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Tue July 7, 2015
The Two-Way

In Final Vote, South Carolina Senate Moves To Take Down Confederate Flag

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 11:30 am

Confederate flag supporters gather at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia; the state's Senate voted Tuesday to take down the flag. The issue will now head to the House.
Sean Rayford Getty Images

In a required third vote, South Carolina's state senators voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from its prominent place flying on the Statehouse grounds. The final tally was 36-3. The House will now take up the issue, perhaps as early as Wednesday.

In both the Senate and the House, a vote on removing the flag will require a two-thirds majority. The bill under consideration would move the flag to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

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Tue July 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Mayweather Is Stripped Of WBO Belt He Won From Pacquiao

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 10:26 am

Floyd Mayweather Jr. missed a deadline to decide which title belt he wants to keep, says the World Boxing Organization.
Al Bello Getty Images

Saying that Floyd Mayweather missed a deadline to pay a fee related to his May 2 win over Manny Pacquiao, the World Boxing Organization has stripped Floyd of the welterweight title he won in that fight.

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Tue July 7, 2015
The Two-Way

EU Leaders Call On Greece To Offer 'Serious And Credible' Proposals

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 9:42 am

European leaders called on Greece to issue "serious and credible proposals" to try to find a way forward, after Greek voters rejected a bailout deal that would have given the country more credit to pay its debt in exchange for tough austerity measures.

The German and French leaders issued the call ahead of a meeting of Eurozone leaders on Tuesday.

The Guardian reports:

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Tue July 7, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

How Long Would It Take To Drive To Pluto?

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 12:22 pm


We don't make very good judges of distance, not on cosmic scales at least. Using our own wanderings on Earth as the judge of all things, evolution has left us poorly prepared for the epic scales of all things astronomical.

This week, as a box of electronics called New Horizons prepares to complete a nearly 10-year journey to Pluto, it's a good moment to reflect on just how far away even the objects in our astronomical backyard are from us.

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Tue July 7, 2015
Book Reviews

'Unnoticeables' Is A Raunchy Ride Through Punk, Horror And Pop Culture

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 1:29 pm

Courtesy of Tor Books

There's nothing pretty about The Unnoticeables. The novel's author, Robert Brockway, is a senior editor at, and he brings that publication's legendarily irreverent wit to this raunchy, rollicking tale of punk rock, gruesome horror and pop-culture satire. Lurking beneath that layer of grime and spilled beer, though, are a few hidden depths that make the book more than the sum of its snarky parts.

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Tue July 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Iran, World Powers Will Work Past Deadline Toward Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 10:12 am

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna, Austria, on Friday.
Carlos Barria AP
(This post was last updated at 8:44 a.m. ET.)

Just hours before a self-imposed deadline, Iran and six world powers said they would not extend a deadline but they would keep working toward a deal over Iran's nuclear program for the next few days.

Reporting from Vienna, where the talks are taking place, NPR's Peter Kenyon says both sides — Iran and the so-called P5+1, which consists of the U.K., China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — are saying they will not be pressured into accepting a bad deal. Peter filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Tue July 7, 2015
Around the Nation

N.J. Town Celebrates World Cup Champs And Hometown Hero Carli Lloyd

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 1:24 pm

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Tue July 7, 2015
The Salt

Chasing Food Dreams Across U.S., Nigerian Chef Tests Immigration System

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 3:56 pm

Tunde Wey gets ready to serve plantains and Jollof rice at his pop-up Nigerian dinner in the kitchen of Toki Underground, a ramen restaurant in Washington, D.C., in December 2014.
Eliza Barclay NPR

Most aspiring chefs long for the white hat, the gleaming kitchen, the fancy menu.

But Nigeria-born Tunde Wey stumbled into a different version of the (American) chef's dream. He wanted to see the country and share the food of his West African childhood with friends and strangers along the way.

So a few months ago, he packed up his knives and his spices at his home in Detroit and started crisscrossing the U.S. by Greyhound bus.

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Tue July 7, 2015

S.C. Senate Moves To Take Down State Capitol's Confederate Flag

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 7:44 am

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Tue July 7, 2015

The Global Financial Crisis Did A Real Number On Greece's Economy

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 1:47 pm

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