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5:27 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Confederate Flag Debate Symbolizes Rapid Change In The South

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:56 pm

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Sports
5:17 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

ESPN Report Finds Pete Rose Bet On Baseball As A Player

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:56 pm

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Around the Nation
5:17 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

In Baltimore, Rec Centers Provide So Much More Than Just Fun

Najuel Gaylord plays foosball at the Lillian S. Jones Recreation Center in West Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood. Local recreation centers, which have a long tradition in Baltimore, provide a much-needed refuge for children in some of the city's poorest areas.
Jennifer Ludden NPR

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:56 pm

On a recent day at Baltimore's Lillian S. Jones Recreation Center, adolescent boys play basketball, while a group of girls play Monopoly at a nearby table. There's also air hockey, foosball and a computer room in back.

Director Brandi Murphy says there are also swim classes, science lessons, arts and crafts. But the center gives the kids — students age 5 to 12 who come after school and in the summer — far more than fun things to do.

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U.S.
5:17 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

State Department Computer Glitch Creates A Visa Nightmare

A glitch in the State Department's visa system has affected people around the world. Many, including athletes, workers and students, have been unable to enter the United States.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:56 pm

The State Department says it is working around the clock on a computer problem that's having widespread impact on travel into the U.S. The glitch has practically shut down the visa application process.

Of the 50,000 visa applications received every day, only a handful of emergency visas are getting issued.

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Female Shortstop, 16, Could Be Signed By MLB Teams In July

In what Major League Baseball says is a first, French baseball player Melissa Mayeux has had her name added to the list of international prospects who could be signed by clubs on July 2.

At age 16, Mayeux plays shortstop for two of France's national teams: the U-18 junior squad and the senior softball team. She's known as a smooth fielder who can also handle a bat.

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Parallels
4:39 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

When Corrupt Chinese Officials Flee, The U.S. Is A Top Destination

Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People's Court of China, speaks to the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 12. Chinese authorities are waging a major campaign against corruption, and that includes a list of 100 suspects believed to be overseas. Many are former officials who are thought to have fled to the U.S. or Canada.
Lintao Zhang Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 8:51 am

China issued global arrest warrants for 100 fugitives in April. Most of them, it turns out, are believed to be corrupt officials hiding out in the U.S. or Canada.

The U.S. may not seem like an obvious destination, but Huang Feng, a criminal law expert at Beijing Normal University, says there's a clear rationale.

The fugitives pick the U.S. for its standard of living and its mature legal system. They know that the U.S. and China have no extradition treaty, and that the U.S. is wary of sending fugitives back to China, where they may be denied legal due process.

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Just In Time For Summer: National Parks Hiking Entrance Fees

Many national parks, including Yellowstone, are raising visitor fees.
Anick Jesdanun AP

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:23 pm

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

Visiting a national park this summer?

Be prepared to pay more for the experience. Many national parks across the country, faced with tight budgets and delayed maintenance, are increasing entrance fees.

The National Park Service says 106 of the 128 parks that charge entry fees are raising those fees or planning to do so in the coming year.

The list includes many of the most popular parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, as well as monuments and historic sites.

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Parallels
4:07 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Iraqi Soldiers, Generals Shift The Blame For Battlefield Defeats

Iraqi Sunni volunteers take part in a graduation ceremony at the Habaniyah military base near Ramadi on June 17. Iraq's military is dominated by Shiites and is trying to recruit more Sunni soldiers.
Ahmad Al-Rubaye AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:56 pm

When the Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to the self-declared Islamic State last month, it was a big defeat. Ramadi is a provincial capital just 60 miles west of Baghdad, and the setback played into the notion that the Iraqi army is weak and inept.

The U.S. Congress and Pentagon were scathing, saying the Iraqi army lacked the will to fight. There were plenty of other critics as well, though we haven't heard much from the Iraqi soldiers themselves.

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The Two-Way
3:56 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Across The South, A Push To Banish Confederate Flags From State Buildings

Protesters hold a sign Tuesday during a rally to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia.
Rainier Ehrhardt AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 9:02 am

The shooting last week at a black church in South Carolina has prompted calls in the South for the removal of the Confederate Flag and other symbols of the Confederacy.

Here is a roundup of efforts in different states — and the response from businesses:

South Carolina

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Goats and Soda
3:13 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

The Mural That Made A Photographer Stop In His Tracks

A student at a girl's school in Port-au-Prince walks past a mural by a famous Haitian street artist.
Courtesy of Patrick Farrell

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 3:50 pm

The Doctors Without Borders Instagram feed often features doctors and patients and pills.

Last week, a startlingly different photo was posted.

A woman, her head slightly turned, stares out from the wall of a building on the bustling streets of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. A lock clamps her lips shut. The painted woman's larger-than-life eyes gaze past a real-life schoolgirl in blue, her head down and shoulders hunched.

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