4:59pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Business

Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 7:04 pm

Picketers supporting independent truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach stand outside a container terminal.
Kirk Siegler NPR

Labor tensions are high at the largest port complex in the country — Los Angeles and Long Beach — which handles nearly half of all the cargo coming into the United States.

Short-haul truck drivers are striking. They're the independent, contract truckers who bring the containers off the ships to nearby warehouses for companies like Wal-Mart and Costco. At the twin ports, their numbers hover around 10,000.

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4:59pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Latin America

The Conundrum Of The Cup-Deprived: Brazilians Wonder Who To Root For

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 7:04 pm

Brazilian soccer fans, in their grief over the national team's World Cup loss, now must decide whether to cheer for their archrival Argentina or Germany, the team that crushed their Cup dreams.

4:45pm

Thu July 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Signs Emerge Of A Compromise On Obama's $3.7B Immmigration Request

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 5:22 pm

Immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas, on June 25. President Obama asked Congress this week for $3.7 billion to cope with thousands of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border.
Eric Gay AP

A compromise appears to be emerging between Congress and the White House that would lead to the swift deportation of thousands of minors from Central America who have illegally crossed the border into the U.S.

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4:33pm

Thu July 10, 2014
The Two-Way

No Charges For Police Who Killed Woman After D.C. Chase

Capitol Hill police officers look at a car belonging to Miriam Carey after she was shot and killed on Oct. 3 following a high-speed car chase that started near the White House.
Charles Dharapak AP

The Justice Department has decided not to bring criminal charges against two police who shot and killed a woman after a wild car chase from the White House to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol last fall.

The woman, 34-year-old Miriam Carey of Stanford, Conn., struck a security officer with her car near the White House on Oct. 3 before driving off at high speed. Carey's 1-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of the incident but was unharmed.

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4:32pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Shots - Health News

Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions

If parents won't bench a child after a concussion, is it OK for the doctor to tell the coach?
iStockphoto

Doctors have gotten much better at diagnosing and treating sports-related concussions, which is a good thing since Americans suffer up to 4 million sports-related concussions a year.

But we're not so good at is following their advice.

Student athletes and parents sometimes balk at doctors' recommendations to avoid play until concussion symptoms are gone, or to cut back on schoolwork. Both have been shown to speed recovery, and getting another hit on a vulnerable brain increases the risk of long-term problems.

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4:16pm

Thu July 10, 2014
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Ducks Do It Differently, And Science Wants You To Know About It

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 5:09 pm

A duck with secrets that only science can uncover.
iStockphoto

Scientists who carry out basic research sometimes find themselves unexpectedly caught up in a web of vitriolic public attacks by politicians pretending to expose foolish, dollar-wasting projects. Patricia Brennan, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, found this out the hard way.

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4:08pm

Thu July 10, 2014
All Tech Considered

A New Device Lets You Track Your Preschooler ... And Listen In

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 6:51 pm

KizON went on sale in South Korea this week, with North America and Europe to follow later this year. Its price has not yet been announced.
LG

I was always thankful that my parents didn't "leash me" at the mall or grocery store when I was a child — but you'll never guess what parents can strap on their kids nowadays.

LG Electronics introduced a device Wednesday called the KizON. Meant for those in preschool and primary school, it's essentially a kid-tracking wristband.

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4:02pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Parallels

After Losing An Only Child, Chinese Parents Face Old Age Alone

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 7:04 pm

A man looks at the painting Better To Have Only One Child at the China National Art Museum in Beijing. More than three decades after China's one-child policy took hold, some bereaved parents are suffering an unintended consequence of the policy: The loss of a child leaves them with no support in their old age.
Wang Zhao AFP/Getty Images

It's been nearly 3 1/2 decades since China's government started limiting most urban families to one child. The family planning policy successfully slowed the nation's population growth, but it has had some unintended consequences.

One is that some parents lose their only children to illness or accidents and end up with no one to care for them in their old age. Now, these parents have gotten together to demand their rights.

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4:02pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Goats and Soda

Maasai Warriors: Caught Between Spears and Cellphones

Philip Kisaikae and another Maasai warrior swap email addresses with Juan Carlos Vera, who attended this summer's Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Ryan Kellman NPR

In the dusty savannah, Maasai warriors go about their day dressed in vibrant red and magenta robes, or shukas. Elaborate beaded jewelry dangle from the necks and faces of men and women — members of one of Kenya's oldest tribes. And some of them can be seen carrying a spear in one hand and, in the other – wait, is that a cellphone?

It wouldn't be an uncommon sight. Stephen Moiko, a Maasai warrior himself, tells me that everybody uses a cellphone, even his own grandmother.

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3:52pm

Thu July 10, 2014
WVAS Local

Crimes of Opportunity

Officials with the Montgomery Police Department say crimes of opportunity are more prevalent during the summer months than any other time of the year.  MPD is urging residents who are traveling this summer to consider the safety of their home as they're booking that next cruise or flight.  MPD Corporal David Hicks says Montgomery residents can relax during their summer getaway with the help of the Montgomery Police Department. 

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