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U.S. Missile Defense System To Under Go More Tests

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:01am

The U.S. is planning tests of its missile defense system as the world deals with a slow-motion crisis over North Korea's aspirations to put a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile.

TV Movie Review: 'The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks'

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:01am

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" was a best-selling nonfiction book that's been adapted into an HBO movie. Oprah Winfrey executive produced and stars as the daughter who, with help from a reporter, finds out that her mother's cells are being used as the basis for medical research.

Arkansas Faces More Legal Roadblocks To Planned Executions

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:01am

Arkansas suffered more legal setbacks in its bid to execute prisoners this month. The state Supreme Court spared one inmate, and a judge ruled against the use of one of the drugs for a lethal injection.

News Brief: Russian Election Influence, Democrats Focus On Ga. Race, O'Reilly Out At Fox

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:01am

A think tank, backed by Russia, reportedly devised a plan to swing the U.S. presidential election. DNC chairman Tom Perez will speak at a state party dinner, as Democrats try to capitalize on gains made in Georgia's 6th district. And, Bill O'Reilly is forced out at Fox News.

Shop Talk With George Clinton And Killer Mike

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00am

The two musicians settle in at Killer Mike's Atlanta barbershop to discuss everything from the birth of Funkadelic to their barbering philosophies.

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This Islamic School Teaches How To Be Muslim, And American

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00am

The Al Fatih Academy in Virginia is one of about 270 Islamic schools in the U.S. The staff aim to give their students a well-rounded education and promote civic awareness.

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'The Book Of Joan' Is A Dizzying, Dystopian Genre Mashup

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00am

Lidia Yuknavitch reimagines Joan of Arc as a freedom fighter on a blighted future earth, setting herself against the charismatic ruler of a satellite colony of nearly unrecognizably mutated humans.

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How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery?

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00am

Max Baker got treatment for his opioid dependency and kicked the habit. He'd been clean for more than a year when a car accident and subsequent surgery returned him to addiction's spiral.

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George Clinton And Killer Mike: Talking (Barber) Shop

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00am

One founded a funk empire, the other sells out shows as half of Run the Jewels — and both have owned barbershops. They sit down together to discuss music, mentorship and the philosophy of barbering.

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First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'God's Problem Child'

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:00pm

At 84 years young, the Red Headed Stranger still has it. Stream 'God's Problem Child' in its entirety before its release on April 28.

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First Listen: Colin Stetson, 'All This I Do For Glory'

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:00pm

Stetson's ability on the saxophone borders on the supernatural. Hear his forthcoming album before its release on April 28.

(Image credit: Peter Gannushkin/Courtesy of the artist)

Serena Williams Is Pregnant, Due In The Fall

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 7:24pm

The No. 1 ranked female tennis player in the world will take a break from the sport even as she is at the top of her game.

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In Church-State Playground Brawl, Justices Lean Toward The Church

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:14pm

At Wednesday's oral arguments, a clear majority of justices seemed troubled by a Missouri policy that bars state money from going to religious schools for playground improvements.

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Young Women Make Economic Strides As Young Men Fall Behind In U.S.

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:25pm

More young men are "falling to the bottom of the income ladder," while young women drive growth in the number of young people working full time in the U.S., according to a new Census Bureau report.

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Venezuela Erupts In 'Mother Of All Protests' As Anti-Maduro Sentiment Seethes

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:59pm

Outraged by shortages and what they see as a dictatorial regime, demonstrators across the country rallied against the Venezuelan president. Clashes with police left more protesters killed.

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Fox News Turmoil Highlights Workplace Culture's Role In Sexual Harassment

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:42pm

Fox News is among many workplaces dealing with sexual harassment issues. Experts say changing the culture at work requires training, establishing reporting mechanisms, and consistent enforcement.

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China Defends Trademark Grants For Ivanka Trump Products

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:33pm

A foreign ministry spokesman suggests some media were "hyping certain gossip to hint at something undisclosed." A U.S. trademark lawyer says the process moved remarkably fast.

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Trump's Wiretap Tweets Bring Lawsuit Seeking Proof

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:24pm

American Oversight, a watchdog group of former Obama administration lawyers, is using the Freedom of Information Act to keep tabs on the Trump administration's agencies.

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Two Decades Later, Success For Man Who Imagined Turning His Life Around

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:11pm

Steven Mallory who had just given up drug dealing when NPR interviewed him in 1994 and 1995. Now, the Dayton, Ohio, resident works a full-time job, owns two businesses and is a grandfather.

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Emirates Airline Cuts Flights To U.S., Citing Trump's Security Rules

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:01pm

Emirates said the recent restrictions on visas and electronic devices had dampened consumer demand. The Dubai-based carrier will pare back flights to five of the 12 U.S. cities it serves.

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