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3:27 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Texas Bikers Arrested After Waco Shootout Say They Are Innocent

Motorcycle gang-related gunfire killed nine people at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, on May 17. More than 170 people were arrested on charges of "engaging in organized criminal activity."
Jerry Larson AP

In May, a fight between two rival motorcycle clubs turned into a bloodbath in Waco, Texas. Nine people were shot dead, and at least 20 were injured.

In the end, 177 people were arrested and jailed on charges of engaging in organized crime.

But many of them say they had nothing to do with these "outlaw" motorcycle clubs — and nothing to do with the violence.

Among them are Walt and Ester Weaver. Walt says he's stunned by the way authorities handled the situation.

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Around the Nation
3:23 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Bostonians Bet On When 12-Foot Ice Mound Will Finally Melt

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Europe
3:23 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Despite Large Cuts To Greece's Pension System, Creditors Want More

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Around the Nation
3:23 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

No One Can Drive New Jerseyans Away From Full-Service Gas

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Business
3:23 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Carnival Receives U.S. Permission To Operate Cruises To Cuba

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Sports
3:23 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Kicks Off Victory Tour In L.A.

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Goats and Soda
2:46 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

"Monky" silk screens posters for some of Peru's top chicha bands.
Joshua Cogan

Elliot Tupac is bringing the street art of Peru to Washington, D.C.

A brush in one hand, a can of spray paint in the other, a tanned Tupac is emblazoning the word "Libertad" — Spanish for freedom — in big bold letters. Their neon colors are so intense they could practically glow in the dark.

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Asia
2:35 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Chinese Stocks Take A Plunge Despite Government Efforts

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The Two-Way
2:29 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

LAPD Says It's Investigating Bill Cosby Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Comedian Bill Cosby, seen here performing in January, is the subject of at least one open criminal investigation, according to Los Angeles police.
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Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 2:54 pm

The Los Angeles Police Department is conducting at least one current criminal investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, the department tells NPR's Mandalit del Barco.

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The Salt
2:23 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

A quartet of tea-infused treats. Clockwise from left: Pastry chef's Naomi Gallego's old-fashioned doughnuts, flavored with Earl Grey; chocolate custard infused with jasmine tea, topped with a whipped cream ganache with a bit of lemon; berry scones with a hint of black berry tea; and blue French-style macarons made with lapsang souchong.
Allison Aubrey NPR

One secret to a long life may be the simple daily ritual of tea.

We've told you how Okinawans — who are known to have more than a few centenarians among them — enjoy jasmine-infused tea.

And if you're looking to incorporate this fragrant aroma with a bit of creamy indulgence, pastry chef Naomi Gallego, of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C., has you covered.

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Shots - Health News
2:17 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Lacking Votes, California Assembly Shelves Aid In Dying Bill

A photo of Brittany Maynard, who moved to Oregon to end her life as she was dying of brain cancer, sits on the dais of the California Senate's health committee in March.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Recognizing they lacked votes in a key Assembly committee, authors of legislation that would have allowed terminally ill Californians to legally end their lives pulled the bill Tuesday morning.

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The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Excellent: Harry Shearer To Return To 'The Simpsons' Cast

Big news today from Springfield: The voice of Mr. Burns is returning. Harry Shearer isn't leaving the cast of The Simpsons after all.

Fox, which has aired the show since 1989, said today that it is "proud to confirm that each and every member of the iconic series' voice cast will be returning to the roles they've brought to life since the show's beginnings as a series of animated shorts nearly 30 years ago."

Shearer also provides that voices of Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders and many other Simpsons characters.

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The Two-Way
1:23 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Malaysia Freezes Bank Accounts Amid Report Of Cash Transfers To Premier

Malaysian authorities have frozen six bank accounts in connection with an investigation into nearly $700 million allegedly transferred into Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts.

The Wall Street Journal, which reported last week on the alleged transfers, cited "a person aware of the probe" saying at least one of the frozen accounts belonged to Najib.

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The Two-Way
1:16 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Two Die As F-16 Collides With Cessna In Midair Close To Charleston, S.C.

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 3:31 pm

Investigators are converging on an area near Charleston, S.C., where an F-16 crashed Tuesday after colliding with a civilian Cessna airplane around 11:30 a.m. ET. The two occupants of the Cessna were killed.

The jet was based at Shaw Air Force Base, close to Sumter, S.C., and had been flying close to Joint Base Charleston at the time of the collision. In a statement, the base says, "The F-16 pilot safely ejected" and was taken to the Charleston base for a medical assessment.

Update at 4:45 p.m. ET: Two Occupants Of Cessna Died

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NPR Story
1:16 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

What Newly-Unsealed Testimony Could Mean For Bill Cosby And His Accusers

Bill Cosby pauses during a news conference on Nov. 6, 2014. According to documents released on July 6, 2015, Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of using them to have sex with young women. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

More allegations against Bill Cosby have emerged, this time from the comedian himself. In sworn court testimony from a 2005 sexual abuse lawsuit that was unsealed yesterday, Cosby admitted to having obtained prescription sedatives with the intention of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with. The documents were unsealed Monday, after the Associated Press went to court to compel their release.

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NPR Story
1:16 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Sanctuary City Laws: What They Do And Don't Support

San Francisco is one of hundreds of so-called 'sanctuary cities' around the country (diversey/Flickr)

When 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was shot to death on a pier in San Francisco last week, attention immediately turned to her accused killer. That’s because the 45-year-old immigrant had a long felony rap sheet and a history of deportations.

It has also been reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had turned over the suspect, Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, to city authorities on March 26 on an outstanding drug warrant and asked the city to notify them when he got out – something San Francisco officials apparently did not do.

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NPR Story
1:16 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Starbucks Is Raising Its Drink Prices

Starbucks is raising prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most coffee drinks. (luizfilipe/Flickr)

Starbucks will be charging more for its coffee drinks, despite a decline in the price of raw coffee. The company says it’s due to rising rents and wages. Jason Bellini of The Wall Street Journal joins Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd to talk about how it might affect sales and whether the competition will follow suit.

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Shots - Health News
11:57 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Heroin Use Surges, Especially Among Women And Whites

A user prepares drugs for injection in 2014 in St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 2:27 pm

Health officials, confronted with a shocking increase in heroin abuse, are developing a clearer picture of who is becoming addicted to this drug and why. The results may surprise you.

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NPR Ed
11:24 am
Tue July 7, 2015

How One Israeli Educator Turned His School Around

Principal Ali Shalalha stands at the entrance of the high school. Though the school has closed for summer, it's filled with students who are studying for exams.
Tanya Habjouqa for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 3:09 pm

In a small town perched on a steep mountain in northern Israel, Ali Shalalha has managed a remarkable achievement.

Fifteen years ago, only 12 percent of seniors at Beit Jann Comprehensive School passed the exams that are the prerequisite for higher education in Israel. Last year, and the year before, every single senior passed.

Beit Jann ranks second now in the high school graduation exams, known as bagrut, for all of Israel. This year, Shalalha — the school's principal — is hoping for first.

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Parallels
11:22 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Above The Law, A Militia Threatens To Push Burundi To The Brink

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza walks with military officials during the country's Independence Day on Wednesday. Despite criticism at home and abroad, the president is defying a two-term limit and running for a third term in an election set for the middle of July.
Berthier Mugiraneza AP

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 12:45 pm

A quiet street in Burundi's capital can change in an instant. In recent months, antigovernment protesters in this tiny, east African country have developed a flash mob approach to demonstrations, rapidly convening and dispersing. An hour later, all that's left are shuttered kiosks, tossed bricks and the odor of burned tires in the air.

Activists are taking this approach because they say at least 70 people have been killed in protests in the past two months. Their attackers usually wear police uniforms, but few believe the killers are really police.

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The Salt
11:15 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Eating at a full-service restaurant doesn't necessarily mean a more healthful meal than dining at the drive-through joint.
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Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 12:10 pm

Even if you're not counting your calories, date night at that restaurant down the street is still a more healthful choice than McDonald's, right?

Don't count on it.

Dining out at a sit-down restaurant can mean far more sodium in your diet-- and nearly as much saturated fat — as eating at a fast-food joint, according to a recent study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. What's more, people consumed more calories when they sat down for their meal at a full-service place rather than taking it to go, the study found.

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Tue July 7, 2015

The Cosby Revelation: How A Decade-Old Deposition Came To Light

Bill Cosby participates in the Black Belt Community Foundation's March for Education on May 15 in Selma, Ala.
David A. Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 2:47 pm

On Monday, a decade-old deposition became the talk of the nation.

As we reported, in it comedian Bill Cosby admits that he gave sedatives to at least one woman whom he wanted to have sex with.

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Shots - Health News
9:57 am
Tue July 7, 2015

More Mammograms May Not Always Mean Fewer Cancer Deaths

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Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 11:55 am

Here's more evidence that mammograms don't always deliver the results that women want. They find more small cancers, but don't lower a woman's risk of dying of breast cancer, a study finds.

The study looked at data from 547 U.S. counties that reported the percentage of women over age 40 who had a screening mammogram between 1998 and 2000. More than 16 million women lived in those counties, and 53,207 were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000.

Over the next 10 years, 15 percent of the women died of breast cancer.

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

In Final Vote, South Carolina Senate Moves To Take Down Confederate Flag

Confederate flag supporters gather at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia; the state's Senate voted Tuesday to take down the flag. The issue will now head to the House.
Sean Rayford Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 9:30 am

In a required third vote, South Carolina's state senators voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from its prominent place flying on the Statehouse grounds. The final tally was 36-3. The House will now take up the issue, perhaps as early as Wednesday.

In both the Senate and the House, a vote on removing the flag will require a two-thirds majority. The bill under consideration would move the flag to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

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Asia
5:44 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Beijing Hosts 'Space Out' Competition

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World
5:44 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Man Re-Enacts Scene From Pixar's 'Up'

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The Two-Way
4:56 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Iran, World Powers Will Work Past Deadline Toward Nuclear Deal

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna, Austria, on Friday.
Carlos Barria AP

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 8:12 am

(This post was last updated at 8:44 a.m. ET.)

Just hours before a self-imposed deadline, Iran and six world powers said they would not extend a deadline but they would keep working toward a deal over Iran's nuclear program for the next few days.

Reporting from Vienna, where the talks are taking place, NPR's Peter Kenyon says both sides — Iran and the so-called P5+1, which consists of the U.K., China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — are saying they will not be pressured into accepting a bad deal. Peter filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Back At Base
3:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

They Survived Training, Now Female Marines Await Word On Ground Combat

Marine Lance Cpls. Julia Carroll (left) and Paula Pineda lift "Carl" — a 220-pound test dummy — during training in March in California. Female Marines have completed months of training and are now waiting to hear whether they will be allowed to serve in combat roles.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 11:43 am

Lance Cpl. Paula Pineda relaxes at a picnic table not far from her barracks in Camp LeJeune, N.C. She's in a crisp uniform and has a ready smile. It's one of the few breaks she's had in months — and she can finally laugh about Carl.

"Carl — our special, heavy, unique dummy," she says.

It was back in March, in the heat of the Mojave Desert in California, that Pineda — sweaty and grimy and just 5-foot-2 — struggled to help pull Carl the dummy out of her armored vehicle, along with another Marine, Julia Carroll. It was part of an exercise to rescue an injured crewman.

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U.S.
3:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

In Rio Grande Valley, Some Campaign Workers Are Paid To Harvest Votes

Mary Helen Flores (center) is the founder of Citizens Against Voter Abuse.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 7:26 am

This week, NPR examines public corruption in South Texas. The FBI has launched a task force to clean up entrenched wrongdoing by public servants in the Rio Grande Valley. In the final part of this series, we examine vote-stealing and election fraud.

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Politics
3:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

S.C. Senate Moves To Take Down State Capitol's Confederate Flag

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 5:44 am

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