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Denis Johnson, Author Of 'Jesus' Son' And 'Tree Of Smoke,' Dies At 67

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 06:56

The National Book Award-winning novelist was perhaps best known for Jesus' Son, a book of interwoven stories focused on the lives of addicts. A spokesman for his publisher tells NPR he died Thursday.

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Hillary Clinton To Deliver Commencement Speech At Wellesley College

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 05:58

It's a familiar stage for Clinton — Clinton delivered the commencement address as a College Government president in 1969.

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In Southern India, The Spirit Of Ramadan Is Served In A Bowl Of Porridge

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 05:00

To break the fast at sunset, mosques distribute nombu kanji, a lightly spiced rice and lentil porridge, to worshipers and the poor. The meal epitomizes the Muslim holy month's spirit of giving.

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Cavs Beat Celtics As LeBron James Tops NBA's All-Time Playoff Scoring List

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 04:08

James scored 35 points to replace Michael Jordan as the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader. The points helped the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics for a return trip to the NBA finals.

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Attack On Coptic Christians Kills At Least 28 In Egypt

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 03:42

"Those traitors breached all the religious principles and humanitarian values," says Egypt's Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam.

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Top White House Lawyer Donald McGahn Sits At The Center Of Controversy

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 03:00

Lawyers are dissecting the performance of White House counsel Donald McGahn — and the top lawyer at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is getting mixed reviews amid several Trump administration controversies.

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Can Comfort Care At The ER Help Older People Live Longer And Suffer Less?

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 01:57

Many older patients have problems that an emergency room is ill-equipped to handle, but often there is nowhere else to go. So some hospitals are adding palliative care consultants to the front lines.

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Mark Zuckerberg Tells Harvard Graduates To Embrace Globalism, 'A Sense Of Purpose'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 01:50

The Facebook CEO said fighting authoritarianism and nationalism is "the struggle of our time." Some have speculated he may run for office, though Zuckerberg has denied it.

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Remembering A Soldier Who Died For His Country Before Becoming A Citizen

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 01:38

George Rincon and Yolanda Reyes remember their son, Diego, an Iraqi war veteran who was killed in action in 2003. The family came to the U.S. in 1989 as immigrants from Colombia.

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This Week In Race: Jesuits Give Back, Serena's New Gig, Latino Grads Hat Up

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 01:01

All sorts of people coming and going this week — out of Chicago, out of college, but not to the U.S.

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Republican Gianforte Wins Montana House Race Amid Assault Charge

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:45

Republican Greg Gianforte claimed victory in a special election for Congress Thursday despite an election eve assault charge for allegedly body-slamming a reporter.

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WATCH: Impromptu Song Shows Manchester's Resilience

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:58

People in a crowd raised their voices in spontaneous song after a minute of silence to honor 22 concertgoers killed in a bombing on Monday.

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After Brief Deployment, Brazilian Troops Recalled From Streets Of Capital

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:10

Brazil's embattled President Michel Temer mobilized members of the military amid clashes between police and protesters calling for his ouster. By midday Thursday, he had revoked his deployment order.

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Montana Voters On Gianforte Charge: 'Not Even True,' 'Who Would Wanna Vote For That?'

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:16

Greg Gianforte got into an altercation with a reporter Wednesday, drawing even more attention to a congressional race in the national spotlight. But it's unclear whether that will affect the outcome.

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Ramen Rock: These Japanese Punk Legends Sing About Food

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:13

For over 35 years, the all-female Shonen Knife has been serving up catchy punk titles like "Wasabi," "Hot Chocolate" and "Sushi Bar." But don't mistake them for bubblegum pop. These ladies are legit.

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Scientists Pinpoint How A Flamingo Balances On One Leg

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:03

What appears to be a feat actually requires almost no muscle effort from the bird. The researchers found even a dead flamingo's body will fall into a stable one-leg balance if positioned vertically.

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Housing Secretary Ben Carson Says Poverty Is A 'State Of Mind'

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:50

People with the "right mind set" can pull themselves up, Carson said. Many conservatives and the Trump administration say cuts to government benefits could incentivize people to find work.

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In NATO Speech, Trump Scolds Leaders But Doesn't Recommit To Defense Pledge

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:33

At a dedication for two memorials, President Trump told gathered NATO leaders that it was "not fair" to U.S. taxpayers for NATO countries to spend less than they pledged on their own national defense.

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Do You Know What Red Nose Day Is?

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:19

The name may be silly, but Red Nose Day — which is today — has a serious mission. How do charity evaluators size up this campaign?

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Trump's Proposed Budget Would Cut $2.2 Billion From Global Health Spending

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:13

The administration wants to reduce the current $8.7 billion global health budget by about 26 percent. Family planning programs would be the hardest hit.

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