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11:34 am
Wed July 29, 2015

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., Of Philadelphia, Indicted On Corruption Charges

Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., D-Pa., speaks in Philadelphia on May 7.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 3:25 pm

Updated at 3:25 p.m. ET

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., the Democrat who represents a district that includes parts of Philadelphia, was indicted on Wednesday over allegations of political corruption.

According to the indictment, the government alleges that Fattah was involved in a wide-ranging conspiracy that included bribery, the illegal use of campaign contributions and theft of charitable funds.

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Shots - Health News
10:58 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Progress For Bill To Bolster Medicare Patients' Hospital Rights

Hospitals can call people who stay overnight outpatients, a classification that can have surprising financial consequences.
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The Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday night requiring hospitals across the nation to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but haven't been admitted to the hospital as inpatients.

The distinction is easy for patients to miss — until they get hit with big medical bills after a short stay.

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The Two-Way
10:35 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Migrant Dies In Calais As Thousands Try To Use Channel Tunnel

Migrants cross a road near the Eurotunnel on Wednesday in Coquelles, near Calais, France. A Sudanese man, between 25 and 30 years old, was killed by a truck as up to 1,500 migrants tried to force their way into the tunnel, officials say.
Yoan Valat EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 11:22 am

France is boosting security around its entry to the tunnel that runs beneath the English Channel, after thousands of migrants tried to make a desperate rush to Britain. One migrant died; at least 3,500 have tried to make the trip this week.

Since the start of 2015, French officials have intercepted more than 37,000 migrants who were hoping to jump on trains or trucks heading to Britain via the tunnel that's called the Eurotunnel in France and the Channel Tunnel, or Chunnel, in Britain.

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The Two-Way
10:23 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Tom Brady Calls NFL's 4-Game Suspension 'Unfair'

NFL quarterback Tom Brady attends the welterweight unification championship bout on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Al Bello Getty Images

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

Tom Brady issued an impassioned defense of his actions this morning after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to uphold a four-game suspension over his role in "deflategate."

The New England Patriots quarterback called the suspension "unfair" and said he was "disappointed" that Goodell dismissed his "hours of testimony."

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The Two-Way
8:46 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Afghan Government Says Mullah Omar 'Died In April 2013'

Undated photo reportedly showing Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
AP

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:48 pm

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The Afghan government says the Taliban's spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, "died in April 2013 in Pakistan."

In a statement issued by the office of the president, the government said their report was based on "credible information."

The announcement comes just two days before the Taliban and the Afghan government hold a second round of peace talks in Pakistan.

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Around the Nation
7:28 am
Wed July 29, 2015

It's Summer But There Is Still Snow In Buffalo, N.Y.

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:59 am

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Around the Nation
7:28 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Las Vegas Mob Museum To Open FIFA Exhibit

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:59 am

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The Two-Way
6:47 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Texas Authorities Release More Jailhouse Video Relating To Sandra Bland Case

In this undated frame from video provided by the Waller County Sheriff's Office, Sandra Bland stands before a desk at Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas.
AP

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 11:00 am

Officials in Waller County, Texas, have released more jailhouse video that they say dispels some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the case of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in her cell two weeks ago.

Her death was ruled a suicide by a medical examiner but her family says she was not suicidal.

NPR's Martin Kaste filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Could President Obama Win A Third Term?

President Obama speaks in Ethiopia. While there, he noted that in the U.S., presidents can't run for more than two terms. But if they could, he said, he'd win.
Mulugeta Ayene AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:57 pm

President Obama was giving the final speech of his Africa tour, offering a critique of the young democracies on that continent, singling out the all-too-typical practice of leaders overstaying their terms in office.

"When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife," Obama said, aware that the president of Burundi, seated nearby, had recently defied that country's two-term limit.

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NPR Story
5:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Sans McDonalds: Neighbors Want To Keep Paris Food Hub Historic

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:59 am

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5:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

U.S. Turkey To Create ISIS Free Zone Along Syrian Border

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 2:12 pm

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Let's ask now what a shift in U.S. tactics really means for Syria. The U.S. is adjusting its approach to the self-declared Islamic State.

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5:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Big Cat On The Loose Worries Milwaukee Residents

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 2:17 pm

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5:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Arizona's Boot Hill Cemetery Filled With Victims Of The Wild West

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:59 am

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Youth Radio
5:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Meant To Keep Youths Out Of Detention, Probation Often Leads Them There

Brian Hopson, assistant superintendent at Alameda County Juvenile Hall, stands in one of its many empty units. The 360-bed facility was full when it opened eight years ago, but is now at half capacity.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:29 pm

Juvenile justice reformers have tried for years to figure out what works to help rehabilitate youth in trouble, and a recent shift away from locking kids up has been at the forefront of reform efforts. One of the most common alternatives to incarceration is to order kids directly into probation, instead of juvenile hall.

But the goals of these alternative approaches don't always match the reality — and disproportionately impact youth of color.

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Around the Nation
5:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

'Location Is Everything' In Tribal Casino Dispute

Tribal Chairman Bill Iyall stands on Cowlitz Tribe reservation land with a rendering of the casino the tribe hopes to build on the site near La Center, Washington, just north of Portland, Ore.
Peter Haley MCT/Landov

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 2:15 pm

Fewer than 20 miles north of Portland, Ore., off Interstate 5 in southwest Washington state, sits a 150-acre former dairy farm. The Cowlitz Indian Tribe eyed the grassy field as the future home of a casino, and a developer purchased the land for the tribe more than a decade ago.

"It will be a good attraction for the whole community here, drawing thousands of people daily but also providing thousands of jobs," says Bill Iyall, the Cowlitz tribal chairman.

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All Tech Considered
5:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

Star Trek's Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk never even lose pocket change when they use a transporter to get from TV's Starship Enterprise to distant worlds. What gives?
Paramount Television/The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:00 pm

"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face, but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at the University of Maryland.

His lab's setup in a university basement looks nothing like the slick transporters that rearrange atoms and send them someplace else on Star Trek. Instead, a couple million dollars' worth of lasers, mirrors and lenses lay sprawled across a 20-foot table.

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Sweetness And Light
4:58 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Deford To Hollywood: Ban Boxing Movies

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Southpaw, a new movie about a junior middleweight boxing champion who faces adversity.
Scott Garfield The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:38 pm

Some people wanna ban boxing. I just wanna ban boxing movies.

You get the feeling sometimes that Hollywood still thinks Joe Louis is heavyweight champion and boxing is still top-tier popular? Yes, there's yet another boxing movie out, this one entitled Southpaw.

Oh, please, please. Making boxing movies when boxing is so passé would be like if Hollywood kept making showbiz movies about vaudeville.

Click the audio above to hear Frank Deford's take on movies about boxing.

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Parallels
6:42 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Investigation Underway Into Killing Of Cecil, Zimbabwe's Best Known Lion

Cecil the lion is shown walking in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park in a YouTube video from July 9, 2015. Credit: Bryan Orford
Bryan Orford YouTube

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 3:12 pm

Conservationists are lamenting the hunting and killing of a well-known lion from western Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.

The black-maned lion, named Cecil, was 13 years old and had become popular among tourists from around the world.

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The Salt
6:04 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Oceans Called A 'Wild West' Where Lawlessness And Impunity Rule

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:19 am

There are about 140 million square miles of open ocean, and according to New York Times reporter Ian Urbina, much of it is essentially lawless. As Mark Young, a retired U.S. Coast Guard commander and former chief of enforcement for the Pacific Ocean, told Urbina, the maritime realm is "like the Wild West. Weak rules, few sheriffs, lots of outlaws."

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NPR Ed
5:38 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Is This The Beginning Of The End For The SAT And ACT?

Carol McMullen-Pettit (right), a Premier Tutor at The Princeton Review, goes over SAT test preparation with 11th-grader Suzane Nazir in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:07 am

Many high schoolers hoping to attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C., one of the top private universities in the country, breathed a sigh of relief this week.

GWU announced it will no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT.

The move comes after the school formed a task force to study the pros and cons of going "test-optional." GWU attracts lots of high-achieving students who do well on both exams, but the task force concluded that the school's reliance on these tests was excluding some high-achieving students who simply don't test well.

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