Space
7:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers

Scientists say a brief burst of radio activity has been detected at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. This new report resembles previous activity detected in Australia, which has scientist debating possible causes, including solar flares, blitzars, or something even more mysterious.
Brian Negin iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 7:50 am

Astronomers have a mystery on their hands. Two large radio telescopes, on opposite sides of the planet, have detected very brief, very powerful bursts of radio waves.

Right now, astronomers have no idea what's causing these bursts or where they're coming from. And nothing has been ruled out at the moment — not even the kind of outrageous claims you'd expect to see in tabloid headlines.

Australian Recordings Inspire Curiosity And Doubt

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Around the Nation
7:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook

These Lego dragons washed up at Bigbury-on-Sea, on the south coast of Devon, England in the late 1990s.
Tracey Williams Lego Lost At Sea

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 9:31 pm

Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck the Tokio Express, a container ship that had nearly 5 million Legos onboard. The colorful toy building blocks poured into the ocean. Today, they are still washing up on shores in England.

Tracey Williams and her children first happened upon the Tokio Express Legos in the late 1990s. Since then, she's created a Facebook page called — Lego Lost At Sea — where other collectors show off their findings.

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Sat July 26, 2014

At Washington's Training Camp, Fans Are Split On Name Change

A Washington Redskins helmet lies on the turf at the football team's training facility in Richmond, Va.
AP

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 2:52 pm

Washington, D.C.'s football team has opened its training camp in Richmond, Va., just weeks after trademark registrations for its name were revoked.

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Israel Cabinet Agrees To Extend Cease-Fire Until Sunday

A Palestinian man leans on his car after salvaging usable items from his destroyed house in Shuja'iyya neighborhood in east Gaza City, on Saturday. Gazans are taking advantage of a brief cease-fire with Israel.
Oliver Weiken EPA /Landov

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 4:57 pm

Update at 5:35 p.m. ET.

Israel's Security Cabinet says it is willing to extend an earlier cease-fire in Gaza, NPR's Emily Harris has confirmed, until Sunday at midnight local time.

Work on neutralizing the tunnels, however, will continue, according to an Israeli official. The Israeli Defense Forces also said they will act against any violation of the extension.

A Hamas spokesman said any cease-fire that does not include the withdrawal of Israel troops from Gaza is unacceptable.

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Outside the Horseshoe
7:03 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Outside The Horseshoe - July 22, 2014

  The Warehouse District near the Peoria Riverfront is growing and the reconstruction of Washington Street is nearing completion. Peoria Public Works City Engineer Scott Reeise and Assistant City Manager Chris Setti are our guests to talk about that progress as well as the efforts to make further adjustments to the rework of the Main and University area. That’s this Outside the Horseshoe.

You can also hear the live broadcast of Peoria City Council meetings and this show the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month on 89.9fm WCBU-HD1, Peoria Public Radio.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 11:06 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 11:06 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can, each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 11:06 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will be that next bit of welcome good news? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: The Gap's going to announce they're going to release a pair of cheap pants for people who are half-ass.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: That would be good news. I would like that. Amy Dickinson.

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The Two-Way
5:32 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials

Speaking about India, Rep. Curt Clawson told U.S. officials from the State and Commerce departments, "I am familiar with your country. I love your country."
Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:37 pm

Rep. Curt Clawson hasn't been in Congress long — he was sworn into office exactly one month ago. We mention that as a caveat, because in a congressional hearing Thursday, Clawson seems to have mistaken Americans who work in the U.S. departments of State and Commerce for representatives of India's government.

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State News
5:25 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Hundreds of unaccompanied children placed in Illinois

The U-S Department of Health and Human Services says 305 unaccompanied children caught at the U.S.-Mexico border were placed with Illinois sponsors as of about two weeks ago.   But Republican U-S Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois says hundreds more were at shelters.  

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