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U.S. House Looks To Buy Time For Obama's Trade Agenda

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:42am

The House is voting once again — but it's just a procedural vote. Trade supporters want to give themselves six more weeks to find a way to reach agreement on a trade package.

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Donald Trump Is In: Promises To 'Make America Great Again'

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:23am

After taking the stage to a sustained ovation as the song "Keep on Rockin' in the Free World," Trump laid out a list of things he would fix if he were in charge.

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'Modern Romance' And The Emerging Audiobook

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:16am

Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance is a good example of an audiobook that finds new ways to play with format and style in a way that builds a separate performance rather than just reading aloud.

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When 'Womanless Weddings' Were Trendy

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:08am

With bearded brides and deep-voiced flower girls, these surreal, public-spirited rituals delighted American communities for decades.

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Balcony Collapse Kills 5 Irish Students In Berkeley, Calif.

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 9:59am

"It is with great sadness that I confirm that a number of young Irish citizens have lost their lives," says Ireland's foreign minister.

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Merry Bloomsday! For Communion With Joyce, Raise A Sacramental Guinness

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 9:34am

To honor the day that James Joyce's character Leopold Bloom wandered the streets in Ulysses, fans the world over have found fitting ways to celebrate — boisterously, and often reverent with obscenity.

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Who's That Batgirl? 'Burnside' Charms Despite Stumbles

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 9:03am

Barbara Gordon gets a perky makeover in the new Batgirl Vol. 1. Critic Etelka Lehoczky says the series is a clever exploration of identity in the digital age, but suffers from occasional cluelessness.

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First Watch: Beauty Pill, 'Steven & Tiwonge'

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:24am

The D.C. band's emotional song, inspired by the story of a real-life couple, gets an abstract, mood-driven video to evoke feelings of anxiety and distress.

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Why Scream For Gelato Instead Of Ice Cream? Here's The Scoop

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:01am

Ice cream's velvety Italian cousin is becoming one of America's favorite frozen desserts. It has less fat, but somehow tastes creamier and holds flavors better. So what's gelato's secret?

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'I Identify As Black,' Rachel Dolezal Says In TV Interview

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 7:43am

"The timing of it was a shock," former NAACP official Rachel Dolezal said of her white parents' speaking to the media. "Wow. The timing was completely unexpected."

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Yoga Studio Tries To Find Cats Good Homes

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 6:42am

A yoga studio in Illinois invited felines from a local no-kill shelter to show off their moves alongside the human yogis. The event raised more than $500 for the shelter.

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Egyptian Court Sentences Morsi To Life, And Then To Death

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 6:19am

The rulings in Cairo confirm sentences against Mohammed Morsi that were handed down this spring. NPR's Leila Fadel says "the cases have been criticized as show trials with fantastical accusations."

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Calif. Lawmaker Gets Distracted; Votes For Budget By Mistake

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 6:10am

Republican Assemblyman Scott Wilk said he made the error because he was busy posting on Facebook. Wilk says he was posting his opposition to the budget. He was allowed to change his vote afterward.

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We're All Looking For A Home 'In The Country'

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 6:03am

Many of the characters in Mia Alvar's debut story collection are outcasts looking for love and a home — but critic Michael Schaub says it's hard to condense this impressive book into just one theme.

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Al-Qaida Confirms Its No. 2 Leader Was Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 5:48am

Nasir al-Wahishi was part of al-Qaida's "old guard," NPR's Alice Fordham reports. He was a veteran of the fighting in Afghanistan and had been Osama bin Laden's personal secretary.

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Insurance Still Doesn't Cover Childbirth For Some Young Women

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 4:48am

Insurance coverage for maternity care is deemed essential under the Affordable Care Act. But adult children on a parent's plan still may be on the hook for the cost of childbirth. And it's not cheap.

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