8:23am

Thu July 26, 2012
Asia

China Charges Bo Xilai's Wife In British Man's Killing

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 8:35 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

China announced today that it is prosecuting the wife of a disgraced party official for the murder of a British man. It's the latest sensational twist in the country's biggest political scandal in decades. NPR's Louisa Lim joins us now from Beijing. Louisa, could you bring us up to speed on this scandal and what the latest news is?

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8:20am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Guilt First, Trial Later: Murder Charge For Chinese Politician's Wife

Gu Kailai, left, and her husband, Bo Xilai, in 2007. She's been charged with murder.
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  • Louisa Lim, reporting for the NPR Newscast

China's Xinhua news agency ends its report this morning on the murder case against a prominent politician's wife with this remarkable passage:

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8:18am

Thu July 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

'Calling My Children' And The Faces Of AIDS

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 8:06 am

David Binder

Photographer David Binder began documenting stories about AIDS in the late 1980s and became well known for humanizing the epidemic for various publications, including Life magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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7:52am

Thu July 26, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 4:24 pm

Among all things official at the Olympics, like the flag, is music composed for the opening and closing ceremonies.
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7:34am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Torch

Let's Catch Up: Egypt Rocks Pirate Brands, And Flag-Gate

Good morning, and welcome to "Day -1" of the 2012 Summer Olympics. That NASA-like designation is due to events already having begun in the soccer competition, before Friday's Opening Ceremony. Men's soccer begins play today.

Here are some stories that popped up overnight:

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7:24am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Cheer Up Toronto, 16-0 Loss Isn't A Major League Worst

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 1:03 pm

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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero gave up eight runs in 1 1/3 innings Wednesday night. It was a "complete embarrassment," he told the Toronto Star afterward. His team lost 16-0.
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As bad as the players on the Toronto Blue Jays must feel about losing to the Oakland Athletics by a score of 16-0 Wednesday night, they can at least take comfort in knowing that other teams have suffered worse losses in the past.

As Yahoo Sports recounted:

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6:55am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Drop, Previous Week's Increase Erased

The number of people filing first-time claims for jobless benefits fell by 35,000 last week, to 353,000, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

That brings the level about back to where it was three weeks ago and down near a four-year low — but also keeps claims in the range where they've been trending for about the last year.

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6:39am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Torch

Olympic Glitch Riles North Korean Players Before Soccer Match [VIDEO]

Supporters of North Korea's women's soccer team were dismayed to see the start of Wednesday's match delayed, after a video screen displayed the South Korean flag next to photos of the North Korean players.
Graham Stuart AFP/Getty Images

6:30am

Thu July 26, 2012

5:57am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Notebook From Colo. Shootings Suspect Arrived At School After Attack

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 12:48 pm

A medical building on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo.
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A "suspicious package" that the University of Colorado's medical school in Aurora says was delivered to the school on Monday was "a notebook sent through the mail by suspected killer James Eagan Holmes before [last] Friday morning's massacre," The Denver Post reports.

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