Shots - Health News
7:09 am
Fri July 11, 2014

How A Fanny Pack Mix-Up Revealed A Medicare Drug Scam

iStockphoto

The fraud scheme began to unravel last fall, with the discovery of a misdirected stack of bogus prescriptions and a suspicious spike in Medicare drug spending tied to a doctor in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Now it's led to two guilty pleas, as well as an ongoing criminal case against a pharmacy owner.

Read more
NPR Ed
7:03 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Q&A: A Union Leader On Tenure, Testing And The Common Core

Weingarten says people need to talk more about how to "attract, retain, support and nurture great teaching for kids at risk."
Shannon DeCelle AP

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is holding its annual convention in Los Angeles through this weekend. For the AFT's more than 3,500 national delegates descending on LA, there is a lot on their plate and big challenges ahead for the nation's second-largest teachers' union: the Common Core, tenure and fierce debate about testing, to name a few.

Read more
The Two-Way
6:38 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Israel And Hamas Keep Up Attacks, Ignoring Calls For Peace

Israeli fire fighters extinguish vehicles destroyed by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, at a gas station in the city of Ashdod in southern Israel Friday.
David Buimovitch AFP/Getty Images

The exchange of hundreds of air strikes and rockets between Israel's military and militant group Hamas continued Friday. In Israel, a rocket set a gas station on fire; in Gaza, the health ministry says 100 Palestinians have been killed and more than 600 injured in the military strikes that began this week.

Read more
Middle East
6:29 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Gaza Residents Deal With Fourth Night Of Israeli Air Strikes

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 7:01 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Palestinian-American business consultant and political commentator Sami Abdel-Shafi about living in Gaza while under attack from Israel.

Around the Nation
6:29 am
Fri July 11, 2014

New York City Considers Licensing Costumed Peformers

Lawmakers say too many people dress like Superman or other characters to pose for pictures with tourists, and then they demand money.

Europe
6:29 am
Fri July 11, 2014

'How To Survive The Bulls' Co-Author Gets Gored

On Wednesday, Bill Hillmann, one of the authors of Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona, was reportedly gored in the leg. His injuries were not life threatening.

Business
6:02 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Economists Say Inflation Is Tame; Consumers Aren't Buying It

Meat is displayed in a case at a grocery store in Miami. The index of retail prices for meats, poultry, fish and eggs was up 7.7 percent from a year ago — more than triple the overall inflation rate.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Economists regularly issue reports calling inflation tame or mild, or some other word that suggests consumers shouldn't be feeling much pain.

One example: "Inflation has been tame and this is providing households with some relief" from economic stress, according to an assessment done this week by PNC Financial Services.

But if you happen to be buying gasoline or groceries, you may not be feeling relieved — at all.

Read more
Business
4:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Hottest Burger In Britain Burns 2 Journalists

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 7:01 am

Two journalists from a newspaper in Brighton, England, went to the hospital after sampling the Hot Chili Burger. The heat is in the sauce, which is rated about 3,000 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.

Middle East
4:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Israel's Rocket Defense System Performs Well During Gaza Escalation

Israel's military says its rocket defense system, known as Iron Dome, has kept the country safe from Hamas rockets. The missile shield system may have its critics, but Israelis are still proud.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Ukrainian Army Takes Back Areas From Pro-Russian Separatists

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 5:51 am

As Ukraine begins the final push to regain control of the east of the country, the Kremlin has become very quiet. Professor Stephen Sestanovich talks to Renee Montagne about the shifting dynamics.

Pages