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The Two-Way
10:24 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Arizona Cardinals Hire Female Coach For Training Camp And Preseason

Jennifer Welter, who played in a Texas Revolution game as a running back in 2014, will help coach the linebacker corps for the Arizona Cardinals this summer.

Jen Welter, an athlete and sports psychologist, will become an NFL coach in what is believed to be a first. The Arizona Cardinals have hired Welter to coach the team's inside linebackers during this summer's training camp and preseason.

"I am honored to be a part of this amazing team," Welter said in a tweet Monday night. She thanked the Cardinals and head coach Bruce Arians.

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10:17 am
Tue July 28, 2015

A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Anil Ananthaswamy is a consultant for New Scientist Magazine.
Prasad Vaidya Dutton

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 12:58 pm

Science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy thinks a lot about "self" — not necessarily himself, but the role the brain plays in our notions of self and existence.

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10:17 am
Tue July 28, 2015

'Buzzin' The Blues' Revisits The Declarative Harmonica Style Of Slim Harpo

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 10:51 am

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Goats and Soda
9:43 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Look Out Pelley, Muir And Holt. Rapping Reporters Could Give You A Jolt

Zoe Kabuye, 14, is a star "rap-orter" on the rapping Ugandan show NewzBeat.
Courtesy of Newz Beat

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 11:13 am

Scott Pelley earnestly delivers the news.

Jimmy Fallon slow jams the news.

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9:19 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Bones In Church Ruins Likely The Remains Of Early Jamestown's Elite

3-D renderings of four skeletons found buried near the altar of an early church in the Jamestown settlement in Virginia.
Smithsonian X 3D

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 4:22 pm

Jamestown, Virginia — the first successful English colony in North America — was a difficult place, to say the least. Most of the colonists who arrived in 1607 died shortly thereafter.

Now archaeologists have discovered the remains of some of the colony's first leaders — Jamestown's elite.

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It's All Politics
9:16 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Most of Donald Trump's Political Money Went To Democrats — Until 5 Years Ago

As of 2004, Trump told CNN he was more Democrat than Republican. So why doesn't this upset potential GOP primary voters?
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 2:55 pm

"Well, if I ever ran for office, I'd do better as a Democrat than as a Republican," Donald Trump told Playboy in 1990. "And that's not because I'd be more liberal, because I'm conservative. But the working guy would elect me. He likes me."

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Giant Panda Jia Jia Celebrates 37th Birthday And 2 Guinness World Records

Giant panda Jia Jia eats bamboo next to her birthday cake made with ice and vegetables at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, on Tuesday.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 8:59 am

Jia Jia, a giant panda living at an amusement park in Hong Kong, celebrated her 37th birthday on Tuesday and, along with it, broke two Guinness World Records.

Jia Jia became the oldest giant panda ever living in captivity and the oldest giant panda currently living in captivity.

CNN reports that a Guinness representative was on hand at Ocean Park to congratulate Jia Jia. Blythe Ryan Fitzwilliam said Jia Jia had achieved "an amazing longevity achievement."

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The Two-Way
8:25 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Former N.Y. Prison Employee Enters Guilty Plea Related To Inmates' Escape

Joyce Mitchell, who has reached a plea deal over charges that she aided a prison escape, is seen here during a June court date, along with her lawyer, Steven Johnston.
POOL Landov

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 12:39 pm

Joyce Mitchell, the Clinton Correctional Facility worker who was charged last month with aiding two convicted killers' escape, has pleaded guilty after reaching a deal with prosecutors.

Mitchell, 51, was an instructor in the tailor shop at the prison in northern New York — a position that officials say allowed her to pass tools such as hacksaw blades and a screwdriver to prisoner Richard Matt.

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Shots - Health News
8:15 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. Your Patients Are Getting Healthier

A Yale University study analyzed the experience of 60 million Americans covered by traditional Medicare between 1999 and 2013, and found "jaw-dropping improvements in almost every area," the lead author says.
Ann Cutting Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:50 pm

Here's a bit of good news for Medicare, the popular government program that's turning 50 this week. Older Americans on Medicare are spending less time in the hospital; they're living longer; and the cost of a typical hospital stay has actually come down over the past 15 years, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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All Tech Considered
7:32 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Twitter Takes Down Unoriginal Jokes, But All Of Yours Are Probably Safe

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 12:06 pm

Twitter has started taking down jokes for copyright infringement. The removals were first spotted by @PlagiarismBad, which traced the takedown notices to Olga Lexell, a freelance writer in Los Angeles.

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