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As The Games Begin, A Look At Early Results

NPR's Tom Goldman talks with host Scott Simon about the first medal events, including cycling and swimming.
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Egyptians Break Fast, Beat Heat At The Same Time

The Islamic holiday of Ramadan is taking place during an especially hot and humid season in Egypt. Long accustomed to triple-digit temperatures, Egyptians are turning to a favorite custom for relief from the heat: drinking fresh fruit juice after a fast.
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How Kenya Builds The Fastest Humans On Earth

Many of the world's best marathoners come from a highland region where they run along mountainous dirt roads at 8,000 feet above sea level. They're competing for Olympic gold, but real gold inspires them, too.
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London Opens Up, In Danny Boyle's 'Warm-Up Act' For The Summer Olympics

The London Olympics' opening ceremony is a "show," director Danny Boyle says, that celebrates Britain, from the Industrial Revolution to its music and literature — even its socialized medicine. There's also time for thousands of athletes to enter Olympic Stadium. "We don't get lost in show business," Boyle says.
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Obama Pre-Empts Romney's Israel Visit With Security Aid Bill Signing

It may have just been a coincidence that on the eve of Mitt Romney's visit to Israel, President Obama signed legislation that increases U.S. military and security aid to the Jewish state. But the timing showed once again the benefits of incumbency in an election year.
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Seven Strange Food Museums To Spice Up Your Summer Travel Plans

Curious about the history of currywurst? Searching for some facts about Spam? Unusual museums worldwide celebrate their favorite foods. And summer is a good time to check them out.
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Legally Blind Archer Sets World Record At London 2012 Games

In archery's early rounds, two world records were set at the London 2012 Games Friday. That's when South Korean archer Im Dong-hyun scored a record 699 points. You might recall Im's name — he's made headlines because he is both an Olympic gold medalist and legally blind.
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Pay, Not Play, Fuels British Invasion Of Chinese Soccer

England's top Premier League teams are playing exhibition games, running soccer clinics for kids and sponsoring fan parties in China, drawn by its massive economic potential. Newly moneyed owners of Chinese teams are snagging big-name European players in a sport that's favored by China's political elite.

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