9:15 am
Wed July 24, 2013

South Sudan's Salva Kiir sacks cabinet

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South Sudan's president has sacked his entire cabinet, in an apparent power struggle with other senior leaders.
South Sudan's president has sacked his entire cabinet, in an apparent power struggle with other senior leaders. Salva Kiir issued a decree dismissing all ministers and deputy ministers, as well as Vice-President Riek Machar. No clear reason was given for the sackings, but analysts say Mr Kiir and Mr Machar have been embroiled in a power struggle for months.
9:12 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Links To Kirk Cameron's Film 'Unstoppable' Banned From Facebook; Social Network Responds

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Kirk Cameron's evangelical-themed film, "Unstoppable," faced some ungodly obstacles when it was banned from both Facebook and YouTube recently.
Kirk Cameron's evangelical-themed film, "Unstoppable," faced some ungodly obstacles when it was banned from both Facebook and YouTube recently. On July 18, Cameron took to his Facebook page to alert fans that links to the website for "Unstoppable" had been blocked by the social network for allegedly being "abusive," "unsafe" and "spammy."
9:03 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Loss of Bees Can Affect Plants’ Ability to Reproduce, Study Finds

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The finding shows a surprising effect from a loss of biodiversity that could have implications for a variety of ecosystems.
The loss of bees and other pollinators around the world is already cause for concern. Now two researchers who studied bumblebees in Colorado have added a new worry, identifying the perils of bumblebee infidelity not to other bees, but to their floral partners. Berry J.
9:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

FDA says menthol smokes 'worse' than normal cigarettes

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US regulators have said menthol cigarettes are more harmful than other cigarettes, but stopped short of limiting their sale.
US regulators have said menthol cigarettes are more harmful than other cigarettes, but stopped short of limiting their sale. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it would seek consultation on possible restrictions for the products. The agency said that while mint-flavoured cigarettes may be just as toxic as others, it was easier to start smoking them and harder to quit.
The Two-Way
8:51 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Russia May Soon Let Snowden Leave Airport

Edward Snowden, center, at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on July 12. At left is WikiLeaks' Sarah Harrison.
Courtesy of Human Rights Watch

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:33 am

Nothing about where "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden may go next ever seems to be certain. Remember the flurry of excitement about that Aeroflot flight he was supposedly on (but wasn't)?

So it is with a large grain of salt that we pass along these reports:

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8:49 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Royal Couple Make First Appearance With Infant Son

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The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William took turns cradling the newest royal heir in their arms to the screaming delight of onlookers.
LONDON - After a long day spent in the privacy of a hospital maternity suite, Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, emerged on Tuesday evening into the public spotlight outside, taking turns cradling their infant son, with Prince William telling reporters massed on the sidewalk that "We're still working on a name."
Programming
8:44 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Morning Edition on Thursday, July 25: Our State Magazine's Annual 'Southern Issue'

The August issue of Our State magazine takes a look at the things that make North Carolina southern. It features grits, tobacco barns, screen doors, kudzu, swamps, Cheerwine, and Rulfton - otherwise known as Rutherfordton, NC - the county seat of Rutherford County.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Gas Well On Fire After Blowout In Gulf Of Mexico

Before a blaze broke out, a cloud of gas could be seen rising Tuesday from the Hercules 265 drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana.
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 12:57 pm

A natural gas well off the coast of Louisiana was on fire Wednesday, one day after a blowout forced 44 workers to evacuate. There were no injuries reported.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says the mishap at Well A-3 below a "Hercules 265 jack-up rig," about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast, was first reported around 9:45 a.m. ET Tuesday.

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