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Parallels
8:19 am
Wed July 1, 2015

A Father In California, Kids In El Salvador, And New Hope To Reunite

Marta Elsie Leveron, 19, (left) and her brother Freddy David Leveron, 18, have not seen their father since he left El Savador to work in California in 1999. A new U.S. program allows families to reunite if one parent is a legal U.S. resident. The girl in the middle is Liliana Beatriz Leveron, 16, a cousin of the other two. Her parents are in the U.S. and she's seeking to reunite with them as well.
Carrie Kahn NPR

Editor's Note: Unaccompanied minors surged across the U.S. southern border last year. In response, the Obama administration has introduced a program that would allow families to reunite. In this story about the divided Leveron family, NPR's Richard Gonzales reports first from California, followed by Carrie Kahn in El Salvador.

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Goats and Soda
7:47 am
Wed July 1, 2015

She Wants To Stop Fathers From Giving Up Their Daughters

Samar Minallah Khan was honored by Vital Voices for her documentaries on the injustices faced by Pakistani women.
Courtesy of Samar Minallah Khan

She fights for the rights of women by telling stories about heroic men.

"The struggle to end violence against women has always been carried out by women activists," says Samar Minallah Khan, who makes documentaries about gender-based violence in her native Pakistan.

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The Two-Way
7:35 am
Wed July 1, 2015

It's Official: You Can Now Take Photos During White House Tours

First lady Michelle Obama announces the change in policy.
Screengrab from Instagram

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 10:15 am

The decades-old ban on taking photographs inside the White House during public tours is being lifted today, first lady Michelle Obama announced on Instagram.

The White House, in a statement, said guests are welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and encouraged visitors to share their experiences using the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour.

What's permitted: Phones and compact still cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches.

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Around the Nation
7:07 am
Wed July 1, 2015

New Mother, Lost In Calif. Woods, Starts Fire To Get Attention

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 8:19 am

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Around the Nation
7:07 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Distracted Motorist Drives Over Raised Drawbridge

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 8:19 am

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