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During Pool Season, Even Lifeguard Numbers Are Taking A Dive NCPR-WUNC

This summer, even the most crowded pools are struggling to hire enough lifeguards, and are cutting hours as a result. In a rebounding economy, teens are opting for higher-paying jobs or no job at all.

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Dana Bowerman's lifelong best friend Michelle Elliott holds a photograph of the two together. Bowerman is serving a nearly 20 year sentence for federal drug conspiracy charges. She was holding out hope for clemency for nonviolent drug offenders but it is unlikely that she will receive an early release date. Carrie Johnson/NPR hide caption

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It's All Politics

After Hope For Early Release, Prisoners' Applications Stuck In Limbo

The Obama administration offered to help non-violent offenders like Dana Bowerman, but more than half the applications sent to the Clemency Project 2014 have not been processed.

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Investigation Underway Into Killing Of Cecil, Zimbabwe's Best Known Lion

The killing of the beloved lion, hunted for sport, has been condemned by wildlife conservationists. Authorities say he was lured away from a protected park, wounded with a crossbow and later shot.

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NFL's Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady supported "the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs" below required levels, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says.

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Deceptive Cadence

Remembering Vic Firth, An Orchestral — And Entrepreneurial — Legend

He was with the Boston Symphony for 50 years, and his name was also stamped on the sticks of drummers from Buddy Rich to Charlie Watts to Questlove. Firth died Sunday at age 85.

Comedian Ari Shaffir performs in June. Shaffir has said fellow comedian Carlos Mencia stole his joke about who would build a fence on the U.S.-Mexican border. Copyright on jokes is difficult to prove, and it turned out two other comedians had made similar jokes as well. John Davisson/Invision/AP hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Twitter Takes Down Unoriginal Jokes, But All Of Yours Are Probably Safe

A freelance writer got the company to take down several unauthorized uses of her humor by what she says are robot accounts, but legal scholars say proving copyright on jokes is difficult.

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