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8:01am

Sat June 13, 2015
Sports

Hoops And World Soccer: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 11:46 am

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Finally, time for sports.

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8:37am

Sat June 6, 2015
Sports

American Pharoah Makes A Run At History

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

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

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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7:37am

Sat June 6, 2015
The Salt

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

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

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

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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7:37am

Sat June 6, 2015
Sports

Triple Championships: The Weekend In Sports

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

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And now it's time for B.J. Leiderman's theme music.

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7:37am

Sat June 6, 2015
Author Interviews

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

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

Ariel Zambelich NPR

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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10:00am

Sat May 30, 2015
Sports

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

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 11:14 am

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9:22am

Sat May 30, 2015
Parallels

Under Cover Of Conflict, Hamas Killed Palestinians, Amnesty Alleges

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 2:20 pm

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.
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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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8:31am

Sat May 30, 2015
Iraq

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

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 7:58 am

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

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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7:43am

Sat May 30, 2015
Music News

A Band Of Their Own

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 11:14 am

Doris Funderburk directs The Darlinettes.
Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

7:43am

Sat May 30, 2015
Sports

Running 26.2 — At 92 Years Of Age

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 11:14 am

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12:23pm

Sat May 23, 2015
Law

Cleveland Police Officer Receives Not Guilty Verdicts

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

The verdicts for Officer Michael Brelo came on allegations of voluntary manslaughter and lesser charges, stemming from a 2012 police shooting of an unarmed couple. Brelo had fired 49 shots at the couple following a car chase. Reporter Nick Castele of member-station WCPN speaks with host Scott Simon about the ruling.

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8:56am

Sat May 23, 2015
Iraq

Robert Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Boy Scouts of America's annual meeting in 2014. "There's no certainty about any of this," he says of the situation in Iraq.
Mark Zaleski AP

The self-declared Islamic State gained a real grip on Iraq and Syria this week, capturing the cities of Ramadi and parts of Mosul in Iraq, and the ancient town Palmyra, Syria.

Most recently, ISIS has claimed credit for a suicide bomb attack inside Saudi Arabia on a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers. That attack killed at least 19 and could represent a significant escalation of the extremist group's operations in the kingdom.

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8:23am

Sat May 23, 2015
Around the Nation

'They're Not Gang Members': Bikers Protest Mass Arrests In Waco

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 11:13 pm

Authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday in Waco, Texas. Bikers say that most of the 170 people arrested had nothing to do with the violence.
Jerry Larson AP

Authorities in Waco, Texas, continue to investigate the deaths of nine motorcycle gang members in one of the worst biker brawls in recent times. More than 170 people were arrested and charged with organized crime; each is being held under a $1 million bond.

Now there's a backlash from biker groups, who claim many of the riders were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time, and had nothing to do with Sunday's bloody fight.

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7:56am

Sat May 23, 2015
National Security

The Stories Behind The Symbols On Vets' Headstones

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

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7:56am

Sat May 23, 2015
Europe

Historian May Have Discovered Henry I's Final Resting Place

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

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