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"Seventh Symphony," a new play by Bob Baker, will open May 27 and run through June 5 at Renaissance Theatre on Meridian Street in Huntsville. This play is about the siege of Leningrad during World War II, and the name is inspired by the Seventh Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, whose music was a severe commentary on the situation. Information about this play is at 256-536-3117 or on Facebook. Beth Norwood talked with Mr. Baker and Art Walthall about this play, and their interview follows.

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Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city destroyed by an American atomic bomb in the closing days of World War II.

Please do not take selfies with the animals, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration asks. It's pupping season, so there may be a tempting number of seals about this weekend.

In the film, Couric asks gun owners a question and is met with dumbstruck silence. That's not what happened in the interview. Instead, NPR's David Folkenflik says, it was a foolish directorial choice.

The spellers made it through 25 championship rounds to be named co-winners. Nihar Saireddy Janga was among the youngest in the finals; Jairam Jagadeesh Hathwar follows his brother, a 2014 co-champ.

Floodwaters trapped the cavers on Thursday. Four managed to escape, and then 19 more finally made it out in the evening.

The germs caused a urinary tract infection in a Pennsylvania woman that was difficult to treat. The bacteria were resistant to the drug often used as the last-ditch treatment, but another one worked.

The deep-sea researchers were surveying an ocean ridge near Hawaii. "Where did this guy come from? Holy cow!" said one researcher when he saw the huge sponge. They say it's the largest ever recorded.

Those convicted of targeting law enforcement and emergency crews can now face stricter penalties. "The overarching message is that hate crimes will not be tolerated in Louisiana," the governor said.

Cities and towns are preparing for mosquito season and the threat of the Zika virus by spreading pesticides. It worked for the West Nile virus but may not be as effective for controlling Zika.

Obama has sought to reduce the world's nuclear stockpile throughout his tenure. Yet he's also put the U.S. on course to spend some $1 trillion on upgrading its aging nuclear arsenal.

Typically women are the ones who get involved with reproductive rights and family planning. But there are exceptions.

An independent review found that the university failed to adequately handle reports of harassment and assault and, in some cases, actively discouraged students from coming forward.

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.

Pumping breast milk may seem optional, but women who don't pump or breast-feed on a regular schedule risk engorgement, a painful condition that can lead to infection and other medical complications.

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