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4:02 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Reports: Ex-Speaker Hastert's Payments Linked To Sexual Misconduct

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaks in Washington on July 28, 2009, following the unveiling of his portrait.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:40 pm

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying a man to not reveal that Hastert had abused him years ago, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times are reporting.

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The Two-Way
3:54 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Obama Signs Texas Disaster Declaration As Death Toll In Flooding Rises

Tex Toler watches the Llano River rise Friday in Llano, Texas, after another round of heavy rains that have brought flooding and deaths to the state.
Jay Janner TNS /Landov

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 12:20 am

The number of people who died because of storms that have inundated parts of Texas and Oklahoma this week has hit 25 people, after search crews found a drowned truck driver whose vehicle had overturned in a culvert near Dallas.

That's the word from member station KERA, where Lauren Silverman reports that a new batch of storms that hit Dallas-Fort Worth "dumped three to seven inches of rain on an already over-saturated area" Thursday night.

All that water created treacherous conditions for Friday morning's commute; widespread and serious delays were reported.

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The Two-Way
3:23 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

U.S. Defense Secretary: Militarization of South China Sea Is Unacceptable

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the U.S. Navy on May 21.
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Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 11:34 pm

Update, 12:15 a.m. ET:

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The Two-Way
3:09 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

This Feb. 4 courtroom sketch shows Ross Ulbricht as he was found guilty in New York. Ulbricht was sentenced to prison on Friday.
Elizabeth Williams AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:20 pm

Ross Ulbricht, the San Francisco man who created Silk Road, was sentenced Friday to life in prison for his role in operating the shadowy online marketplace.

Ulbricht faced at least 20 years in prison, but federal prosecutors had sought a "substantially" longer sentence.

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Music Reviews
2:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Joanna Gruesome's 'Peanut Butter' Rises Above The Band's Gimmicky Name

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Interviews
2:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

In 'Moone Boy,' Actor Chris O'Dowd Shares Memories Of Growing Up Irish

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Television
2:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Are DVD Box Sets A Dying Business? Studios Hope The Answer Is 'Not Yet'

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This is FRESH AIR. Our TV critic, David Bianculli, has a review of several recently released big DVD box sets. He says there are reasons to grab them now while you can.

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The Salt
1:56 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

America's Elite Cows Don't Give Birth — Their Surrogates Do

Dan Byers, an elite-cattle breeder, checks the heartbeat on a newborn calf, born from an embryo implanted in a surrogate heifer. Because the calf was delivered via C-section, he sprinkles sweet molasses powder on her to prompt the surrogate mother cow to lick her clean.
Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media

Panda, standing six feet tall and weighing almost a ton, is everything a show cow should be: broad-backed and round-rumped, with sturdy legs holding up her heft. Her hide — thick and black, with splotches of creamy white — fits her name.

"She's a big-time cow," says Dan Byers, owner of Byers Premium Cattle, Inc. "She's a freak of nature is what she is."

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NPR Story
1:46 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Flooded With New Problems As Drought Ends

The latest update of the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The latest update of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

U.S. Drought Monitor

The latest update of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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The Two-Way
1:20 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

#NPRreads: Diversity In The Legal Profession

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 2:49 pm

#NPRreads is a 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 three reads.

From Carrie Johnson, who covers the Justice Department:

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