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Once one of Europe's biggest refugee camps, soon it will be empty

May 24, 2016

Once, packed. Soon, no more.

Idomeni, the camp in northern Greece that is currently home to about 8,500 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere, is being emptied.

Hundreds of police officers and riot police moved into the area at dawn Tuesday. As the operation was beginning, Greek journalist Liana Spyropoulou tweeted that she had “never seen so many officers from the riot police gathered in one area.”

That’s saying a lot, given that austerity protesters and riot police clash violently in the streets of Athens with regularity.

This story is Part 1 of a two-part series. See our second piece about local recovery programs that are struggling to help homeowners here.

On a cold rainy day last fall, dozens of people gathered in a plaza across the street from New Jersey's state Capitol. They held press conferences and slept overnight in lawn chairs.

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The US has fought long, controversial wars in Vietnam and Iraq. Both left deep scars on the people involved.

The Northwest’s art glass industry is under the gun over what it’s putting in the region’s air. Portland-based Bullseye Glass is in the midst of a 10-day production moratorium and is cutting back staff. Last week, facing similar pressures, a Washington-based company decided to shut down for good.

The Justice Department says it will seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, accused of fatally shooting nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., in June 2015.

"The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

Legacy Unveils Oregon's Largest Hyberbaric Oxygen Chamber

May 24, 2016

Legacy Emanuel opened Oregon's largest hyperbaric oxygen chamber Tuesday. It’s used to treat wounds that are difficult to heal.

The chamber is a room-sized metal container with a door like a submarine. Up to 12 patients at a time can sit inside, as oxygen is pumped in under more than twice atmospheric pressure. That drives oxygen into the blood stream, which in turn helps heal wounds in people with poor blood flow.

Right now the chamber sits on the back of a truck in the parking lot.

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The Twin Cities' pollen count is in the medium range, with grass pollens high. And if you have allergies, you know it.

It's the time of year when people with seasonal allergies can be suffering from a variety of symptoms.

MPR News regular medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg sees those symptoms in the patients he treats, and he's been getting questions again about allergies.

He joined All Things Considered host Tom Crann to talk about how allergies can affect people and how to treat them.

Use the audio player above to hear their conversation.

From Texas Standard:

According to published reports, Waco police have not been altogether open about incidents involving football players for Baylor University.

Here's the mountain of information that's emerged so far: there are at least eight allegations of sexual assault leveled against five football players, three other allegations of violence by Baylor players against women, one incident involving a fight at a university-sponsored frat party where six Baylor players allegedly assaulted a group of students, cases deleted from Waco's police computer system, and incident reports locked in a supervisor's office.

Some say Baylor’s president Ken Starr, who wrote a widely read analysis of Bill Clinton's sex scandal for the White House called the Starr report, has been unusually low-key in addressing the growing concerns over sexual violence involving members of the football team.

It was the tasting that revolutionized the wine world.

Forty years ago today, the crème de la crème of the French wine establishment sat in judgment for a blind tasting that pitted some of the finest wines in France against unknown California bottles. Only one journalist bothered to show up — the outcome was considered a foregone conclusion.

"Obviously, the French wines were going to win," says George Taber, who was then a correspondent for Time magazine in Paris. He says everyone thought "it's going to be a nonstory."

The NFL announced three new sites for upcoming Super Bowls on Tuesday. Atlanta will get Super Bowl LIII in 2019, South Florida will host the following year and Los Angeles will have 2021.

The league had previously announced that the championship game would be held in Houston next year and in Minneapolis in 2018.

Amid Reports of Starr's Firing, Baylor Says Expect Announcement Soon

May 24, 2016

Amid reports that Kenneth Starr, Baylor University's high-profile president, was fired this morning over a scandal related to the university's response to sexual assault allegations against football players, university officials said they expect to announce the results of an internal inquiry by June 3. They declined to directly address Starr's future.

For the first time in more than 130 years, Americans ages 18-34 are more likely to live with their parents than in any other living situation, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.

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