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A touchdown ball from the AFC championship is being sold. The New England Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts — accused of deflating footballs to gain advantage. The ball now is properly inflated.
Once a staple of county fairs nationwide, bird shows have been cancelled this year amid the avian flu outbreak. But instead of giving up, some groups are getting creative with alternative events.
TV Anchor Brian Williams will not be returning to the NBC Nightly News. He's officially being replaced by Lester Holt. Williams will move to cable on MSNBC.
Catholics across the nation are reacting to a sweeping encyclical issued by Pope Francis on the issue of climate change. The 184-page papal letter explains that it is a global problem with far reaching environmental and social ramifications.
NPR's Melissa Block talks to Charleston Mayor Joe Riley about the shootings at a historic black church on Wednesday. He says it is the saddest day in his 40 years as mayor.
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers about the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston who was a victim of Wednesday's shooting.