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Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.

A women-led mosque held its first jumma'a, or Friday prayer service, in Los Angeles this week. The group is hoping to strengthen the Muslim community in America by empowering the faith's women.

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the narrowing Republican presidential field for 2016 and what we've seen so far in the first month of the new Congress.

The NRA has already filed suit against Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster, claiming the cities' gun ordinances are illegal.

The uproar over the U.S. outbreak glosses over a bigger problem: Measles takes a tragic toll in poor countries. But a vaccine can effectively stop this deadly — and highly contagious — disease.

In an exclusive interview with NPR, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman says he met Iranian officials as part of the effort to find out who was behind the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center.

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.

Some states are experiencing major budget deficits and several Republican governors are opting to increase taxes to make up for the shortfall. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks to Robert Siegel.

Robert Siegel speaks with Edgars Rinkevics, foreign minister of Latvia, on his visit to Washington, D.C. Rinkevics is in town to to discuss Russia and security cooperation with the U.S.

The former rap music mogul, Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested again — this time, on suspicion of murder. Knight allegedly ran over two people, killing one, on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton.

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