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4:09 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Weekly Innovation: A Mattress That Makes It Easier To Cuddle

The Cuddle Mattress is divided by a series of slats. Sleepers can wedge their arm in between these slats for better snuggling.
Courtesy of Cuddle Mattress

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 3:21 pm

In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.

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NPR Story
4:08 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Fort Hood Shooting Survivors Argue For Death Penalty

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 3:02 pm

“I feel dead but yet alive,” is how one widow put it, describing her grief and loss. Her husband was among the 13 killed and over thirty injured in the Fort Hood shooting rampage.

The widows and the soldiers who survived that shooting are on the stand this week, arguing in emotional testimony that the shooter, former Army Major Nidal Hasan deserves the death penalty.

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4:08 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Prison Summer Camp Lets Kids Reconnect With Dads

Geray Williams, an inmate at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md., says goodbye to his children, Sanchez, 12, and Summer Williams, 13, during the closing minutes of a weeklong summer day camp at the maximum security prison, July 30, 2010. (Timothy Jacobsen/AP)

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 3:02 pm

According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, one in 28 kids in the U.S. has a parent in prison. For African American kids, the number jumps to one in nine.

For some of them, the end of summer is particularly bittersweet, because it also signals the end of a unique summer camp in North Carolina and Maryland prisons.

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NPR Story
4:07 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

One Mexican-American Family, Three Legal Statuses

Cynthia Alba, 19, is working legally in the United States for the first time after receiving deferred action last year. She said the possibility that immigration reform will stall once again, and her deferred action work permit will expire, terrifies her. (Heath Haussamen/Fronteras Desk)

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 3:02 pm

Among the millions of immigrant families living in the United States, many have mixed legal status.

One family member may be here illegally, another might have a temporary permit and another may be a U.S. citizen. This creates uncomfortable disparities within families.

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4:07 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Congressional Delegate Recalls March On Washington

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton sits in front of historical photographs of Washington in her office in the House Rayburn building in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2007. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 3:08 pm

In 1963, Eleanor Holmes Norton was a young civil rights activist who helped organize the March on Washington.

Today she is the non-voting delegate who represents the District of Columbia.

The reason the feeling was so palpable and remained with you is that it was a first-of-its-kind feeling.–Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton

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NPR Story
4:07 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Effort To Save Sequoias In Yosemite

Inmate firefighters walk along Highway 120 as firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Fire crews are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a massive week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 3:02 pm

The giant Rim Fire raging near Yosemite National Park is threatening two groves of giant sequoias: the Tuolumne Grove and the Merced Grove.

The redwoods have some natural defenses against wildfires, but firefighters are clearing brush near the groves and setting up sprinkler systems to provide the ancient trees with extra help if the fire does spread to the groves.

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4:06 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Yearly Blood Tests May Catch Ovarian Cancer Early

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 3:02 pm

A new paper in the journal Cancer says a way of screening for ovarian cancer appears to catch tumors early.

The University of Texas researchers found that annual blood tests recording levels of a protein created by most ovarian tumors, called CA-125, can alert doctors early.

Each year, about 20,000 women in the United States get ovarian cancer, and about 14,000 die from it annually.

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4:06 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Before Marathon Bombings, Aurora Helped Boston Prepare

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 3:02 pm

Almost a year ago, Dr. Ron Walls, an emergency room doctor in Boston opened an email from Dr. Richard Zane, a colleague in Colorado.

It was about the mass shooting in Aurora, and it had links to 911 calls that night. In a movie theater, 12 people were shot and killed and 58 were injured by shooter, James Holmes.

In one hour, 23 patients arrived at the University of Colorado Hospital with injuries more common on battlefields than in emergency rooms.

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4:06 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Arab League Accuses Syria Of Chemical Attack, As U.S. Positions War Ships, Planes

U.S. Navy destroyers are pictured during exercises in March 2013. (Specialist 3rd Class Declan Barnes/U.S. Navy via AP)

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 3:02 pm

The Arab League has blamed the Syrian government for last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus that killed hundreds, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

In an emergency meeting held Tuesday, the Arab League also called on members of the U.N. Security Council to overcome their differences and agree on “deterrent” measures against those who committed “this heinous crime.” The League said it will convene a meeting at the ministerial level next week to follow up on the situation in Syria.

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All Songs Considered
4:06 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

New Music: TV On The Radio, Rokia Traore, Lucius, More

Clockwise from upper left: TV On The Radio, Jackson And His Computerband, Lucius, Luray, Rokia Traore
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 9:43 am

On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, co-host Bob Boilen basks in the glory of his return by making fellow co-host Robin Hilton enjoy the musings of a box that when opened plays affirming statements with Bob's name that was gifted to him by a secret admirer.

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