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4:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Former Va. Gov. McDonnell's Trial Opens With Claims Of 'Poisoned' Marriage

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:31 pm

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Just two summers ago, Bob McDonnell was a rising Republican star. He was governor of Virginia, and he had been considered a possible running mate for Mitt Romney. He was chosen to speak at the Republican national convention.

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National Security
3:48 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker

Lt. Raj Bansal and Capt. Joseph Shannon (right) approach Foxtrot-01, a remote nuclear missile base in Nebraska.
Geoffrey Brumfiel NPR

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:31 pm

The stretch of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Lincoln, Neb., is straight and flat. High plains stretch out on either side.

But scattered along this unremarkable road, the Air Force keeps some of its most powerful weapons — Minuteman III nuclear missiles.

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The Two-Way
3:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case

Ventura is seen at the federal building in St. Paul, Minn., on July 8, which was the first day of jury selection in his defamation lawsuit.
Jim Mone AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 4:58 pm

A jury has awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in a defamation suit against a deceased author.

The jury on Tuesday determined that Ventura was the figure described as a "celebrity" Navy SEAL in Chris Kyle's 2012 book American Sniper.

The SEAL was called "Scruff Face" in the book, but Kyle later identified him as Ventura, who became a professional wrestler and one-term independent governor after leaving the Navy.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:58 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Saintseneca: Tiny Desk Concert

Saintseneca performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Olivia Merrion NPR

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One of the many instruments you may hear Saintseneca play — beyond the banjo, baglama, bulbul, balalaika, bowed banjo, baritone ukulele, bass and bouzouki — is a stomp box. Basically, it's a roughly 2'x2' plywood floorboard meant for pounding the beat. At a show just before this Tiny Desk Concert, craftily bearded singer Zac Little put his boot right through that floorboard.

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The Salt
2:53 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers

The U.S. Geological Survey found that neonicotinoids are leaching into streams and rivers in the Midwest, including the Missouri River, shown here in Leavenworth, Kan.
Dean Bergmann iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 4:42 pm

A class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, which are used on a lot of big corn and soybean fields, has been getting a pretty bad rap lately.

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NPR Story
2:47 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Boehner Calls Impeachment Talk Democratic 'Scam'

House Speaker John Boehner says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House.

Boehner says Democrats are trying to rally their supporters ahead of November’s mid-term elections to give money and show up to vote.

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NPR Story
2:47 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Bill Nye, The Go-To Guy On Climate Change

Bill Nye, popularly known as the Science Guy, attends an event in the East Room of the White House on February 28, 2014 in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Bill Nye first learned to talk to audiences through his ’90s TV show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” where he made science topics fun and accessible to kids. But now, as CEO of The Planetary Society, he speaks to a different audience.

Nye has appeared on numerous news programs to talk about climate change. He’s a proponent of immediate action to reduce the damage that has been done to the atmosphere.

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NPR Story
2:47 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Music From The Show

Gold Panda, “An Iceberg Hurled Northward”

Micah Blue Smaldone, “Heavy Bottle”

Obfusc, “Sounds From Shattered Seashells”

The Cure, “Close To Me”

Broken Social Scene, “Guilty Cubicle”

Isotope 217, “La Jete”

Women, “Heat Distraction”

Todd Terje, “Delorean Dynamite”

Dirty Gold, “California Sunrise”

Mux Mool, “Night Court”

Tycho, “Hours”

Corkbush Field Mutiny, “MAELSTROM”

Wife, “Bodies”

Wild Nothing, This Chain Won’t Break”

Miles Davis, “Maiysha”

Shark?, “Big Summer, (Summer Ale)”

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The Two-Way
2:43 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling

According to the Urban Institute report, the typical adult in trouble with bill collectors has a median debt of $1,350.
DNY59 iStockphoto

In about one-third of U.S. households, the sound of a phone or doorbell ringing may trigger a desire to duck.

That's because roughly 77 million adults with a credit file have at least one debt in the collection process, according to a study released by the Urban Institute, a research group. A credit file includes all of the raw data that a credit bureau can use to rank a borrower's creditworthiness.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Kurdish Oil Shipment Too Far Offshore For U.S. To Seize

At a news conference last month, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said there was no going back on autonomous Kurdish rule in the oil center of Kirkuk
Safin Hamed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 9:05 pm

This post was updated at 9 p.m. ET.

A U.S. judge says an order she gave late Monday to impound a tanker full of Kurdish oil off the coast of Galveston, Texas, cannot be enforced, Reuters reports. The tanker, carrying $100 million worth of oil from Iraq, was in international waters and could not be seized by U.S. Marshals, the news agency says. It adds:

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