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Like Seinfeld, 'Festival' Is About Nothing... And Everything

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:03am

Milan Kundera's new novel is short on plot, but don't mistake that for dullness. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says the book is slim, funny and stunningly profound.

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Hundreds Burned In Taiwan As Fire Erupts In Water Park

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 4:35am

The fire started during a musical performance, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports, after colored powder shot out from the stage over the audience — and ignited.

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Raised By 5 Different Families, 6 Siblings Are Reunited In 'Bastards'

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 4:19am

In her debut memoir Mary Anna King tells the story of her fractured upbringing and how — in the face of poverty — love and hard work were not sufficient to keep her family together.

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Wildlife Forensics Lab Uses Tech To Sniff, Identify Illegal Wood

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 4:12am

International timber trafficking is an estimated $100 billion business. A lab that usually focuses on endangered animal cases is using a sophisticated machine to identify contraband wood shipments.

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Presidential Aspiration Born From A Modest, And Tragic, Beginning

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 4:03am

"It's not a log cabin like Abe Lincoln, but he grew up in a mobile home, which is South Carolina's equivalent of it," said one of Sen. Lindsey Graham's former classmates.

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The Cherry Sisters: Worst Act Ever?

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 5:57pm

How a group of perhaps-clueless farmgirls from Iowa rose to theatrical fame and infamy at the same time.

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The Cherry Sisters: Worst Act Ever?

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 5:57pm

How a group of perhaps-clueless farmgirls from Iowa rose to theatrical fame and infamy at the same time.

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What Right Do Muralists Have To The Buildings They Paint On?

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 5:01pm

Musicians have their instruments, painters have their canvases, and muralists have ... walls. But when the building a mural is on is changing, the muralist has to choose to fight — or say goodbye.

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For Families Of U.S. Hostages, New Policy May Bring New Hope

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 4:36pm

This week, President Obama announced changes to the government policy on Americans abducted abroad. A former FBI hostage negotiator explains what this means for the hostages — and for their families.

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Marvel's Half-Black, Half-Latino Spider-Man Is Going Mainstream

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 4:07pm

"It won't be [that] Miles is Spider-Man with an asterisk or some kind of adjective or adverb attached to it," says writer Brian Michael Bendis. "He is going to be Spider-Man — just Spider-Man."

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For Gay Couples In Louisiana And Mississippi, Marriage Remains On Hold

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 4:06pm

As same-sex couples legally marry elsewhere in the country, couples in these two states are facing obstacles. We hear from two Mississippi couples who had hoped to be married on Friday.

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For Same-Sex Marriage Opponents, The Fight Is Far From Over

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 4:06pm

Some opponents of same-sex marriage are vowing to fight on after Friday's Supreme Court ruling. The battles will likely take place in the lower courts and will involve religious liberty cases.

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In Bid For Stricter Vaccine Rules, Officials Grapple With Decades-Old Distrust

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 4:06pm

California lawmakers have decided to tighten the criteria for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children. But some parents resent officials telling them how to care for their children.

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Embraced Yet Forbidden, Staff Sergeant Comes Out As Transgender

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 4:06pm

Being openly transgender is officially prohibited in the Army, but Staff Sgt. Patricia (formerly Peter) King says her support system at work "has been absolutely amazing" during her transition.

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No Easy Answers At Nairobi Summit On Countering Extremism

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 4:06pm

Researchers at the international meeting shared some surprising responses from militants who were surveyed about their motivations for embracing terrorism.

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After Tunisia Attack, Tourists Leave — And Locals Worry

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 4:06pm

The self-declared Islamic State claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, which killed 38 people at a beach resort in Tunisia. Most of the victims were foreigners, many of them British tourists.

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'I Just Love Dirt': Bilal Gets Grungy In The Studio

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 4:06pm

Soul, jazz, hip-hop and a complex mix of themes all have their moment on Bilal's new album, but there's one unifying constant: an old-school production style.

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How To Win The Money Game: A Former NBA Star Shares Financial Advice

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 4:06pm

Adonal Foyle has financial advice for professional athletes. "You really have to put money in its proper place," he says. "If we do that, we will respect it but not give it too much power over us."

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Police Question Suspect In Lyon Factory Beheading Attack

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 3:28pm

The man, identified as a 35-year-old truck driver at the plant, reportedly took a "selfie" with victim's body and sent it to an unidentified mobile phone number in Canada.

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Kurds Reportedly Retake Kobani From Islamic State Fighters

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 11:34am

Mere days ago, ISIS militants had captured the town for the second time this year.

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