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2:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Why This Gaza Ceasefire Is Holding

Palestinians wave Hamas flags as they celebrate in Gaza City on August 27, 2014, during a rally following a deal hailed by Israel and the Islamist movement as 'victory' in the 50-day war. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

The latest ceasefire between the militant group Hamas and Israel appears to be holding, allowing thousands of Palestinians to return home and Israelis to send children back to school without worrying about rocket fire.

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1:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Snapchat Reportedly Valued At $10 Billion

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has agreed to invest in Snapchat at a valuation of around $10 billion.

Derek Thompson of The Atlantic joins Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer to take a look at why the photo messaging app is valued so high, even though it has very little revenue.

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1:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

'Exoskeleton' Lets Some Paraplegics Walk Again

Gene Laureano, a 51-year-old Army veteran from the Bronx, uses the ReWalk exoskeleton. (Sacha Pfeiffer/WBUR)

One of the great dreams of the medical research world is to help paralyzed people who are unable to use their legs, to be able to walk again.

Implanting electrode stimulators into injured spinal cords has shown some promise. Stem cell spinal cord regeneration has been elusive so far. But one Massachusetts tech company is taking a completely different approach.

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4:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

35 Years Later, Kate Bush's Stage Return Has Fans Buzzing

British singer-songwriter Kate Bush is returning to the stage after a 35-year absence. (katebush.com)

When British singer-songwriter Kate Bush announced that she would return to the stage after a 35-year absence, her devoted fans immediately began snapping up tickets.

All 77,000 seats for her series of London concerts sold out in 15 minutes, with fans planning to fly in from around the world. Tonight is the first show.

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4:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Senate Tracker: Colorado, The New Swing State

In Colorado's Senate race, Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Udall (left) is being challenged by Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner (right). (U.S. Senate, U.S. House)

In the latest installment of Senate Tracker, our weekly look at Senate races across the country, Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer turns to Megan Verlee of Colorado Public Radio for a look at the race there.

Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Udall, in a race that is very close and is bringing issues of women’s rights and the president’s health care law into play.

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4:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Volvo Rolls Out First New SUV Under Chinese Ownership

The XC90 is the first Volvo in about a decade to be without Ford Motor parts. (volvocars.com)

The Volvo XC90 makes it debut today. It’s the first Volvo model to be released by Zheijiang Geely Holding Co., the Chinese company that took over the Swedish brand from Ford in 2010.

The XC90 is the first Volvo in about a decade to be made without Ford Motor parts. As Jason Bellini of the Wall Street Journal tells Here & Now’s Robin Young, Volvo hopes this SUV will be a game-changer for the company, as it pursues the international market.

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2:34 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

What Sound Can Tell You About Dangerous Places

A sign warns of high radiation levels in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. (Trey Ratcliff/Flickr)

Sound artist Peter Cusack travels the world recording sounds from dangerous places. The places are not particularly dangerous to the short-term visitor, like war zones, but places where there are dangers to the environment, and to the people who live there, such as Chernobyl and the old oil fields of Azerbaijan.

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2:34 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Pediatricians Group: Delay School Start Times So Teens Can Sleep

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending middle schools and high schools start later so teenagers can get more sleep. (JF Sebastian/Flickr)

Many studies have shown that the average adolescent doesn’t get enough sleep, and that can cause physical and mental health issues. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now recommending middle and high schools delay their class start times to 8:30 a.m. or later.

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2:34 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Burger King... Of Canada?

Burger King is looking to buy Canada’s coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

Burger King, the American fast-food restaurant operator, is looking to buy Canada’s coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons.

Burger King announced yesterday the two companies are in talks to form a deal that it says would help it compete with similar companies.

Skeptics say it would allow Burger King to move its headquarters to Canada, lowering its tax bill. NPR’s Marilyn Geewax talks to Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer about what a deal could mean.

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2:52 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Legal Battle Could Prevent Opening Of Popular Utah Ski Mountain

The ski season at Park City Mountain Resort is now up in the air because of a protracted fight over the rights to the slopes. (Kimberly Brown-Azzarello/Flickr)

Park City, Utah, is best known for the famous Sundance Film Festival that it hosts every winter, as well as being home to one of the most popular ski resorts in the country: Park City Mountain Resort.

But the future of that mountain, and the 2014-2015 ski season, is now up in the air because of a protracted and very public fight over the rights to the slopes.

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