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Wed July 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Afghan Government Says Mullah Omar 'Died In April 2013'

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:50 pm

Undated photo reportedly showing Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
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The Afghan government says the Taliban's spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, "died in April 2013 in Pakistan."

In a statement issued by the office of the president, the government said their report was based on "credible information."

The announcement comes just two days before the Taliban and the Afghan government hold the second round of peace talks in Pakistan.

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6:47am

Wed July 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Texas Authorities Release More Jailhouse Video Relating To Sandra Bland Case

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 11:00 am

In this undated frame from video provided by the Waller County Sheriff's Office, Sandra Bland stands before a desk at Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas.
AP

Officials in Waller County, Texas, have released more jailhouse video that they say dispels some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the case of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in her cell two weeks ago.

Her death was ruled a suicide by a medical examiner but her family says she was not suicidal.

NPR's Martin Kaste filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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6:46am

Wed July 29, 2015
Food

Sans McDonalds: Neighbors Want To Keep Paris Food Hub Historic

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:59 am

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6:34am

Wed July 29, 2015
Business

South Koreans Bristle At Growing Dominance Of Family-Run Conglomerates

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:59 am

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6:19am

Wed July 29, 2015
Business

Pink Cadillacs Takeover As Mary Kay Mania Hits Dallas

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:59 am

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6:12am

Wed July 29, 2015
Politics

Presidential Candidates Weigh-In On Planned Parenthood Controversy

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:59 am

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6:03am

Wed July 29, 2015
It's All Politics

Could President Obama Win A Third Term?

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 10:45 am

President Obama speaks in Ethiopia. While there, he noted that in the U.S., presidents can't run for more than two terms. But if they could, he said, he'd win.
Mulugeta Ayene AP

President Obama was giving the final speech of his Africa tour, offering a critique of the young democracies on that continent, singling out the all-too-typical practice of leaders overstaying their terms in office.

"When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife," Obama said, aware that the president of Burundi, seated nearby, had recently defied that country's two-term limit.

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5:17am

Wed July 29, 2015
Business

Twitter Faces Challenges As It tries To Balance Profitability, Popularity

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:59 am

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5:16am

Wed July 29, 2015
Politics

New Gitmo Plan Would Relocate Some Detainees To U.S.

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 11:48 am

Captives separated by a fence conduct communal evening prayers at the Camp 6 prison building at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Walter Michot Miami Herald/TNS/Landov

A top White House official is floating a plan to relocate all of the so-called "enemy combatants" held at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Some top Congressional leaders had criticized President Obama for not spelling out how he'd shut down that facility, as he'd promised to do days after taking office in 2009.

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5:05am

Wed July 29, 2015
Youth Radio

Meant To Keep Youths Out Of Detention, Probation Often Leads Them There

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 10:19 am

Brian Hopson, assistant superintendent at Alameda County Juvenile Hall, stands in one of its many empty units. The 360-bed facility was full when it opened eight years ago, but is now at half capacity.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

Juvenile justice reformers have tried for years to figure out what works to help rehabilitate youth in trouble, and a recent shift away from locking kids up has been at the forefront of reform efforts. One of the most common alternatives to incarceration is to order kids directly into probation, instead of juvenile hall.

But the goals of these alternative approaches don't always match the reality — and disproportionately impact youth of color.

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