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12:43pm

Tue July 28, 2015
Goats and Soda

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

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 2:13 pm

Zoe Kabuye, 14, is a star "rap-orter" on the rapping Ugandan show NewzBeat.
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Scott Pelley earnestly delivers the news.

Jimmy Fallon slow jams the news.

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12:19pm

Tue July 28, 2015
Science

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

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 6:31 pm

3-D renderings of four skeletons found buried near the altar of an early church in the Jamestown settlement in Virginia.
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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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12:16pm

Tue July 28, 2015
It's All Politics

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

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:55 pm

As of 2004, Trump told CNN he was more Democrat than Republican. So why doesn't this upset potential GOP primary voters?
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"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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11:59am

Tue July 28, 2015
The Two-Way

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

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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11:14am

Tue July 28, 2015
Shots - Health News

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

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 2:09 pm

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.
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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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11:14am

Tue July 28, 2015
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 3:39 pm

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.
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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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10:32am

Tue July 28, 2015
All Tech Considered

Twitter Takes Down Unoriginal Jokes, But All Of Yours Are Probably Safe

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 3:06 pm

Twitter has started taking down jokes for copyright infringement. The removals were first spotted by @PlagiarismBad, which traced the takedown notices to Olga Lexell, a freelance writer in Los Angeles.

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10:20am

Tue July 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama Asks African Countries To Create Jobs, Foster Democracy

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 1:06 pm

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

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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8:22am

Tue July 28, 2015
The Two-Way

NATO Says It Stands With Turkey In Fight Against ISIS

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 10:02 am

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

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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8:05am

Tue July 28, 2015
Shots - Health News

Rehab Before Cancer Treatment Can Help Patients Bounce Back

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:09 pm

Putting some work in ahead of cancer therapy can help speed up recovery afterward.
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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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8:03am

Tue July 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Drawing A Line From The Chinese Stock Market To Your Wallet

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 1:03 pm

A Chinese worker is seen at a construction site in Beijing. Economic changes in China and in other places have reduced demand and prices for commodities like the metal in the building's structure.
AP

A mega-economic story is playing out globally. It involves U.S. interest rates, the Chinese stock market and jobs in Minnesota, Arizona and North Dakota.

And your wallet, too.

No kidding. It's all related. To see how, let your mind wander back.

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7:04am

Tue July 28, 2015
Around the Nation

Postal Carrier Convicted Of Delivering Illegal Packages Of Pot

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 7:41 am

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7:02am

Tue July 28, 2015
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 9:54 am

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

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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6:48am

Tue July 28, 2015
Around the Nation

Kentucky Distillery Uses Subwoofers To Age Brandy

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 7:41 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ROADHOUSE BLUES")

THE DOORS: (Singing) Let it roll, baby.

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5:39am

Tue July 28, 2015
Latin America

Immigration Changes Create Refugee Crisis Along Dominican Republic-Haiti Border

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 2:10 pm

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