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Thursday's Stories July 24, 2014

Modern-Day Amelia Earhart Circumnavigates The Globe

The famous pilot's namesake has became the youngest woman to fly a single-engine aircraft around the world.

Veterans Say Suicide Is Their Top Concern

That's according to a survey released today by the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

Why Don't We Eat Our Own Fish?

Most of the fish Americans eat is imported - about 90 percent. At the same time, the U.S. is exporting about one-third of its catch.

Federal Health Insurance Exchange Activity Remains High

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July 24, 2014 | 12:12 PM EDT 6 Comments

A Frustrated Young Immigrant Returns To Mexico

As a record number of Central American children enter the U.S., some undocumented Mexicans are moving in the opposite direction.

July 24, 2014 | 12:06 PM EDT 8 Comments

Controversy Over Two-Hour Execution In Arizona

Some witnesses say Joseph Wood was gasping for air, while others say he was snoring. We speak to a reporter who was there.

July 24, 2014 | 1:50 PM EDT 4 Comments

Good Movies You Might Have Missed

Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr shares a few of his recent favorite films, many of which escaped the attention of the public.

July 24, 2014 | 12:20 PM EDT 3 Comments

District Profile: Wealthy Democrat Takes On Republican Incumbent In New York's 19th

In our weekly look at congressional races, we focus on Rep. Chris Gibson and challenger Sean Eldridge.

July 24, 2014 | 1:06 PM EDT Comment

Facebook Reports Surging Profits

The Atlantic's Derek Thompson says mobile was once eating Facebook, but now "Facebook is eating mobile."

July 24, 2014 | 12:35 PM EDT 5 Comments

Former NFL Coach's Comment On Michael Sam Stirs Controversy

Tony Dungy said he would not have drafted Sam, not because he's gay, but because he "wouldn't want to deal with all of it."

July 24, 2014 | 12:27 PM EDT 2 Comments

Simpsons Fans Gear Up For 'Simpsons World'

After acquiring the rights to all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," FX plans to launch an innovative online streaming service.

July 24, 2014 | 12:40 PM EDT 2 Comments

Hillary Clinton Says 'The Reset Worked' With Russia

The former secretary of state told NPR's On Point that the Obama administration was able to reset the country's relationship with Russia.

July 24, 2014 | 1:35 PM EDT Comment

You Might Call This Story Sour Grapes

Rudy Kurniawan sold more than $35 million in "vintage" vinos in 2006. Now, he's the first to be tried and convicted for wine fraud in the U.S.

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Boxing Attracts More Than Would-Be Fighters

At the Ring Boxing Club, boxers range in age, are both men and women, and include an award-winning author.

July 21 Comment

Why Hot Cars Are So Deadly

An average of 38 kids die in a hot car every year in the U.S. We look at the science of why cars get so hot so fast, and why children are more vulnerable.

July 18 36 Comments

A Conversation With Immigrant Activist Jose Antonio Vargas

The immigrant-rights activist has written extensively about the fact that he has been living illegally in the U.S. for years.

July 18 4 Comments

Will Israel Widen The War And Will Hamas Run Out of Rockets?

What will drive Israel's decision? What are the strategic calculations Hamas is making and how will it emerge from this conflict?

July 17 10 Comments

Why It’s Good To Talk About Miscarriages

Karen Gibbons felt very much alone after her first miscarriage. Now, she wants to counsel couples and help them through pregnancy.

July 17 Comment

Meet The ‘Real Larry’ Of ‘Orange Is The New Black’

Larry Smith has had to contend with being known as the "real Larry" since the show debuted on Netflix.

July 16 Comment

Deborah Harkness Brings Her ‘All Souls’ Trilogy To A Close

Readers have been eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the series that began with "A Discovery of Witches."

July 16 21 Comments

What Honduran Children Are Fleeing

Sonia Nazario joins us to discuss the conditions in Honduras and what the U.S. should do.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

July 23 Comment

DJ Sessions: Latin Alternative From Los Angeles To Venezuela

KCRW's Raul Campos introduces us to some groups he came across while hosting the 15th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference.

July 23 6 Comments

ISIS Forces Christians To Flee Iraq City Of Mosul

The militant group's threat -- convert, leave or die -- has forced most Christians in Mosul to leave.

July 22 3 Comments

Remains Of Clovis Boy Reburied In Montana

DNA from the boy buried 12,600 years ago shows his people were ancestors of many of today's native peoples.

July 22 Comment

After Malaysia Airlines Crash, A Closer Look At Planning Flight Paths

Retired pilot John Ransom discusses how to factor in war zones, and how the decision is made to close an airspace.