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—Omar Khayyám (1050?-1123) Persian poet, mathematician, astronomer


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Acquitted Of Extreme Corruption, Former Officers Now Sue For Defamation 
  Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:23:00 -0400 
    Five former members of a Philadelphia Police Department narcotics squad are suing the city's top officials for defamation. Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jeremy Roebuck explains.

As First Presidential Debate Looms, A Look At The Landscape Of The Race 
  Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:09:02 -0400 
    The first debate of the 2016 presidential campaign season is Thursday, Aug. 6. With so many Republican candidates trying to get on stage, what should voters be looking for?

Jon Stewart's Private White House Meetings 
  Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:09:00 -0400 
    Comedian Jon Stewart was called to the White House on at least two occasions for private meetings with President Obama, according to Politico. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with reporter Darren Samuelsohn.

An App Tells Painful Stories Of Slaves At Monticello's Mulberry Row 
  Sun, 02 Aug 2015 15:33:01 -0400 
    A new app uses geolocation to bring to life a lesser-known section of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate — Mulberry Row, which was the bustling enclave of skilled slaves who worked at Monticello.

25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight 
  Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:53:00 -0400 
    Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990. The U.S. reversed Saddam Hussein's aggression, but it was just the start of the U.S. military role in Iraq that's spanned four presidents and a panoply of goals.

After Katrina, One Sister Moves On; For Another, 'Tomorrow Never Came' 
  Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:47:00 -0400 
    Two New Orleans sisters who lost their home and sheltered in the sweltering, squalid Superdome followed very different paths in the storm's wake.

Mormons Face A Painful Loss If The Church Severs Boy Scout Ties 
  Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:49:00 -0400 
    Scouting has been the official program for Mormon boys for more than 100 years, but that may change after a vote allowing openly gay leaders. A Brigham Young professor says a split would be wrenching.

For Many Adopted Dogs, The Journey Home Takes A Thousand Miles 
  Sun, 02 Aug 2015 05:18:00 -0400 
    In Puerto Rico, poverty and lax rules have stranded about 300,000 dogs as strays. So rescue groups are sending many of those dogs to the mainland — and trying to change attitudes on the island.

Texas Attorney General Indicted On Felony Charges, 'New York Times' Reports 
  Sat, 01 Aug 2015 21:47:43 -0400 
    State attorney General Ken Paxton was indicted on three counts of securities fraud, according to the Times, and is expected to turn himself in to authorities on Monday.

A Lawyer's Advice For Black Men At Traffic Stops: 'Comply Now, Contest Later' 
  Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:16:00 -0400 
    Attorney Eric Broyles teamed up with a police officer to pen a handbook for African-American men dealing with police encounters. Above all, he recommends clarity, empathy — and getting badge numbers.

SuperPACs Report Their Funds — And The Numbers Are Staggering 
  Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:10:06 -0400 
    SuperPACs released their latest funding numbers Friday, and already it's clear that the committees' roles in 2016 will be gargantuan.

ISIS Is No Weaker Than A Year Ago, Officials Say 
  Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:10:00 -0400 
    U.S. officials believe the recent bombing campaign has done little to dislodge the self-declared Islamic State from Iraq and Syria, says an Associated Press report. AP reporter Ken Dilanian explains.

SuperPAC Fundraising Already Dwarfs 2012 Levels 
  Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:51:00 -0400 
    With the first big superPAC fundraising report of the 2016 campaign, it's already clear that this presidential election will be fueled by gargantuan sums of money.

Wildfires In California Spur Emergency Declaration; 1 Firefighter Dead 
  Sat, 01 Aug 2015 14:32:00 -0400 
    Nine of the largest fires cover areas of at least 1,000 acres each; a firefighter from Rapid City, S.D., was killed while battling one large blaze in Northern California.

Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names 
  Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:03:00 -0400 
    My Cat Xavier For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow superPAC backed Hank the Cat in the 2012 Virginia Senate election. Xavier also cared about naps, treats, and prison reform.
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