Expectations for movement on justice reform had been high, but sources tell NPR that concrete language on sentencing and criminal justice overhauls is still being hotly debated behind closed doors. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Despite High Expectations, Sentencing Reform Proposals Still On Ice

Sen. John Cornyn suggested that a hearing and markup on sentencing and criminal justice overhauls could be imminent. But multiple sources tell NPR that concrete language is still being hotly debated.

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The Salt

Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

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.

A drone similar to this one was shot out of the sky in Kentucky this week, by a homeowner who said his privacy was being invaded. He's now facing criminal charges in the case. Tim Sharp/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Dispute Emerges Over Drone Shot Down By Kentucky Man

William Meredith, 47, of Bullitt County, Ky., was arrested Sunday after he used his shotgun to bring down a drone that he said hovered above his property in a suburb of Louisville.

A spry 52 when the film was shot, Tom Cruise — still his own stuntman — careens a motorcycle, sans helmet, around a winding Moroccan highway at suicide-miles-per-hour. Bo Bridges/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Movie Reviews

'Rogue Nation' Fulfills The Mission Of A Reliable Blockbuster Series

Tom Cruise returns as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the latest Mission: Impossible — a super-fun sequel executed with rigor, clarity and creative use of Puccini's Turandot.

A Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter does a short takeoff (STOVL) from Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., in 2011. Eighteen years after development began, a version of the plane designed for the Marine Corps is expected to be deemed "combat ready." Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

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

With a total program cost estimated at $400 billion and a per-plane price tag of $135 million, the Joint Strike Fighter program is considered the most expensive in U.S. history.

The Ebola vaccine from a trial in Guinea needs to be kept at a temperature of minus 60 degrees Celsius, the World Health Organization says. Storage devices use jet fuel to keep the right temperature for up to five days in the field. Sean Hawkey/Sean Hawkey hide caption

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

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 six days after vaccination.

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All Songs Considered

Mac DeMarco Explains His Mini-Album Of Love Songs, Track By Track

The lived-in, sun-bleached songs on Another One explore adjacent angles on love that's simply not going to work out.

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People are silhouetted against a nearly full moon as they ride an attraction at Worlds of Fun amusement park Thursday, in Kansas City, Mo. July 31 marks the second full moon of the month, a rare occurrence that has come to be known as a "blue moon." Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Tonight, Look For A Rare (But Not Quite Blue) Moon

The modern definition of a "blue moon" has nothing to do with its color.

Black Lives Matter activists confronted Democratic candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders at a Netroots Nation event earlier this month. O'Malley used the phrase "all lives matter" twice, which he later apologized for. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Democratic Candidates Stumble Over Black Lives Matter Movement

"Nobody got the messaging right at the beginning," one activist said. "They should have known better." Three Democratic candidates are speaking to the National Urban League today.

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StoryCorps

Maj. Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn

A gritty Marine, Donnie Dunagan fought in the Vietnam War and earned decorations for his service. But all his life, there was one thing this commander could never escape: He was the voice of Bambi.

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All Songs Considered

Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks From July

This month's mix features boogie from Australia, funk and techno from London, deep house from Paris, broken beats from Berlin, and a remix of one of last year's most memorable songs.

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Tiny Desk

Shamir's Campfire-Style Tiny Desk Concert

The singer's disco-infused funk and soul gets stripped down to a lone voice with a guitar, surrounded by an admiring throng of NPR staffers, interns and friends.

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