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World
2:35 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Mediterranean Migration Crisis Represents Scope Of Smuggling Business

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:23 pm

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Law
1:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Meet The 'Accidental Activists' Of The Supreme Court's Same-Sex-Marriage Case

Jayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer with their four children, Jacob (from left), Rylee, Nolan and Ryanne at a news conference in March.
Valerie Macon Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:23 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court hears legal arguments next week in the legal battle over same-sex marriage. It's an extraordinarily high-stakes clash, but the men and women at the center of it see themselves as incredibly ordinary. The 12 couples and two widowers include doctors, lawyers, an Army sergeant, nurses and teachers.

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World
1:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Chinese President Visits Pakistan To Finalize Billion-Dollar Trade Route Plan

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 2:18 pm

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Around the Nation
1:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Indiana Governor Extends Public Health Emergency To Fight HIV Outbreak

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:23 pm

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Health
3:33 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Transgender Man Leads 'Men's Health' Cover Model Contest

Aydian Dowling is currently leading the annual "Ultimate Guy" contest held by Men's Health magazine. If he wins, he will be the first trans man to appear on the cover.
Jason Robert Ballard FTM Magazine

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 3:49 pm

Aydian Dowling of Eugene, Ore., is ripped. He has sharply defined muscles, piercing eyes and European-playboy-on-the-Riviera tousled hair.

It's not just striking good looks that distinguish Dowling, who is leading the voting in the annual "Ultimate Guy" contest held by Men's Health magazine. If he wins the contest (which is ultimately determined by judges), Dowling will be the first transgender man to appear on the cover of Men's Health.

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Around the Nation
3:33 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Murrah Building Bombing Prompted Oklahoma City's Downtown Revival

A general view of downtown Oklahoma City as basketball fans gather outside Oklahoma City Arena. The once run-down area has undergone a major transformation over the past 20 years.
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It's been 20 years since a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more.

As Oklahoma City prepares to look back on the bombing, one thing is clear — downtown is a far different and much better place than it was in 1995. And it's hard to deny the role the bombing played in the area's resurgence.

Even on a weekday, visitors line up in downtown Oklahoma City to take a tour of the area.

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Sports
2:20 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Boston Marathon Bombing Bystander, Injured In Blast, Runs Again

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 3:33 pm

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Books
2:20 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

In Debate Over Hugo Awards, Science Fiction Community Engages With Issues Of Bias

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:18 pm

NPR's Arun Rath talks to author Monica Byrne about how controversy surrounding this year's Hugo Awards highlights a difference in how speculative and literary fiction approach diversity. "The speculative community hashes out its sexism and racism issues right on the surface, whereas the literary community has convinced itself it doesn't have any," she writes.

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Asia
2:20 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Chinese President To Discuss Massive Trade Route During Pakistan Visit

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:36 pm

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Author Interviews
2:20 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Unsettling Tales Of Strange Suburbia Echo Through 'The Night'

Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 5:16 pm

A town that experiences a sudden suicide epidemic, a mysterious traveling salesman who sells a magical mirror polish, a mermaid who washes up on shore: What happens to a small town when something strange and supernatural takes over?

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser explores that intersection of familiar life and disturbing, often bizarre events in his new short story collection, Voices in the Night.

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Pop Culture
3:49 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

After Fan Pressure, Netflix Makes 'Daredevil' Accessible To The Blind

Netflix's original series Daredevil, which stars a blind superhero, was originally hard for blind audience members to understand. The series was released without audio description that would make it accessible to the visually impaired. TV broadcasters are required to release such descriptions for some content, but Netflix, as an Internet streaming service, faces no such requirement.
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Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 4:11 pm

Netflix's original series now have a superhero among them. Comic fans know Daredevil as a crusader. He's a Marvel character who, in addition to his superhuman abilities, has a very human disability: blindness.

Needless to say, Daredevil has quite a few fans with visual impairments — and they were looking forward to the show.

But until this week, Netflix had no plans to provide the audio assistance that could have helped those fans follow the show.

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Health
2:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

WHO Leader Says End Of Ebola Outbreak Is Near, But Hard Work Remains

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 3:25 pm

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Science
2:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Gazing Into Those Puppy-Dog Eyes May Actually Be Good For You

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 3:25 pm

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Science
2:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Setting The Record Straight On The Phrase 'Gateway Drug'

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 4:08 pm

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: A new victim is being lured into the trap of addiction. High - high, as a kite - the marijuana has done its job well. She can be led now, ready to go along. Casually, he introduces the idea of something stronger, real kicks.

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It's All Politics
7:33 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

On Links As In Life, D.C. Bipartisan Relations Are Deep In The Rough

Hill staffers and PGA professionals mingle Wednesday at this year's National Golf Day event on Capitol Hill, which included an annual Democrats versus Republicans putting challenge.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 7:32 am

Earlier this week, members of Congress and their staffs were greeted by a makeshift golf expo set up in the Rayburn House Office Building.

The event included golf shot simulators, certified golf instructors and a putting challenge between Democrats and Republicans. It was all part of National Golf Day, an annual event organized by the industry that promotes the economic and health benefits of the sport.

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