7:51am

Tue July 24, 2012
The Torch

Let's Catch Up: Olympic Coaches Won't March; North Korea Wants Games On TV

London Underground employee John Light (!) carries the Olympic torch onto a train at Wimbledon Station.
LOCOG

Good morning. With three days until the official opener of the 2012 London Games, here's a summary of the news coming out of the Olympics:

  • U.S. (and other) coaches will not be walking in Friday's Opening Ceremonies, because Olympic honchos wanted to shorten the ceremony. Some don't even have tickets.
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7:41am

Tue July 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

HIV Testing Goes Mobile In Rural South Africa

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 9:16 am

A Doctors Without Borders counselor tests a South African woman for HIV.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Across South Africa there's a push to get more people tested for HIV.

Nationwide, roughly 18 percent of adults are infected with the virus, but many of them don't know it. And that information gap enables the spread of HIV.

In a rural part of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Doctors Without Borders is setting up mobile testing centers in tents. Teams are also going door to door offering HIV tests on the spot.

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7:19am

Tue July 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Post-Hinckley Changes Make Insanity Defense Hard For Colo. Suspect

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 8:30 am

James Holmes in a photograph taken by police during his booking.
Arapahoe County Sheriff

Whether James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater will mount an insanity defense isn't yet known.

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7:08am

Tue July 24, 2012
Business

'News Of The World' Editors Charged In Hacking

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 8:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We've been following some big developments today in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal in Britain. Prosecutors are charging eight people - including a former top aide to Prime Minister David Cameron - and a woman who was Rupert Murdoch's top lieutenant. NPR's Philip Reeves reports.

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6:01am

Tue July 24, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: After Trade, Ichiro Says Sayonara To Seattle With Hit As A Yankee

Now batting for the Yankees, Ichiro Suzuki.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

Baseball fans love perfect moments.

-- Babe Ruth hitting his "called shot."

-- Ted Williams homering in his last at-bat (and not tipping his cap).

-- Willie Mays and "the catch."

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5:22am

Tue July 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Former Murdoch Editors Face Criminal Charges In U.K. Phone Hacking Scandal

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 6:05 am

Rebekah Brooks, who has now been charged in the phone hacking scandal.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Two former top editors at News Corp.'s now defunct News of the World tabloid in the U.K., including a man who later became a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron, now face criminal charges related to the so-called hacking scandal.

The BBC writes that "eight people, including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, will face a total of 19 charges relating to phone hacking, the Crown Prosecution Service" announced today. Coulson, after leaving Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., worked for Cameron.

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5:02am

Tue July 24, 2012
Strange News

Pittsburgh-Area Mall Gets A Second Bear Visitor

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 8:30 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with continuing coverage of the Pittsburgh Mills shopping mall. Yesterday, we told you of a bear that strolled into Sears, had to be tranquilized and taken away. Now a second bear has appeared at the same mall near the Olive Garden. Didn't stick around but later returned, backing up traffic on the highway. State game officials say they now plan to set a bear trap. In case the bear is listening, they plan to set that bear trap on Monday. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:57am

Tue July 24, 2012
Strange News

'Thomas Jefferson' Running For U.S. House

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 8:30 am

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4:48am

Tue July 24, 2012
Remembrances

The Space Trip That Made Sally Ride A Folk Hero

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 8:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We're remembering this morning the first American woman to go into space: Sally Ride. She died yesterday in San Diego. Ride made her historic trip into space in 1983 aboard the space shuttle Challenger, a trip that made her an instant folk hero. NPR's Joe Palca has our report.

JOE PALCA, BYLINE: Sally Ride was born on May 26th, 1951. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley, just outside Los Angeles, where she went to Westlake High School.

SUSAN OKIE: She prided herself on being an underachiever.

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3:28am

Tue July 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Bird Flu Researchers To Meet About Research Moratorium

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 8:30 am

Chickens are under quarantine in Tepatitlan, Jalisco State, Mexico. The Mexican government declared a national animal health emergency July 2 in the face of an aggressive bird flu epidemic that has infected nearly 1.7 million poultry.
Hector Guerrero AFP/Getty Images

Top influenza researchers around the world published a statement back in January saying they would temporarily hold off on any work with contagious, lab-altered forms of a particularly worrisome form of bird flu.

The unusual voluntary moratorium was supposed to last only 60 days, but it's been more than six months. And scientists don't agree on what should happen next.

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