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Hundreds Of Desperate Migrants Feared Dead Off Libya And In Austria

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On Eve Of Katrina Anniversary, Bush Takes A Tour Of New Orleans 10 Years On

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Clinton Takes The Stage At Democratic Summit, Trying To Quell Concerns

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After Mysterious Absence, Dallas DA In Treatment For Mental Illness

The strange story of Dallas District Attorney A Susan Hawk actually begins several years ago when the previously highly-regarded Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins began to struggle managing his office. Watkins was the first black DA in Texas and he quickly made a national reputation by finding and releasing men who'd been wrongly convicted of rape in Dallas. Watkins, who started out as a defense attorney, used DNA evidence that had been preserved by the city to free more than a dozen men, most of them black, who'd been wrongly imprisoned for decades.

Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., arrives at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia earlier this month. Fattah has been indicted on charges he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds.

Indicted Congressman Challenges Limits On Contact With Colleagues

A 20-year member of Congress indicted on racketeering charges is challenging restrictions on his ability to meet with colleagues as "an undue and unnecessary burden...that is effectively impairing his ability" to do his job.

Last month, a federal grand jury in Philadelphia indicted Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Penn., on conspiracy, bribery, and fraud counts for allegedly using political campaigns and nonprofit groups to cover personal expenses and evade campaign finance laws.

University Of Illinois Fires Football Coach Over Handling Of Player Injuries

One week before the school's football season starts, the University of Illinois has fired Tim Beckman, the head coach of its football team, saying a review had found "efforts to deter injury reporting and influence medical decisions that pressured players to avoid or postpone medical treatment and continue playing despite injuries."

Illini Director of Athletics Mike Thomas fired Beckman Friday; a school statement says the decision was made "in the best interests of student-athletes."

Can You Use That In A Sentence? NPR Readers Can

As promised yesterday in our post about Oxford Dictionaries' new words, here are a few of the most linguistically nimble sentences submitted by NPR readers responding to a call-out to see how many of the words they could cram into one sentence.

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Polish Deputy Culture Minister and Head of Conservation Piotr Zuchowski speaks at a news conference Friday in Warsaw, Poland, on the so-called Nazi gold train.

Polish Official Says Secret Nazi Treasure Train May Have Been Found

It has all the makings of an Indiana Jones sequel: In the final days of World War II as the Soviet Army closed in on the Third Reich from the east, a train full of gold, gems and other Nazi loot was hidden in a secret underground tunnel near the present-day Polish city of Walbrzych. Seventy years later, a deathbed confession may provide the key clue to finding it.

Virginia Governor: 'Clearly Too Many Guns In the Wrong Hands'

"There are too many guns in America, and there's clearly too many guns in the wrong hands."

That's what Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said to reporters in front of the WDBJ building in Roanoke, Va.

The governor, who promised to introduce gun-control legislation, was speaking two days after a gunman killed two journalists from that station during a live broadcast.

Walter Mugbe

When He Says Yoga Saved His Life, He's Not Exaggerating

Yes, it's a cliche: "Yoga saved my life."

Google the phrase, and you'll get 12 million matches!

But when Walter Mugbe says it, he really means it. It's not an exaggeration. It's the truth.

When Mugbe was 7, his dad, John, died in a car accident. His father was an electrician, and his salary supported the family of five children. Walter's mom, Catherine, didn't work. Suddenly, the family was in crisis. The two older siblings had a tough time. At a very young age, Walter Mugbe felt he had to make sure his younger siblings had enough to eat.

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