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6:02pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Sports

NFL Team Owners Approve Tentative Deal

NFL team owners have approved a tentative deal that would end the lockout of the players. Michele Norris talks with NPR's Mike Pesca.

5:23pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Sports

NFL Owners Agree On Bid To End Player Lockout

NFL owners have voted in favor of a tentative agreement to end the football lockout, pending player approval.

Thursday's ratification came after a full day of meetings at an Atlanta-area hotel, where team executives pored over the terms of the deal.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the ball is now in the players' hands.

"There is an urgency to this. We want to have a full 2011 season, that includes the four preseason games, and we're up against a wall," he said. "And I think that's indicated by the unfortunate cancellation of the Hall of Fame game."

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5:22pm

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Pentagon Will Certify An End To A Ban On Gays In Military

Several news organizations are reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will announce the Pentagon is ready to allow gay men and women to serve openly in the military.

President Obama would then be allowed to formally end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, that's been in place for almost 18 years.

The Washington Post reports:

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4:47pm

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Off South African Coast, Great White Shark Panics, Jumps Into Research Boat

Originally published on Thu July 21, 2011 5:01 pm

The researchers poured water on the shark's gills to keep it alive and they also placed a pair of jeans on its eyes to keep it calm.
Ocean's Research

Imagine this: A group of researchers off the coast of South Africa were trying to lure great white sharks to their boat when suddenly one them flies out of the water and, plop!, lands in the back part of the boat.

The shark was 9 feet long and the the boat about 26 feet. NPR's Michele Norris spoke to Dorien Schroeder, a team leader with Ocean's Research, who said at first the shark was stressed and rolling around.

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4:01pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Animals

Great White Shark Jumps On Research Boat

Originally published on Thu July 21, 2011 1:00 pm

A great white shark jumped on a boat off the coast of South Africa.
Courtesy of Ocean's Research

Michele Norris speaks with Dorien Schroeder, a team leader with Ocean's Research, who lived a Jaws-like moment when a great white jumped on deck of her team's research boat after they threw fish into the water to lure sharks closer. This all happened off the coast of South Africa.

Schroeder says the shark was three meters and it managed to curl up in the back part of the board, seemingly unharmed.

The research team released the shark back in the water and it swam away.

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