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Sports
7:16 am
Sat June 20, 2015

A Champion In Hoops And Another On Ice: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 9:40 am

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Politics
11:32 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton Kicks Off Campaign In First Major Speech

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 10:46 am

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Law
8:53 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Inside Clinton Correctional: Power Tools And Barbecue Grills

Clinton Correctional Facility, where two prisoners escaped last week, was built in the 1840s in Dannemora, N.Y. The prison historian says inmates have frequent access to tools, supplies, and information about how the prison works.
Chris Wattie Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 1:04 pm

The first time I went inside Clinton Correctional Facility was more than a decade ago.

I was there to do a story about the architecture and history of this maximum security prison, built in the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York in the 1840s. It was a rare glimpse of a world and a culture few people ever see.

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Around the Nation
8:33 am
Sat June 13, 2015

When Feeding The Homeless Runs Afoul Of The Law

Cheever stands with Mundo, one of her regular homeless clients.
David Martin Davies TPR

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 12:50 pm

Every Tuesday night, Joan Cheever hits the streets of San Antonio to feed the homeless. In a decade, she's rarely missed a night. But on a recent, windy Tuesday, something new happens.

The police show up.

"He says we have to have a permit," Cheever says. "We have a permit. We are a licensed nonprofit food truck."

Cheever runs a nonprofit called the Chow Train. Her food truck is licensed by the city. On this night, she has loaded the back of a pickup with catering equipment and hot meals and driven to San Antonio's Maverick Park, near a noisy downtown highway.

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Around the Nation
8:32 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Gunman Attacks Dallas Police Headquarters

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 10:46 am

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Politics
7:01 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Chicago Democrats Make Appeal To Republican Candidates

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 10:46 am

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Around the Nation
7:01 am
Sat June 13, 2015

The Duffel Blog: Like 'The Onion' In Camo

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 10:59 am

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Sports
7:01 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Hoops And World Soccer: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 10:46 am

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Sports
7:37 am
Sat June 6, 2015

American Pharoah Makes A Run At History

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah plays with hot walker Juan Ramirez during a bath Friday at Belmont Park.
Julie Jacobson AP

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 11:44 am

The Triple Crown is one of the most difficult tests in sports: Three horse races over the course of just five weeks, culminating with the Belmont Stakes Saturday in Elmont, N.Y.

American Pharoah is favored to win, which would make him the first horse to capture the Triple Crown in 37 years. But his rivals have a key advantage: They've had extra time to rest, and that's led to some grumbling inside the sport.

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The Salt
6:37 am
Sat June 6, 2015

For New Mexico's Chiles, The Enemy Isn't Just Drought But Salt, Too

Salt appears in white clumps in a newly sprouted chile field in Garfield, N.M.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe KJZZ

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 11:44 am

For some people, too much salt is bad for health. Too much salt is also bad for growing most crops.

Salty soil is a common problem for farmers in the arid West and it's gotten worse because of the ongoing drought. Water is necessary to flush salts out; without it, salt builds up over time.

In New Mexico, one crop that's suffering is the state's beloved chile pepper.

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Author Interviews
6:37 am
Sat June 6, 2015

A New Judy Blume Novel For Adults Is Always An 'Event'

Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 9:10 am

Judy Blume, the incomparable writer for young adults, has a new novel for adult adults, about something totally unexpected: People falling from the sky, and how that can change onlookers for life in ways they only see when they're grown. In the Unlikely Event is a story told by a chorus of voices — most of them young — beginning with Miri and her mother, Rusty, who see a fireball fall from the sky in Elizabeth, N.J. "It's not my story, but I was 14 years old, the winter of 1951-1952 when this bizarre thing happened," Blume tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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Sports
6:37 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Triple Championships: The Weekend In Sports

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 11:44 am

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Sports
9:00 am
Sat May 30, 2015

Newly Re-Elected, FIFA's Sepp Blatter Denies Ties To Corruption

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 10:14 am

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Parallels
8:22 am
Sat May 30, 2015

Under Cover Of Conflict, Hamas Killed Palestinians, Amnesty Alleges

Armed Palestinian masked militants push back a crowd of worshippers outside a mosque in Gaza City on August 22, 2014, before executing more than a dozen men for allegedly helping Israel during its six-week assault on the Palestinian enclave. This week, Amnesty International released a report saying that Hamas was responsible for these and other killings.
STR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 1:20 pm

During the upheaval of last year's war between Hamas and Israel, at least 23 Gazans were deliberately killed by their fellow Palestinians, according to a report out this week from Amnesty International.

Amnesty blames the killings on Hamas, which runs Gaza. It says those killed were accused of being collaborators — spies for Israel — and many were awaiting trial.

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Iraq
7:28 am
Sat May 30, 2015

Thousands Who Run, Few Who Fight: A Journalist On Ramadi's Fall

Iraqi anti-terrorism forces patrol in central Ramadi, Iraq, on April 18. A month later, the city fell to the self-declared Iraqi State. Ayman Oghanna, a journalist who was embedded with Iraqi Special Forces in the city, says the Special Forces are capable precision fighters — but are being asked to fill the role of an entire military.
AP

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 6:58 am

More than a week ago, the Iraqi city of Ramadi, in Anbar province, was taken by the self-declared Islamic State.

The fall of that key city wasn't just a setback for Iraq: It was also a blow to the current U.S. strategy of trying to contain ISIS through air strikes.

Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militias allied with the Iraqi government continue to move against ISIS in Anbar Province. The battles bring back American memories. Some of the fiercest fighting in the Iraq War ocurred there, and many Americans died trying to win back the city of Ramadi from Sunni insurgents.

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