The Veepstakes
4:29 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Longshot Rice Would Lift Romney's Foreign Expertise

Condoleezza Rice says her dream job would be NFL Commissioner. Would she want a VP post instead?
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 6:44 pm

One way Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney could bolster his foreign policy standing is by choosing an expert as his running mate. One name that's been circulating in the rumor mill is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Rice, who served under George W. Bush both as secretary of state and as national security adviser, says she's not interested in the job. Still, she created a lot of buzz in June when she spoke to Romney donors in Utah.

An Exceptional Career

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Middle East
4:29 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Sinai Attack Dashes Hopes For Closer Gaza-Egypt Ties

Palestinians look at items in a gift shop as they wait to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing in the Gaza Strip last month. Egypt shut down the crossing less than a week later, after a deadly attack near Rafah left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead.
Tara Todras-Whitehill for NPR

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 9:43 am

In Gaza, the departures hall at the Rafah border crossing between the Palestinian territory and Egypt is brand new, air conditioned and festooned with Palestinian flags.

Only a few days ago, uniformed border guards called out the names of those approved to leave Gaza.

The improved land crossing from Gaza into Egypt was the centerpiece of what Hamas hoped would be an expanded relationship between the two neighbors.

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Summer Nights: Funtown
4:29 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Cruisin' For Classic Cars On A Steamy Summer Night

Antique trucks, including a 1937 Plymouth, on display at the weekly Cruisin' on the Square car show in Milan, Ohio. Classic car owners and enthusiasts gather each Tuesday evening through the summer to show off their cars or even find one to buy.
Noah Adams NPR

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 7:00 am

At the heart of the small town of Milan, Ohio, there's a graceful and tree-lined town square. It makes a good gathering spot for the classic cars and trucks of decades past.

A 1923 T-Bucket Ford, a '77 Chevy El Camino, a '68 AMC AMX, a '46 Dodge truck, a '59 Ford Galaxie — they all keep arriving after 5 o'clock every Tuesday evening. As the owner-drivers park around the square, engine hoods go up, lawn chairs come out — and the admiration begins.

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Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!
4:19 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Sandwich Monday: The Van Engelenfrozen

NPR

It's our intern MacKenzie Van Engelenhoven's last week, and she asked if she could bring in the sandwich on her final Sandwich Monday. We said "of course," because the only thing we love more than sandwiches is having the intern do things we should be doing ourselves.

It's an old Van Engelenhoven family recipe: Make cookies, bake them only four minutes, and freeze them. This maximizes the cookie-dough-ness when you make ice cream sandwiches out of them.

Mike: It's like cookie dough ice cream, reversed. Genius.

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Participation Nation
4:03 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Reaping What They Sew In Helena, Mont.

Juanita Ryan (far left), Lori Westphal, Maureen Foster, Othelia Schulz, Karen Pagett, Delores Rosin, Kim Randall, Gladys Pearce. The sewing circle tries to help abused women and children start new lives.
Emilie Ritter Saunders for NPR

This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.

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The Torch
4:01 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Watching The Olympics Online: Fans Find Ways Around NBC's Control

Jamaica's Usain Bolt gestures to a camera after running in an Olympic 100-meter semifinal. There's no telling when Americans might have seen his actions, as NBC tape-delays top events. Online, fans are finding ways around the network's strategy.
Sergey Ponomarev AP

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 9:42 am

When we posted about the apps and streaming options NBC and others offer for the London 2012 Games, many readers responded that as non-TV subscribers, they were cut out of the plan. Many added that they aren't scofflaws — they're people who watch broadcast television, and occasionally pay for cable shows or movies via Netflix or iTunes.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:56 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Vitamin D Deficiency In Sick Kids Could Make Them Sicker

Researchers say more studies are needed to determine whether sick kids deficient in vitamin D should get a big dose in a supplement.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 4:25 pm

If you're an adult, and a relatively healthy one at that, then you've probably been confused in recent years about whether or not you're getting enough vitamin D.

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Courts
3:38 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Diana Frey reports to prison

Diana Frey, flanked by her attorney Blake Somers, headed to court in June for sentencing

A former Cincinnati union president is expected to report to prison Tuesday.

Diana Frey has had just over two months to prepare herself for four years behind bars. The sentence handed down by Judge Susan Dlott in June was was more time than federal guidelines recommended. She called the white-collar crime serious.

The Salt
3:01 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Three Ways Lucille Ball Ruled When She Played With Food

Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball ham it up at the chocolate factory in a famous food-centric episode of "I Love Lucy."
CBS AP

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 11:08 am

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The Two-Way
2:54 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

In India, Protests Erupt Over Temple Shooting

Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal shout anti-US slogans during a protest near the U.S. embassy in New Delhi on Monday.
Sajjad Hussain AFP/Getty Images

In India today, Sikhs reacted with "grief and outrage" at the Sunday mass shooting at a Wisconsin gurdwara, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Times adds:

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