WLRN http://blog.wlrn.org en Israel And Hamas Reportedly Agree To 12-Hour Truce http://blog.wlrn.org/post/israel-and-hamas-reportedly-agree-12-hour-truce A humanitarian cease-fire lasting 12 hours could begin in Gaza on Saturday, as Hamas says it has agreed to a temporary peace and Israeli media are reporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also approved the plan. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:51:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 36183 at http://blog.wlrn.org Israel And Hamas Reportedly Agree To 12-Hour Truce Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rules In Favor of Gay Marriage http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-circuit-judge-rules-favor-gay-marriage <p>Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel ruled Friday afternoon that the six same-sex couples who sued county clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses should be allowed to wed.&nbsp;</p><p>In the ruling, Zabel wrote that denying same-sex couples the right to marriage "is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law."</p><p>Zabel&nbsp;ordered an immediate stay until after the case is appealed.&nbsp;</p><p>The ruling marks the second time in less than two weeks that a South Florida circuit judge declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:55:51 +0000 Carla Javier 36181 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rules In Favor of Gay Marriage 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials http://blog.wlrn.org/post/i-love-your-country-new-house-member-tells-us-officials Rep. Curt Clawson hasn't been in Congress long — he was sworn into office exactly one month ago. We mention that as a caveat, because in a congressional hearing Thursday, Clawson seems to have mistaken Americans who work in the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:32:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 36182 at http://blog.wlrn.org 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen http://blog.wlrn.org/post/which-colin-firth-debunks-some-myths-about-working-woody-allen In<em> Magic in the Moonlight</em>, a new film from Woody Allen, Colin Firth plays a 1920s stage magician who is also an expert at debunking spiritualists. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 NPR STAFF 36180 at http://blog.wlrn.org In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors http://blog.wlrn.org/post/obama-us-central-america-share-responsibility-influx-minors President Obama met with the leaders of three Central American countries at the White House on Friday, telling them that they share responsibility with Washington for stemming an influx of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.<p>Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren discussed the growing humanitarian crisis with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.<p>The Associated Press says Obama told the leaders he wants to stem the flow of children. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36173 at http://blog.wlrn.org Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-well-does-drug-work-look-beyond-fine-print Anybody who has ever seen a drug advertisement or talked over the pros and cons of a medicine with a doctor can be forgiven for being confused.<p>Sorting out the risks and benefits of taking a medicine can be complicated even for professionals.<p>This spring, the Institute of Medicine <a href="http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/Research/DrugForum/2014-MAY-12/Agenda.pdf">convened a workshop</a> with the Food and Drug Administration. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR staff 36177 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter http://blog.wlrn.org/post/political-disenchantment-soars-lines-polls-grow-shorter Several new surveys show voter interest is low, anti-incumbent sentiment is high, and voters from both parties are questioning whether their elected leaders should return to Congress next year.<p>In short, the electorate is disengaged and disgusted with politics.<p>Voter turnout in the 2010 primaries was only about 18 percent, and now it's even lower. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 36178 at http://blog.wlrn.org As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama http://blog.wlrn.org/post/bill-allowing-americans-unlock-cellphones-passes-house-heads-obama Approving a bill that has already passed the Senate, the House of Representatives has given its consent to legislation that lets U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 36174 at http://blog.wlrn.org Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity http://blog.wlrn.org/post/fiction-explores-push-and-pull-arab-israeli-identity To be an Arab living in Israel proper has long been a challenging proposition. Even sussing out what to call them has political implications: Arab Israelis? Israeli Arabs? Palestinian Israelis? Or maybe just Palestinians? Arabs in Israel live lives that constantly — often stressfully — straddle two cultures: They are all at once ethnically Arab and citizens of the Jewish state.<p>I'm not talking here about Palestinians who live in Gaza and the West Bank. I'm talking about Arabs who live inside the Green Line and vote in Israeli elections. Some even serve in Israel's military. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Molly Antopol 36179 at http://blog.wlrn.org Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/can-finishing-big-bowl-ramen-make-dreams-come-true You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.<p>But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called <a href="http://www.yumewokatare.com/">Yume Wo Katare</a> that serves more than just ramen.<p>There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 36176 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy http://blog.wlrn.org/post/keychain-breathalyzers-may-make-quantified-drinking-easy While testing whether a <a href="seamus.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/02/327854051/alcohol-test-can-you-control-your-intoxication-by-eating-yeast">dash of yeast</a> could keep you from getting drunk, we discovered that it's pretty entertaining — and revealing — to track your blood alcohol while drinking.<p>Using a device to test blood-alcohol levels, we watched the alcohol in our bodies soar as we drank two beers on empty stomachs. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 editor 36175 at http://blog.wlrn.org Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy If Dogs Feel Jealousy, It May Run Deeper In Us Than We'd Thought http://blog.wlrn.org/post/if-dogs-feel-jealousy-it-may-run-deeper-us-wed-thought <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=If+Dogs+Feel+Jealousy%2C+It+May+Run+Deeper+In+Us+Than+We%27d+Thought&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwODU1OTg0MDEzNjAxMDAzNTk2NTIwYw004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 36171 at http://blog.wlrn.org Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis http://blog.wlrn.org/post/central-american-leaders-stop-white-house-talk-border-crisis The presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras met with President Obama at the White House Friday, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions to the crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Central+American+Leaders+Stop+By+White+House+To+Talk+Border+Crisis&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDExMTQwMDEzNjkwODAzMTkxNmQ4Zg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 36170 at http://blog.wlrn.org Leading Ebola Doctor Stricken With The Disease Himself http://blog.wlrn.org/post/leading-ebola-doctor-stricken-disease-himself <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Leading+Ebola+Doctor+Stricken+With+The+Disease+Himself&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1MzkxMDEyMTY5MDA4NjI2NGQ4Yg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 36169 at http://blog.wlrn.org For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria http://blog.wlrn.org/post/islamic-state-victories-iraq-mean-momentum-syria <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=For+Islamic+State%2C+Victories+In+Iraq+Mean+Momentum+In+Syria&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NDUzMDQ0MDEzMzY3NTc0ODgyMDhhNg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 36168 at http://blog.wlrn.org