Traditionally, literally means something that is strictly true. Google's dictionary, bloggers noticed, says you can also use it for emphasis. Like, "I would literally give my right arm to own a pickup truck." Grammar sticklers claim Google has sided with language traitors and broken the English language.
Capital University, just outside Columbus, Ohio, was gearing up for the new school year when the administration found itself in a slippery situation. There weren't enough dorm rooms on campus. But a local business quickly dove in with a solution: Fort Rapids Resort, an indoor water park. Thirty students will, you might say, tread water there until space frees-up on campus. It's all included in their tuition - yes, including access to the water park itself.
Posters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi lay amid the rubble of a protest camp in Cairo after Wednesday's crackdown by government forces.
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Mourners stand over the bodies of loved ones at the El-Iman mosque in the Nasr City district of Cairo. Wednesday's violence was Egypt's worst since the 18-day uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
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Egyptians search through the debris at Rabaa al-Adawiya square.
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Egyptian police officers join hands during a funeral procession of one their colleagues, who was killed during clashes with Morsi supporters.
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A picture of Morsi is seen hanging amid debris at Rabaa al-Adawiya square.
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Members of the Muslim Brotherhood carry the coffin of a fellow member at the El-Iman mosque. The Muslim Brotherhood has vowed to continue their protests over Morsi's removal.
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The destroyed camp of Morsi supporters outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. The raids prompted the military-backed interim leaders to impose a state of emergency and curfew, and drew widespread condemnation from around the world.
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An Egyptian woman cries for her dead relative at a mosque in Cairo. According to the latest estimates, more than 500 people died and around 3,500 were wounded.
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The Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo was burned during clashes Wednesday between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. According to the latest estimates, more than 500 people died and around 3,500 were wounded.
On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Leila Fadel reports from Cairo
"It's difficult to see a path out of this crisis, at least not without more people dying."
That's how NPR's Cairo bureau chief, Leila Fadel, ended her Morning Edition report Thursday. After Wednesday's deadly crackdown by Egyptian troops on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi — a crackdown that according to latest estimates left more than 500 people dead and 3,500 or so wounded — the fear is that there will be much more bloodshed.
If economists looking at the housing sector are generally optimistic, those who follow the auto industry are practically brimming with glee. Right now, the average age of cars on the road is the oldest ever recorded, at 11-and-a-half years, which means at some time, people will have to buy newer ones. As NPR's Sonari Glinton reports, that time may be now.
Federal prosecutors in the U.S. have charged two former traders in JPMorgan Chase's London office with securities fraud. The two men were part of the so-called "London Whale" case, which ended up costing the company more than $6 billion. U.S. officials say the men lied about the value of some derivatives trades to cover up mounting losses.
Law school grads have been facing a tough job market, and this has prompted some young entrepreneurial attorneys to try out hybrid businesses.
Diane Orson from member station WNPR reports on one Connecticut attorney who's opened a shop that combines his passion for the law - with his skill as a barber.
DIANE ORSON, BYLINE: Donald Howard says he first got the hybrid-business idea working as a paralegal for a personal injury attorney who doubled as a sports agent. Then he saw the concept again on a reality television show.
Novelist Sue Grafton is a real hoot. She's just as likely to talk, in that native Kentucky drawl of hers, about her prized silver-coin mint julep cups as about a juicy murder mystery. But she does have a crime writer's imagination.
"I always say to people, 'Don't cross me, OK? Because you will be so sorry,'" she says. "'I have ways to kill you you ain't even thought of yet.'"
In the 10 years since sagging power lines in Ohio sparked a blackout across much of the Northeastern United States and Canada, utility engineers say they have implemented measures to prevent another such event in the country's electric grid.
But there is one disaster scenario for which the power companies are still unprepared: a massive attack on the computer networks that underlie the U.S. electric grid.
People who use Gmail and other free email systems have no reasonable expectation of privacy, according to papers filed in a U.S. district court by lawyers for Google. The filing was made in June, when Google moved to dismiss a case accusing it of breaking federal and state laws by scanning users' emails to help target its advertising campaigns.
In making its case, Google compared sending an email to other types of communications where privacy cannot be expected: