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4:13 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

William Faulkner On The Battle Of Gettysburg

William Faulkner works at his typewriter Aug. 12, 1954, in Oxford, Miss. (AP)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 6:40 pm

Some of the most famous words ever written about Gettysburg were penned by the great southern writer William Faulkner.

In his 1948 novel “Intruder In The Dust,” Faulkner wrote about the promise the afternoon of July 3, 1863, held for the southern cause, the moment before the Confederate attack that became known as “Pickett’s Charge.”

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NPR Story
4:12 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Obamacare Employer Mandate Delayed A Year

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 3:38 pm

In a surprising move yesterday, the Obama administration announced a major delay in a critical part of the Affordable Care Act.

Now, large employers will have an extra year before they’ll be required to provide coverage for their workers or pay a penalty.

NPR’s health policy correspondent Julie Rovner joins us to explain the political implications, and what it means for people who are uninsured.

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NPR Story
4:12 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Cities Boost Security For July 4th Celebrations

Fireworks blaze over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during Philadelphia's multi-day Wawa Welcome America! bash, 2010. (G. Widman/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 3:38 pm

Big cities across the country are taking security at Independence Day festivities very seriously.

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly told investigators he and his brother had initially planned on carrying out the attack at the Fourth of July celebrations in Boston.

On Monday, Canadian officials arrested two people for a Canada Day terror plot involving pressure cooker bombs.

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NPR Story
4:11 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Snowden Saga Causes Diplomatic Standoff

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 3:38 pm

The plane carrying Bolivia’s president Evo Morales was diverted to Austria over suspicions that Edward Snowden — the former NSA agent who leaked sensitive documents to the press — was on board.

The BBC reports that France and Portugal refused to allow the flight to cross into their airspace.

President Morales was flying back from meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow, where Snowden is currently living in an airport transit space as a stateless person.

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NPR Story
4:11 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Egypt's Military Suspends Constitution, Says Morsi Will Be Replaced

Opponents of President Mohammed Morsi protesters shout slogans and wave national flags in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. (Amr Nabil/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 3:38 pm

Egypt’s military has suspended the Islamist-backed constitution and called early elections.

The military also announced that embattled President Mohammed Morsi will be replaced.

Cheers erupted among millions of protesters nationwide who were demanding Morsi’s ouster.

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Parallels
3:56 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Egypt's Military Reasserts Its Enduring Power

Military special forces surround supporters of President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo on Wednesday. A few hours later, the military ousted Morsi and suspended the constitution.
Hassan Ammar AP

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 4:37 pm

Egypt's military has played a dominant role in the country since a 1952 coup, and Wednesday's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi showed that the armed forces still feel empowered to intervene when they disapprove of the country's course.

"They are the center of gravity in the Egyptian state," said Jeffrey Martini, a Middle East analyst at the Rand Corp. in Washington, speaking shortly before the coup on Wednesday night. "They are the strongest player in the game."

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Shots - Health News
3:52 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Scientists Grow A Simple, Human Liver In A Petri Dish

"Liver buds" grow in petri dishes. The rudimentary organs are about 5 mm wide, or half the height of a classic Lego block.
Courtesy of Takanori Takebe/Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 8:48 am

Japanese scientists have cracked open a freaky new chapter in the sci-fi-meets-stem-cells era. A group in Yokohama reported it has grown a primitive liver in a petri dish using a person's skin cells.

The organ isn't complete. It's missing a few parts. And it will be years --maybe decades — before the technique reaches clinics.

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It's All Politics
3:47 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Democrats Want To Mess With Texas? GOP Says Not So Fast

A Texas delegate on the floor of the Republican National Convention in 2012.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:38 am

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

Democrats see opportunity in Texas' fast-growing Latino population. But the Republican Party is strong in Texas — very strong.

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Around the Nation
3:47 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Arizona Firefighter Remembered For Loving His Job

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 6:25 pm

In Arizona, friends and family of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire are sharing their memories.

Music
3:45 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Does Macklemore Really Thrift Shop?

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 11:13 am

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are chart-topping rap sensations. In a special rebroadcast, they sat down last year with guest host Celeste Headlee to talk about their latest album 'The Heist' a few months before their fame hit its biggest heights.

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