10:54am

Tue July 29, 2014
All Tech Considered

Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 3:06 pm

SpeedSpot is a free app that lets you test the speed of Wi-Fi networks in hotels and share the test results instantly.
Courtesy of SpeedSpot

You know how it feels. You're a moderately frequent business traveler and trying to get some work done from your hotel. But you're slowed — and sometimes stalled — by an intermittent Internet connection. Your hotel Wi-Fi has the download speeds of an early 1990s dial-up connection.

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9:59am

Tue July 29, 2014
The Two-Way

NCAA Reaches $75 Million Settlement In Head-Injury Lawsuit

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 10:40 am

Penn State running back Evan Royster eludes a tackle by Eastern Illinois' Adrian Arrington during a 2009 NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Arrington was one of the athletes who sued the NCAA over concussions.
Carolyn Kaster AP

The NCAA has reached a settlement with former athletes that provides $75 million for medical monitoring and research into head injuries. The settlement also calls for a change in the way schools handle head trauma.

As USA Today explains, the NCAA currently requires that member schools only have a concussion management plan. The settlement would require schools to make changes to their policies and "institute return-to-play guidelines."

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8:55am

Tue July 29, 2014
Goats and Soda

Time To 'Girl Up': Teens Fight For The Right To School, Soccer

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:20 pm

Watch out, Congress: Girl Up activists came to the nation's capital in June to lobby for issues affecting girls in the developing world. From left, Alexandrea Leone (Ewing, N.J.), Grace Peters (Flemington, N.J.), Aklesiya Dejene (Chicago), Isabella Gonzalez and Erika Hiple (Stockton, N.J.)
Ryan Kellman NPR

They are seven girls in their teens and early 20s, awake at the ungodly (for them) hour of 8:30 a.m. With sleepy smiles, the young women slip into a windowless conference room in a Washington, D.C., hotel to talk to a reporter, who's curious to find out: What's it like to be a global girl activist?

And they're the experts. They're supporters of the U.N. Foundation group called Girl Up, which has the manifesto of "uniting girls to change the world."

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7:48am

Tue July 29, 2014
The Two-Way

White House Says Delayed Action On Climate Change Could Cost Billions

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 10:04 am

In a report issued Tuesday, the White House warned that the cost of inaction when it comes to climate change outweighs the cost of implementing more-stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

Here's how Time boils down the White House's argument:

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7:35am

Tue July 29, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Letter writing has made a mark on history

Dr. Gary Joiner

Commentator Gary Joiner puts old-fashioned pen to paper this week with thoughts about letter writing and journaling and their important contribution to history.

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6:49am

Tue July 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Israel's Prime Minister Says Gaza War Could Be 'Prolonged'

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 9:43 am

In the morgue of Gaza's Shifa hospital, Palestinian relatives mourn following an explosion that reportedly killed at least 10 people Monday, nine of them said to be children.
Adel Hana AP

Despite calls from the United Nations for a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned his country to prepare for a "prolonged" war.

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6:47am

Tue July 29, 2014
Shots - Health News

Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 1:59 pm

Some marathons are warning runners when conditions increase the risk of heatstroke.
iStockphoto

When a runner's heart stops during a marathon, it gets a lot of press — even though it's actually a pretty rare event. A more common killer among runners, and a condition that needs more prevention efforts, is heatstroke, according to a study by Israeli researchers.

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6:45am

Tue July 29, 2014
The Two-Way

China Puts Former Top Communist Party Official Under Investigation

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 12:15 pm

Zhou Yongkang, who at the time was Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China in 2012.
Ng Han Guan AP

The central committee of China's Communist Party placed a former top-ranking official under investigation on Tuesday.

China's state-run news agency Xinhua says Zhou Yongkang is accused of "serious disciplinary violation."

Reporting from Beijing, NPR's Anthony Kuhn tells our Newscast unit that while there is no specificity to those charges from the party, this usually implies that criminal corruption charges will follow.

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6:35am

Tue July 29, 2014
Health

A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass?

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6:20am

Tue July 29, 2014
Middle East

For Two Years, He Smuggled Photos Of Torture Victims Out Of Syria

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 2:01 pm

This is one of the some 55,000 images the former Syrian military police photographer known as Caesar smuggled out of the country between 2011 and 2013. The regime used numbers — written on white cards and sometimes directly on the skin — to identify the dead, which branch of the Syrian government had held them, and when they died.
Courtesy of Syrian Emergency Task Force

Warning: This report contains descriptions and an image that could disturb some readers.

The savage and protracted conflict in Syria has left more than 170,000 dead. Now, there are allegations of torture and killing of political prisoners opposed to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Those allegations appear to be supported by evidence: tens of thousands of photographs.

The man who says he took the pictures worked as a military police photographer for the Assad regime and defected last year.

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