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Oklahoma is on Pace to Break Record for its Rainiest Year

The Oklahoma Mesonet weather network reports much of the state saw above-average rainfall in July. Coming on the heels of the second-wettest spring on record, the extra rainfall has put the state on track to break a 58-year-old record for the most rain in a single year. The Oklahoman reports that as of Friday, Oklahomans saw a statewide average of 5.78 inches of rain in July, nearly 3 inches more than usual. Oklahoma state climatologist Gary McManus says that puts the month in the top 10...
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Checotah Officer Arrested on Controlled Substance Complaint

EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation says agents have arrested a Checotah police officer on a complaint of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud. The OSBI says 35-year-old K9 Officer Matthew Benton LaMasters was arrested on Friday following an investigation by the OSBI and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. Investigators say the chief of the Checotah Police Department asked OSBI to investigate the disappearance of drugs about a month ago. Jail records indicate...
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Renowned Bartlesville-Based Storyteller Fran Stallings Describes Her Two Newest Books

On this edition of our show, we speak by phone with Fran Stallings, a longtime storyteller who has performed at numerous national and international storytelling festivals, in schools and libraries, and on the radio. Stallings has two new books out, which she tells us about: "How to Fool a Cat: Japanese Folktales for Children" and "The Price of Three Stories: Rare Folktales from Japan." In each of these collections, Stallings has edited and adapted the stories of her friend and collaborator,...
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Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.This week: We learn to make a "counterfeit" version of duck confit, a classic French dish that traditionally can take days to prepare.The ChefDavid Lebovitz says the first time he tasted duck confit, he declared it the best thing in the...
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Reggie Watts, Man Of Many Voices, Improvised His Way To Success

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.Reggie Watts is a one-man show. He beatboxes, imitates and impersonates with incredible accuracy — and, equipped with just a keyboard, looping pedals and a microphone, he crafts one-of-a-kind musical pieces.Watts calls his style of entertainment "disinformationist." He disorients his...
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Jericho Isn't Cecil's Brother And Is Probably Still Alive, Lion Researcher Says

Two non-profit conservation groups in Zimbabwe are telling distinctly different stories about a lion that's seen as an ally of Cecil, the popular 13-year-old animal whose death at the hands of an American hunter in July sparked international outrage."We are absolutely heart broken," the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Saturday, announcing via Facebook page that Jericho, which it called Cecil's brother, was shot and killed at 4 p.m. (local time) Saturday afternoon.The news was soon...
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Calling it the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," President Obama said his administration would unveil the final version of a proposal aimed at curbing the amount of carbon pollution put out by power plants.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports that the new regulations are actually tougher than the ones unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency in a draft proposal in June of 2014.

It started so well. When Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990, the United States swiftly cobbled together a broad coalition, unleashed a stunning new generation of air power and waged a lightning ground offensive that lasted all of four days. Iraqi troops were so desperate to quit that some surrendered to Western journalists armed only with notebooks.

More debris has washed on shore of the French Island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean.

From Paris, reporter Jake Cigainero tells our Newscast unit that French authorities believe the debris could be linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Jake filed this report:

"Taking a Sunday morning stroll on the beach in La Réunion, walkers stumbled upon mangled metallic debris with what appears to be a type of door handle.

The vote by the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders last week was a blow to some religious conservative organizations that have long been connected to scouting, especially the Mormon Church, which has deep roots in the Boy Scouts.

The church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has used the Boy Scouts as its official program for young men for more than 100 years, according to Qin Monson, a political science professor at Brigham Young University.

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Rivers Run Through This Exhibit Of Colombia Art

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You walk into an air-conditioned building in Washington, D.C., and suddenly you're surrounded by rivers.

You can hear them, from the bubbling chuckle of a current to an unforgiving roar.

You can see them, foamy currents rushing past on video screens.

And when you take a break and sit down on a chair — carved out of reclaimed rainforest wood — you look up to see cascades of linen and plastic that seem to pour from the ceiling like flowing water.