The Justice Department is planning to bring corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., alleging that he did political favors for a friend and donor, NPR has confirmed. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Source: Justice Department Prepares To Charge Sen. Menendez With Corruption

It is alleged that the New Jersey Democrat did political favors for a friend and donor. It is not clear how long it will take for actual criminal charges to emerge, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

The pizza lobby tries to influence things like school lunches and the calorie labels that go on the pies. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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#NPRreads: On America's First Suicide Bombing And Its Influential Pizza Lobby

From the people on our money to the effects of calling someone black, this week we bring you four reads that illuminate a bit of history or pieces of regulation you may not have known about.

Chinese who operated small shops in New Orleans' Chinatown for many decades learned in 1937 that their small city-within-a-city was doomed to make way for a parking lot. Shown in front of one of the shops on Tulane Avenue between Elk Place and Rampart Street are Big Gee, seated, and Lee Sing, standing. The Times-Picayune/Landov hide caption

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The Fascinating Story Of New Orleans' 2 Lost Chinatowns

Let's rewind the clock 150 years to the end of the Civil War, when Southern planters had to find new laborers.

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Federal Rule Will Extend Medical Leave To Same-Sex Spouses In All States

The Labor Department rule guarantees legally married same-sex spouses can take unpaid time off to care for one another, even in states that don't recognize the marriage.

Kevin Berthia is talked down by California Highway Patrolman Kevin Briggs at the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge in 2005. John Storey/Courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle hide caption

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10 Years Later, A Pair Of Strangers Revisit A Leap Not Taken

On March 11, 2005, Kevin Berthia wanted to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs talked him out of it. The two met recently to discuss what happened that day.

Spider Martin's best-known photograph, Two Minute Warning, shows marchers facing a line of state troopers in Selma, Ala., moments before police beat the protesters on March 7, 1965. The day became known as Bloody Sunday. Spider Martin/Courtesy of Tracy Martin hide caption

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Photographer Helped Expose Brutality Of Selma's 'Bloody Sunday' WBHM

Some of the most iconic images of marchers being attacked by Alabama state troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 were captured by a white photojournalist who stumbled onto the historic events.

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One possible result in the Mighty Mini Mammals division of 2015's Mammal March Madness tournament. If the species that's seeded highest always wins its bracket, the fennec fox will leave the division and advance to the final four. Adam Cole/NPR hide caption

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Could A Quokka Beat A Numbat? Oddsmakers Say Yes

In "Mammal March Madness," you win or die. No basketball in this tournament — it's a simulated survival-of-the-fittest game set up by evolutionary biologists. The battle cry? Mammals suck ... milk!

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Beautiful Photos Of Everyday Life In 19th And 20th Century Iran

The Smithsonian is giving Iranian-Americans a chance to look back on a world many had to leave years ago.

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