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Here at NPR headquarters in DC, MARVELous IMAGEs and FANTAstic GRAPHICS are dancing in our heads as we contemplate this year's edition of our famous Summer Reader Poll — who will make the cut? Will it be packed with old favorites or BOOM! Will a DARK HORSE muscle in?

It's a simple, frequently recurring phrase: "The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack." But it raises some questions: Is the claim credible or just an empty assertion, and if it's true, what does "responsibility" actually entail?

Experts who closely follow the Islamic State say that in general when it comes to attacks in the West, an ISIS claim of responsibility usually means there was some sort of connection. But the attack might have been planned, funded and directed by ISIS — or it could just have been inspired by the group's propaganda.

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Police officers have arrested three more men as part of the investigation into Monday's bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The arrests came after Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terror threat level to "critical," the highest setting.

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The 'No Fun League' Relaxes End Zone Celebration Rules

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The National Football League announced three changes to the game on Tuesday, but the one getting most of the attention has to do with end zone celebrations.

For years, the league has limited how players could celebrate following touchdowns, and for how long.

Researchers at the National Institute for Early Education Research, or NIEER, have been tracking state pre-school policies and programs since 2002 and this year's report starts out pretty upbeat.

More states than ever, 43 plus the District of Columbia and Guam, provide publicly funded pre-school. Enrollment is at an all-time high with 1.5 million children, mostly three and four year olds. State funding on pre-school is now about $7.4 billion, an eight percent increase over last year. That increase has pushed spending to just under $5,000 per child.

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First U.S. Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program Funding At Risk

Currently, 32 states have laws that set up guidelines for victims of some crimes to meet with the offenders. The precursor to these programs was established in Elkhart County in 1977. It serves around 800 cases annually. The program is now threatened with a funding cut. Many of the cases that go through the program look like Robert Perry’s. Not so long ago Perry was struggling with addiction and decided to rob a store. “I didn’t really think about it. I said ‘hey, it’s a store, they have...

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