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The bombing of a peace rally threatens to pull Turkey into war

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You've may have seen the video from this weekend in Turkey. One second, people are dancing at a peace rally. The next, they're cowering in fear as a giant ball of flames erupts behind them.

And that was just the first explosion.

More than 100 killed, some 600 wounded by a double suicide bombing. This ranks as Turkey's worst-ever terrorist attack.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared today that "these attacks will not turn Turkey into a Syria."

Still, the Syrian conflict has its way of leaking across borders.

A debate over academic freedom of speech was ignited in summer 2014 when the University of Illinois rescinded a job offer to a professor over a controversial set of tweets about the Israel-Gaza conflict. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with the professor, Steven Salaita, about his experience.

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Schools tend to be the center of the community in small towns across America. That's probably never been more the case for Middletown, Calif., than right now.

Last month, when a wildfire destroyed more than half of the town in the mountains north of San Francisco, the schools were miraculously spared. They've since reopened and are offering a respite from the sad, day-to-day struggles many students and staff are facing.

In 1938, Ernest Hemingway made a recording to promote the publication of The Fifth Column, his play about the Spanish Civil War written while he was covering the conflict for American newspapers in 1937.

"While I was writing the play, the Hotel Florida, where we lived and worked, was struck by more than 30 high-explosive shells," he said. "So if it is not a good play, perhaps that is what is the matter with it. If it is a good play, perhaps those 30 some shells helped write it."

Big food companies are buying up small ones. Honest Tea is now part of Coca-Cola. The French company Danone controls Stonyfield yogurt. Hormel owns Applegate natural and organic meats.

Cybercrime is costing the global economy nearly half a trillion dollars a year, according to the insurer Allianz. It's a major threat to businesses, which are looking for ways to protect themselves. One option is cybercrime insurance.

On a road weaving through a forest on Hungary's southern border with Serbia, police lie in wait.

Migrants who manage to squeeze through holes cut in a barbed-wire border fence and walk north eventually have to cross Route 55 — where Hungarian police are ready for them.

Backed by agents from Frontex, the European Union's border control agency, the cops stop dozens of migrants and refugees as they emerge from the forest. They point guns and shine bright lights into the faces of frightened Iraqis and Syrians.

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The Dutch Safety Board this week will release its final report into what caused Malaysia Airlines flight 17 to crash in eastern Ukraine last year. All 298 people on board were killed.

An earlier report revealed the airliner that left Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur was hit by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft.'' That’s led to speculation that it was attacked by a surface-to-air missile, specifically a Russian Buk SA-11 missile.

What Does Google AMP Mean For Publishers?

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If you are a Facebook user, you may have noticed the way you read certain news articles inside Facebook has changed in the past few months.

Since the spring, the social media network has made it so users don’t have to leave Facebook to read articles, by providing publisher content within Facebook’s app.

And now, Google is launching a project that’s similar in terms of the user experience: AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) aim to load content instantly on mobile by blocking some HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Open Carry Gun Law Moves Ahead In Florida

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In Florida, a bill that would allow people to openly carry guns in public recently cleared its first hurdle in the House.

Florida is currently one of just five states that explicitly bans open carry, and Republican State Representative Matt Gaetz wants to change that. He introduced the bill, HB 163, in the Florida House of Representatives. His father, State Senator Don Gaetz, introduced similar legislation in the Senate.

The Nobel Prize in economics was awarded today to a Princeton economist from Scotland for his research into poverty. Angus Deaton told reporters on a conference call that he was pleased the committee decided to award work that concerns the poor people of the world.

“There are enormous numbers of people in the world – the World Bank has just come out with recent estimates of about 700 million people – who live in something close to destitution,” he said.

In a debate revealing a fractured Republican party, the search for a new speaker of the House of Representatives is proving difficult. After Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) dropped his bid, Republicans started looking to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to fill the shoes of resigning Speaker John Boehner.

Ryan, however, has openly declined to run, a decision many analysts attribute to having much larger ambitions, including a possible run at the White House. No other candidates, however, have risen to capture more support.