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Back At Base
4:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

They Survived Training, Now Female Marines Await Word On Ground Combat

Marine Lance Cpls. Julia Carroll (left) and Paula Pineda lift "Carl" — a 220-pound test dummy — during training in March in California. Female Marines have completed months of training and are now waiting to hear whether they will be allowed to serve in combat roles.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 8:18 am

Lance Cpl. Paula Pineda relaxes at a picnic table not far from her barracks in Camp LeJeune, N.C. She's in a crisp uniform and has a ready smile. It's one of the few breaks she's had in months — and she can finally laugh about Carl.

"Carl — our special, heavy, unique dummy," she says.

It was back in March, in the heat of the Mojave Desert in California, that Pineda — sweaty and grimy and just 5-foot-2 — struggled to help pull Carl the dummy out of her armored vehicle, along with another Marine, Julia Carroll. It was part of an exercise to rescue an injured crewman.

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The Salt
4:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Chasing Food Dreams Across U.S., Nigerian Chef Tests Immigration System

Tunde Wey prepares a pop-up Nigerian dinner in the kitchen of Toki Underground, a ramen restaurant in Washington, D.C., in December 2014.
Eliza Barclay NPR

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 10:13 am

Most aspiring chefs long for the white hat, the gleaming kitchen, the fancy menu.

But Nigeria-born Tunde Wey stumbled into a different version of the (American) chef's dream. He wanted to see the country and share the food of his West African childhood with friends and strangers along the way.

So a few months ago, he packed up his knives and his spices at his home in Detroit, and started crisscrossing the U.S. by Greyhound bus.

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Shots - Health News
4:03 am
Tue July 7, 2015

'No One Should Have The Right To Prolong My Death'

Jennifer Glass found out she had lung cancer four months after she got married. Here, her first round of chemo in February 2013.
Courtesy of Jennifer Glass

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 8:13 am

When Jennifer Glass goes to Sacramento on Tuesday to deliver testimony in favor of the California End-of-Life-Options Act, the trip will require some complex logistics.

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U.S.
11:24 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

For Homeless Families, Quick Exit From Shelters Is Only A Temporary Fix

Kyra Brooks, 8, strokes her mother's head. After years in and out of various programs, McClellan finally received a permanent housing voucher for the apartment she and her three children live in now. That means she has to pay up to 30 percent of her income in rent, but there's no time limit, unlike in the rapid rehousing program.
Lexey Swall GRAIN for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 9:53 am

More than 150,000 U.S. families are homeless each year. The number has been going down, in part because of a program known as rapid rehousing, which quickly moves families out of shelters and into homes.

But new research by the Obama administration finds that for many families, rapid rehousing is only a temporary fix.

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U.S.
7:48 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Bill Cosby Admitted To Acquiring Drugs To Give To A Woman For Sex

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 8:19 pm

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