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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Eggs, Milk And Ink: Venezuela Wants All Supermarket Shoppers Fingerprinted

Government-subsidized at a state-run market in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2012. Smuggling of cheap groceries into neighboring Colombia is so rampant that the government plans to fingerprint shoppers.
Fernando Llano AP

Attention Venezuelan shoppers: please proceed to the supermarket check-out for fingerprinting.

That could be a reality if a plan announced earlier this week by the country's president, Nicolas Maduro, goes into effect.

The purpose? Combatting shortages caused by rampant smuggling of subsidized food in Venezuela across the border into neighboring Colombia.

According to the BBC, up to 40 percent of subsidized goods from Venezuela are smuggled into Colombia.

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Goats and Soda
10:12 am
Fri August 22, 2014

In Riots Sparked By An Ebola Quarantine, A Teen Is Shot And Dies

Shakie Kamara lies on the ground with a bullet wound in his leg and cries for help.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

A teenage boy should not die from gunshot wounds to his legs.

But that was the fate of 15-year-old Shakie Kamara.

This week, people in the neighborhood of West Point were angry that they'd been quarantined — a government step to prevent the spread of Ebola to other parts of Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. On Wednesday, crowds of protesters tried to get past the checkpoints.

Soldiers opened fire. Kamara was wounded.

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Who Owns A Monkey's Selfie? No One Can, U.S. Says

This 2011 image taken by a crested black macaque in Indonesia has ignited a debate over who owns the photo. The camera's owner says the image belongs to him. In its new manual, the U.S. Copyright Office disagrees.
David J Slater Caters News Agency/Wikimedia Commons

The question of who owns a striking image taken by a crested black macaque may be closer to being settled, as the U.S. Copyright Office says the photo can't be copyrighted — by the person who owns the camera or any other entity -– because it wasn't taken by a human.

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Shots - Health News
9:16 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law

The NuvaRing contraceptive ring can be used monthly to prevent pregnancy.
Sandy Huffaker Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 9:45 am

How much leeway do employers and insurers have in deciding whether they'll cover contraceptives without charge and in determining which methods make the cut?

Not much, as it turns out, but that hasn't stopped some from trying.

People still write in regularly describing battles they're waging to get birth control coverage they're entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Hamas Executes Suspected Informants After Deadly Israeli Strike

Palestinian mourners carry the body of three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday, after they were killed in an Israeli airstrike. Hamas has executed more than a dozen people it says were spying for Israel.
Khalil Hamra AP

One day after an Israeli airstrike killed three of its senior military leaders, Hamas says it has executed more than a dozen people in the Gaza Strip, after concluding that they had been spying for Israel.

From Jerusalem, NPR's Jackie Northam reports:

"Hamas confirmed that there were two separate rounds of executions in Gaza for people suspected of collaborating with Israel.

"In one instance, 11 men were rounded up recently and investigated by the Hamas government. They were found guilty and all 11 were sentenced to death.

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The Two-Way
8:47 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Russian Convoy Crosses Ukraine Border Despite Kiev's Protests

A Russian border guard opens a gate into the Ukraine for the first trucks from the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, on Friday. The convoy had been stalled near the border for more than a week.
Sergei Grits AP

After being halted at the border for more than a week, a Russian aid convoy is rumbling into eastern Ukraine without permission, prompting Kiev to label the move a "direct invasion" of sovereign territory.

About 70 white trucks from a 260-strong convoy were moving toward the Luhansk region, an area in the country's east that is held by pro-Russia separatists, Reuters reports.

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The Two-Way
7:49 am
Fri August 22, 2014

U.S. Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Broke The Law, GAO Says

When it carried out a tense prisoner exchange in May, the Pentagon misused nearly $1 million, the Government Accountability Office says. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was taken out of captivity in Afghanistan, as seen in this image from video obtained from the Voice Of Jihad Website.
AP

The Pentagon didn't give enough notice to Congress and misused nearly $1 million when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban members, the Government Accountability Office says. The nonpartisan agency's findings led Defense officials to say they had to act quickly to free Bergdahl, who had been held for five years.

GAO investigators looked into the incident at the request of several Republican senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and members of the Appropriations Committee.

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Around the Nation
6:32 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Shoplifter Claims To Be Stone Temple Pilots Ex-Lead Singer

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Around the Nation
6:07 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Charity Will Benefit If Mayweather Reads 'Harry Potter'

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Around the Nation
4:56 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Pesticides Used On Florida's Mosquitoes May Harm Butterflies

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