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Iraqi Army Faces Critical Test In Battle Over Tikrit

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:12am

The Iraqi city is the centerpiece of a battle between the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and Iraqi government forces. Renee Montagne talks to Anne Barnard of The New York Times.

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Former Security Guard Reflects On What He Lost One Fateful Night

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:26am

In 1990, Rick Abath was tricked into letting thieves into Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. They stole half a billion dollars in artwork — the biggest art theft in history.

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Mexico Takes Out Cartel Heads, But Crime Continues To Climb

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:25am

Mexican authorities have scored some big arrests of major drug cartel leaders in recent weeks. But most experts say that's not enough: Police, legal and judicial institutions need strengthening.

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2 Israeli Candidates Struggle With Nation's Uncertain Future

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:23am

The women, running for the Israeli parliament, share little beyond that concern. One sees a two-state solution as hopeless and supports West Bank settlers. The other sees them as an obstacle to peace.

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Mayweather, Pacquiao Will Brawl For Boxing's Richest Purse Ever

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:22am

The upcoming bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao may or may not be the greatest of all time, but the two fighters are expected to take home at least $200 million combined.

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'We Knew Things Were Different For Us': Heems On Rap, Race And Identity

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:21am

Born in New York to Indian parents, Heems watched the Sept. 11 attacks from his high school. The Das Racist rapper's new album explores how life changed, for himself and his community, after that day.

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Architect Michael Graves Dies At 80

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 7:58pm

He was celebrated for designing everything from grand hotels to teapots. Graves died at his home in Princeton, N.J., of natural causes, his firm said.

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Texas Ends Contract With Group That Has Run Alamo For More Than A Century

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 7:48pm

The news, reported by the The San Antonio Express-News, is a step toward a "brighter future" for the Alamo, said Land Commissioner George P. Bush and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

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