12:00pm

Mon July 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Genealogists Say Obama Likely A Descendant Of First American Slave

President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Washington Convention Center in April.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Genealogists at Ancestry.com have two surprises for us today: After years of studying President Obama's family tree, they have concluded that he was likely John Punch's 11th great-grandson. Punch is considered the first documented American slave.

The second surprise: The experts connected President Obama to Punch not through his African father, but through his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, who was white.

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11:36am

Mon July 30, 2012
Top Stories

First of Its Kind Degree Focuses on Educational Assessment

Dr. Lana Seivers, Dean of the College of Education at Middle Tennessee State Univ.
MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- With the State of Tennessee in the midst of major education reform, Middle Tennessee State University has announced it will soon offer a Doctor of Education degree in Assessment, Learning and School Improvement.

MTSU College of Education Dean Lana Seivers announced the new degree program late last week and says the first classes will be offered in the fall of 2013.

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11:06am

Mon July 30, 2012
The Torch

Olympic Cauldron Is Put Out, Then Relit, In London

In a mostly empty Olympic Stadium, Austin Playfoot lights the Olympic cauldron Monday morning. The cauldron was extinguished Sunday night, so it could be moved to one end of the stadium. Click the enlargement to see a close-up view.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Just when the discussion over the London Olympics' opening ceremony was finally being overshadowed by actual sporting events at the Summer Games, news emerges Monday that the Olympic cauldron was extinguished Sunday night, so it could be moved.

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10:44am

Mon July 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Colorado Shooting Stories: There Were Many 'Heroes Among Us'

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 8:15 am

A heart shaped balloon hovered above a memorial for victims outside the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo., last week.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

As they're being told, we're pointing to some of the stories about the 12 people who died and the 58 who were wounded when a gunman opened fire on July 20 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Click here to see more. As you see others, please share the links in the comment threads.

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10:41am

Mon July 30, 2012
Top Stories

Mid State Athelete Learns Olympic Sized Lessons

Lady Raider Ann Dudley at a recent competition in Kentucky.
MTSU Sports

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (HUBBARD) --   a Middle Tennessee State athlete recently had her first taste of what being an Olympian might be like. MTSU's Ann Dudley ultimately came up short, but says the experience will serve her well

Dudley became the Blue Raiders first female All American entry in the high jump this past track season. Her success led her to the U.S. track and field Olympic trials last month in Eugene, Ore.

Dudley went right to work and made the preliminary cut to get into the high-jump final.

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10:31am

Mon July 30, 2012
Law

Will Penn. I.D. Law Actually Keep Voters Away?

Voter I.D. laws have been hotly debated this election season. Now, a Pennsylvania case is challenging that state's new Voter I.D. law. The Justice Department also announced that it will investigate whether the law is discriminatory. Host Michel Martin speaks with Columbia Law Professor Nathan Persily for more on the case.

10:28am

Mon July 30, 2012
The Torch

Overturned Judo Result Called A 'Farce' And Parody

A judo judge waves a blue flag to award victory to South Korea's Cho Jun-Ho Sunday. But moments later, judges raised white flags instead, giving the win to Masashi Ebinuma of Japan.
Franck Fife AFP/Getty Images

Judo is a sport of leverage, strength, tactics and cunning. These attributes can appear to the uninitiated to be two people attempting to grab each other, without success, for five minutes. And then when no points are scored, they try to grab each other for another three minutes of overtime.

One of these gripping contests — the men's quarterfinals at 66 kg — has become the source of international indignation over a perceived injustice. But with the sport of Judo, an apparently firm set of circumstances can flip in an instant.

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10:13am

Mon July 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney's Words That Outraged Palestinians Were 'Mischaracterized,' Aide Says

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 1:00 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem's old city on Sunday.
Lior Mizrahi Getty Images

Reports that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said at a fundraiser in Jerusalem that "culture" is among the reasons Israel's economy is much stronger than those in "areas managed by the Palestinian Authority" have led a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to accuse Romney of racism.

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9:27am

Mon July 30, 2012
The Torch

Let's Catch Up: Phelps In Fly, Too Many Tweets, And A Chatty Olympics Greeter

Sam Griffiths of Australia, and his horse Happy Times, compete in the cross country phase of the equestrian eventing competition in London's Greenwich Park.
John MacDougall AFP/Getty Images

Good morning. Here's a roundup of London 2012 Olympics news stories that have caught our interest. We also have a highlight list of today's upcoming events, in a different post. You can also check out our main schedule. Here's what's been happening already today:

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