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1:13 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

To Reduce Spending On Prisons, Justice Wants To Speed Up Release Dates

In a theme playing out all over the country, Justice Department officials are proposing new ways to put the brakes on massive prison expenditures that have been eating up a bigger portion of their flat-lined annual budget.

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The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Phone Hacking Probe Extends To Stolen Cellphones

The British probe into Rupert Murdoch's tabloid operations has extended into an investigation of information obtained from stolen cellphones. The New York Times reports that a senior police officer testified that an investigation found payoffs were given to public officials and that medical and banking records were obtained illegally.

The Times adds:

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Ochocinco Is Oh So Over; NFL Player Officially Goes Back To His Old Name

The then-Chad Ochocinco when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009. He had changed his name the year before. Now, he's back to being Chad Johnson.
Stephen Dunn Getty Images

Chad Ochocinco has been deep-sixed.

After unofficially changing his name (but not his @ochocinco Twitter handle) back to what it used to be, the Miami Dolphins' No. 85 officially once again became Chad Johnson today.

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Around the Nation
12:06 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

What Previous Massacres Teach Us About Aurora

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 1:10 pm

Events like the mass shooting that killed 12 people and wounded dozes more in Aurora, Colorado can remind survivors of past massacres about their experiences. Edward Smith, a reporter with the Denver Post at the time of the Columbine shooting, and callers talk about what's been learned.

Sports
12:06 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Putting Penn State's Punishment In Perspective

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 12:23 pm

Pointing to an "unprecedented failure" at the top levels of Penn State leadership, the NCAA announced wide-ranging sanctions against the football program. NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca talks about public reaction and what it could mean for the future of Penn State football.

Mental Health
12:06 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Cognitive Disability Complicates Search And Rescue

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 12:30 pm

People diagnosed with conditions including autism, Alzheimer's and dementia often wander. Dean King of Outside Magazine, Robert Koester of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and Dr. James Harris talk about why, and the challenges of search and rescue missions to find them.

Sports
12:06 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Hometowns Help Cheer Olympians To Victory

Sherone Simpson of Jamaica, Lauryn Williams of the U.S. and Veronica Campbell of Jamaica compete in the women's 100 meter final at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games, the race in which Williams won her silver medal.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 1:41 pm

Before the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, U.S. sprinter Lauryn Williams accepted that her father, who was suffering from leukemia, wouldn't be there to see her compete in the 100-meter dash. But when residents of her hometown in Rochester, Pa., heard about it, they raised enough money to send her father and several other family members to Athens.

"I was very surprised," Williams tells NPR's Neal Conan. "It was really a great experience just to see everyone rally together."

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The Two-Way
11:33 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Message To Syria: You Can't Use Chemical Weapons On Foreigners, Either

Headlines today about one of the latest statements from the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad have tended to focus on the news that a spokesman says the government would never use chemical or biological weapons against its own people.

The stories take two angles: One, that this confirms Syria has such weapons; two, that it's good the regime says it won't use them on civilians.

Of course, the regime has also pledged to abide by a ceasefire brokered by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and in the ensuing weeks the bloodshed in Syria has continued.

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The Two-Way
11:29 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Employee Admits To Setting Navy Sub Fire To Get Out Of Work Early

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) enters a dry dock to begin an engineered overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine.
Jim Cleveland U.S. Navy

You remember that fire on the Navy submarine that caused $400 million in damage in May? Last month, we told you that a preliminary investigation had found the fire was started by a vacuum cleaner.

Well, it gets weirder.

Today, we learn that a civilian employee has admitted to setting the fire because he wanted to get out of work early.

The Associated Press reports:

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Mon July 23, 2012

In Anaheim, Protests Erupt Over Police Shooting Of Unarmed Man

A police dog attacks protesters.
CBS News

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 10:47 am

Over the weekend things have been very tense in Anaheim, Calif. For two days, people have protested the shooting death of an unarmed man by a police officer.

As the AP reports, last night protesters set fire to a dumpster after earlier having stormed the police headquarters lobby "as the police chief prepared to hold a news conference to discuss the case."

The AP adds:

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The Torch
10:43 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Many Muslim Olympians Get A Break On Ramadan Fasting

Britain's Abdul Buhari competes in the discus at the European Athletics Championships last month. With the Olympics coinciding with Ramadan, Buhari and many other Muslim athletes are postponing their fasting until after their events.
Ian Walton Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 6:39 am

Hundreds of Muslim athletes are participating in the London Olympics, which officially begin Friday. But along with travel and other logistics, they're also adjusting to Ramadan, the holy month that requires them to fast.

Many athletes say they'll forego the ban on consuming food and drink, as Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports on Morning Edition. The daylong fast is a threat to a strong performance — and their hopes of bringing pride to their nation, they say.

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Author Interviews
10:43 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Unraveling The Genetic Code That Makes Us Human

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 1:18 pm

There's enough DNA in the human body to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back. But don't confuse DNA with your genes, says writer Sam Kean.

"They are sort of conflated in most people's minds today but they really are distinct things," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "Genes are like the story and DNA is the language that the story is written in."

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Space
10:38 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Jill Tarter: A Scientist Searching For Alien Life

The Eskimo Nebula, as shown through the Hubble Telescope.
NASA/Flickr

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 1:18 pm

As a child, astronomer Jill Tarter would walk along the beaches of western Florida with her father and look up at the stars.

"I assumed, at that time, that along some beach on some planet, there would be a small creature walking with its dad and they would see our sun in their sky, and they might wonder whether anyone was there," she tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "But I never thought about it professionally until graduate school."

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Mental Health
9:59 am
Mon July 23, 2012

What Makes A Shooter Snap?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, the NCAA has leveled severe penalties against Penn State for failing to stop former assistant football coach and convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky. We'll have the latest on that story in a few minutes.

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Sports
9:59 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Penn State Sanctions Worse Than 'Death Penalty'?

The NCAA laid out severe penalties against Penn State University today - in light of a child rape scandal. The school's football team has been banned from post-season play, docked scholarships, fined heavily, and stripped of past victories. Michel Martin discusses the penalties with Sports Illustrated's Pablo Torre.

NPR Story
9:26 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Penn State's Wins Since 1998 Vacated, Hit With $60M Fine

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 12:52 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Penn State says it accepts the sanctions announced this morning by the NCAA. College sports' governing body announced punitive sanctions against Penn State University after the child sex abuse scandal that has tainted the reputation of the football program and the former coach, the late Joe Paterno. Penn State will be fined $60 million and lose 14 years of victories, from 1998 to 2011, among other penalties. Here's the NCAA president, Mark Emmert.

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The Salt
9:18 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Cargill Warns Of Salmonella-Tainted Ground Beef In Latest Recall

Salmonella traced to ground beef processed by Cargill is being recalled from Hannaford grocery stores.
Carolina K. Smith iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 2:06 pm

If you think you've been hearing more about product recalls lately, you have. But if "recall fatigue" is setting in, you need to shake it off for this one: Cargill Beef Solutions is announcing a recall of about 30,000 pounds of fresh ground beef from a Pennsylvania plant because of possible contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis.

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NPR Story
9:04 am
Mon July 23, 2012

NCAA Hands Out Severe Punishment For Penn State

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 12:52 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

By now you may have heard the news - the NCAA, which governs college sports, has penalized Penn State University's football program for overlooking or covering up the abuse of children, the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

We're going to talk about this now with our regular sports commentator, Frank Deford, who's on the line. Hi, Frank.

FRANK DEFORD, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.

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Shots - Health Blog
8:55 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Olympic Hopeful Works To Improve Bone Marrow Registries

Starting a bone marrow registry in Nigeria "became an obsession" for Seun Adebiyi. "I thought that even if I couldn't find a match, I wanted to make it easier for other black patients to find a match."
Seun Adebiyi

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 9:59 am

When Seun Adebiyi, a Nigerian-American lawyer and aspiring Olympic athlete, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2009, he quickly found that it was not going to be easy to find treatment.

As he explains it, "my only chance of survival" was a stem cell transplant. These transplants either come from bone marrow or blood, and the best matches usually come from within the same ethnic group.

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Planet Money
8:51 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Olympic Economics, The Pre-Games Show

The 2012 Olympic Games in London are expected to cost £9.3 billion ($14.5 billion).
FABRICE COFFRINI AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 9:35 am

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London starts in four days with the carefully choreographed opening ceremony. But a related spectator sport is already well underway: Dissecting the economic impact of the games.

A show we did in February looked at how big an economic boost cities really get from hosting the Superbowl, and much of the same analysis is being applied to this year's games.

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The Two-Way
8:27 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Stocks Are Sliding On Fears About Europe, Other Worries

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 1:16 pm

Stocks fell sharply on Wall Street this morning as traders reacted to word that Europe's debt crisis may be deepening and that China's economy may slow, Bloomberg News says.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 200 points, or a little less than 2 percent, after an hour of trading. Other indices were also off.

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The Two-Way
7:44 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Penn State Fined $60M, Banned From Bowls, Wins From 1998 On Vacated

Before its removal from outside the school's football stadium on Sunday, a statue of former football coach Joe Paterno was covered. An independent report concluded he was among top university officials who failed to act when they learned that Jerry Sandusky might be sexually abusing young boys.
John Beale AP

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 3:19 pm

Saying that the punishment is "warranted by the conspiracy of silence" among Penn State University's top leadership that turned a blind eye to former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of young boys, the NCAA just announced sanctions on the school that include:

-- A $60 million fine. The money will go into an endowment fund to support programs around the nation that assist victims of sexual abuse, NCAA President Mark Emmert said.

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It's All Politics
7:16 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Obama, Romney Court Veterans Ahead Of Romney's Foreign Trip

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 9:25 am

President Obama and Mitt Romney this week will be courting military veterans and raising more money. Romney also will be taking his campaign overseas.

Both speak at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nev. Obama will address the group today. Romney speaks to the group tomorrow, before heading to London for opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics.

Ten years ago, Romney ran the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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The Two-Way
6:52 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Top Stories: Attacks In Iraq; Aurora Suspect Due In Court; Penn State Penalty

Good morning.

The nature of the news today has made the subjects of our early posts unfortunately grim:

-- Dozens Dead After Iraq's Bloodiest Day This Year.

-- 13 Reported Dead, 10 Injured After Pickup Crashes In Texas.

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The Two-Way
6:31 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Dozens Dead After Iraq's Bloodiest Day This Year

In Baghdad's Sadr City district, the view through a vehicle that was destroyed in one of today's attacks.
Karim Kadim AP

The death toll keeps rising and is now said to be around 100 after a series of bombings and shootings today in Iraq. More than 200 people were wounded in what appear to have been coordinated attacks in at least 13 cities. According to The Associated Press, it has been that nation's "deadliest day so far this year."

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The Two-Way
6:02 am
Mon July 23, 2012

13 Reported Dead, 10 Injured After Pickup Crashes In Texas

A pickup truck overloaded with 23 men, women and children who authorities suspect were in the country illegally crashed Sunday in south Texas. There are reports now, from KSAT-TV in San Antonio and other local news outlets, that 13 people are dead and 10 injured.

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Strange News
5:39 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Bear Sends Shoppers Packing At Pa. Sears Store

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 12:52 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Strange News
5:34 am
Mon July 23, 2012

How Much Is A Scrap Of Royal Wedding Toast Worth?

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 12:52 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. In honor of the London Olympics, here's dramatic British news. An auction house sold a memento from the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. Rose Marie Smith says she visited her daughter, who worked for the royal family back in 1981. She saw toast that Prince Charles left on a breakfast tray. Last week, she sold it for the equivalent of $361. It's one of the higher prices on record for a scrap of food. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
5:28 am
Mon July 23, 2012

If Not For Jammed Gun, Officers' Sharp Eyes, More Might Have Died In Aurora

James Holmes, in an Arapahoe County, Colo., court on Monday.
KUSA-TV

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 12:43 pm

  • Steve Inskeep speaks with Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee

A dazed-looking James Holmes, his hair dyed a reddish orange, made his first court appearance this morning as the state of Colorado began its case against the man arrested at the scene of Friday's massacre in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were killed and an additional 58 were wounded.

It was a short hearing in an Arapahoe County, Colo., courtroom, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. He'll be formally charged next Monday, the judge announced.

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U.S.
4:39 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Aurora Shooting Survivor Focuses On 'Positivity'

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 12:52 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Let's hear some of the sounds from last night in Aurora, Colorado. That's where thousands of people gathered to remember victims of last Friday's shooting. Twelve people were killed. And the explosives rigged in the suspect's apartment suggest it could have been far worse.

NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.

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