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Economy
4:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

With Greece Facing Economic Abyss, What Will EU Leaders Do?

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Politics
4:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

S.C. Senate Moves To Take Down The Capitol's Confederate Flag

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Sports
4:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Day 8 At Wimbledon Features Women's Quarterfinals

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U.S.
4:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

In Rio Grande Valley Some Campaign Workers Are Paid To Harvest Votes

Mary Helen Flores (center) is the founder of Citizens Against Voter Abuse.
John Burnett NPR

This week, NPR examines public corruption in South Texas. The FBI has launched a task force to clean up entrenched wrongdoing by public servants in the Rio Grande Valley. In the final part of this series, we examine vote stealing and election fraud.

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Back At Base
4:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

They Survived Training, Now Female Marines Await Word On Ground Combat

Marine Lance Cpls. Julia Carroll (left) and Paula Pineda lift "Carl" — a 220-pound test dummy — during training in March in California. Female Marines have completed months of training and are now waiting to hear whether they will be allowed to serve in combat roles.
David Gilkey NPR

Lance Cpl. Paula Pineda relaxes at a picnic table not far from her barracks in Camp LeJeune, N.C. She's in a crisp uniform and has a ready smile. It's one of the few breaks she's had in months — and she can finally laugh about Carl.

"Carl — our special, heavy, unique dummy," she says.

It was back in March, in the heat of the Mojave Desert in California, that Pineda — sweaty and grimy and just 5-foot-2 — struggled to help pull Carl the dummy out of her armored vehicle, along with another Marine, Julia Carroll. It was part of an exercise to rescue an injured crewman.

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