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Laid To Rest: A Proper Burial For The Poor

In New Mexico, the cremated remains of the state's deceased indigents often enter a state of limbo. Many spend years on county storage shelves. But country officials are now trying to give these remains a grave, a headstone and a public memorial service.

Sen. Corker: 'Congress Needs Ownership' Over Covert Activities

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, lead Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is pushing for a rewrite of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). It is the AUMF that was used by the George W. Bush administration to justify torture and warrantless wiretapping and it has been used by the Obama administration to defend drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere. Senator Corker tells Audie Cornish about his objections to classifying certain covert operations.

Minn. Minor League Baseball Team Goes Atheist For One Night

Melissa Block speaks with the St. Paul Saints' Executive Vice President and General Manager Derek Sharrer about the game that will be sponsored by the Minnesota Atheists. The team will go by the name "Mr. Paul Aints" for the game.

Fannie Mae Posts $10 Billion Profit In Second Quarter

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae announced Thursday that it made a $10 billion profit in the second quarter. Americans may remember that the government had to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac when the housing bubble burst five years ago. Now, with home prices rising, Fannie and Freddie are profitable again. That's good news for taxpayers, as well as home buyers who count on the two companies to guarantee and finance most home loans. But some investors in Fannie and Freddie are angry. They say they deserve a share of those new profits.

Hillary Clinton Still Mum On 2016, But She Hasn't Slowed Down

More than six months have passed since Hillary Clinton stepped down from her position as Secretary of State. At the time she said she was eager for some down time — to rest and do the things she didn't normally have time for, like catch up on episodes of Love It or List It. But Amy Chozick of the The New York Times, who has been following Clinton's transition out of office, tells Melissa Block that there hasn't been much R & R in her agenda.

Shipyard To Get $54 Million To Scrap Arson-Damaged Nuclear Sub

The attack submarine USS Miami was heavily damaged last year in a fire set by a disgruntled civilian employee at the shipyard.

Egypt's Top General And His U.S. Lessons In Democracy

Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi led the recent ouster of Egypt's democratically elected president. Seven years earlier, he was a student at the U.S. Army War College and wrote a paper called "Democracy in the Middle East." He's the latest in a series of U.S.-trained military officers to topple a civilian government.

NOAA: Hurricane Season On Track To Be 'Above Normal'

But federal forecasters trimmed their original forecast slightly, because the Atlantic waters are not as warm as predicted.

U.S. 'Space Fence' Will Cease To Operate, Site Says

A U.S. radar system that tracks thousands of objects orbiting Earth — from satellites to harmful debris — has reportedly been slated for a shutdown. The pending shutdown of the system, run by the Air Force, is being blamed on the government's sequestration cuts.

Dominican Players And PED Use: Coincidence?

More than half of the Major League Baseball players recently suspended for performance enhancing drug use are from the Dominican Republic - where many PED's are available over-the-counter. Host Michel Martin finds out more.