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Sat July 4, 2015
National Security

The White House Invites Tourists To Use Their Cameras

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

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Sat July 4, 2015
Law

Of All U.S. Police Shootings, One-Quarter Reportedly Involve The Mentally Ill

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 3:48 pm

Lavall Hall's mother, Catherine Daniels, is comforted by her cousin Alfonzo Hill as she speaks with the media in February. Hall, who was schizophrenic, was fatally shot by police officers earlier this year.
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At least 125 people with signs of mental illness have died in police encounters in the U.S. so far this year, according to the latest accounting from The Washington Post.

This week, the Post published a database with information on every fatal shooting by a police officer in the line of duty in the U.S. And they took the extra step of identifying — when they could — details about the mental health of the deceased.

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Recipes

A Little Chiltomate Raises The Underappreciated Turkey Thigh

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

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If you've got any beer left over after your Fourth of July barbecue and picnic, we've got a delicious recipe for you - beer-braised turkey thighs. NPR's Noah Adams tracked down the recipe in Dayton, Ohio.

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Author Interviews

Decades Of Politics And Partnership In Jimmy Carter's 'Full Life'

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:59 am

In just over 18 months, Barack Obama will join the ranks of ex-presidents. He'll be 55 when he leaves office, among the youngest to become a former president, alongside Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

President Carter remains a model of what an active, productive life can look like after leaving the White House. He looks back on that life in his new memoir, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, beginning with growing up with black friends in the Jim Crow South.

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Space

A Rock Band And A Moon, United In Name

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

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A classic rock band and a bunch of NASA scientists met in a lab in Maryland this week, all because of a name - Styx.

(SOUNDBITE OF STYX SONG, "COME SAIL AWAY")

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Sat July 4, 2015
Science

Strontium Nitrate And Barium Nitrate, The Fuel In Fireworks

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

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Ladies and gentlemen, light your fuses.

(SOUNDBITE OF FIREWORKS)

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Sports

Williams Survives, Nadal Falls At Wimbledon

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

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7:03am

Sat July 4, 2015
Book Reviews

'Shadowshaper' Paints A Vibrant Picture

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 10:55 am

Courtesy of Arthur A. Levine Books

Shadowshaper had me crying at 3 percent of the e-book. Not because it was sad, but because I am one giant button when it comes to stories about family, heritage, language, art, and the magic mixed up in them, and this book knew just where to push.

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5:52am

Sat July 4, 2015
Goats and Soda

Need A Hand? Don't Worry, The Ghanaians Got Your Back

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I finally reached the outskirts of my community after a 5-mile, uphill bike ride from the town where I go to buy groceries.

Hot, exhausted and loaded down with rice, bananas and mangoes, I didn't have the energy to go the final few hundred yards to reach the compound where I live.

Luckily, I didn't have to.

From the distance I heard cries of "n be Wumpini lo lo ni." That means "Welcome home my sister Wumpini." (That's my local name; it means God's gift.)

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5:46am

Sat July 4, 2015
Around the Nation

A Bird Of Courage And A Bash In Denmark: The July 4 You Didn't Know

Benjamin Franklin thought the turkey was a much more respectable bird than the eagle.
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Independence Day is typically filled with revelry — many people drink American beer, shoot explosives into the sky and rock red, white and blue apparel that may not be appropriate for everyday wear. It's also a day full of interesting, quirky history that people usually don't talk about between filling their mouths with hot dogs and singing The Star Spangled Banner off-key.

But if you're destined to spend your holiday at, say, a company cookout, here are five things you may not have known about Independence Day that you can use as conversation starters:

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