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Juan Pablo Montoya Wins Second Indy 500

1 hour 29 min ago

The Columbian native came from dead last to finish first. He won the event in 2000 as a rookie.

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Capitol Police: Pressure Cooker In Suspicious Vehicle Destroyed

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 11:49pm

A bomb squad destroyed a pressure cooker found in a "suspicious" vehicle left unattended Sunday on the National Mall and the vehicle's owner was arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said.

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First Listen: Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, 'Django And Jimmie'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 10:03pm

More than three decades after Pancho & Lefty, the country titans pair up again, this time for an album that puts eclecticism front and center.

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First Listen: Algiers, 'Algiers'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 10:03pm

The gospel-punk band's self-titled debut couches its invective in feedback, guitar noise, bruising drum machines and Franklin James Fisher's guttural howls.

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First Listen: Dawes, 'All Your Favorite Bands'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 10:03pm

On its fourth album, Dawes calls from deep inside the feedback loop of love's aftermath. Throughout All Your Favorite Bands, singer Taylor Goldsmith takes full advantage of the dramatic possibilities.

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First Listen: SOAK, 'Before We Forgot How To Dream'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 10:03pm

The Irish singer recorded her debut at 18, so it makes sense that it would chronicle youthful uncertainty. Throughout the album, her songs command attention by burrowing deep under the skin.

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First Listen: Daughn Gibson, 'Carnation'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 10:03pm

On his surprising, complex third album, Gibson outlines dark and alluring tales of horror and despair, human struggle and eternal regret.

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Soaking Rains In Texas and Oklahoma Wash Away Homes, Kill 2 People

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 7:28pm

Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.

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In New England, Recognizing A Little Known History Of Slavery

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:21pm

A burial ground including the remains of 18th century African slaves was uncovered in 2003 in Portsmouth, N.H. Over Memorial Day weekend, the city dedicated the grave site as a special memorial park.

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Post-Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman Has The 'Gumption' To Be Himself

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:10pm

"I've never accused myself of being manly," Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.

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A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:03pm

In polluted Pittsburgh, a new device from a local university helps residents assess indoor air. It's not the only monitor on the market — but is the only one available to borrow from a public library.

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Long-Time Actress And Comedian Anne Meara Dies

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:51pm

Meara, who was married to Jerry Stiller and mom to Ben Stiller, had roles on Rhoda, Alf, Sex and the City and The King of Queens.

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How Running Away From Home Opened Doors In Hollywood

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:42pm

Actor Kenneth Choi is best known as the boisterous Chester Ming in The Wolf of Wall Street. Growing up in Chicago, acting was his passion, but his dad didn't approve. So he ran away — to Hollywood.

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How Dangerous Is Powdered Alcohol?

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:16pm

Last month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a powdered alcohol product, making both parents and lawmakers nervous. Some states have already banned powdered alcohol. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Brent Roth of Wired, who made his own powdered concoction and put it to the test.

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An Iconic Image That Captured A Legendary Knockout

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:16pm

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the heavyweight boxing title rematch in Maine between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston. Ali, then 23, knocked Liston out in the first round. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer, who captured the moment afterward when Ali towered over Liston.

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Remembering Nobel Prize-Winning Mathematician John Nash

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:16pm

The great mathematician, whose accomplishments and struggle with schizophrenia were depicted in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, died with his wife, Alice, in a car accident on Saturday. "His suffering, I know, was real," says University of Chicago economist Roger Myerson. "But he was touched by glory."

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'It's For You To Know That You Forgive,' Says Holocaust Survivor

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:16pm

Eva Kor, who was held at Auschwitz and recently testified against former Nazi guard Oskar Groening, says that when a victim chooses to forgive, they take the power back from their tormentors.

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A Mother-Son Folk Duo Went 'From The Kitchen To David Letterman'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:16pm

Madisen Ward and his mother, Ruth Ward—better known as Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear—have been performing together for six years, but have only recently begun to attract national attention.

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Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqi Forces Lack 'Will To Fight' ISIS

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 2:45pm

Ash Carter, in an interview on CNN, said that the ISF lost Anbar despite "vastly outnumbering" fighters of the self-declared Islamic State.

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Malaysia Finds Gravesites In Camps Used By People Smugglers

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 12:43pm

The gruesome discovery of the sites thought to contain dozens or possibly hundreds of remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, follows a similar find this month across the border in Thailand.

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