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10:55 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Yvonne Craig, Best Known As 'Batgirl,' Dies At 78

Yvonne Craig was a trained dancer, which helped her perform her own stunts as Batgirl in the 1960s TV series Batman.
Len Trievnor Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 11:23 am

Yvonne Craig, best known for her role as Batgirl in the iconic 1960s television series Batman, died Monday. She was 78.

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The Two-Way
9:17 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Ex-Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle To Plead Guilty To Paying For Sex With Minors

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 9:52 am

Jared Fogle, the former Subway pitchman, is expected to admit that he paid for sex with minors and participated in a scheme that secretly recorded 12 children engaging in sexual acts.

Fogle is expected to plead guilty to two federal counts stemming from the actions: the first that he distributed and received child pornography, and the second that he traveled across state lines and then paid for sex with two children. The two charges are punishable by a total of up to 50 years in prison.

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Europe
7:09 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Wanting An Edge, Beer 'Enthusiast' Steals Bottle Caps

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The Two-Way
6:50 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Hackers Appear To Post Customer Data Of Affair-Enabling Website

The website of the "married dating" service Ashley Madison was the target of hackers, who apparently released customer data.
AshleyMadison.com

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 9:55 am

A group of hackers, who calls itself the Impact Team, has released a huge trove of data that appears to contain the account details of more than 30 million users of a website that helps married people cheat on their spouses.

As we reported, the hackers issued a warning back in July that if the company that runs AshleyMadison.com and its companion site EstablishedMen.com did not take the sites off line, they would make the information public.

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Around the Nation
6:38 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Idaho Compensates For Stolen 420 Mile Post Sign

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 7:09 am

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The Two-Way
5:51 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Chelsea Manning Found Guilty Of Violating Prison Rules

Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo in 2010.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 9:40 am

Chelsea Manning, the Army private convicted in the biggest leak of classified information in American history, has been found guilty of violating the rules at the Army's Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas.

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The Salt
5:08 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Family Farms Turn To Pizza For Fast Cash And Customers

Pizza night on the Stoney Acres Farm in Athens, Wisconsin.
John Ivanko/Courtesy of Stoney Acres Farm

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 5:44 am

Across the U.S., small farmers have been struggling for years with low commodity prices and rising production costs. Even for organic farmers, who can justify higher prices, making a profit is tough.

But throughout the Midwest, a new farm-to-table strategy is giving a boost to some farmers.

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NPR Story
4:29 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Double Disasters Leave An Alabama Fishing Village Struggling

On Aug. 30, 2005, a man walks past a shrimp boat that was blown up on the dock in Bayou la Batre, Ala., after Hurricane Katrina came through the area.
Rob Carr AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 9:52 am

The people of Bayou la Batre, Ala., say you know their town by the four seasons.

"Shrimp, fish, crab and oyster," says Stephanie Nelson Bosarge. "That's your four seasons."

Bosarge grew up here in a house less than a thousand feet from the water — one of nine kids, the fourth generation to work in the seafood industry.

Today all that's left of the house is a concrete slab. Grass and weeds are creeping up over what's left of the oyster run, where a conveyor belt once carried shells between the shuckers.

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NPR Story
4:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

China's Government Tries To Stabilize Its Financial Markets

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 7:09 am

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Around the Nation
4:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

How Dorothy Parker's Ashes Ended Up In Baltimore

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 7:09 am

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The Salt
3:46 am
Wed August 19, 2015

'GMO-Free' Is A Boon For Companies Chasing 'Health Halo' Profits

Waiting in line for an exhibit at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival on factory farming. Festival goers had to visit four such exhibits to get a free burrito.
Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 11:40 am

The Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Kansas City on July 18 had it all: an indie pop band on stage, long lines at the beer booths. It was like a Grateful Dead concert, only with free burritos.

But this and the three other Chipotle Cultivate events held across the country this summer were more than just a classic summertime music festival. Billed as offering "food, ideas and music," the festival offers a chance to "learn a free burrito," by going through four exhibits.

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NPR Ed
3:41 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Teacher Shortage? Or Teacher Pipeline Problem?

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 10:27 am

Ah, back-to-school season in America: That means it's time for the annoyingly aggressive marketing of clothes, and for the annual warnings of a national teacher shortage.

But this year the cyclical problem is more real and less of a media creation. There are serious shortages of teachers in California, Oklahoma, Kentucky and places in between.

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Shots - Health News
5:46 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

FDA Approves First Drug To Boost Women's Sexual Desire

A daily pill called Addyi is the first medicine to be approved for the purpose of boosting women's sexual desire.
Allen G. Breed AP

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:06 pm

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug designed to increase a woman's libido.

The controversial decision was hailed by some doctors and advocates as a long-sought victory for women's health, but was condemned by others as irresponsible and dangerous.

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The Two-Way
5:03 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Judge Rules 2 Police Officers To Be Tried For Murder Of Homeless Man

Albuquerque police officers Dominique Perez (left) and Keith Sandy, whose shooting of James Boyd sparked protest in the city.
Russell Contreras AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 5:59 am

Two police officers responded to a 911 call in March 2014 that ended in the killing of James Boyd, 38, a homeless man camping in the foothills outside Albuquerque, N.M.

Now a judge says there is probable cause to try officers Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy for murder, The Associated Press reports.

The AP notes that during a hearing:

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U.S.
5:02 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

U.S. Army Sergeant: 'Excited,' 'Intrigued,' By Women Completing Ranger Course

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:06 pm

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Asia
5:02 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Chinese Media, Residents Continue To Question Cause Of Tianjin Explosions

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:06 pm

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NPR Story
5:02 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

'Shots On The Bridge' Unpacks A Tangled Story Of Deceit And Tragedy

Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 8:56 pm

On Sept. 4, 2005 — nearly a week after floodwaters submerged much of the city, a call came in to the New Orleans Police Department: Officers in distress, maybe under fire, at the Danziger Bridge.

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Economy
5:02 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Ever Since The Great Recession, Zombie Houses Have Haunted New Jersey

The house next door to Maureen and Michael McCabe has been sitting empty for seven years. "It freaks me out," Maureen McCabe says. "I don't know if there's animals running around there, mice and rodents."
Joel Rose NPR

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 10:21 pm

Michael McCabe knows what it's like to be surrounded by zombies.

Zombie houses, that is.

McCabe still lives in the neighborhood where he grew up, Woodbury Heights, N.J., a middle-class suburb of Philadelphia. He knows which houses are in foreclosure and which have been abandoned. The latest seems to be right behind his own.

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Parallels
5:02 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Germany's Big Port Eager For U.S.-EU Trade Deal, But Some Are Skeptical

The Port of Hamburg's trade volume has more than doubled since 1990 and is projected to double again by 2030.
Andrew Schneider for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:06 pm

Walking alongside the River Elbe, it's easy to get the sense of Hamburg's long history as a port. Brick warehouses in the German city date to the mid-19th century, though most of those have been converted to offices or museums.

But walk farther along the river toward the North Sea — and you can see the 21st century global economy in action. Tall cranes hoist cargo on and off massive ships. A lot of the shipments involve finished goods. But much of what moves through this port is big and bulky.

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The Two-Way
4:48 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

2 Women Are Graduating From Army Ranger School — What Does It Mean?

Two women will be among the soldiers who will graduate Friday from Army Ranger training. The Swamp Phase, seen here on Aug. 6, is part of the rigorous course.
Scott Brooks MAI/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 7:03 pm

On Friday, two female lieutenants will make history as the first women to graduate from the U.S. Army Ranger School, a grueling 62-day training program required for admittance into the elite Ranger Regiment.

Though the women's names have not been disclosed, here's the scoop on everything else Ranger-related:

What does it mean to have a Ranger tab on one's uniform?

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Goats and Soda
3:40 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Baseball And Uganda — Two Words That Don't Usually Go Together

They are the champions of Africa (and Europe, too): Uganda's 2015 team will take on the best of the planet in the Little League Baseball World Series that starts Thursday in Williamsport, Pa.
Courtesy of Uganda Little League

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 4:03 pm

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U.S.
3:29 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Two Women Become The First To Complete U.S. Army Ranger Course

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:06 pm

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Asia
3:29 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Bombing At Hindu Temple In Bangkok Kills At Least 20

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:08 pm

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Business
3:29 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Food Tours Help Keep Barcelona's Mom-And-Pop Tapas Bars Alive

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:06 pm

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There's a disappearing act happening in Barcelona. The quaint restaurants and shops that draw tourists to the city are being replaced by big chain stores. Lauren Frayer reported earlier this summer on the efforts to stop that trend.

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Goats and Soda
3:29 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Stop The Foreign Music! African Pop Stars Ask For Government Help

The rapper V-Sita (at right) had a No. 1 hit in Kenya with the song "Hivo Ndio Kunaendaga."
YouTube

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:06 pm

Taylor Swift may be the world's No. 1-selling artist, but she might have a hard time getting airplay in some countries.

In South Africa, 55 percent of the content on radio stations as well as community and public TV has to be local.

Nigeria has a law that more than 70 percent of the music played on radio must be by local artists.

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The Two-Way
2:45 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Congressman Pleads 'Not Guilty' To Corruption Charges

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., appeared in court on Tuesday.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 6:48 am

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of racketeering conspiracy, bribery and mail fraud, writes The Associated Press.

As we previously reported, the government alleged last month that Fattah was involved in a widespread conspiracy that involved the theft of charitable funds, the illegal use of campaign contributions and bribery.

NPR's Eyder Peralta explained:

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The Two-Way
1:57 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

600 Police Gunshots In 2014 Bank Robbery Chase Deemed 'Excessive'

Investigators examine the scene of the police pursuit's conclusion in Stockton, Calif., on July 17, 2014.
Max Whittaker Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:08 pm

Police officers fired more than 600 rounds during an hourlong chase of three armed suspects in a bank robbery last year in Stockton, Calif. — which an independent review has concluded was "excessive and unnecessary."

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Music Reviews
1:33 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

'The Thompson Fields' Mixes Prairie Dreaming With A Big-Band Beat

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Parallels
1:28 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

The World's Most Trafficked Mammal Is One You May Never Have Heard Of

A pangolin is released into the wild by officials at a conservation forest in Indonesia in 2013. The animal was among 128 pangolins confiscated by customs officers from a smuggler's boat off Sumatra.
Jefri Tarigan AP

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 6:06 pm

Lisa Hywood remembers the first time she ever set eyes on a pangolin. It was in 1994, and she had just founded the Tikki Hywood Trust, a wildlife conservation sanctuary in Zimbabwe. One morning, someone dropped off a strange-looking, injured creature that had been confiscated from an illegal trader.

"This animal arrived in a sack and smelling something horrendous," she recalls. "And I looked at this animal and I thought it's like no other mammal that I've ever encountered."

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Movies
1:25 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Documentary Revisits The 'Dazzling' Polemics Of The Buckley-Vidal Debates

William F. Buckley (left) and Gore Vidal square off on Nov. 5, 1968.
ABC Photo Archives ABC via Getty Images

After the Republicans held their lively first debate, you heard people saying what they always say nowadays — that our media-driven political discourse has become shallow and petty, even clownish. Hearing this, an innocent young person might believe that, not so long ago, America was a latter-day Athens in which political arguments were magnificent in their purity and eloquence.

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