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Health officials are investigating a Zika virus infection in Florida that could be the first case in which someone caught the virus by being bitten by a mosquito in the United States.

In a statement posted on its website Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health says the "possible non-travel related case of Zika" occurred in Miami-Dade County.

An Old Trick Holds New Promise For Tastier Tomatoes

Jul 20, 2016

Scott Stoddard is an expert when it comes to tomatoes. He plants rows and rows of tomatoes outdoors on farms across central California for the University of California Cooperative Extension.

They're the kind of tomatoes that "end up on sandwiches at Subway," Stoddard says. "Also, at any of your common hamburger places, In-N-Out, McDonald's, you name it."

It's no secret that Donald Trump is struggling to woo Hispanics voters. He's currently polling worse with Latinos than Mitt Romney in 2012 (In that election, Romney captured just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote.).

But on Wednesday night, the Trump campaign might have a chance to shift its messaging ever-so-slightly when three Hispanic Republicans take center stage during prime time. Two of them, former GOP presidential candidates, are familiar faces from the primary season: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco (who will deliver a video message).

Amy Scott

In December 2014, Angela Baldasare and some colleagues at the University of Arizona were gathered in front of a big screen, clicking through a series of charts and graphs. Baldasare is the university’s assistant provost of institutional research.

“As we were toggling through different segments of our student population we started to see this trend,” she said.

They could see from the data that a lot of students with good grades – B averages and higher – weren’t coming back after their first year.

Twitter tries to tread a fine line

Jul 20, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

Twitter recently banned a prominent conservative editor, along with a group of other twitter users for harassing Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the recent "Ghostbusters" reboot.  

The messages that Jones received were utterly vile. Racist and sexist really doesn’t even begin to describe them.  As Jones said in her final Tweet “all this because I did a movie.” 

It’s  the ugly side of the same free platform that facilitated the Arab Spring and #BlackLivesMatter.

After a night spent hammering Hillary Clinton, Day 3 of the GOP convention is being billed as a day where party leaders will lay out "the Republican vision for a new century of American leadership and excellence."

A bevy of political heavy hitters — Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio; Govs. Scott Walker and Rick Scott — will tee up the day's headliner: The Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

I suspect I was about eight years old at the time I'm remembering. I had to go to bed at 8:00 on school nights, except that one night a week, I could stay up until 8:30. I got to pick the night, and I generally picked Tuesdays, because that's when Happy Days was on.

Amadeo Esposito's first sight of the island of Castellamare is "a low and brooding thing on the horizon, no more than a rock on the water." On one side, the lights of Sicily are visible; on the other side, pure black stretching all the way to Africa.

Americans don't want landscaping jobs

Jul 20, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

One in three Americans who have a lawn have paid a landscaper to maintain it. But few Americans want landscaping jobs. Alexia Fernández Campbell wrote about this in 'The Atlantic."

Marketplace for Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jul 20, 2016

The Department of Justice is reportedly planning to block two giant health insurance merger deals, Aetna $37 billion deal with Humana, and Anthem's $48 billion deal with Cigna; how college campuses are using big data to understand why students drop out and how to prevent it; and what is life like for Greek workers one year after Greece decided not to exit the European Union?

Women are being silenced in Turkey's crackdown

Jul 20, 2016
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In the days after a failed military coup shook Turkey, women say they are being silenced.

From the start of the coup attempt by military officials on Friday through to the government’s crackdown in response, women’s voices have been almost entirely absent.

Images of protesters on the streets are mostly men. The military leadership is entirely male. The government is 85 percent men, with only one female minister. Currently, 43 cities don’t have any female representatives at all.

Algerian rai, reggae and revolution: All this band needs is democracy

Jul 20, 2016
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For the Algerian band Democratoz, getting audience members up and dancing isn’t the only goal. They want a revolution.

Known for their eclectic mix of Algerian rai, rock and reggae, the seven members of Democratoz came together in 2011 shortly after Algeria’s 19-year-long state of emergency. Now five years later, the group is beginning their first tour of the US sponsored by Center Stage, an exchange program of the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Unilever buys a billion-dollar shaving club

Jul 20, 2016
Scott Tong

For a reported $1 billion, Unilever is acquiring the irreverent online merchant Dollar Shave Club, which has shaken up the men's grooming industry. It began four years ago with a buck a blade and a video starring founder Michael Dubin.

"A dollar!" Dubin said. "Are the blades any good? No. Our blades are f***ing great."

Some 22 million views later, Dollar Shave Club has made shaving fun. No more trudging to a drugstore with a locked razor blade cabinet to pay five dollars a blade.

In choosing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump has reassured both establishment republicans and social conservatives — but he has also picked someone who in many ways is his polar opposite.

Pence addresses the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night.

As a conservative talk show host in Indiana, Pence called himself "Rush Limbaugh on decaf."

Music streaming service Deezer plans U.S. launch

Jul 20, 2016

With so many players, the music streaming business may look overcrowded to us. But that’s not how it looks to the streaming company Deezer. The French company is in 180 countries and announced this week a full-scale launch in the U.S.

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 It may be the worst kept secret in Washington at this point, but all signs point to the U.S. Department of Justice blocking two huge proposed health insurance mergers.

When it comes to anti-trust issues, the U.S. Justice Department’s mission is pretty straight forward.

Lawyers and economists there are basically deal referees.

Tonight is the night Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will take the stage in Cleveland at the 2016 Republican National Convention. He is now, officially, the vice-presidential running mate of Republican nominee Donald Trump.

But before that happens, we want to take a dive into Pence's education policies in the nearly four years he's been the governor of Indiana.

Just how much does he have in common with Donald Trump when it comes to schools and education? Definitely not nothing. Let's take a look.

At the RNC, Hispanic Chamber endorses Clinton

Jul 20, 2016
Kim Adams

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has broken from its own tradition and endorsed a presidential candidate. In a major snub to the GOP, the group’s president announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. 

Lindsay Hatton's novel Monterey Bay bobs somewhat awkwardly in the wake of John Steinbeck's 1945 classic, Cannery Row. In Hatton's tale, a boyishly attired 15-year-old named Margot Fiske works as a helpmeet for her father, an eccentric entrepreneur, in the scenic enclave "that splits the difference between Monterey and Pacific Grove" on California's coast.

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Tuesday night's session of the Republican National Convention departed dramatically from the previous night's events, proving far less devoted to dread and more consumed with celebration.

But the theme of the session — "Make American Work Again" — was far from dominant or even evident in the evening's program.

On a bright note: It was the night of the official roll call, when each state gets a moment in the spotlight. As is expected, all of the delegation chairs got to toss off some happy horsefeathers about their home state before announcing their delegate count.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter is hosting a meeting this week with his counterparts from other nations in the coalition against the Islamic State.

The gathering comes at a particularly turbulent time. Turkey, a key member in that coalition, is still reeling from an unexpected coup attempt. Meanwhile, ISIS appears to be on the defensive, having steadily lost territory over the past year or so.

NPR's Renee Montagne spoke with Carter on Tuesday at the Pentagon. Here are the highlights:

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A "Donald Trump for President" T-shirt will cost you $20, outside of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

A "Hillary for Prison" button — a top-seller among the throngs of conservative convention-goes — will cost you $10.

Trump Flakes are a bit pricey at $40, but a cartoon-Trump on the off-brand cereal box assures you, "They're Great Again."