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Until recently, Colombia — a country once rife with violence — seemed relatively calm. But this summer has changed that, with a string of bombings targeting oil pipelines and now two offices in the capital of Bogota.

The most recent bombings took place Thursday, and targeted a private pension firm called Porvenir. At least seven people were hurt, though none of the injuries were severe.

For more than a century, the copper spires of St. Laurentius have stood tall over Philadelphia's Fishtown. But the city's oldest Polish church — founded in 1882 — could soon face the wrecking ball.

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Donald Trump is doubling down on his negative comments about Mexicans and illegal immigration. To recap, here's what he said last month when he announced his presidential run.

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As they rapidly run out of cash, Greece's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position.

For months, as this crisis has intensified people have been slowly withdrawing their money. The banks have been able to do business only because of emergency loans from the European Central Bank.

But when Greece missed a payment to the International Monetary Fund this week, the ECB decided not to lend any more money.

In Florida, the official state animal triggers mixed feelings. The Florida panther has been on the endangered species list for nearly 50 years. From a low point in the 1970s when there were only about 20 panthers in the wild, the species has rebounded.

Now, nearly 200 range throughout southwest Florida. And some officials, ranchers and hunters in the state say that may be about enough.

Florida panthers are a subspecies of the cougar or mountain lion. They're slightly smaller than their cousins, but like them, the panthers need lots of room to roam.

Camila Kerwin

She was kidnapped by leftist guerrillas at age 11 and held for nearly a year.

Now, 13 years later, she's helping former guerrillas get reintegrated into society.

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Now that a solar-powered plane has set an amazing record, we're ready with the next question: Will there soon be a fleet of solar-powered planes?

Not quite, but airlines are moving in that direction.

What does Independence Day mean for a new citizen?

Jul 3, 2015
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July 4 is the day when America became independent, and July 4 is the day when I became an American citizen. It’s a big day for America. It’s a huge day for me.

I’m going to celebrate this day with a bunch of people who are from all around the globe: Colombia, Brazil, Slovakia, Mexico, Taiwan, China, Sweden and of course, the United States.

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you five reads.

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This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

A New Look At America's Founding

Jul 3, 2015

Historian Joseph Ellis is well known for his work on the era of the American revolution and the founding fathers. His latest book, “The Quartet: Orchestrating The Second American Revolution, 1783-1789,” takes us beyond the Declaration of Independence and tells the story of what happened after the war ended, the creation of the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention and the drafting of the Bill of Rights.

Not Your Typical Summer Reading List

Jul 3, 2015

If you’re looking for some books to read on your next vacation, Petra Mayer, an editor at NPR Books, and R. A. Washington, co-owner of Guide to Kulchur, a bookstore in Cleveland, Ohio, have a few suggestions. They share some ideas with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti.

The Return Of Ebola In Liberia

Jul 3, 2015

This week, Liberia found three new cases of Ebola. The country was declared Ebola-free two months ago, but now it seems the deadly disease is back. Health officials are on high alert and scrambling to figure out how the victims contracted the disease. NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti with details.

Law enforcement officials are boosting security for holiday events, after an FBI warning about possible terrorist activity timed to the Fourth of July celebration.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Seth Jones, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at Rand, about why law enforcement issued the alert.

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