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The idea behind the legislation on the floor of the Senate this week is to harden American Internet infrastructure to attack, but there's a lot of disagreement over how to do that without hampering the industry — and compromising Americans' privacy. NPR's Martin Kaste reports.
Tuesday was a big day for the U.S. women's gymnastics team. The five American women won the gold medal in the team competition for the first time in 16 years. NPR's Tom Goldman was at the arena and has this report.
Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever Tuesday when he won his 19th medal. This week hasn't been the men's team's best, but this was a special moment. NPR's Howard Berkes has this report.
The battle over sequestration is getting louder, as the defense industry mobilizes to prevent across-the-board cuts to Pentagon spending. Non-defense groups are trying to avoid being drowned out. NPR's Larry Abramson reports.
Vidal wrote more than two-dozen novels and an equal number of nonfiction books in a career that spanned six decades. He was also a screenwriter, playwright and political activist, and his outspoken views made him a favorite on television talk shows. Vidal, 86, died Tuesday at home in the Hollywood Hills.
Some 60,000 people have been buried in El Paso's Concordia Cemetery. The Texas graveyard is the final home to gunslingers, Mormon pioneers, Chinese immigrants, Mexican revolutionaries and Civil War veterans. Its desert setting is a venue for a popular Day of the Dead festival and nightly ghost tours.
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