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Afghan Government Says Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Is Dead

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:38pm

The Afghan government said Wednesday that Taliban leader Mullah Omar "died in April 2013 in Pakistan." The news comes just as peace talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban are due to resume.

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Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr. Charged For Political Corruption

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:38pm

Rep. Fattah, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, was indicted Wednesday over alleged involvement in a scheme that included bribery, illegal use of campaign contributions and theft of charitable funds.

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California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly Development

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:38pm

In the state's agricultural Central Valley, planning is under way to transform peach and plum fields into Kings River Village, a solar-powered community that will send wastewater back into an aquifer.

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Can Donald Trump Build A Campaign To Last?

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 2:01pm

Veteran strategists say while Trump has staffed up in early states, the Republican is missing the long-term campaign infrastructure and approach to go the distance.

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Some Chinese Grandparents Are Making Their Grandkids Fat

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:55pm

A new study shows that children in China who are mainly cared for by grandparents instead of mom and dad are twice as likely to be overweight — contributing to the country's obesity epidemic.

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World Cafe Sense Of Place — Stockholm: The Amazing

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:48pm

Hear songs from The Amazing's latest album, Picture You, performed live in Stockholm.

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'I Love The Truth': Ashley Monroe In Conversation

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:34pm

The singer and songwriter, whose The Blade is one of the most acclaimed country albums of the year, talks to NPR's Ann Powers about genre expectations, famous collaborators and country radio.

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Watch Ashley Monroe Perform Live In Concert

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:32pm

Watch Ashley Monroe play songs from her new, breakthrough album, The Blade, live at WNYC in New York.

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Texting While Walking: Are You Cautious Or Clueless?

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:10pm

People who text while walking change their pace and seem to walk more cautiously, a study says. But that doesn't mean you're not a menace to yourself and others.

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A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:03pm

Teresa Ann Miller often works with distracted performers, but the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "The dogs just thought it was a party," she says of the film's dog-pack scene.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Remembering Jean Ritchie

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:00pm

From the archives, hear the late Appalachian folk singer share songs and memories at the Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina.

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Supply Storehouses Keep Wildland Firefighters Supplied, Fed

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:52pm

Tom Banse of Northwest News Network get a tour of what you might call the Amazon.com for wildland firefighting.

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Garden-Inspired Cooking With Kathy Gunst

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:40pm

We visit our resident chef's garden in Maine, make gazpacho and get a recipe for a plum tart with hazelnut crust.

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Microsoft Quietly Launches Windows 10

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:33pm

The company is hoping that users are happier with Windows 10, after Windows 8 was widely criticized when it was released in 2012.

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Teaching Students To Use Their Noodles

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:33pm

A summer program at Johns Hopkins University puts high-schoolers' ingenuity to the test — building bridges out of nothing but spaghetti and glue.

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University Of Cincinnati Police Officer Charged In Killing Of Unarmed Black Man

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:21pm

The Hamilton County Prosecutor said the shooting of Sam Dubose was "asinine" and "totally unwarranted." Officer Ray Tensing, the prosecutor said, should have never been an officer.

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Boston Mayor Wishes L.A. Luck In Possible Olympic Bid

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:20pm

Mayor Marty Walsh reflects on how Boston's Olympic bid fell apart and suggests changes at the International Olympic Committee.

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Locrian, 'Arc Of Extinction'

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:19pm

On the brink of what scientists call the "sixth mass extinction," an experimental metal band matches a sublime track with kaleidoscopic images of glitches and decay.

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Lion Shooting Shines Spotlight On Ethics Of Trophy Hunting

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:12pm

The killing of an adult male lion – one locals knew as Cecil – in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist has sparked outrage and debate.

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House And Senate Debate Separate Highway Bills

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:06pm

The House votes today on a patch to keep federal highway and transit aid going to states, while the Senate is debating a long-term bill.

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