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Alan Cheuse, Novelist And Longtime NPR Contributor, Dies At 75

July 31
Colin Dwyer / NPR

The author and critic died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident. For years, he was the voice of NPR's literature commentary — and, for many, the "guide to a very exciting world."

U.K. Officials Instructed To Grant Ai Weiwei's Original U.K. Visa Request

July 31
Lucy Perkins / NPR
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The Home Office has apologized for denying the prominent Chinese dissident a six-month visa. He got only 20 days, because staff counted secret imprisonment as a criminal conviction.

Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

July 31
Kristofor Husted / NPR
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Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.

Judge Says Virginia Can Refuse To Issue Confederate License Plates

July 31
Scott Neuman / NPR

Citing a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the federal judge effectively vacated a 14-year-old state injunction that prohibited officials from refusing to issue such plates.

Hillary Clinton's Doctor Says She's Healthy Enough To Be President

July 31
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR
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Clinton's doctor says she's eating healthily, drinking occasionally, swimming, lifting weights and, yes, doing yoga.

Federal Court Places A Stay On Order Compelling NCAA To Pay Athletes

July 31
Bill Chappell / NPR

The ruling comes nearly a year after a district court judge ruled that the NCAA violated antitrust laws and should let schools pay athletes $5,000.

Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet

July 31
Nadia Whitehead / NPR
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Many of the processed foods that we eat — and the way they're made — were invented not for us, but for soldiers, says the author of the new book Combat-Ready Kitchen.

#NPRReads: Considering The Language Of Wine And What's In A Toddler's Mouth

July 31
Sarah Handel / NPR
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Also, we explore a piece that argues that you should want robots to take your job. No. Seriously.

Dylann Roof Pleads 'Not Guilty' To Federal Hate Crime Charges

July 31
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The 21-year-old is accused of carrying out the ruthless attack that killed nine worshipers at a historic black church in Charleston last month.

Marine Version Of F-35 Reportedly Deemed 'Combat Ready'

July 31
Scott Neuman / NPR
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With a total program cost estimated at $400 billion and a $135 million per plane price tag, the Joint Strike Fighter program is considered the most expensive in U.S. history.