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9:35 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Tonight, Look For A Rare (But Not Quite Blue) Moon

People are silhouetted against a nearly full moon as they ride an attraction at Worlds of Fun amusement park Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. July 31 marks the second full moon of the month, a rare occurrence that has come to be known as a "blue moon."
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:34 pm

Updated at 11 a.m. ET

Get ready for a very rare event tonight — a blue moon.

But don't expect to see a new hue. A blue moon, at least according to the modern definition of the term, has nothing to do with color. It simply means a second full moon in the same calendar month.

As NASA explains in the video above: "Most blue moons appear pale gray and white, just like the moon you've seen on any other night."

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NPR Ed
9:03 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Measuring The Power Of A Prison Education

White House staff walk into the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:15 am

The Obama administration Friday is taking a small step toward expanding adult prisoners' access to federal Pell grants. The money would help pay for college-level classes behind bars.

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The Two-Way
8:27 am
Fri July 31, 2015

WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 10:42 am

New classified documents released by WikiLeaks purport to show that the United States spied on Japan's government, as well as on Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.

In one document marked "top secret," the U.S. allegedly distributed information from a conversation between cabinet-level officials from four ministries and Japan's chief cabinet secretary about Japan's G-8 proposals on climate change.

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Around the Nation
7:24 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Great White Shark Keeps Swimmer From Desired Goal

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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Around the Nation
6:52 am
Fri July 31, 2015

People Who Text While Walking Develop Protective Shuffle

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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The Two-Way
6:48 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Beijing Awarded The 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Beijing's National Stadium, or the Bird's Nest, will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2022 Winter Games.
Bullit Marquez AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 10:12 am

Updated at 10 a.m. ET

The International Olympic Committee has awarded Beijing the 2022 Winter Games.

With the selection, the Chinese city will become the first to host both winter and summer games. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games.

With a vote of 44 to 40, Beijing beat out Almaty, the biggest city in Kazakhstan.

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Animals
5:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Here's How To Identify Sounds You Hear In Nature

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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Thanks to smartphones, you rarely have to strain anymore to remember the name of a song. Start up a phone app. Hold your device by the radio or a restaurant speaker. And the app will usually recognize the song.

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Movie Reviews
5:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Movie Review: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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Another "Mission: Impossible" movie opens today. The franchise has been good to Tom Cruise, raking in more than $2 billion in worldwide box office receipts. So now take five. Here's our critic Kenneth Turan.

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Middle East
5:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Ex-Mossad Chief Supports Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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Sports
5:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

IOC Awards Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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And the winner is...

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The International Olympic Committee has the honor to announce the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 2022 - Beijing.

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