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Reading The Game: Witcher 3

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 9:00am

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games returns with an epic, week-long journey into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the latest installment of the adventures of monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia.

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Songs We Love: Nick Lowe, 'Walk On By'

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 9:00am

Lowe's lived-in baritone is an ideal vehicle for this unreleased country nugget. All six of the albums that the new-wave and power-pop pioneer cut between 1982 and 1990 will be reissued this summer.

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Patient, Doctor Groups Say New CBO Score Reveals Health Bill's Flaws

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 8:23am

The latest analysis by the Congressional Budget Office says the bill would lead to 23 million fewer people having insurance coverage, and cut the federal deficit by $119 billion over 10 years.

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When Plants, Not Meat, Come First

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 7:57am

When reducetarians meet, they eat plants and talk community, says anthropologist Barbara J. King. She reflects on taking part in the first Reducetarian Summit.

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Trump Avoids Major Slips On International Religious Tour

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 7:51am

Trump's trip "was a kabuki dance through a minefield," one analyst said. "Any president would have difficulty handling it."

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'Playboy' Model Sentenced Over Body-Shaming Woman At Gym

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 7:50am

"The issues that surround body shaming can be devastating," Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said after Dani Mathers pleaded no contest to a charge of invasion of privacy.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Volcanic Transmissions

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 7:48am

As members of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet bow their vibraphones, brush their gongs and message their bass drums, the composer's evocative music oozes from blackness.

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Report On U.S. Airstrike That Killed Civilians In Mosul To Be Released Thursday

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:43am

The Pentagon reportedly believes a building where scores of civilians died after a U.S. airstrike in Mosul was either used to store bombs or rigged with explosives.

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Senate Considers GOP Health Bill With Newly Released CBO Data

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:28am

The Congressional Budget Office has given its assessment of the House Republican health care bill. Rachel Martin talks to GOP Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota about the bill's chances in the Senate.

A Proposed New Tax, Mainly On Latinos, To Pay For Trump's Border Wall

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:28am

It's called "The Border Wall Funding Act of 2017." And it would place a new tax on money being wired to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Top Stories: Latest On Manchester Bomber; Montana GOP Candidate In Alleged Assault

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:13am

Also: Philippines troops fight militants in a besieged southern city; Hawaii sues automakers over potentially defective airbags; and the Census Bureau says fast growing U.S. cities are in the South.

A Dancer Is Unstrung By Grief In 'Isadora'

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:00am

The great American dancer Isadora Duncan led a tragic life, and her worst year — just after the deaths of her first two children in an accident, forms the core of Amelia Gray's powerful new novel.

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First Listen: Amber Coffman, 'City Of No Reply'

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:03am

Coffman's first album since leaving Dirty Projectors reads like a love letter to the act of going solo, in life as in music.

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Montana GOP Candidate Charged With Assault On A Reporter

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:12am

Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in a special election for Montana's seat in the House of Representatives, has been charged with assaulting a journalist.

Americans For Prosperity's Tim Phillips On Trump's Budget Proposal

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:12am

President Trump's new budget plan sets up a fight between Trump's populists and small-government advocates. Steve Inskeep talks with Tim Phillips of the Koch-associated group Americans for Prosperity.

You're Not Even Safe From Bears In The Water

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:12am

Brad Meck of Pennsylvania noticed a black object in the water while fishing. It was a baby bear. Meck pulled the bear into his boat and it just sat quietly. He dropped the bear off on land.

Not As Much Of A Tongue-Twister

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:12am

Woodchucks pose a danger to gardens in Wisconsin, so the state proposed a hunting season. How many woodchucks could a woodchuck hunter hunt if a woodchuck hunter could hunt woodchucks?

Computer Wins Again In Chinese Game Of Go

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:12am

Google's AlphaGo program has won two games against Chinese player Ke Jie in the game of go, which has billions of possible moves and had been hard for computers to play.

Morning News Brief: Reporter Body Slammed, U.S. Assesses Civilians Killed In Airstrike

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:12am

A Montana GOP House candidate has been charged with assaulting a reporter. Also, the Pentagon reports on a U.S. airstrike that killed scores of civilians in Mosul, and the latest on Manchester.

How Elections Influence Judges

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:12am

Social science research looks at the relationship between how judges rule and how they are influenced by election campaigns.

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