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Experts: Flight MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Western Indian Ocean

By Scott Neuman on July 30th, 2015 | Last updated: July 31, 2015 at 9:03 am

A scientist who studies ocean circulation patterns tells NPR that it’s “highly likely” that floating wreckage from the airliner could have reached the island of Reunion near Madagascar.

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Md. Governor Orders Closure Of ‘Deplorable’ Baltimore City Jail

By Bill Chappell on July 30th, 2015 | Last updated: July 31, 2015 at 12:03 pm

A 2013 investigation resulted in the indictment of “25 people — including 13 women working as corrections officers” on racketeering and drug charges. Nearly 20 more faced other charges.

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Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

By Jessie Rack on July 30th, 2015 | Last updated: July 30, 2015 at 4:03 pm

The chytrid fungus has wiped out populations of amphibians around the world. A type of the fungus infects only salamanders, and researchers have identified vulnerable areas in North America.

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Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China’s ‘Milky Way’

By Scott Neuman on July 30th, 2015 | Last updated: July 30, 2015 at 2:03 pm

It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first “exascale” machine — some 20 times faster than today’s fastest machine, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2).

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Justice Dept. Hires Compliance Expert In Fight Against Corporate Crime

By Carrie Johnson on July 30th, 2015 | Last updated: July 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm

The department says the new expert will play a big role in determining whether businesses targeted for prosecution have engaged in systemic misconduct or whether the criminal activity is limited.

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3 U.Va. Graduates Sue ‘Rolling Stone,’ Reporter Over Rape Article

By Bill Chappell on July 30th, 2015 | Last updated: July 31, 2015 at 6:03 am

News of the lawsuit by former Phi Kappa Psi members comes along with word that Rolling Stone’s managing editor, Will Dana, has resigned.

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Taliban Acknowledge Death Of Leader, Select Successor

By Scott Neuman on July 30th, 2015 | Last updated: July 31, 2015 at 6:03 am

Sources within the extremist organization confirmed the death of Mullah Omar, who reportedly died in 2013. A gathering of the group’s leaders has chosen Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as his successor.

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University Of Cincinnati Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge

By Eyder Peralta on July 30th, 2015 | Last updated: July 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm

The judge said that because Ray Tensing faces a potential life-in-prison sentence, she was setting his bail at $1 million.

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‘Top Gear’ Team Signs Deal With Amazon; New Car Show Set For 2016

By Bill Chappell on July 30th, 2015 | Last updated: July 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm

The trio left the BBC under a cloud after Jeremy Clarkson’s contract was not renewed because of a physical and verbal attack on a show producer.

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Testing By AP Finds Water At 2016 Olympic Sites ‘Rife With Human Sewage’

By Eyder Peralta on July 30th, 2015 | Last updated: July 30, 2015 at 10:03 am

The AP commissioned tests over a five-month period. Experts who reviewed the results found that not a single venue is fit for swimming or even boating.

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