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4:01 am
Fri May 22, 2015

State Department Envoy Defends Administration's Efforts Against ISIS

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:42 am

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NPR Story
4:01 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Boy Scouts' National President Says It's Time To Accept Gay Adult Leaders

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:50 am

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Race
4:01 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Players' Costs May Be A Factor In Why Tennis Leads Golf In Diversity

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:52 am

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The Two-Way
3:01 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Korean Air 'Nut Rage' Executive Freed From Jail

Former Korean Air executive Cho Hyun-Ah, after being released by a Seoul appeals court.
Jung Yeon-je AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:51 am

Former Korean Air executive Cho Hyun-ah, or Heather Cho, is out of jail after a four-month stay. If her name and alias don't ring a bell for you, the reason why she was in jail might.

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Heroin In The Heartland
2:57 am
Fri May 22, 2015

In America's Heartland, Heroin Crisis Is Hitting Too Close To Home

Sabas Sanchez Jr. was better known among his neighbors in Madison, Neb., as "Gordo" — Spanish for chubby. He also had an oversized personality. His father keeps this tattered photo in his wallet.
Bobby Caina Calvan Heartland Reporting Project

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 7:08 am

Heroin, today, is killing more and more people in rural America.

One Mexican cartel has seeded low-cost heroin around rural towns in the Southwest and Midwest, selling it cheap and easy, almost like pizza.

Madison, Neb. — population 2,500 — is just a speck of a town, a two-hour drive from the big-city bustle of Omaha. But it's not far enough away to avoid the growing impact of heroin.

"The world's gotten smaller," says Police Chief Rod Waterbury. "If drugs can make it to Chicago, they can make it here."

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