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2:39 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Waller County, Texas, Releases Sandra Bland Booking Video

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 4:31 pm

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Human Error Caused Virgin Galactic Crash, Investigators Say

SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave Desert in California on Oct. 31. The co-pilot was killed.
Ringo H.W. Chiu AP

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 2:02 pm

The crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last fall in California's Mojave Desert was caused by pilot error and design problems, the National Transportation and Safety Board announced Tuesday after a nine-month investigation.

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The Salt
1:13 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Me-Tea-Morphosis: Tea Bags Get Second Life As Works Of Art

Courtesy of Andrew Gorkovenko

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 2:33 pm

Though tea strainers often come in brightly colored, sweet packaging with punny names like "the manatee," the lowly tea bag is often forgotten. Made from silk, plastic or paper, these bags are meant for one-time use only. Yet some artists are giving the tea bag a second life, letting their simple shapes and colors shine.

Colorado artist Wewer Keohane has been making art from spent tea bags for over 20 years. Sometimes she simply uses tea as a subtle dye, or pastes pieces of empty bags into an otherwise two-dimensional painting.

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The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

NFL's Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, seen here arriving at NFL headquarters last month, sought to destroy evidence in the "deflategate" incident, says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 3:08 pm

Saying that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "was aware of, and took steps to support, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs" below required levels, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the punishment.

In doing so, Goodell also faulted Brady for not cooperating with the investigation, citing his "destruction of potentially relevant evidence" — a reference to Brady's cellphone and SIM card, which he gave to an assistant to be destroyed, according to Goodell's findings.

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NPR Story
12:41 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

What's The Best Way To Deal With Feral Cats?

The Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are about 50 million feral cats in the U.S. (taylar/Flickr)

Australia’s decision to kill 2 million feral cats is the latest event in a battle among cat lovers, bird lovers and even celebrities over cats and their impact on wildlife. Feral cats roam in solitude, but issues surrounding the treatment of homeless cats is tangled in both pet owner and non-pet owners’ lives.

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NPR Story
12:41 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

For Arizona Mining Towns, A Diverse Economy Is A Good Economy

Jerome, Arizona, is a mining town that has successfully become a tourist destination. (Carrie Jung/KJZZ)

Since 1875, the town of Superior, Arizona, has relied on copper mining to drive its economy. That reliance has come at a cost though, as many of Superior’s residents have lived through several cycles of mines opening and closing. But town officials are now hoping to put an end to that cycle. Carrie Jung from Here & Now contributor KJZZ reports.

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NPR Story
12:41 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

The Benefits Of State-Of-The-Art Airports

Passengers maneuver through one of the cramped hallways at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Often ranked in customer satisfaction surveys as the worst airports in America, New York. (Frank Eltman/AP Photo)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a $4 billion plan yesterday to completely rebuild LaGuardia Airport.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Mitchell Moss about the role airports play in a region’s economy, and why it matters to have a state-of-the-art airport in a city. Moss is director of the Rudin Center for Transportation and Policy Management at NYU.

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Music
11:17 am
Tue July 28, 2015

'Buzzin' The Blues' Revisits The Declarative Harmonica Style Of Slim Harpo

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 11:51 am

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It's All Politics
10:46 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Most of Donald Trump's Political Money Went To Democrats — Until 5 Years Ago

As of 2004, Trump told CNN he was more Democrat than Republican. So why doesn't this upset potential GOP primary voters?
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 3:55 pm

"Well, if I ever ran for office, I'd do better as a Democrat than as a Republican," Donald Trump told Playboy in 1990. "And that's not because I'd be more liberal, because I'm conservative. But the working guy would elect me. He likes me."

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Goats and Soda
10:43 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Look Out Pelley, Muir And Holt. Rapping Reporters Could Give You A Jolt

Zoe Kabuye, 14, is a star "rap-orter" on the rapping Ugandan show NewzBeat.
Courtesy of Newz Beat

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 12:13 pm

Scott Pelley earnestly delivers the news.

Jimmy Fallon slow jams the news.

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Science
10:19 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Bones In Church Ruins Likely The Remains Of Early Jamestown's Elite

3-D renderings of four skeletons found buried near the altar of an early church in the Jamestown settlement in Virginia.
Smithsonian X 3D

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:22 pm

Jamestown, Virginia — the first successful English colony in North America — was a difficult place, to say the least. Most of the colonists who arrived in 1607 died shortly thereafter.

Now archaeologists have discovered the remains of some of the colony's first leaders — Jamestown's elite.

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The Two-Way
9:56 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Giant Panda Jia Jia Celebrates 37th Birthday And 2 Guinness World Records

Giant panda Jia Jia eats bamboo next to her birthday cake made with ice and vegetables at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, on Tuesday.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 9:59 am

Jia Jia, a giant panda living at an amusement park in Hong Kong, celebrated her 37th birthday on Tuesday and, along with it, broke two Guinness World Records.

Jia Jia became the oldest giant panda ever living in captivity and the oldest giant panda currently living in captivity.

CNN reports that a Guinness representative was on hand at Ocean Park to congratulate Jia Jia. Blythe Ryan Fitzwilliam said Jia Jia had achieved "an amazing longevity achievement."

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Former N.Y. Prison Employee Enters Guilty Plea Related To Inmates' Escape

Joyce Mitchell, who has reached a plea deal over charges that she aided a prison escape, is seen here during a June court date, along with her lawyer, Steven Johnston.
POOL Landov

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 1:39 pm

Joyce Mitchell, the Clinton Correctional Facility worker who was charged last month with aiding two convicted killers' escape, has pleaded guilty after reaching a deal with prosecutors.

Mitchell, 51, was an instructor in the tailor shop at the prison in northern New York — a position that officials say allowed her to pass tools such as hacksaw blades and a screwdriver to prisoner Richard Matt.

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Shots - Health News
9:15 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. Your Patients Are Getting Healthier

A Yale University study analyzed the experience of 60 million Americans covered by traditional Medicare between 1999 and 2013, and found "jaw-dropping improvements in almost every area," the lead author says.
Ann Cutting Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:49 am

Here's a bit of good news for Medicare, the popular government program that's turning 50 this week. Older Americans on Medicare are spending less time in the hospital; they're living longer; and the cost of a typical hospital stay has actually come down over the past 15 years, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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The Two-Way
8:20 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Obama Asks African Countries To Create Jobs, Foster Democracy

President Obama delivers a speech to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 11:06 am

President Obama capped a five-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia by becoming the first sitting American president to address the African Union.

In a speech intended for the entire continent and delivered from the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Obama called on African leaders to create jobs and foster democracy. NPR's Gregory Warner reports that Obama spoke of Africa's bright future and called on leaders to end corruption and political intimidation.

Gregory filed this report:

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The Two-Way
6:34 am
Tue July 28, 2015

NATO Says It Stands With Turkey In Fight Against ISIS

Flags of member nations wave outside NATO headquarters in Brussels. For just the fifth time in its 66-year history, NATO ambassadors met in an emergency, Article 4 session to gauge the threat that the so-called Islamic State poses to Turkey.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 8:02 am

During a meeting with all 27 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Tuesday, Turkey said it wanted to give the members a heads up that at some point it may need their help fighting against the self-declared Islamic State.

Turkey called a rare Article 4 meeting of the NATO allies after it began an air campaign against ISIS targets in Syria.

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Shots - Health News
6:05 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Rehab Before Cancer Treatment Can Help Patients Bounce Back

Putting some work in ahead of cancer therapy can help speed up recovery afterward.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 11:09 am

Cancer patients who do rehabilitation before they begin treatment may recover more quickly from surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, some cancer specialists say. But insurance coverage for cancer prehabilitation, as it's called, can be spotty, especially if the aim is to prevent problems rather than treat existing ones.

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Around the Nation
5:12 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Postal Carrier Convicted Of Delivering Illegal Packages Of Pot

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:41 am

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Around the Nation
5:12 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Kentucky Distillery Uses Subwoofers To Age Brandy

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:41 am

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The Two-Way
5:02 am
Tue July 28, 2015

In Libya, Gadhafi's Son, Saif Al-Islam, Is Sentenced To Death In Absentia

Seif al-Islam is seen after his capture in 2011.
Ammar El-Darwish AP

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 7:54 am

A court in Tripoli has sentenced the son of Moammar Gadhafi to death in connection with killings during the 2011 uprising that ended Gadhafi's rule.

NPR's Leila Fadel reports from Cairo that because the country is in such disarray, the sentence was handed down in absentia. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"A spokesman for Tripoli's self-declared government said Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi is one of nine former regime figures who were sentenced to death today. The rest, including Libya's former spy chief, are all in a prison in Tripoli.

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Latin America
3:17 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Immigration Changes Create Refugee Crisis Along Dominican Republic-Haiti Border

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:10 pm

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3:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Happy Birthday! Bugs Bunny Turns 75

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:41 am

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Shots - Health News
3:00 am
Tue July 28, 2015

How Finns Make Sports Part Of Everyday Life

A Helsinki bomb shelter now serves as a shooting range for an archery club.
Rae Ellen Bichell for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 11:09 am

In Helsinki, sports facilities pop up all over the place, sometimes in some pretty odd nooks and crannies. One bomb shelter hosts an archery club, another an underground swimming pool and an ice hockey rink.

Though they hardly need it, there's a national plan in Finland to get people to sit less. It reminds them, in fact, that, "Under the Constitution ... physical activity is a basic cultural right."

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NPR Ed
2:57 am
Tue July 28, 2015

The 'Swim Whisperer' Teaches Kids To Be Water-Safe

Cooper is known as the Swim Whisperer. He's been teaching swimming full-time since 1995.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 3:35 pm

If you looked at the children at the edge of Conrad Cooper's pool, you'd think you were watching an ad for something. Jell-O, maybe. Or a breakfast cereal kids like. They're that cute.

They're lined up on the steps in the shallow end, 10 little ones, ranging from age 2 to 5. The boys are in board trunks, many wearing rash-guard shirts like the weekend surfers they might become years from now. The girls wear bright one-piece suits and two-pieces that show their childish potbellies.

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Shots - Health News
5:53 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

At sign-up events like this one in Los Angeles in 2013, Covered California pledged "affordability" in health insurance as one of its main selling points.
Lucy Nicholson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:04 pm

Monthly premiums for California's 1.3 million Covered California customers will rise a modest 4 percent, on average, officials with the agency said Monday. This increase is slightly less than last year's increase of 4.2 percent for consumers who bought policies on the state's health insurance marketplace.

Some consumers could even achieve a reduction in their premium, of an average of 4.5 percent, if they choose to shop around.

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U.S.
4:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

With Religious Services, Immigrant Detainees Find 'Calmness'

Detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., gather for a Sikh prayer service.
Liz Jones KUOW

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:24 pm

When undocumented immigrants move through government-run detention centers in the U.S., it can take months before they find out if they'll be deported or allowed to stay in the country.

During this long wait, many become frustrated. And some turn to religion.

It's the job of the in-house chaplain to help connect detainees to religious services.

Keith Henderson, chaplain at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., says, "I love it. I love the job," partly, he says, because he likes challenges.

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Around the Nation
4:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

The 'Shock Of Confinement': The Grim Reality Of Suicide In Jail

A cell at New York's Rikers Island jail. About 1,000 people die in American jails every year, and about a third of those are suicides.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:01 pm

The case of Sandra Bland has raised anger and suspicions nationwide since she was found dead in a jail cell in Hempstead, Texas, two weeks ago. Bland's family and supporters have rejected the medical examiner's finding of suicide, and the criminal district attorney for Waller County, Texas, says he's recruited two outside lawyers to assist in the investigation of her death. The local investigation has been reviewed by the FBI, and local prosecutors have pledged to bring the case to a grand jury next month.

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It's All Politics
4:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Could Joe Biden Get 'Ready For Biden'?

Vice President Joe Biden addresses a progressive youth summit in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 12:11 pm

Sitting vice presidents are usually seen as political heirs to the White House. But not this year.

With Hillary Clinton surging to the front of the Democratic field and the sudden rise of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden has largely been an afterthought.

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Parallels
3:09 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

A worker picks clingstone peaches in Greece. Most of the country's farms are small and family owned. Production costs can be high, and Greek farmers have had trouble competing internationally.
Konstantinos Tsakalidis Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 12:36 pm

Nick Lapatas spent 18 years living in Chicago. Then he returned home to Greece and bought a small farm. Today he and his son sell tomatoes in an open-air market in Athens. Despite the depressed economy and cheaper imports from Bulgaria and Albania, he's doing OK.

"I don't know how, but we are making some money," he says. "Now, what is going to happen a month from now, I don't know."

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