1:22pm

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Huge Explosion In Homs Leaves Scores Wounded

A Syrian man rides his motorbike past the Sunni Grand mosque on Thursday in the city of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province.
Joseph Eid AFP/Getty Images

A huge blast hit a weapons depot in the Syrian city of Homs on Thursday. Video of the blast has been posted to YouTube. It shows an explosion, followed by a plume of smoke rising hundreds of feet into the air.

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1:13pm

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Calls Election 'A Huge Farce'

A Zimbabwean woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Domboshava, 37 miles north of Harare, on Wednesday.
Alexander Joe AFP/Getty Images

A day after Zimbabweans turned out heavily to vote in national elections, the main challenger to longtime President Robert Mugabe is calling the balloting "a sham election that does not reflect the will of the people."

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change, ticked off a list of alleged problems, including thousands of citizens who he says were thrown off voter rolls, voters being moved to different polling stations, an excess of printed ballots, and voters being forced to accept "assistance" when casting ballots.

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1:13pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Alt.Latino

Te Odio, Te Amo: Why Telenovelas Rule Latin Entertainment

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 8:35 am

Cuna de Lobos (Cradle of Wolves) is one of the most iconic telenovelas of all time.
Courtesy of the artist

1:09pm

Thu August 1, 2013
The Salt

Where In The World Are There No McDonald's?

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 3:03 pm

Chinese consumers have 1,075 McDonald's locations to choose from, but the variety inside the restaurant isn't exactly top of their tastes-- KFC does much better business here because Chinese diners prefer white meat over beef patties.
felibrilu via Flickr

Recent news out of Vietnam intrigued us here at The Salt. Ho Chi Minh City is set to get its first McDonald's sometime in the next year, according to the company.

It seems Vietnam is ready for the iconic American food, and McDonald's is confident that Vietnamese consumers now have enough disposable income to get hooked on shakes, burgers and fries.

That got us thinking about the global reach of one of the world's most iconic food companies.

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12:12pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Law

Finding And Stopping Child Sex Trafficking

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the number of FBI background checks jumped after September 11th, but a new report says the agency's records aren't always accurate and their mistake could cost you a job. We'll talk about that in just a few minutes.

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12:12pm

Thu August 1, 2013
U.S.

Are Bad Background Checks Costing Jobs?

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. In a few minutes, we'll hear from the former Commerce Secretary in the George W. Bush administration, Carlos Gutierrez. He's organized a group of high-powered Republican donors to press for immigration reform. He says immigration is a boon to the economy and we'll hear more of his argument in just a few minutes.

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12:12pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Music

Tailor Ozwald Boateng On Songs That Inspire Style

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we'll leave that group of fabulously dressed women and hear from a man who's regularly featured on international best dressed lists, while wearing his own designs. British designer and tailor Ozwald Boateng spoke to us recently about his career in fashion and his passion for all things African. For the occasional feature we call "In Your Ear," we ask guests to tell us about the songs that keep them going. And we couldn't resist the chance to ask Boateng what's on his playlist.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HEY YA!")

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12:12pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Television

A Drama-Free Show For Black Women?

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we want to tell you about a new TV program that's hoping to bring new relevance to TV talk. The show is called "Exhale," it's on the ASPiRE network. That's a television network created by NBA legend Magic Johnson, to serve primarily African-American viewers. On the show, a panel of accomplished women talk about everything from health and fitness to sex and relationships.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "EXHALE")

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12:12pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Politics

Former Commerce Secretary: Doing Nothing On Immigration Is 'De Facto Amnesty'

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now we turn to immigration and the debate within the Republican Party over the issue. Republican leaders, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio, are pressing the party to embrace a comprehensive immigration plan. But many House Republicans want to increase border security first and are wary of any policy that could create a path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants who are currently in the country without proper authorization. Now, a new group is hoping to tip the balance. It's called Republicans for Immigration Reform.

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12:09pm

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop; Mortgage Rates Edge Up

New claims for unemployment benefits fell to 326,000 in the week that ended July 27 — the lowest level for initial jobless claims in more than five years, according to the Labor Department.

Employment data for the month of July is due to be released Friday. But for now, the weekly jobless claims numbers are being hailed as another sign that the U.S. economy is gaining strength.

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