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Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:00am

Also: a lively defense of the font Comic Sans; Elissa Schappell on finding her muse.

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Enigmatic Endings: A Farewell To Summer Quiz

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:37am

The end of summer has a tendency to sneak up on us — or come to an unsettling halt. Try a quiz filled with fantastic finales and tremulous terminations.

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Leaders Of Russia, Ukraine Meet To Discuss Conflict

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:10am

The hope is that the talks between Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko lead to a ceasefire between Ukraine and separatists in the eastern part of the country.

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Is Google's Free Software A Good Deal For Educators?

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:03am

The tech giant launches new tools for teachers.

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Naked Campers Told To Put Clothes On

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:40am

Heavy rain closed an entrance to Burning Man, the annual counterculture event in Nevada. Some campers went to Pyramid Lake, where unlike Burning Man, it is not OK to be naked.

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Town's Marshal Quits. Was It Because Of Aliens?

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:34am

Nederland, Colo., needs a new town marshal but not because the previous one fled an alien attack. Jim Matheny says he doesn't like the altitude, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

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Exclusive First Read: 'The Bone Clocks,' By David Mitchell

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:03am

David Mitchell's new novel The Bone Clocks mixes fantasy and literary fiction in a decade-spanning saga of ordinary people who get caught up in a war between two factions of ancient near-immortals.

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'Land And Sea' Is An Unceasingly Bleak Story

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:03am

Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, is a story of suffering centered on an ex-pirate and his daughter just after the American Revolution. It's flawed, but a worthwhile read.

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Reports: U.S. Authorizes Surveillance Flights Over Syria

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 5:46am

The flights are intended to collect intelligence on Islamic State militants and could be a precursor to military strikes inside of Syria.

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In India, Hindu Nationalists Feel Their Moment Has Arrived

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 5:18am

The rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has raised the spirits of Hindu nationalists. But it also appears to be increasing tensions between Hindus and the Muslim minority.

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Past Winners Do Well At 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:59am

Plenty of statuettes were handed out Monday night at the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. ABC's "Modern Family" won for best comedy series and AMC's "Breaking Bad" won for best drama series.

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Egypt, UAE Airstrikes In Libya Blindside U.S. Diplomats

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:59am

David Greene talks to David Kirkpatrick, a correspondent for "The New York Times," which reported that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates collaborated on airstrikes against Islamists in the Libyan city of Tripoli.

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Cereal Consumption Hurt By Grab-And-Go Foods

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:59am

Americans are consuming less cereal for breakfast, in part because of competition from restaurants. Americans are also seeking more protein for breakfast.

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Beheading Video Stirs Debate On Social Media Censorship

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:59am

The beheading of photojournalist James Foley by the Islamic State triggered debate over whether media outlets should publish the video and screenshots showing the killing. Robert Hernandez, an assistant professor at USC Annenberg, explains to David Greene that in the new tech era, platforms like Twitter also function as publishers that make their own rules.

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Michael Brown's Funeral Is Mixed With Tributes, Political Messages

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:59am

One subject mentioned repeatedly by protestors as well as residents of Ferguson, Missouri, who had no desire to join the demonstrations, was voting. The turn out for registered African American voters in the last municipal elections was 6 percent. Even at Michael Brown's funeral, speakers encouraged mourners to get out and vote.

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The Last Word In Business

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep and David Greene have the Last Word in business.

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Amazon Makes A Big Move Into The World Of Online Gaming

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:59am

Amazon is buying Twitch Interactive, a live-streaming service for video game players. Amazon will reportedly pay more than $1 billion for the fast-growing tech company.

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Student Activists Shine Spotlight On Sexual Assault Issues

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:59am

More than 70 colleges are under investigation for how they've handled sexual assaults. The current attention to campus sexual assault has been driven largely by student activists using social media.

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Have U.S., Russia Policies Helped The Rise Of Islamist Extremists?

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:59am

David Greene talks to George Mason University Professor Mark Katz, who believes both Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama's policies have helped to advance the Islamic State.

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Russian Separatists Open New Front In Eastern Ukraine

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:59am

At the same time, the Ukrainian and Russian presidents are to meet on Tuesday amid speculation that they might discuss the possibilities for a political solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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