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Despite High Expectations, Sentencing Reform Proposals Still On Ice

NPR Top Stories - July 31, 2015 - 8:43am

Sen. John Cornyn suggested a hearing and markup on reform proposals could be imminent. But multiple sources tell NPR that concrete language is still being hotly debated behind closed doors.

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Editors’ Choice

New York Times book reviews - July 31, 2015 - 7:34am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.









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Arson Attack That Killed Toddler In West Bank Is Called Terrorism

NPR Top Stories - July 31, 2015 - 7:33am

An 18-month old died in the fire. The perpetrators scrawled slogans in Hebrew on an outside wall of the house. Palestinian leaders blamed the Israeli government.

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Paperback Row

New York Times book reviews - July 31, 2015 - 7:29am
Paperback books of particular interest.









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Crime: Flight or Fright

New York Times book reviews - July 31, 2015 - 7:24am
Sara Paretsky’s crusading private eye, V.I. (Vic) Warshawski, returns in “Brush Back.”









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New Ebola Vaccine Has '100 Percent' Effectiveness In Early Results

NPR Top Stories - July 31, 2015 - 7:22am

The trial of the VSV-EBOV vaccine was called Ebola ça Suffit — French for "Ebola that's enough." Researchers say it's both effective and quick, with no new Ebola cases 6 days after vaccination.

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Inside the List

New York Times book reviews - July 31, 2015 - 7:19am
William Finnegan, who has written several sober examinations of the world’s hot spots, has his first best seller with the surfing memoir “Barbarian Days,” No. 5 on the hardcover nonfiction list.









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Summer Olympics 2008 Host Beijing Awarded 2022 Winter Games

NPR Top Stories - July 31, 2015 - 7:18am

The International Olympic Committee has selected Beijing as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics. It's the first city ever to host both summer and winter games.

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‘Wealth Secrets of the One Percent,’ by Sam Wilkin

New York Times book reviews - July 31, 2015 - 7:12am
An economist offers principles for amassing riches gleaned from business titans.









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‘The Love She Left Behind,’ by Amanda Coe

New York Times book reviews - July 31, 2015 - 7:08am
In this novel, a woman leaves her husband and two children for a temperamental playwright.









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Death Of Beloved Lion Heats Up Criticism Of Big Game Hunting

NPR Top Stories - July 31, 2015 - 7:05am

The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has highlighted big game hunting. Hunters legally kill more than 600 African lions every year. More than half the tourists hunting in Africa are American.

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‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street,’ by Natasha Pulley

New York Times book reviews - July 31, 2015 - 7:02am
In this debut novel, set in 1880s London, a mysterious mechanical genius seems to tinker with fate.









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‘Circling the Sun,’ by Paula McLain

New York Times book reviews - July 31, 2015 - 7:01am
This novel is based on the life of Beryl Markham, horsewoman and aviator.









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‘The Richest Man Who Ever Lived,’ by Greg Steinmetz

New York Times book reviews - July 31, 2015 - 7:00am
A Renaissance-era financier helped to create an international money market.









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‘The Fly Trap,’ by Fredrik Sjoberg

New York Times book reviews - July 31, 2015 - 6:59am
An amateur entomologist from Sweden offers a unique tour of the world of hoverfly collecting.









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‘Barbara the Slut,’ by Lauren Holmes

New York Times book reviews - July 31, 2015 - 6:59am
A story collection traces lives tinged with comedy and strain.









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‘A Hanging at Cinder Bottom,’ by Glenn Taylor

New York Times book reviews - July 31, 2015 - 6:58am
Two card hustlers face the gallows in a West Virginia town.









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The Shortlist: Dark Memoirs

New York Times book reviews - July 31, 2015 - 6:57am
New books by Alan Lightman, Mary Anna King, Brad Gooch and Allen Kurzweil.









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In Report, Justice Accuses St. Louis County Family Court Of Racial Bias

NPR Top Stories - July 31, 2015 - 6:03am

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division found that the court fails to provide children adequate representation. In addition, it says the court treats black kids harsher than white ones.

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More Previously Uninsured Californians Got Coverage Under Obamacare

NPR Top Stories - July 31, 2015 - 5:56am

More than two-thirds of Californians who didn't have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act took full effect in 2014 have it now. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey documents the changes.

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