9:27am

Fri July 25, 2014
Goats and Soda

In India's Sultry Summer, Bucket Bathing Beats Indoor Showers

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 2:49 pm

An Indian migrant worker pauses for a refreshing bucket bath on the roadside in Mumbai.
Rafiq Maqbool AP

Two items that are essential to most Indian households are a bucket and a pitcher. They are to Indians what showers are to Americans, an integral part of the daily ritual of bathing. In a country where you can't count on running water, the vast majority of people bathe using a bucket of water and a plastic pitcher to pour the water over your head and body.

Like every other Indian I know, I grew up with bucket bathing. But by the time I was 10, indoor showers had started to become more common in bathrooms, as did a regular water supply, at least in urban India.

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8:36am

Fri July 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq's Tomb Of Jonah

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:43 pm

People walk on the rubble of the destroyed Mosque of the Prophet Yunus, or Jonah, in Mosul. The revered Muslim shrine was destroyed on Thursday by militants who overran the city in June and imposed their harsh interpretation of Islamic law.
Uncredited AP

Sunni extremists from the so-called Islamic State blew up the tomb of the Prophet Jonah in Mosul on Thursday. The site is holy to both Christians and Muslims.

NPR's Leila Fadel reports that video of the explosion quickly spread online, and residents of the city and across Iraq were angered by the destruction.

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8:01am

Fri July 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 11:53 am

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a news conference in Sydney last week. Abbott has announced the deployment of 190 police to help secure the MH17 wreckage site, where 37 Australians were killed.
Rob Griffith AP

Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET.

The Netherlands and Australia — countries that lost large numbers of citizens in last week's downing of Flight MH17 — are planning to send police to eastern Ukraine to help secure the debris field there.

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7:16am

Fri July 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:33 pm

A Palestinian man cries after bringing a child, wounded in a strike on a compound housing a U.N. school, to the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called reports that Israel's government had rejected a U.S. truce in Gaza "a mischievous leak" and said he's confident a deal can be reached.

Referring to earlier reports by Israeli TV that a seven-day cease-fire had been unanimously rejected, Kerry, speaking at a news conference in Cairo, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had assured him that the report is "an error and inaccurate.

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7:14am

Fri July 25, 2014
Music News

'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 9:54 am

"I never wanted to be your weekend lover": Prince and his Purple Rain costar Appolonia Kotero.
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6:13am

Fri July 25, 2014
U.S.

Cape Cod Residents Object As Mass. Governor Offers To House Migrant Kids

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:14 am

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6:13am

Fri July 25, 2014
Sports

At Jaguars' New Stadium, Come For The Football Or The Swimming

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 10:22 am

Hi, Mom! EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, recently installed a massive video display. This artist's rendering previews the giant screen, which will be unveiled on Saturday.
Courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguars

In Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, the Jaguars football team will unveil what it's calling the world's largest video display at a stadium. The team also has added luxury cabanas, where fans can watch the game poolside — improvements that are designed to get the beleaguered team's fans off their couches and into the stadium.

When team officials announced they were adding swimming pools to the stadium, some dismissed it as a gimmick. The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't been to the playoffs since 2007, and the team has been the butt of many a football joke.

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6:09am

Fri July 25, 2014
Strange News

Giant Toad Resembling Former President Attracts China's Censors

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6:09am

Fri July 25, 2014
U.S.

Honduran Foreign Minister: U.S. Should Address Root Causes Of Migration

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:14 am

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6:09am

Fri July 25, 2014
Middle East

Kerry Awaits Response From Israel, Hamas On Proposed Cease-Fire

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6:09am

Fri July 25, 2014
World

Fighting In Ukraine A Hurdle As Investigators Try To Access MH17 Site

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:14 am

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6:09am

Fri July 25, 2014
Law

Death Penalty Expert On Why Lethal Injection Is So Problematic

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5:59am

Fri July 25, 2014
The Two-Way

France Dispatches Military Unit To Site Of Air Algerie Wreck

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 1:24 pm

French President François Hollande speaks to the press at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

A day after an Air Algerie jet crashed in Mali killing all 118 people aboard, France is dispatching a military unit to the site.

ABC News reports that on Friday morning French President François Hollande said one of the flight data recorders had been recovered. ABC adds:

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4:02am

Fri July 25, 2014
NPR Story

What's The Outlook For Nigerian Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram?

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:14 am

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4:02am

Fri July 25, 2014
NPR Story

It's Time For Comic-Con!

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:14 am

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