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Tony Stewart's Return To Racing After Fatal Incident Ends Early

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 1:17am

In his first event since his sprint car struck and killed a fellow driver, Stewart slammed the wall twice and settled for a dismal 41st-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.

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Showboat Casino Closes After 27 Years On Atlantic City Boardwalk

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 1:02am

It was one of three casinos closing within the next two weeks as Atlantic City deals with the impact of increasing competition from casinos in neighboring states.

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Federal Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Louisiana Abortion Law

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 11:48pm

Lawyers and advocates disagree over whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure.

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First Listen: Ryan Adams, 'Ryan Adams'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:03pm

After a three-year hiatus, the singer's 14th album is the sound of a once-prolific genius who's only recently relearned what it's like to walk on steady footing.

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First Listen: Tricky, 'Adrian Thaws'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:03pm

On his 11th album, the Massive Attack star still showcases a brooding, searching spirit and a cinematic sense of atmosphere. But he also plays around with new facets of his persona.

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First Listen: Sean Rowe, 'Madman'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:03pm

Madman shows Rowe mixing his folk and junk-shop rock styles together with new elements: soul, blues, gospel, R&B. The upshot, surprisingly, is his most coherent record yet.

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First Listen: Justin Townes Earle, 'Single Mothers'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:03pm

Earle's latest songs have a new angle on the mercurial nature of infatuation; he's acknowledging how taxing it can be to live through youthful cycles of passion that flare up and flame out so quickly.

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First Listen: Death Blues, 'Ensemble'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:03pm

Jon Mueller is thinking about death. It sounds like a hammer hitting an acoustic guitar. William Ryan Fritch joins the Volcano Choir drummer for a blown-out, hyper-real orchestra of the self.

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'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 5:01pm

In her new novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Sri Lankan-American author Nayomi Munaweera shows the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror.

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Ty Segall Rocks Out — Acoustic-Style, And With More Polish

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:40pm

The garage rocker performs stripped-down versions of songs from his new album, Manipulator, and tells NPR's Arun Rath why the new songs are less rough around the edges than some of his earlier work.

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Islamic State Suffers Rare Defeat In Amerli

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:40pm

On Sunday, Iraqi and Kurdish forces broke a nearly 80-day siege by the Islamic State on the town of Amerli, where residents now have enough food and water for the first time in weeks.

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Fast-Talking 21-Year-Old Makes A Winning Bid For Auctioneer Glory

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:40pm

Auctioneering runs in Blaine Lotz's blood; he says he was "pretty near born in a livestock market." Now, he's won the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship — the Super Bowl of auctioneering.

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Bostonians: Success Of Whitey Bulger Movie Hangs On The Accent

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:40pm

Boston has become the set for a new film about mobster Whitey Bulger. Locals believe getting the Boston accent right will make or break the movie.

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X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:40pm

Many Star Trek gadgets have made the journey from science fiction to real life. Arun Rath talks to Grant Campany about the X Prize Foundation's competition to bring the medical tricorder to life.

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'Lady Al-Qaida' And The Business Of Prisoner Swaps

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:40pm

Arun Rath talks to journalist Shane Harris about his Foreign Policy story on "Lady al-Qaida," Aafia Siddiqui. The Pakistani-born woman was arrested in Afghanistan in 2008.

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PTSD Goes Largely Untreated In Iraq's Kurdish Region

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:40pm

The U.S. military's attention to PTSD is well-documented but Kurdish fighters living with the same disorder haven't received nearly as much care. Arun Rath talks to journalist Jenna Krajeski.

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Full Response Statement On The Denial Of Army Maj. Jason Wright's Course Deferral

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:27pm

Full response statement on the denial of Army Maj. Jason Wright's course deferral request as provided by U.S. Army Spokesperson Wayne Hall.

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Response Statement On Allegations Regarding The Defense Of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:26pm

Full response statement on Army Maj. Jason Wright's departure from the defense team Of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, as provided by Defense Department Spokesperson Lt. Col. Myles B. Caggins III.

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Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked'

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:25pm

One of the lawyers for self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed resigned from the Army last week. He tells NPR the government is putting on a "show trial."

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Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, History Of Rock 'N' Roll, Ty Segall Performs

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 3:40pm

In this week's episode, a defense lawyer for the military commissions at Guantanamo explains his resignation, Greil Marcus talks about his new book, Ty Segall rocks out acoustic-style, and more.

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