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Glanz Wants State Supreme Court to Block Probe

The Oklahoma Supreme Court says it will consider whether to stop a grand jury investigation into an embattled sheriff whose longtime friend and volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man. On Thursday — for the second time this week — the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office went to court to thwart the probe. Attorneys for Sheriff Stanley Glanz want justices to toss out a lower court's decision to empanel a grand jury July 20. The Supreme Court late Thursday appointed a referee to hear evidence and...
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As Greek Government Falters, Food Relief Put In The Hands Of The People

As the world awaits the results of Greeces public vote this Sunday on whether or not they want to remain in the eurozone, the stalled Greek economy has put new pressure on Greek citizens, particularly in the area of food.About 18 percent of Greek citizens need some kind of food aid, a number that has doubled since 2007. With closed banks, shuttered aid programs and frozen imports, the Greek government is not offering much to citizens in the way of relief.In their stead, however, a number of...
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An Up-Close and Personal Critique of Foster Care: "Three More Words" by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Our guest today on ST is the child welfare advocate and author Ashley Rhodes-Courter (born 1985), whose first book, a memoir called "Three Little Words," began as a prize-winning high school essay, later appeared in The New York Times Magazine, and finally became a bestselling book. She joins us to speak about her new autobiographical work, which is called "Three More Words." As was noted of this volume at the goodreads.com website: "In [this] sequel to [her first] memoir...[the author]...
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John Adams Wanted Independence Day On July 2, Not July 4

As the Founding Fathers established the United States of America, they had their eyes on the future and they knew they were making history. But not everyone had the same opinion of the timeline of that history.Most thought the big day was July 4, when then Continental Congress approved the text of the Declaration of Independence and sent it to the printer. But John Adams believed July 2, 1776, was the really the big day.In one of the two letters he wrote to his wife Abigail from Philadelphia...
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Ever Dream You Could Fly? 'Jetman' Has. Let Him Tell You About It

This is the first story in an occasional series exploring gadgets that can give you real-life superpowers.Summer is the season of superhero movies. Coming soon to a theater near you: Fantastic Four and Ant-Man.It's common to have a favorite superhero, but what about a favorite superpower? There's invisibility, super strength, mind reading and more. But what if you could take your favorite superpower and make it reality?Yves Rossy, sometimes called Jetman, has been trying to fly like a...
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As they rapidly run out of cash, Greece's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position.

For months, as this crisis has intensified people have been slowly withdrawing their money. The banks have been able to do business only because of emergency loans from the European Central Bank.

But when Greece missed a payment to the International Monetary Fund this week, the ECB decided not to lend any more money.

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For more than a century, the copper spires of St. Laurentius have stood tall over Philadelphia's Fishtown. But the city's oldest Polish church — founded in 1882 — could soon face the wrecking ball.

This is the first story in an occasional series exploring gadgets that can give you real-life superpowers.

Summer is the season of superhero movies. Coming soon to a theater near you: Fantastic Four and Ant-Man.

In Florida, the official state animal triggers mixed feelings. The Florida panther has been on the endangered species list for nearly 50 years. From a low point in the 1970s when there were only about 20 panthers in the wild, the species has rebounded.

Now, nearly 200 range throughout southwest Florida. And some officials, ranchers and hunters in the state say that may be about enough.

Florida panthers are a subspecies of the cougar or mountain lion. They're slightly smaller than their cousins, but like them, the panthers need lots of room to roam.

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

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