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2:04 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Doping Concerns Shadow Major Track Meet

IAAF president Lamine Diack, right, speaks alongside retired athlete and IAAF vice president Sergey Bubka during a news conference at a hotel in Moscow, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. (Matt Dunham/AP)

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:11 pm

The IAAF World Championships for track and field begin this weekend in Moscow without two of the sport’s highest-profile athletes.

Sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell are out because they tested positive for performance enhancing drugs recently.

More than two dozen other athletes will also miss the meet because of doping.

The BBC’s Alex Capstick reports.

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All Tech Considered
2:03 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Why The World Pays Attention When Elon Musk Proposes An Idea

Musk with the Tesla Model S in Fremont on Oct. 1, 2011.
Stephen Lam Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 2:46 pm

Derision: It's what would usually greet plans for a futuristic transportation system that could take passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. But when Elon Musk, the billionaire inventor behind PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, unveils such a plan, the world pays attention (even if it draws skeptics).

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NPR Story
2:02 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

China Car Sales Fuel U.S. Automakers

A street becomes clogged with traffic in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. With more than 13 million cars were sold in China last year. (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:11 pm

China announced today that car sales rose more than 10 percent in July.

The news is causing some celebration in Detroit, where car sales are at record levels — in part because of strong demand for American cars in China.

“China is now GM’s largest market,” Paul Eisenstein, publisher of the car news website The Detroit Bureau, told Here & Now.

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NPR Story
2:02 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Usher's Pool Scare Renews Focus On Safety Issues

A safe drain cover, left, and a dangerous drain cover, right, according to Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation. (Abbey's Hope)

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:11 pm

R&B star Usher had a terrible scare when his son almost drowned in the family pool. The incident occurred when the five-year-old’s arm got stuck in an uncovered pool drain.

The suction created by a pool drain can exert a force equivalent to the weight of 500 pounds.

Federal and state legislation applies only to public swimming pools. Advocates are trying to change that.

What precautions can people take to make their pools safe?

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NPR Story
2:02 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Obama: More NSA Oversight But Spying Will Continue

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:11 pm

Update 3:15pm: At a news conference on Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama made it clear that he has no intention of stopping the daily collection of Americans’ phone records, but he did promise more oversight of how those programs are carried out.

Hear the updated interview with Josh Gerstein, White House correspondent for Politico:

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NPR Story
2:02 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Hagel, Kerry Meet With Russian Counterparts

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right. (AP)

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:11 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with their Russian counterparts today in Washington.

On the agenda are a number of issues, from NSA leaker Edward Snowden to Syria to Afghanistan.

At a time of shaky U.S.-Russia relations, President Barack Obama will also be giving a highly anticipated press conference later today where he’ll likely touch on some of those same concerns.

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TED Radio Hour
2:01 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Can Hacking The Brain Make You Healthier?

courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 12:45 pm

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Hackers.

About Andres Lozano's TEDTalk

Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano talks about dramatic findings in deep brain stimulation including a woman with Parkinson's who instantly stops shaking, and brain areas eroded by Alzheimer's that are brought back to life.

About Andres Lozano

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NPR Story
1:51 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

'Elysium' Is Latest Film To Tackle Income Inequality

Max (Matt Damon) and Frey (Alice Braga) fight to get medical care for Frey's child in the film Elysium. (Sony Pictures)

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 3:40 pm

Elysium,” the new movie starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, depicts a world where Earth is a destitute planet, covered in slums and plagued by disease, home to only the poorest of souls.

The more fortunate get to live on a space station called Elysium, where the air is pure and medical problems can be zapped with the flip of a switch.

This isn’t the first time that income inequality has been tackled on the big screen.

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NPR Story
1:51 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Little Known About Trial of Bo Xilai — Except The Result

Then Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 11, 2012. (Andy Wong/AP)

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 3:40 pm

China is in a holding pattern, waiting for the trial of a former rising star in the Communist party, Bo Xilai.

Bo ran the city of Chongqing — a metropolis of 30 million people. He is being tried on corruption charges, including taking $3.3 million in bribes.

Bo is considered by Forbes to be the 10th richest man in China. He is also suspected of involvement in the killing of British business man Neil Heywood — for which his wife Gu Kailai has been convicted.

So far, authorities have not said exactly when the trial will begin, or detailed all the charges against Bo.

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NPR Story
1:51 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Prisoner Release Precedes Middle East Peace Talks

A man holds a sign that reads, "Red week, the Israeli government releases twenty six murderers," during a protest in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, as people protested Israel's decision to release 26 Palestinian prisoners, most of them held for deadly attacks, as part of a U.S.-brokered deal that led to a resumption of Mideast negotiations. (Tsafrir Abayov/AP)

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 3:40 pm

Israeli authorities are preparing to release a group of 26 Palestinian prisoners from jail in the next 24 hours.

It is a gesture intended to kick start a new round of negotiations.

Tomorrow, representatives of the Israeli government and the Palestinian authority will sit down together in Jerusalem and talk. The meeting will be chaired by the U.S.

The BBC’s Middle East correspondent, Kevin Connolly reports.

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