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The Torch
2:16 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

At Olympics' End, USA Finishes First In Medal Race

In an iconic moment, Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 10:43 pm

The last medals of the London Games were just presented at the end of the women's modern pentathlon.

Like it did in the last three Olympics, the United States dominated. Last time around in Beijing, China outdid the States in total gold medals but this year, the U.S. climbed back proving itself in pretty much every category.

Here's a look at the final medal tally:

USA: 46 gold; 29 silver; 29 bronze; 104 total.

China: 38 gold; 27 silver; 22 bronze; 87 total.

Russia: 24 gold; 25 silver; 33 bronze; 82 total

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The Two-Way
1:37 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Evangelist Billy Graham Hospitalized

Evangelist Billy Graham is thought to be suffering from bronchitis.
Nell Redmond AP

Evangelist Billy Graham has been admitted to a North Carolina hospital for a lung infection, according to a spokesperson.

Graham was admitted to a hospital in Asheville, near his home in Montreat, on Saturday night. This is the second time in less than a year the 93-year-old has been admitted to the hospital, as The Charlotte Observer notes:

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The Two-Way
12:29 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

New President's Dismissals Shock Egypt's Politicos

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 6:29 pm

New Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is asserting his authority in the boldest move he's made since assuming the nation's top job.

Update at 4:08 p.m. More Details

The Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, ordered the retirement of Defense Minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Chief of Staff Gen. Sami Annan. He also restored to the office of the president powers taken from it by the military before his election.

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The Torch
12:21 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

'No One-Hit Wonder': For Gold, Team USA Beats Spain In Men's Basketball

LeBron James of the United States celebrates winning the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain with teammate Kobe Bryant.
Pascal Le Segretain Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 10:23 am

The United States now has back-to-back golds in men's basketball, after beating Spain 107-100 in the finals.

The team celebrated midcourt, and we saw something unexpected: Kobe Bryant, the superstar, one of the best basketball players in the world, wept during what he said was his last Olympic appearance.

"Team USA is not a one-hit wonder," the commentators on NBC said. "Like the Beatles and Rolling Stones, they come to London and put out more gold."

It wasn't easy. The AP reports:

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The Torch
12:18 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich Wins Men's Marathon

Athletes run along Westminster Bridge next to the Palace of Westminster as they compete in the Men's Marathon in London.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Earning his country's first Olympic medal in track and field, the Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich won the Olympic marathon with a time of 2:08:11.

Reuters reports that Kiprotich took the lead with a little more than three miles to go and finished just ahead of his compatriot Wilson Kipsang, who won the 2012 London marathon.

Reuters adds:

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It's All Politics
10:41 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Baseball Caps And Rented Cars: How Romney's Team Kept VP Pick A Secret

Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan speak with media aboard a charter airplane from Sterling, Virginia to Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

That Rep. Paul Ryan was Mitt Romney's choice for a running mate wasn't a complete surprise. Still, it was a closely guarded secret and it took quite a bit of planning to keep it under wraps until the name was unveiled yesterday.

Last night, NPR's Ari Shapiro and other reporters received a briefing from team Romney detailing the lengths they went through to keep their vetting — and Romney's ultimate choice — secret.

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The Torch
10:32 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Michael Phelps Exits The Olympics, And Enters Retirement At 27

Phelps dives into the pool for his last Olympic race. He says that his plans for post-Olympic life include finally seeing the cities he's competed in.
Al Bello Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 10:36 am

When Michael Phelps came to London for the 2012 Summer Games, he had 14 Olympic gold medals. He's leaving with 18 and a record 22 overall. And now he's retiring at 27, leaving the sport in which he always said he wanted to do things that had never been done before.

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It's All Politics
9:50 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Romney, Ryan Surrogates Trade Shots On Sunday Talk Shows

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 11:41 am

We're keeping our ear on the Sunday talk shows this morning. Obviously the topic of the day is Rep. Paul Ryan, whom the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen as his running mate.

Both parties have already traded hard shots, but it appears there is agreement that the addition of Ryan, who has led the GOP on matters of budget, focuses this presidential election. It is now focused on a broader narrative about the size and role of government.

We'll update this post with the highlights as the morning progresses:

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Economy
9:40 am
Sun August 12, 2012

"Dr. Doom" Takes A Look At The Economy

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And now another gloomy financial message. Nouriel Roubini is a New York University professor and former economic advisor to the Clinton administration. And he has the nickname Dr. Doom. Roubini is next in our series of conversations with topnotch economists. But unlike some of his colleagues, he does not claim to have a crystal ball; he makes warnings, not predictions. Nouriel Roubini joins us from New York.

Welcome. So why do they call you Dr. Doom?

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The Salt
8:33 am
Sun August 12, 2012

On The Road To Olympic Gold, Kenyan Marathoners Fuel Up On Carbs

Every day at 9 a.m. sharp in Iten, Kenya, 200 or so runners train on the dirt roads surrounding the town.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 11:38 am

For a couple of days last month, I ate the same foods as some of the fastest people on the planet — the Kenyans.

I stayed at the same hotel and ate in the same dining room as the Kenya Olympic Marathon team while working on a radio story about how this impoverished nation produces some of the best endurance runners in the world.

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