Using a digital device that displays Braille characters, Haben Girma talks with President Obama at a White House ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. White House photo/Courtesy of Haben Girma hide caption

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Goats and Soda

She Owes Her Activism To A Brave Mom, The ADA And Chocolate Cake

Born deaf and blind to a refugee mother, Haben Girma has had opportunities in the U.S. she'd never have had in Eritrea. But it was an urge for dessert that led her to advocate for the disabled.

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.

Organic farmer Margot McMillen holds a grape lead damaged by pesticide drift on her farm, Terra Bella Farm, in central Missouri. Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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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.

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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