3:24pm

Fri July 26, 2013
Monkey See

'Snacks On A Plane' And Other #dullermovies

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:01 pm

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Boring movie titles may not lure audiences into theaters, but they are luring users on Twitter. The #dullermovies thread challenges tweeters to pick an enticing film title and deflate it. People have come up with must-not-see films such as Ferris Bueller Goes to School and I Speculate On What You Did Last Summer. A couple of our favorites are collected below.

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3:19pm

Fri July 26, 2013
It's All Politics

McConnell's Kentucky Challenger Gets Her Act Together

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 3:52 pm

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes raises her game in a video about her challenge to GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Grimes For Senate

Maybe the Democrat who hopes to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell is ready for prime time after all.

That's one way to view the highly polished Web video in which Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state, appears, employing humor, pathos, earnestness and her grandmothers to skewer the leader of the Senate Republicans.

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3:16pm

Fri July 26, 2013
Sports

Age Hasn't Stopped This Man From Swimming — And Winning

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:01 pm

Graham Johnston, 82, poses for a portrait through an underwater window at the pool on Wednesday. Graham competed at the Senior Games in Cleveland, where more than 10,000 athletes older than 55 are competing in various sports.
Benjamin Morris for NPR

More than 10,000 athletes are meeting in Cleveland for The National Senior Games. Adults older than 55 — and some older than 90 — are running track, riding bikes, playing basketball and competing in many of the sports you might see at the Summer Olympics. In fact there are a few who were Olympians themselves back in the day who say they find that competition is just as satisfying in their later years.

One of those is 82-year-old swimmer Graham Johnston. When he's not racing or getting ready to race, he's in the stands, checking out the other swimmers with an expert eye.

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3:05pm

Fri July 26, 2013
The Two-Way

In Closing Arguments, Defense Argues Manning Is A Whistleblower

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:58 pm

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted from court on Thursday in Fort Meade, Maryland.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was not aiding the enemy when he leaked the largest cache of classified information in the history of the United States, the defense argued today during closing arguments of his military trial in Fort Meade, Maryland, today. Instead, he released the information in an attempt to spark debate about things he found troubling about war and American diplomacy.

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2:33pm

Fri July 26, 2013
The Two-Way

French Court Charges Strauss-Kahn With 'Aggravated Pimping'

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 2:47 pm

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, leaves after a hearing before an investigation committee on capital flight at the French Senate in June.
Martin Bureau AFP/Getty Images

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund who was forced to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct in the U.S., faces charges of "aggravated pimping" before a court in his native France.

A trial date has not been set.

Strauss-Kahn, 64, stepped down as head of the IMF in 2011 after he was accused of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid. Although those charges were later dropped, they derailed the politician's plans to run for the French presidency.

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2:30pm

Fri July 26, 2013
Parallels

A Tale Of Two Massive Rallies In Egypt

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 2:59 pm

Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi attend a protest near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on Friday.
Mohammed Saber EPA/Landov

At the request of Egypt's army chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, many Egyptians took to the street Friday to give him a mandate for what he calls a "war against terrorism" on Islamists.

His call drew a huge response from those opposed to Mohammed Morsi, but it also brought out large numbers of supporters of the ousted president who is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood.

As the following photographs show, anti-Morsi protesters rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square ...

... while those allied with Morsi gathered near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque.

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2:16pm

Fri July 26, 2013
Shots - Health News

Cyclo-What? A Nasty Stomach Bug Spreads In The Midwest

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 11:45 am

Cyclospora is a tough parasite that can survive for weeks outside the human body.
CDC

It seems like the Midwest is a hotbed for medical mysteries these days.

Earlier this week, scientists traced a brand-new virus to ticks in Missouri. Now disease detectives are hot on the trail of another puzzling pathogen in the heartland.

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1:56pm

Fri July 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Dying 'Simpsons' Co-Creator Will Give His Fortune To Charity

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 7:03 pm

Sam Simon in 2008.
Joe Corrigan Getty Images

Sam Simon, who helped create The Simpsons and continues to earn "tens of millions" of dollars each year from royalties generated by the show, is dying from colon cancer.

Doctors say he has less than six months to live.

Here's the part of his story we especially want to pass along: When he's gone, the 58-year-old writer and producer says, his Simpsons royalties will go to charity. The donations will come on top of the millions he's given away since striking it rich as a younger man.

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12:49pm

Fri July 26, 2013
Planet Money

Stamps, Jeans, Beer: What Americans Want From North Korea

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:01 pm

Can I buy a pair of jeans made in North Korea?
Office of Foreign Assets Control

U.S. sanctions mean that any citizen or business wanting to buy stuff from North Korea has to send a letter to the U.S. government asking for special permission. A few months back, we submitted a Freedom of Information Act request, asking for those letters.

Our request was granted: We recently received a packet of 18 letters from Americans who wanted to do business with the most isolated nation on the planet. We've posted all of the letters online.

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12:16pm

Fri July 26, 2013
The Salt

If It Crawls, It's Canned: Eating In The Alaskan Wilderness

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 3:30 pm

Saving The Salmon Season: Prince of Wales Island residents Jenny and Tony Wise pack away plenty of jarred fish each year.
Courtesy of Jenny Wise

Nobody throws away a mason jar on Prince of Wales Island. On this rugged mass of mountain, forest, river and sea in southeast Alaska, most of the several thousand year-round residents subsist at least partially off the generous fat of the land. And much of the bounty is pressure cooked, preserved and stored away for the future.

"If it stops crawling long enough, we'll put it in a jar," says Jon Rowan, a schoolteacher in the town of Klawock, on the island's west side.

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