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8:44 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added

Construction workers building a commercial complex Thursday in Springfield, Ill., earlier this month. The sector has been on a gradual rebound following a devastating hit during the housing collapse in 2008.
Seth Perlman AP

The nation's unemployment rate moved up a bit in the month of July, to 6.2 percent, as more Americans who'd been sitting on the sidelines started looking for work, according to the latest monthly report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 209,000 jobs, a bit less than economists had expected.

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The Two-Way
8:19 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Court In Uganda Throws Out Anti-Gay Law

Members of Uganda's gay community and gay rights activists react after the constitutional court overturned an anti-gay law.
Isaac Kasamani AFP/Getty Images

A court in Uganda has thrown out a controversial law that punished acts of homosexuality harshly, including with life in prison.

The AP reports the decision was a technical one. The court ruled that there was no quorum when Parliament met to pass the law.

The AP adds:

"'The speaker was obliged to ensure that there was quorum,' the court said in its ruling. 'We come to the conclusion that she acted illegally.'

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Shots - Health News
8:03 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It

Peter Kennaugh of SKY Procycling enjoys an espresso ahead of first stage of the Tour de France 2013, in Corsica.
Scott Mitchell teamsky.com via Getty Images

After winning the Tour de France last Sunday, Vincenzo Nibali was tested for a bunch of performance-enhancing substances. But Nibali and his fellow competitors were welcome to have several cups of coffee (or cans of Red Bull), before their ride into Paris; caffeine is not on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list.

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The Two-Way
7:03 am
Fri August 1, 2014

With Final Broadcast, 'Tell Me More' Bids Farewell

Host Michel Martin poses in the Tell Me More studio at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. Although the show is ending, Michel says there are "many stories yet to tell."
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 8:56 am

After seven years, NPR's Tell Me More is going off the air on Friday.

The final program can be heard on member stations and will be live-streamed on this page, beginning at 11 a.m. ET. It will include the show's popular Barbershop roundtable, a political chat, a discussion of faith and a live musical performance.

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The Two-Way
6:28 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Fighting Resumes In Gaza, As Israeli Military Says Cease-Fire Is Over

Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, is seen shortly before the start of a proposed cease-fire on Friday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 8:43 am

It was negotiated as a three-day humanitarian cease-fire that was to start at 8 a.m. local time today.

But just hours in, fighting erupted again in Gaza.

Palestinian authorities told the AP that at least 27 people were killed in Gaza after an Israeli tank opened fire. NPR's Emily Harris reports Israel accused Hamas of continuing its rocket fire.

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The Two-Way
6:15 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong.
AP

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 7:15 am

For nearly a year, U.S. government officials have said revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists to develop their own countermeasures. Those officials haven't publicly given specific examples — but a tech firm based in Cambridge, Mass., says it has tangible evidence of the changes.

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Middle East
6:05 am
Fri August 1, 2014

More Deadly Fighting In Gaza Puts Cease-Fire In Question

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 7:14 am

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Global Health
6:05 am
Fri August 1, 2014

CDC Chief On West African Ebola: 'We Know What To Do, But It's Not Easy'

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 7:14 am

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Business
5:48 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Minnesota's Minimum-Wage Workers Get 75-Cent Increase

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 7:48 am

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U.S.
5:37 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Assessing Obama's Foreign Policy After A Week Of Crises

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 6:05 am

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