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2:59 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

These Are Some Views Of Inflatable Things

Enjoying the kiddie pool.
Karen Kuo via Flickr

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:47 am

For $50,000, The Associated Press reports, you can stay for a night in an inflatable hotel room — suspended atop a 22-foot-high scissor lift.

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Code Switch
2:58 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

How I Learned To Swear In Cuban

Guillermo Álvarez Guedes, the Cuban comic who made a common Cuban expletive his trademark, died last week in Miami at age 86.
Gaston De Cardenas/El Nuevo Herald MCT via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:38 am

Editor's note: Fair warning — this essay is, in part, about Spanish profanities, and it includes several.

The man who taught me to swear in Cuban died last week.

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All Songs Considered
2:58 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Viking's Choice: Stunning High Aura'd Video Reminds Us That Snails Are A Real Thing

A still from "Remain in Light."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 12:46 pm

We forget to listen closer, look closer. As a big-picture kind of guy, I do that myself, and that means missing details that make day-to-day life more vivid. Listening to High Aura'd, it's apparent that creator John Kolodij hears life with great clarity. Last year's Sanguine Features was a personal favorite of mine: a dark and buzzing LP that, when turned up loud, felt like a dark hallway with treasures tucked away in the corners.

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NPR Story
2:57 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Southern Calif. Wildfire The Latest In A Devastating Season

A firefighter watches a backfire burn while battling a wildfire, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Banning, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:39 pm

A wildfire burning out-of-control east of Los Angeles has left three people injured, including two firefighters who have been airlifted to local hospitals.

About 1,500 people have been evacuated near Banning, as the blaze widened to engulf 15 square miles.

The affected communities are in the San Jacinto mountains along Interstate 10, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles.

We check in with Daniel Berlant at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for an update.

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NPR Story
2:57 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

U.S. Ramps Up Drone Strikes In Yemen

This undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows a MQ-9 Reaper, armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, during a combat mission over southern Afghanistan. (Lt. Col.. Leslie Pratt/U.S. Air Force via AP)

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:39 pm

A U.S. drone strike killed at least six alleged militants in Yemen today.

It’s the sixth such strike in the past 10 days and it seems to be part of the response to a recent terrorist threat against the West.

This period of increased drone strikes follows a period when there hadn’t been any, and raises questions about where the drone strategy stands at this point.

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NPR Story
2:57 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

A Closer Look At Yemen, Post-Arab Spring

A farmer and his donkey plow a field on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen, May 8, 2013. (Hani Mohammed/AP)

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:39 pm

Observers say Yemen is managing its post-Arab Spring transition better than its neighbors.

That’s impressive, considering that it’s the poorest country in the Arab world, with one-third of its people undernourished. It’s also one of the world’s driest countries.

On American minds is the threat from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). But what’s on Yemeni minds?

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NPR Story
2:57 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

High Numbers Of Dead Dolphins On East Coast

Chris Vees (priorité maison)/Flickr

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:39 pm

Scientists along the East Coast are alarmed and puzzled by the number of dead bottlenose dolphins that have been washing up on beaches from Virginia to New York.

At least 91 dolphins washed up in July alone. Compare that to just nine last year, and 16 the year before.

There’s no word yet on what’s causing the increase.

It appears that four had been sick with pneumonia and one died of morbillivirus, which killed hundreds of dolphins along the East Coast in the 1980s.

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NPR Story
2:57 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Amber Alert For Southern California Children Expands

This composite photo provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows: James Lee Dimaggio, 40, left, Ethan Anderson, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16. (San Diego Sheriff's Department via AP)

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 8:07 pm

The amber alert that was issued in California for two children, Hannah and Ethan Anderson, ages 16 and 8, has been extended to Washington and Oregon.

The children went missing from a Southern California community near San Diego.

The suspect is a family friend, James "Jim" Lee DiMaggio. He's believed to be driving a Nissan Versa, California license plate 6WCU986. Officials think it was sighted Wednesday afternoon in southern Oregon.

Even as the alert extends north, officials are also looking for the suspect in Mexico.

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NPR Story
2:56 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Austin Music Goes Beyond City Limits

An image from the cover of Wiretree's latest album "Get Up." (Wiretree)

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:39 pm

Music journalist David Brown of KUT and KUTX joins us to talk about the latest new music out of Austin, Texas.

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NPR Story
2:56 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Egypt Peace Talks End In 'Dangerous Stalemate'

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:39 pm

Supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi continue their sit-ins in Cairo and beyond. Morsi’s opponents are in Tahrir Square.

As most Egyptians mark the end of Ramadan, the political situation in Egypt remains a tense and dangerous one.

Peace talks in Egypt ended yesterday, and the United States and the European Union issued a joint statement saying the country is in a “dangerous stalemate.”

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