Poachers Break Into French Zoo, Kill White Rhino And Steal His Horn : The Two-Way : NPR

This is believed to be the first such incident at a European zoo. The zoo says its staff is in shock. The suspects remain at large, and police are investigating.

In a shocking killing and heist that required careful planning and precise execution, Vince the white rhino was shot three times in the head and had his horn removed, likely with a chainsaw. Two other rhinos were unharmed, but possibly only because the poachers got spooked.

A kilo of horn, used in Asian medicines, goes for $54,000.

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How America’s Idea Of Illegal Immigration Doesn’t Always Match Reality : The Two-Way : NPR

Border crossers, farm laborers, new arrivals from Mexico: There’s no shortage of stereotypes about people living in the U.S. illegally. But the statistics tell a different story.

Per Research Center says two-thirds of those here illegally have been here for more than a decade. Their countries of origin are diverse, and rapidly changing, with increasing numbers from Asia and Africa. More of them are in management than are harvesting crops. And most probably don’t live where you’d expect.

More stats that put a face on 11 million in the shadows.

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At 5, Girl Becomes Youngest To Qualify For National Spelling Bee : The Two-Way : NPR

The folks at Scripps are already calling Edith Fuller the latest “spellebrity.” She beat eighth-graders and other students in Tulsa., Okla., to advance to the big bee.

The 5-year-old beat kids more than twice her age to get through her regional competition. The home-schooled Oklahoman’s training regimen sounds intense: “My mommy asked me words, and every time I misspelled one, I would look at it.”

Meet the latest “spellebrity.”

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Nude-Photo Scandal May Expand Beyond ‘Marines United’ Facebook Group : The Two-Way : NPR

“These allegations themselves, they undermine everything that we stand for as a Marine Corps, and as Marines,” Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said Friday.

“These allegations themselves, they undermine everything that we stand for as a Marine Corps, and as Marines: discipline, honor, professionalism, and respect and trust amongst each other,” Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said Friday. To female Marines, he added, “I’m going to ask them to trust us, and I understand why that might be a reach for them right now.”

Other branches of the U.S. military likely are involved too.

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New Health Care Bill: Where Does My Member Of Congress Stand? : NPR

NPR and dozens of member stations are searching for public statements on Twitter and Facebook, on lawmakers’ websites and in interviews with public media or other news organizations.

NPR and dozens of member stations have asked lawmakers to weigh in on Republicans’ Affordable Care Act replacement. Republicans who responded seem split; no Democrats actively backed the bill, but a few in districts won by Trump last November struck a more equivocal tone.

See where your congressmen stand.

Source: New Health Care Bill: Where Does My Member Of Congress Stand? : NPR

Cummings: There ‘very well may be’ connection between Bharara firing and investigations into Trump 

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said there could be a connection between the firing of former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and investigations into President Trump.

During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Cummings, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, said the president has the right to fire U.S. attorneys.

But he noted that not very long ago, the president said he was willing to “keep the U.S. attorney there in New York.”

“And then suddenly, he’s, I guess, changed his mind,” Cummings said.

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Arizona Rep David Stringer: Teaching Doesn’t Require Special Skills 

Rep. David Stringer, a member of the House Education Committee, apparently thinks that teaching is an easy, part-time job.

“Stringer told the group that teaching doesn’t require a specific skill set. He then allegedly went on to say that teachers aren’t paid badly considering that they have easy part-time jobs with with two months off in the summer.”

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