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North Korean Diplomat Stopped In Bangladesh With $1.4 Million In Gold

Customs authorities in Bangladesh would like to know what a top North Korean diplomat was doing with $1.4 million in gold in his luggage as he arrived on a flight from Singapore to Dhaka.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks to reporters during a news conference in Newark on Friday. The Justice Department plans to file charges alleging that he did political favors for a friend and donor, NPR has confirmed.

Source: Justice Dept. Prepares To Charge N.J. Sen. Menendez With Corruption

Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET

Menendez told reporters during a Friday night press conference — during which he read from a statement and declined to take questions — that he always had behaved appropriately while in office.

The pizza lobby tries to influence things like school lunches and the calorie labels that go on the pies.

#NPRreads: On America's First Suicide Bombing And Its Influential Pizza Lobby

#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

This week, we bring you four reads that illuminate a bit of history or pieces of regulation you may not have known about.

DOJ Indicts 3 Men Accused Of 'Largest Data Breach In History'

Three men, two from Vietnam and one from Canada, who allegedly participated in a scheme to harvest a billion email addresses have been charged in what the Department of Justice describes as the largest data breach in the history of the Internet.

Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles Dies At 88

Albert Maysles, the father of the contemporary American documentary film who was behind such classics as 1970's Gimme Shelter, has died. He was 88.

Maysles, an Oscar-nominated director, died Thursday in New York, Erica Dilday at the Maysles Documentary Center confirmed.

NPR's Neda Ulaby is reporting on his death for our Newscast unit. She says:

"Albert Maysles with his brother David turned an unflinching cinematic eye on everything from door to door Bible salesmen to the most eccentric members of the East Coast elite. ...

Former NBC Executive Returns To Oversee Troubled News Division

The parent company of NBC, Comcast, has turned to a familiar figure to lead the network's troubled news division, naming Andrew Lack as chairman to shore up its credibility, its finances and its stability.

Barack Obama as a presidential candidate in Selma, Ala., in 2007 recreating a voting rights march that was violently repressed by state troopers in 1965.

Obama Returns To Selma For 50th Anniversary Of Historic March

It's the kind of moment rich with history — a moment to reflect on a searing date in the civil rights struggle, and to do so with the nation's first African-American president taking center stage at the memorial ceremonies. It's a time and place to reflect on where we have been and where we have come as a nation. But also to ponder the future for Barack Obama and whether the discussion of race and inequality will become major themes of his post-presidency, which begins in less than two years.

Mayor: 3 Ferguson Employees Linked To Racist Emails No Longer With Department

Three Ferguson, Mo., employees who were responsible for emails that contained disparaging references to President Obama and African-Americans are no longer employed by the city, Mayor James Knowles tells The Associated Press.

Swiss drugmaker Novartis' logo is seen behind scaffolding at the company's plant in the northern Swiss town of Stein, shown in January. The company's "biosimilar" drug Zarxio has received FDA approval.

FDA Approves First Of New Type Of Generic Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first in a class of generic drugs that are made from living cells instead of chemical compounds.

The White Russian (from left), Margarita, Bloody Mary and Moscow Mule are some of the most searched cocktails of 2015.

Google Thinks We're Clueless About Cocktails, And It Wants To Help

One of the advantages of being the world's largest search engine is that you learn a lot about what people don't know or can't remember.

It turns out the world is daunted by cocktails and has sought help enough times from Google that the company decided to get in on the mixology instruction game itself.

On Thursday, the tech giant launched a feature that provides step-by-step instructions for how to prepare a desired cocktail and a list of ingredients. (It also suggests garnish and drinkware.)

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