Four Composers, One (Nearly) Impossible Mission To Reinvent A Classic Theme

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Four different composers have scored the Mission: Impossible stories on the big screen. All have had to contend with the iconic music Lalo Schifrin wrote for the TV series.

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3 University Of Virginia Graduates Sue 'Rolling Stone' Over Retracted Story

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Three UVA graduates at the center of the debunked story about rape at the school sued Rolling Stone, its publisher and the reporter for defamation. The magazine's managing editor resigned this week.

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U.S. Couple Held In Egyptian Prison For 1 Year Over Unfounded Child Abuse

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An Egyptian-American and her husband have been held in Cairo prisons for more than a year. They're accused of abusing street children in the shelter they ran, but the government has shown little evidence and may be after them because of suspected political activity.

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Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs

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Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to eliminate 6,500 jobs as slumping oil prices force the industry to make adjustments. Shell's profits fell by more than 30 percent in the second quarter.

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U.N. Envoy: Solution To Syrian Conflict Must Be A 'Political One'

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NPR's Melissa Block speaks with United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura about creating a peace process in Syria. He says there is a new "sense of urgency" by many parties to end the conflict.

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Jason Isbell Has Conquered Fear, But He's Still Learning About Himself

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The country artist's chart-topping new album, Something More Than Free, comes at a turning point in his life.

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Amid Political Dysfunction, Beirut Residents Suffer The Stench Of Garbage

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Beirut's streets are piled with two weeks' worth of uncollected trash. To many Lebanese, it's no surprise. The country has been without a president for more than a year.

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Maryland Governor To Close Baltimore City Jail Over Corruption

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Gov. Larry Hogan announced the closure of the Baltimore City Men's Detention Center on Thursday. The jail, which is run by the state, has been plagued by corruption and deplorable conditions.

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Many Colleges Have Armed Police Squads, But Are They Worth The Risk?

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A University of Cincinnati officer faces murder charges for the traffic stop death of Samuel DuBose, and now critics are questioning the growing trend of giving campus cops weapons.

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Buddy Emmons, The Pedal-Steel Guitarist Who 'Taught Everybody To Play,' Has Died

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The legendary musician worked with everyone from Ray Price to Ray Charles while making a complicated instrument seem effortless. He died Wednesday at 78.

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As Cemetery Building Booms, Veterans Hope To Be Buried Close To Home

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Veterans Affairs is funding a major expansion in burial places all across the country. Vets who live close to a new cemetery in Goldsboro, N.C., see it as the place they want to be buried, with honor.

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AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters

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NPR's Melissa Block speaks with the AP's Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about the investigation, which found high levels of dangerous viruses in water venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Help Wanted: The Philippines Needs More Exorcists

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The Office of Exorcism reports a sharp increase in cases over the past decade — more than its five-man team can handle. Warning: It's a high-stress job. The priests believe the demons strike back.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

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Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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Kazakhstan Promises 'Real Winter Wonderland' In Bid To Host 2022 Games

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The International Olympic Committee will decide Friday whether to accept the bid by Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, to stage the 2022 Winter Games, or instead offer it to rival contender Beijing.

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New York Court: Chimps Are Still Property, Not People

The judge wrote that someday they may get legal rights, but courts don't embrace change quickly. The chimps are held by Stony Brook University.

The Most Popular High School Plays and Musicals

The Most Popular High School Plays and Musicals

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes...

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