Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell is a producer who works with Morning Edition and NPR.org, coordinating with radio and digital media staff to create Web features that complement stories heard on-air. He also frequently writes original Web pieces.

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to writing for its World Cup 2010 blog. Chappell's assignments have included being the lead Web producer on NPR's trip to Asia's Grand Trunk Road, as well as being the Web liaison and producer of the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps project.

Chappell was an integral part of the team that executed a comprehensive redesign of NPR's Web site in 2009. One year later, the site won its first Peabody and the National Press Foundation's Excellence in Online Journalism award, among others.

Drawing from his experience in improving NPR's storytelling ability, he trains both digital media and radio staff in using NPR's digital tools.

Other shows he has worked with include Fresh Air, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation and Piano Jazz with Marilyn McPartland.

Prior to joining NPR in 2003, Chappell worked on the Assignment Desk at CNN International, handling regions from Asia and Africa to Europe and Latin America.

During the intensive early months of the Iraq War, he coordinated packages and live shots out of Qatar, Israel and Australia. During the war, he set up live interviews and brought in packages to supply content to CNN's global networks.

From 2002-2003, Chappell served as Editor-in-Chief of the Trans-Atlantic Journal, a business and lifestyle monthly geared for expatriate Europeans working and living in the United States.

Chappell's prior work included producing Web pages and editing digital video for CNNSI.com, as well as editing and producing news and features at CNN.com. His entry to CNN came via the network's central library, where he often manned the reference desk.

Chappell's entry into national journalism came after years of writing about movies, restaurants and music for alternative weeklies. A holder of bachelor's degrees in English and History from the University of Georgia, he attended graduate school for English Literature at the University of South Carolina.

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2:13pm

Mon July 20, 2015
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Military Finds U.S. Paid $14.7 Million For Overdue Warehouses In Afghanistan

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 2:51 pm

The interior of one of several large warehouses at Kandahar Airfield. Because the U.S. military can't use them, they'll likely pass to the Afghan government.
SIGAR

Early last year, the Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency accepted a $14.7 million warehouse facility. Newly built in Afghanistan, it had 173,428 square feet of climate-controlled space — but it was finished so late that it never fulfilled its intended use. Now it's likely to be transferred to the Afghan government.

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10:18am

Mon July 20, 2015
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Affair-Enabling Website Ashley Madison Is Compromised By Hackers

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 11:43 am

The website of the "married dating" service Ashley Madison was the target of hackers who are now demanding that the service be discontinued.
AshleyMadison.com

Ashley Madison, a website that helps millions of married people cheat on their spouses, has lost a trove of personal and confidential information to hackers who are threatening to release the data of more than 37 million users.

News of the data hack comes at a time when Ashley Madison's parent company has raised its profile by backing a related TV show; its leaders have also discussed a potential $200 million stock offering.

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3:48pm

Fri July 17, 2015
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Marine Corps Identifies 4 Service Members Who Died In Chattanooga Attack

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 10:40 pm

Caroline Dove holds a photo of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, her boyfriend, at her home in Savannah, Ga., on Friday. Wells was among four Marines killed Thursday in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Russ Bynum AP

Updated at 10:40 p.m. ET

Their experience levels ranged from multiple deployments in war zones to one year in the service with no deployments. Their homes ranged from Georgia to Wisconsin, but their lives converged in Thursday's deadly attack in Tennessee.

The Marine Corps has formally identified the victims as Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, and Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells.

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11:23am

Fri July 17, 2015
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Mocked And Maligned, Japan Spikes Plan For $2 Billion Olympic Stadium

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:24 pm

Tokyo's proposed National Stadium, a key part of its 2020 Olympics plan, is being reopened to design proposals after Japanese officials said new cost estimates had risen sharply.
Japan Sports Council

Its cost had swollen to more than $2 billion; its design sparked an unflattering meme. And now Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to start over with their plan to build a centerpiece stadium.

"I have decided to bring the current (building) plan for the new National Stadium back to the drawing board and review the plan from scratch," Abe said, according to Kyodo News.

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1:18pm

Wed July 15, 2015
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Motorcycles Can Now Run Problematic Red Lights In Kentucky

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 3:17 pm

As of Wednesday, Kentucky has made it legal for people on motorcycles to run red lights after waiting for them to change. A motorcyclist rides in Kentucky in this file photo.
Reuters /Landov

A new law that was prompted by motorcycles' inability to trigger sensors at traffic signals takes effect in Kentucky today, allowing motorcyclists to run a red light after they've come to a complete stop and waited for it to change.

Under the new law, people on motorcycles can move through a light only after they've stopped and waited for either two minutes or, as the bill says, if "the traffic control signal at the intersection has completed two (2) lighting cycles."

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11:09am

Wed July 15, 2015
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Malware And Hacking Forum Darkode Is Shut Down; Dozens Arrested

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:36 am

The Darkode malware forum was replaced by an image announcing its seizure by authorities Wednesday.
Justice Department

Announcing an international takedown of a malware marketplace, federal officials say that the forum called Darkode has been dismantled and dozens of its members have been arrested. Darkode has been a marketplace to purchase and trade hacking tools since at least 2008.

Investigators say that while the forum's existence was widely known, they hadn't been able to penetrate it until recently. Darkode operated under password protections and required referrals to join. On Wednesday, the site consisted of an image saying that it had been seized by authorities.

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9:58am

Wed July 15, 2015
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Solar Airplane's Round-The-World Trip Is Halted Until 2016

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:51 am

The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Hawaii in early July. The team behind the sun-powered airplane says it will be grounded until next spring.
Solar Impulse | Revillard | Rezo Solar Impulse | Revillard | Rezo

Battery problems on the Solar Impulse, the airplane that has been flying around the world using only the sun's power, have grounded the plane until next spring. The lithium-ion batteries overheated on a recent five-day trip from Japan to Hawaii.

"Irreversible damage to certain parts of the batteries will require repairs which will take several months," organizers said early Wednesday, ending hopes of finishing what would be a record-setting trip by late summer.

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12:25pm

Tue July 14, 2015
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Eric Garner's Family Urges Justice Department To Prosecute Officer

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 1:49 pm

Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, speaks at a news conference at the National Action Network in New York a day after settling a $5.9 million wrongful death case with the city. At far right is Garner's widow, Esaw Garner.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

Having reached a $5.9 million settlement with New York City over Eric Garner's death last summer, Garner's family says they want a federal indictment of a police officer who helped restrain him. A county grand jury previously opted not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo, who had his arm wrapped around Garner's neck in a chokehold as Garner struggled to breathe.

"They deserve to be prosecuted. They treated my husband like an animal," Garner's widow, Esaw Garner, said of the police officers who were involved.

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8:54am

Tue July 14, 2015
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NASA Zooms In On Pluto, For Closest Views Yet

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 9:50 pm

An image of Pluto that was taken by New Horizons shortly before its flyby Tuesday shows a heart-shaped pattern on the planet's surface. NASA says Pluto "sent a love note back to Earth."
NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

New images of Pluto have arrived from a NASA space probe, and they're already allowing scientists to update what we know about the dwarf planet — such as its size. NASA's New Horizons probe has traveled more than 3 billion miles to send photos and data about Pluto back to Earth.

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3:15pm

Mon July 13, 2015
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Land Rover Recalls 65,000 Vehicles Over Unlatching Doors

The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover is among the SUV models included in a new recall over the vehicles' keyless entry software. The automaker says an update will fix a problem in which doors can unexpectedly open.
PR NEWSWIRE

Concerns over the safety of drivers and passengers has prompted Land Rover to issue a recall of more than 65,000 recently made SUVs. The problem stems from keyless entry software that can allow seemingly latched doors to open.

"Some customers have reported that one door has opened while the vehicle was in motion," the company said in an initial report on the flaw in June.

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10:57am

Mon July 13, 2015
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'Bloom County 2015': Berkeley Breathed Revives Comic Strip

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 2:57 pm

Idle for more than 25 years, the comic strip Bloom County returned to life Monday.
Berkeley Breathed/Facebook

Fans of the well-loved comic strip Bloom County are celebrating this morning, after cartoonist Berkeley Breathed issued the first panels of his satirical strip in decades.

Breathed won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on Bloom County back in 1987; two years later, he quit producing it. On Sunday, he posted a photo of himself to Facebook in which he sat in front of a computer screen with an empty cartoon template titled Bloom County 2015.

"A return after 25 years. Feels like going home," he wrote.

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4:37pm

Fri July 10, 2015
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Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell's Conviction Affirmed By Appeals Court

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 8:22 pm

A federal appeals court has upheld the corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. After the ruling, McDonnell said he never violated his oath of office; his lawyers say they'll continue to fight the conviction.

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12:43pm

Fri July 10, 2015
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OPM Director Archuleta Resigns In Wake Of Data Breaches

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 1:59 pm

Katherine Archuleta announced Friday that she is stepping down as the director of the Office of Personnel Management, following a breach of databases that hold federal workers' personal information.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Katherine Archuleta, the head of Office of Personnel Management who has been under fire since revelations that millions of people's personal data was compromised by hackers, is resigning.

Around midday Friday, Archuleta released a statement saying, "This morning, I offered, and the President accepted, my resignation."

Her last day on the job will be today. The role of acting director will be filled by Beth Cobert, a former director at consulting firm McKinsey & Company who has led the Obama administration's efforts to improve the OPM's efficiency.

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10:43am

Fri July 10, 2015
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Women's Soccer Team Earns Ticker-Tape Parade In NYC — And A Return To No. 1

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 12:10 pm

Well ahead of the ticker-tape parade's 11 a.m. start time, young fans were already in place along the route to celebrate the U.S. women's World Cup victory.
Adam Hunger AP

Marking the first time any women's team has been celebrated in New York's famed Canyon of Heroes, thousands of fans turned out Friday for a parade honoring the U.S. women's soccer team's record third World Cup title.

The ticker-tape parade comes on the heels of another U.S. achievement: a return to the No. 1 spot in FIFA's rankings that were released this morning.

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4:26pm

Thu July 9, 2015
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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Signs Confederate Flag Bill Into Law

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 5:27 pm

With her predecessors in the governor's office and others looking on, Gov. Nikki Haley signs into law a bill that removes the Confederate flag from the State House in Columbia.
Richard Ellis EPA /LANDOV

In a public signing ceremony staged in the lobby of the Statehouse where slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney once worked in the state Senate, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to remove the Confederate battle flag from a flagpole on the Capitol grounds.

Thursday afternoon's event drew an extensive list of South Carolina's political establishment, including former Govs. Jim Hodges, David Beasley and Dick Riley — as well as the families of Pinckney and the eight other shooting victims who were attacked in a black church in Charleston last month.

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4:04pm

Thu July 9, 2015
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Cyclists Can Ignore Some Traffic Lights, Paris Announces

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 4:46 pm

A diagram released by the city of Paris shows how cyclists will be able to pass through intersections during red lights. In some cases, they can turn right; in others, they can go straight through.
City of Paris

Announcing a new policy for cyclists who ride in Paris, the city says it will allow people on bikes to ride through red lights or turn right at intersections that are marked by a special traffic sign.

Cyclists will have the most leeway at T-shaped intersections, where they can continue on without crossing other lanes of traffic. But in all cases, they'll have to yield to pedestrians and other vehicles who have the right of way.

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11:18am

Thu July 9, 2015
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Watch: Confederate Descendant's Scathing Address In S.C. Flag Debate

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 12:04 pm

Rep. Jenny Horne, a Republican who is part of Charleston's delegation to the Statehouse, gave a powerful speech about the Confederate flag Wednesday, calling it "a symbol of hate."
ETV/CSPAN

The debate over South Carolina's flying of the Confederate flag touched many emotions and motivations in more than 12 hours of debate, with several Democrats urging its removal and several Republicans urging its persistence.

The bill to remove the flag from its prominent place flying outside the Capitol was finally passed without any changes, in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

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6:47am

Thu July 9, 2015
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'A New Day': S.C. To Remove Confederate Flag From Capitol Grounds

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 3:12 pm

State Rep. John King, D-York, hugs a woman after the House approved a bill removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds early Thursday in Columbia, S.C.
John Bazemore AP

The Confederate battle flag that has flown in a prominent spot at South Carolina's Statehouse for more than 50 years is close to being furled and put in a museum, after the state's House of Representatives backed a bill early this morning that would put the flag in a relic room.

After more than 12 hours of debate, the final vote was 94-20.

Gov. Nikki Haley, who is expected to sign the measure into law today, called it "a new day in South Carolina."

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4:40pm

Wed July 8, 2015
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Baltimore Mayor Replaces Police Commissioner Anthony Batts

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 5:45 pm

Anthony Batts has been replaced as Baltimore's police commissioner, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says. In his place, former Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will become the interim chief.

Announcing the change at a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Rawlings-Blake commended Batts for leading a modernization effort and helping to make Baltimore more safe.

"But as we have seen in recent weeks, too many continue to die on our streets — including just one last night, and one lost earlier today," Rawlings-Blake said.

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11:47am

Wed July 8, 2015
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S.C. House Votes To Remove Confederate Flag From Capitol Grounds

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 2:20 am

Jalaludin Abdul-Hamid, a protester against the Confederate flag that flies outside the South Carolina Statehouse, speaks to a flag supporter Tuesday.
Sean Rayford Getty Images

Updated at 2:15 a.m. ET Thursday: Final Vote

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11:01am

Wed July 8, 2015
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United Flights Grounded For More Than An Hour Due To Network Router Problem

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 2:34 pm

Computer problems prompted United to ground flights at airports around the U.S. Wednesday morning, throwing travelers' plans into disarray. After a nationwide ground stop that lasted more than an hour, the airline says it has fixed the problem is bringing its systems back online.

Update at 2:30 p.m. ET: 'Issue With A Router'

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4:29pm

Tue July 7, 2015
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LAPD Says It's Investigating Bill Cosby Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 4:54 pm

Comedian Bill Cosby, seen here performing in January, is the subject of at least one open criminal investigation, according to Los Angeles police.
Barry Gutierrez Reuters /Landov

The Los Angeles Police Department is conducting at least one current criminal investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, the department tells NPR's Mandalit del Barco.

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3:16pm

Tue July 7, 2015
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2 Die As F-16 Collides With Cessna In Midair Close To Charleston, S.C.

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 10:51 am

Investigators are converging on an area near Charleston, S.C., where an F-16 crashed Tuesday after colliding with a civilian Cessna airplane around 11:30 a.m. ET. The two occupants of the Cessna were killed.

The jet was based at Shaw Air Force Base, close to Sumter, S.C., and had been flying close to Joint Base Charleston at the time of the collision. In a statement, the base says, "The F-16 pilot safely ejected" and was taken to the Charleston base for a medical assessment.

Update at 4:45 p.m. ET: Two Occupants Of Cessna Died

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11:30am

Tue July 7, 2015
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In Final Vote, South Carolina Senate Moves To Take Down Confederate Flag

Confederate flag supporters gather at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia; the state's Senate voted Tuesday to take down the flag. The issue will now head to the House.
Sean Rayford Getty Images

In a required third vote, South Carolina's state senators voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from its prominent place flying on the Statehouse grounds. The final tally was 36-3. The House will now take up the issue, perhaps as early as Wednesday.

In both the Senate and the House, a vote on removing the flag will require a two-thirds majority. The bill under consideration would move the flag to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

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10:26am

Tue July 7, 2015
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Mayweather Is Stripped Of WBO Belt He Won From Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr. missed a deadline to decide which title belt he wants to keep, says the World Boxing Organization.
Al Bello Getty Images

Saying that Floyd Mayweather missed a deadline to pay a fee related to his May 2 win over Manny Pacquiao, the World Boxing Organization has stripped Floyd of the welterweight title he won in that fight.

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4:48pm

Mon July 6, 2015
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S.C. Senate Takes A Strong Step Toward Removing Confederate Flag

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:58 pm

The Confederate battle flag flies at the South Carolina State House in Columbia late last month. The state's Senate voted Monday to remove the flag; after one more vote on the bill, it will head to the House.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

By a 37-3 tally, the South Carolina Senate has given more support to moving a Confederate battle flag from its spot flying on the State House grounds to the Confederate Relic Room. The Senate will need to approve the bill one more time before it can go on to the House.

Monday afternoon's vote was on the the bill's second reading; the Senate will hold another vote Tuesday on its third reading, around 10 a.m. ET. That means the House won't begin to consider the bill until at least Wednesday.

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3:45pm

Mon July 6, 2015
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Lawyers File Motion For New Trial

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:00 pm

Less than two weeks after he was sentenced to die for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has begun the process of seeking a new trial.

Tsarnaev's lawyers filed a preliminary motion Monday that will reportedly seek to overturn his conviction and his death sentence. More from the Associated Press:

"The motion did not contain any details on what grounds they plan to argue, saying only that a new trial is 'required in the interests of justice.' "

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11:58am

Mon July 6, 2015
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U.S. Women Shatter TV Ratings Record For Soccer With World Cup Win

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:25 pm

Sunday's FIFA Women's World Cup final drew record U.S. TV ratings that are similar to the decisive Game 6 of last month's NBA Finals. Here, Carli Lloyd, No. 10, celebrates the second U.S. goal with teammates.
Wang Lili Xinhua /Landov

The U.S. women's national team is basking in the glow of the new FIFA World Cup trophy they claimed with an emphatic 5-2 win over Japan on Sunday. Led by Carli Lloyd's three first-half goals, the win touched off celebrations and drew a huge TV audience, according to Fox.

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3:16pm

Tue June 30, 2015
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Venus And Jupiter Set For A Close Encounter Tuesday Night

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:31 pm

A NASA projection shows the path of Venus and Jupiter; the two planets will converge in the Earth's sky Tuesday night.
YouTube

It's not as if two worlds will collide tonight — Venus and Jupiter are only converging into a small area of the Earth's sky. NASA says the two bright planets will be "a jaw-dropping one-third of a degree apart."

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2:00pm

Tue June 30, 2015
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Still She Rises: Misty Copeland Makes History With American Ballet Theatre

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 3:01 pm

Misty Copeland (center) performed in the Washington Ballet production of Swan Lake in April.
Emily Jan NPR

In a promotion announced Tuesday, the American Ballet Theatre named Misty Copeland as the first black female principal dancer in its 75-year history. Copeland had previously been a soloist with the ABT, the premiere dance company in the U.S.

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