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'The Red-Haired Woman' Is A Minor Work From A Major Author

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 6:00am

Orhan Pamuk is almost synonymous with Turkish literature; he's won the Nobel Prize for his work. But his latest, about a well-digger and his apprentice, doesn't reach the heights of his earlier books.

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What You Should Know About The New Summer SAT

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 5:00am

For the first time since the 1970s the SAT will be offered in the summer. As students get ready to sit for the test this Saturday, we ask: What does this new date mean for students?

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For New England Farmers Looking To Make Ends Meet, The Sun Provides A Harvest

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:23am

Farmers in New England are renting parts of their land to solar energy developers, allowing the farmers to earn some much needed extra money. But not everyone is happy about the trend.

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Facebook Friends Aren't Your Real Friends

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:18am

A court says a judge doesn't need to recuse herself from a case because a lawyer involved is a friend on Facebook. An appeals court said often people accept requests from people they don't know.

White House To Issue Guidance On Transgender Service Member Ban

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

The White House is expected to issue guidance soon about President Trump's proposed ban on transgender people in the military.

Fat Cats Get Rich Off Inheritance

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

A woman in New York died and left $300,000 to her two cats, according to the New York Post. She wanted to ensure they were cared for.

News Brief: Transgender People In The Military, Mattis In Middle East

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

The White House is expected to issue guidance soon about President Trump's ban on transgender people in the military. Also, Defense Secretary James Mattis is traveling in the Middle East.

Haitians Are Crossing From The U.S. To Canada

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

As thousands of Haitian asylum-seekers cross illegally from the U.S. into Canada, CBC reporter Ainslie MacLellan tells NPR's David Greene how the Canadian government is reacting.

Mattis Seeks To Calm Nervous Ally In Turkey

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is in Turkey, trying to reassure President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that America's backing of Kurdish fighters won't undermine Turkey's security.

Political Storm Circling Guatemalan President Morales

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

Guatemala's president is seeking the removal of of the head of a U.N.-backed anti-corruption body. The president, Jimmy Morales, is facing a graft scandal involving his brother and a son.

What's Dividing Trump And McConnell

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

The division between President Trump and Senate leader Mitch McConnell has led to reports of shouting matches and long periods of silence. Both recently issued reassuring statements.

The Retreat Of Democracy In Thailand

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

The Thai military seized power three years ago after months of political turmoil promising a swift return to democratic rule. But the military seems to be digging in for the long haul.

Kushner Meets Middle East Leaders In Effort To Restart Peace Talks

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

Jared Kushner is in the Middle East hoping to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Venezuelan Protests Simmer, But The 'Resistance' Is Still Alive

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

Disillusionment is running deep among young Venezuelans who spent the last four months battling government forces on the streets. They say the fight must continue.

Coal, Nuclear Power Would Benefit From Energy Department's Power Grid Study

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

A controversial Energy Department report claims the U.S. power grid could become less reliable if too much electricity comes from renewable energy and natural gas. Environmentalists doubt the report.

(Image credit: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

He's Big, He's Blue, And Now, He's Bingeable: 'The Tick' Returns

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

The new, 10-episode Amazon series isn't a grim-and-gritty reboot, exactly — but its dark-ish tone will surprise some fans of Ben Edlund's superhero spoof.

(Image credit: Jessica Miglio/Amazon )

Convenience Store In Massachusetts Sells Winning Powerball Ticket

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:36am

Handy Variety in Watertown, Mass., sold the winning ticket for the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot. It's the largest grand prize won by a single lottery ticket in U.S. history.

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Tanzania Gears Up To Become A Nation Of Medical Drones

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 12:00am

Drones have delivered everything from pizza to condoms to hot dogs. In Tanzania, they have a bold new mission.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Zipline)

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