On its website, NBC reported the U.S. women's gymnastics team's gold medal Tuesday. But if you were watching on American TV, you had to wait until prime time to see the competition.
July 31, 2012 There is one gold medal America wins without fail, every four years. It's for the sport of complaining about NBC's tape-delayed coverage of the Olympic Games. Will Americans ever be happy with an Olympics that's not on American soil?
July 31, 2012 The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., found itself in court when it tried to protect the anonymity of a reader who posted a snarky, and possibly defamatory, comment. The paper says it had an obligation to protect her identity, but there's growing pressure on news sites to reconsider the practice of allowing anonymous comments.
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July 31, 2012 The NPR Cities Project has been asking listeners to tell us about the heart of their city. In this edition, we hear sounds of transit from across the country. You can see the submissions and contribute your own photos <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/24/157118179/we-got-the-beat-the-heart-of-your-city">here</a>.
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Participants in a fishing derby cast lines from a pier near Onondaga Lake's outflow in Syracuse, N.Y.
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July 31, 2012 A one-two punch of municipal waste and industrial dumping gave Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, N.Y., the reputation as one of the most polluted lakes in America. But after years of cleanup efforts, the lake has undergone a transformation, and now the final phase of its cleanup is set to begin.
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Young Skywalker: Gabby Douglas helped solidify the U.S. women's team grip on gymnastics gold. The Americans beat Russia and Romania.
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July 31, 2012 The U.S. women's gymnastics team has won the team gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, handily beating Russia, which took silver, and Romania, which took bronze. China finished fourth.
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July 31, 2012 Julian Castro, the high-achieving and young mayor of San Antonio, will become the first Hispanic American to give the keynote address at a Democratic convention.
Aaron Collins, who wanted to leave a big tip.
July 31, 2012 Aaron Collins died on July 7. He had asked his family to leave some waiter or waitress a $500 tip. When they asked for help in making his wish come true, donations poured in. Now, they expect to be making Aaron's wish come true about once a week for the next two years.
Venus Williams of the United States returns a shot to Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada in their Olympic singles tennis match, played at Wimbledon. Williams won, 6-1, 6-3.
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July 31, 2012 Stories that caught our eye this morning include a ratings coup for NBC, progress for Venus Williams, and a 33-megapixel broadcast of the opening ceremony.
A bedtime story is a longtime tradition. What about a math, science or history quiz, though?
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July 31, 2012 A New Jersey mom started giving her children fun math problems to do before sleep. Now, she's got 5,000 subscribers to her blog who use the problems to teach their children. Did your parents do anything like that? Or do you with your children?
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July 31, 2012 Republican lawmakers are also calling on the Obama administration to strengthen the bureau's leadership, according to news outlets.
The Gilliam Cemetery, near Sebastopol, Calif., received its first grave in 1852. Many of its older headstones have disappeared over the years.
July 31, 2012 California's Gilliam Cemetery appears to have more occupants as of late, but it's not only because new bodies have been buried there. Instead, old headstones that were claimed by the earth a century ago have been resurrected.
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July 31, 2012 On Thursday, voters in Tennessee will decide on a series of ballot issues, including an unusual one that's garnering a lot of attention. The National Rifle Association has turned against one of its biggest supporters and is actively trying to get the Republican booted from office.
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July 31, 2012 Nevada has just six electoral votes, but it's much fought over in presidential elections. In 2008, it gave an unexpectedly big boost to Democratic candidate Barack Obama. This year the contest is shaping up to be much closer as Nevada copes with both the worst unemployment in the nation and one of the country's highest home foreclosure rates.
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A pond in Charlotte, N.C.'s Freedom Park is a popular spot for evening fishing. The city keeps the pond well-stocked with catfish.
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July 30, 2012 When the summer sun sets in Charlotte, N.C., urban fishers make for the manmade pond in Freedom Park. They often bring their kids and grandkids for a taste of the country life they knew when Charlotte was a sleepier town.
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July 30, 2012 The man accused in the Colorado theater shooting faces a total of 142 charges — including 24 counts of first degree murder. James Holmes was in court again on Monday. Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee was there and speaks with Audie Cornish.
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