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Head Of Embattled ATF Says Running Bureau 'Testing All Of My Skill Sets'

Nearly a year ago, Justice Department leaders turned to B. Todd Jones to solve one of their most urgent problems: a crisis at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In a rare interview with NPR, Jones discusses the unique challenges of his job.

New Target In Voter ID Battle: 1965 Voting Rights Act

Alabama, Florida and Texas are among five jurisdictions challenging the constitutionality of a key provision of the civil rights law that requires governments with a history of discrimination to get federal permission to change election procedures.

Extreme Makeover, Potato Edition

Will tomorrow's U.S. supermarket stock 10 kinds of potatoes? Potato geneticist Chuck Brown hopes so. He's been working to introduce the American market to purple, orange and red potato varieties, and bring back the sizzle potatoes once enjoyed.

What Can We Do To Fix The Economy?

NPR asked four economists to dream a little. If they could set aside the partisanship in Washington and do one thing to fix what they see as the economy's biggest problem — what would it be? Of course, even the potential solutions have downsides.

48 Years After Divorce, Couple Is Giving Marriage Another Shot

Lena Henderson and Roland Davis split in 1964, after 20 years of marriage. Nearly five decades later, they're coming together again on Saturday in Buffalo. "You never know what tomorrow is going to bring," says the bride.

Michael Phelps Wins Record 20th Medal; Soni Sets Record In Breaststroke

Michael Phelps has won the men's 200-meter individual medley at the 2012 Summer Games, winning his 20th Olympic medal — and his first individual gold medal in London. And Rebecca Soni won the women's 200-meter breaststroke, in a race she led from the start. Tyler Clary won gold in the 200m backstroke.

U.S. Gymnast Douglas Wins Gold In Individual All-Around

American gymnast Gabby Douglas has won her second Olympic gold medal of the London Summer Games, winning the individual all-around event to match her performance anchoring the U.S. team's gold-medal performance earlier this week. Teammate Aly Raisman finished fourth.

Women's Sabre Teams: No Medal For You

It's hard to find a discipline that Team USA has dominated more than the women's sabre. The team is anchored by two-time medalist Mariel Zagunis. But there's no way the Americans — or any team — can win a women's sabre medal in this year's Olympics. Because there isn't one.

Every Day Is Earth Day In Seattle, Wash.

Earthcorps members from more than 60 countries work daily to restore and invigorate the Puget Sound bio-network.

Kayla Harrison Completes Her Comeback With Historic Gold Medal In Judo

Kayla Harrison has defeated Britain's Gemma Gibbons in women's 78kg judo, winning the first gold medal for Harrison, 22, and the first gold for an American in judo. For Harrison, it's also an emphatic triumph over another challenge: overcoming a sexually abusive relationship with her former coach.