UPR Utah Public Radio http://upr.org en Israeli Bombing Ruins Gaza's Only Power Plant http://upr.org/post/israeli-bombing-ruins-gazas-only-power-plant Israel broadened its assault on Gaza on Tuesday, wrecking the region's only power plant and killing more than 125 Palestinians.<p>Barrages "destroyed Hamas's media offices, the home of a top leader and what Palestinians said was a devastating hit on the only electricity plant," <em>The New York Times</em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/world/middleeast/gaza-israel-violence.html" target="_blank">reports</a>.<p>The bombings came on a day when hope briefly arose about a new cease-fire. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:30:00 +0000 editor 44703 at http://upr.org Israeli Bombing Ruins Gaza's Only Power Plant The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan http://upr.org/post/hidden-costs-fighting-polio-pakistan Pakistan is currently at the center of the global effort to eradicate polio. Although the country has reported only about a <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">hundred</a> cases this year, that's more cases than in all other nations combined.<p>Eliminating the paralyzing disease is a major logistical operation in Pakistan. More than 200,000 vaccinators fan out across the country, several times a year, to inoculate millions of children. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:30:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 44702 at http://upr.org The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says http://upr.org/post/mcdonalds-responsible-treatment-workers-agency-says McDonald's shares responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants, the general counsel's office for the National Labor Relations Board announced Tuesday.<p>Since November 2012, NLRB has had 181 cases filed involving McDonald's. Many have been dismissed, but the agency <a href="https://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/nlrb-office-general-counsel-authorizes-complaints-against-mcdonalds">said</a> that McDonald's USA LLC will be considered a joint employer in cases that are found to have merit.<p>Restaurant chains have fought such a designation. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:19:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 44700 at http://upr.org McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia http://upr.org/post/france-presses-deal-sell-two-warships-russia France plans to go ahead with the sale of two warships to the Kremlin, even as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/29/336324858/white-house-threatens-more-russian-sanctions-as-kerry-decries-ukrainian-rebels">the European Union and U.S. strengthen sanctions on Russia</a> amid continued fighting in Ukraine and the aftermath of the downed Malaysian airliner.<p>People in St. Nazaire, the port town where the boats are being built, agree: The contract with Moscow should be fulfilled, they say. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 44701 at http://upr.org France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic http://upr.org/post/court-rejects-law-threatening-mississippis-last-abortion-clinic A federal appeals court has rejected a Mississippi law that would have forced the state's only abortion clinic to close.<p>In a 2-1 <a href="http://jacksonfreepress.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/news/documents/2014/07/29/JWHO_Ruling.pdf">decision</a>, a panel of the 5th U.S. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 44699 at http://upr.org Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp http://upr.org/post/want-reduce-your-carbon-footprint-choose-mackerel-over-shrimp Small fatty fish like mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies are high in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/14/329529110/food-mood-connection-how-you-eat-can-amp-up-or-tamp-down-stress">omega-3s</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111509588">vitamin D</a> and low on the food chain.<p>Those shining attributes have earned them plenty of nods from doctors and environmentalists alike, as we've <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/14/329529110/food-mood-connection-how-you-eat-can-amp-up-or-tamp-down-stress">reported</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:13:00 +0000 April Fulton 44697 at http://upr.org Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science http://upr.org/post/okcupid-sometimes-messes-bit-love-name-science OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments. Christian Rudder, co-founder and president of OkCupid, tells Audie Cornish that these experiments help the site improve how it works. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 editor 44698 at http://upr.org Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course http://upr.org/post/yall-keep-talking-lab-scratches-southern-accent-reduction-course Government scientists can speak Southern after all.<p>Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that in response to complaints from staff, it's canceling plans to hold a six-week "Southern Accent Reduction" course, the <em>Knoxville News Sentinel</em> <a href="http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/yall-come-ornl-bows-to-southern-pride_75723471" target="_blank">reports</a>.<p>Officials at the scientific complex in east Tennessee said they had only been responding to an employee request. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 44693 at http://upr.org A Fond Farewell From An Old Memphis Maverick http://upr.org/post/fond-farewell-old-memphis-maverick <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-Af-rJqLhM</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:52:00 +0000 editor 44695 at http://upr.org A Fond Farewell From An Old Memphis Maverick The New SuperPAC That Spends Big So That Others Spend Less http://upr.org/post/new-superpac-spends-big-so-others-spend-less <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=The+New+SuperPAC+That+Spends+Big+So+That+Others+Spend+Less&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>There have been a lot of plans to limit the influence of wealthy donors in politics. Now a new super PAC called the Mayday PAC is trying something unusual - raising big money, then spending it to reduce the role of big money in political campaigns. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:47:00 +0000 editor 44696 at http://upr.org