8:55am

Thu July 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Co-Author Of Book On How Not To Be Gored By A Bull Gets Gored

Revelers try to keep ahead of the horns during a running of the bulls Thursday at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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8:41am

Thu July 10, 2014
The Two-Way

4 Children, 2 Adults Killed In Apparent Domestic Dispute In Texas

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 11:24 am

This post was updated at 11:10 a.m. ET.

A man suspected in the shooting deaths of four children and two adults surrendered to police in a Houston suburb after a three-hour standoff Wednesday night.

The alleged gunman has been identified as Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, who has been charged with multiple counts of capital murder.

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8:04am

Thu July 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Kurdish Leaders Boycott Iraqi Government Meetings

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:40 am

Soldiers with the Kurdish peshmerga man an outpost near Kirkuk, a city they've sought to control during the chaos that has gripped Iraq.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

A dispute between Iraq's Shiite-led central government and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region is boiling over, as Kurdish ministers withdrew from all Cabinet meetings. In response, Baghdad is reportedly halting some cargo flights between Kurdish cities.

The spat is playing out amid the threat posed by the self-proclaimed "Islamic State," an extremist group that has taken over cities and territories in parts of Iraq and Syria.

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8:03am

Thu July 10, 2014
NPR Ed

From Calif. Teachers, More Nuanced Views On Tenure

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 11:20 am

Julia Macias, a plaintiff and Los Angeles Unified School District middle school student, comments on the Vergara v. California lawsuit verdict in Los Angeles last month.
Damian Dovarganes AP

In the weeks since a California judge overturned the state's rules governing teacher tenure, the political noise has only grown louder. Advocates on both sides of the issues have largely stuck to "give-no-ground," press-release rhetoric that risks drowning out educators in the middle.

I've spoken with educators around the state since the ruling, including many who say they want protections but also real change.

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7:26am

Thu July 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Hackers In China Reportedly Targeted U.S. Federal Workers

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 12:01 pm

Chinese hackers successfully accessed U.S. government computer networks in March apparently hoping to find information about "tens of thousands of employees who have applied for top-secret security clearances," The New York Times reports.

The newspaper says the attack centered on the Office of Personnel Management was reportedly detected and blocked — but not before the hackers had gotten into some of the agency's databases.

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7:16am

Thu July 10, 2014
Arts & Life

The Science Of Settling: Calculate Your Mate With Moneyball

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 8:39 am

What do you look for in a partner?
Spiderstock Getty Images/Vetta

In case you missed the buzz on Facebook, scientists recently determined that "beer goggles" do in fact exist, though not precisely in the way we thought. Consuming alcohol, it seems, tends to elevate desire and reduce inhibitions more than alter our actual perception of another person's attractiveness.

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7:03am

Thu July 10, 2014
Book Reviews

An 'Unexpected' Treat For Octavia E. Butler Fans

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:31 am

When a writer passes before her time, readers and fans often mourn not only the loss of her presence in the world, but the loss of the words she may yet have written. Such was the case when, in 2006, speculative fiction writer Octavia E. Butler died unexpectedly at her home in Seattle. Butler is one of the most celebrated authors in the genre, her novels and short stories regularly graced with Hugo and Nebula awards. She was the first speculative fiction writer to receive the MacArthur "genius grant," a prize whose name perfectly summarizes Butler's work: She was a genius.

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6:57am

Thu July 10, 2014
Around the Nation

Detroit Shuts Off Water As It Tries To Collect Millions Owed

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 11:30 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's follow up now on the water war in Detroit. So far this year, the water utility has shut off the spigots to 17,000 customers. It wants people to do pay their overdue bills. Many residents are upset with how the city is doing this and ask if some are getting special treatment. Here's Sarah Cwiek of Michigan Radio.

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6:52am

Thu July 10, 2014
Politics

Contraceptive Ruling Becomes Campaign Trail Flashpoint

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 11:30 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Democrats in the Senate have unveiled legislation to override the recent Supreme Court decision on contraceptives.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

In that decision, the court sided with the owners of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores, ruling that many businesses do not have to pay for health insurance to cover contraceptives if they object on religious grounds.

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5:35am

Thu July 10, 2014
Asia

China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 11:38 am

Villas in a luxury compound in Wuxi, in China's eastern Jiangsu province, sit empty after a year while more apartment blocks rise in the distance.
Frank Langfitt NPR

After years of stunning growth, China's go-go real estate market is now in retreat.

Prices fell last month in 79 out of 100 cities, according to the China Real Estate Index run by SouFun Holdings, a real estate website. Land sales dropped nearly 30 percent this spring from a year earlier.

Real estate has been one of the engines driving the world's second-largest economy, which is why economists in China and around the world are watching the market closely these days.

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