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4:46am

Fri July 22, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Army Escalates Crack Down In Homs

In Syria, army tanks have swept into the country's third largest city Homs. It's part of an assault on heavily populated residential neighborhoods. The army assault appears to mark an escalation of tactics to crush the protest movement in Homs.

2:59am

Fri July 22, 2011
National Security

Tennessee Awaits Tons Of German Nuclear Waste

The city of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is anticipating the arrival of nearly 1,000 tons of nuclear waste from Germany. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved a plan in June for an American company to import and burn low-level nuclear waste from Germany.

Radioactive residue left over from the process will be sent back to Germany for disposal, but opponents have voiced concerns that the U.S. will become the world's radioactive waste processor.

But, very little of that opposition is coming from Oak Ridge.

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2:00am

Fri July 22, 2011
NPR Story

Somali Refugees Stream Into Kenya To Escape Famine

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:37 am

Saruuro Aden traveled on foot from southern Somalia across the Kenyan border with her four children. She says they walked for 10 days.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton NPR

The crippling drought in the Horn of Africa has affected about 11 million people in a region straddling Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. But it's Somalia that has been hit hardest. This week, the United Nations declared a famine in two parts of the lawless nation – Lower Shabelle and Bakool in the south.

Thousands of Somalis are crossing the border into semi-arid northeastern Kenya, in search of shelter, food and medical care. They are streaming into the giant Dadaab refugee complex, which is the world's biggest collection of camps.

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2:00am

Fri July 22, 2011
NPR Story

Heat Wave Opens Cooling Centers, Fire Hydrants

Another hot and muggy day is forecast for much of the country again Friday, as the dangerous heat wave moves to the East. Thirty-two states issued excessive heat warnings Thursday.

2:00am

Fri July 22, 2011
NPR Story

Oklahoma's Parched Land Is In Need Of Massive Rainfall

Many areas of the country are suffering from "exceptional drought" conditions. That's the most intense level assigned by the federal agency that monitors droughts. Unusually dry conditions are creating ever expanding hardships for farmers and ranchers from New Mexico to Kansas. Oklahoma has been especially hard hit. Kurt Gwartney of member station KGOU reports.

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