on Sunday that gives him the power to use state disaster funds and call up the National Guard if needed.

Flossie has been downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression, and it continues to weaken. But high winds and heavy rains have knocked out power to thousands of homes on several islands, and there are worries about flooding.

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NPR Story
2:11 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Prison Raid Frees Dozens Of Militants In Pakistan

A plainclothes police officer takes a photo with his mobile phone of a damaged gate of center jail caused by Taliban militants attacked, Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan. (Ishtiaq Mahsud/AP)

The Taliban is claiming responsibility for a sophisticated attack on a prison in Pakistan that freed more than 200 inmates, many of them described as dangerous terrorists.

A few of the inmates were recaptured and authorities are searching for the others.

Many of the attackers were dressed as Pakistani police officers and were riding motorcycles decorated with Taliban flags.

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