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3:33 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Source: Justice Dept. Prepares To Charge N.J. Sen. Menendez With Corruption

The Justice Department is planning to bring corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., alleging that he did political favors for a friend and donor, NPR has confirmed.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:50 pm

Updated at 3:17 p.m. ET

The Justice Department is planning to bring corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., alleging that he did political favors for a friend and donor, NPR's Carrie Johnson has confirmed.

A person familiar with the case tells Carrie that a decision has been made to go forward with a prosecution.

"It is not clear how long it will take for actual criminal charges to emerge," Carrie says.

The case is being handled by the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section in Washington, she adds.

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The Two-Way
3:33 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

North Korean Diplomat Stopped In Bangladesh With $1.4 Million In Gold

Customs authorities in Bangladesh would like to know what a top North Korean diplomat was doing with $1.4 million in gold hid in his luggage as he arrived on a flight from Singapore to Dhaka.

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The Two-Way
2:45 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

#NPRreads: On America's First Suicide Bombing And Its Influential Pizza Lobby

The pizza lobby tries to influence things like school lunches and the calorie labels that go on the pies.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

This week, we bring you four reads that illuminate a bit of history or pieces of regulation you may not have known about.

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The Two-Way
2:19 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

DOJ Indicts 3 Men Accused Of 'Largest Data Breach In History'

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:16 pm

Three men, two from Vietnam and one from Canada, who allegedly participated in a scheme to harvest a billion email addresses have been charged in what the Department of Justice describes as the largest data breach in the history of the Internet.

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The Two-Way
2:13 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Former NBC Executive Returns To Oversee Troubled News Division

The parent company of NBC, Comcast, has turned to a familiar figure to lead the network's troubled news division, naming Andrew Lack as chairman to shore up its credibility, its finances and its stability.

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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles Dies At 88

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:18 pm

Albert Maysles, the father of the contemporary American documentary film who was behind such classics as 1970's Gimme Shelter, has died. He was 88.

Maysles, an Oscar-nominated director, died Thursday in New York, Erica Dilday at the Maysles Documentary Center confirmed.

NPR's Neda Ulaby is reporting on his death for our Newscast unit. She says:

"Albert Maysles with his brother David turned an unflinching cinematic eye on everything from door to door Bible salesmen to the most eccentric members of the East Coast elite. ...

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Movie Reviews
1:43 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

In The Northern Ireland Period Thriller '71,' No One Dies Well

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History
1:43 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Fresh Air Pays Tribute To The 50th Anniversary Of Bloody Sunday

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Politics
1:32 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Obama Returns To Selma For 50th Anniversary Of Historic March

Barack Obama as a presidential candidate in Selma, Ala., in 2007 recreating a voting rights march that was violently repressed by state troopers in 1965.
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It's the kind of moment rich with history – a moment to reflect on a searing date in the civil rights struggle, and to do so with the nation's first African American president taking center stage at the memorial ceremonies. It's a time and place to reflect on where we have been and where we have come as a nation. But also to ponder the future for Barack Obama and whether the discussion of race and inequality will become major themes of his post-presidency, which begins in less than two years.

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Asia
1:12 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

For India's Widows, A Riot Of Color, An Act Of Liberation

Susannah Ireland for NPR

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:32 pm

"I have no one. I've lost everything. My children are gone, my parents are gone. My husband's family doesn't ask about me. They don't even look for me, they don't even know if I eat," says Manu Ghosh, 85.

That's her above, seen before and after the Hindu festival of Holi at her ashram in northern India.

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