Take Two for July 25, 2013

Some of the wreckage at the site of Wednesday's train crash near Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Close to 80 people were killed after a train in northern Spain flew off the rails and crashed into a security wall. The eight-carriage train was going well beyond the 50-mile per hour speed limit.
Congress comes back from a two-week spring break on Monday.
The 217-205 vote was also the first real test of political sentiment for the NSA's activities. For more we're joined by Phil Ewing, defense editor at POLITICO
Motorcyclists, one of them on a Harley D
There's a new type of biker gang on the scene, and they go by names like the Iron Brotherhood, the Blue Knights or the Reapers.
Veteran Health Center
Many veterans sign up for the military with the hope of using the GI Bill afterwards to pay for college. But combat injuries like PTSD and brain trauma can make it hard for them to transition from the battlefield to the classroom.
Indian Country

Sequestration hits Indian Country's mental health services

Sequestration cuts are starting to be felt all around the country and Indian reservations are being hit particularly hard. From the Fronteras Desk, Laurel Morales reports.
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Facebook financially surges despite negative perception

Its stock has improved since 2012, but the company was still believed to be doing average at best over the past year. That was until yesterday, when Facebook released their second quarter earnings and promptly saw their stock go up 25 percent.
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Google debuted Chromecast, a device that lets you beam content directly from a device like a phone, tablet or laptop to your television. For $35 it essentially makes any newer TV into a smart TV.
Nury Martinez
Time for State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout California with KPCC's political reporters Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton.
Postal Service Announces End To Saturday Delivery

USPS awaits reforms in order to cut costs

Among the changes on the table are ending Saturday mail delivery and no longer having postal carriers bring mail to citizens' doors.
The End of Night
Across the United States, true, natural darkness is actually endangered. It no longer exists east of the Mississippi, and can only be found in small pockets throughout the Western states.
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Could a beetle cause a world without avocados?

There is a worldwide threat to chips and dip now, as a deadly fungus threatens avocado trees both in California and around the world.
Estevan and Eriberto Oriol
On this week’s Picture This, Take Two’s semi-regular conversations with photographers, we’ll talk to a father and son duo, Estevan and Eriberto Oriol. They recently had a combined exhibit entitled, “Like Father, Like Son.”
Hasbro Announces New Monopoly Playing Figure
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