At age 12, pianist Joey Alexander has made fans out of some very accomplished fellow jazz musicians. His debut album, My Favorite Things, was released in May. Rebecca Meek/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A (Very) Young Jazz Pianist Takes Giant Steps Towards Musical Mastery

In the midst of releasing his debut album and playing the Newport Jazz Festival, 12-year-old piano prodigy Joey Alexander is staying centered.

Boosters of Kazakhstan's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics rally in Almaty as they wait for word of whether their city won. It didn't, forcing Kazakhstan back to the drawing board for ways to achieve international recognition. Corey Flintoff/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Some Kazakhs Celebrate The Loss Of The 2022 Winter Olympics

Kazakhstan lost its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing, but a number of Kazakhs see this as an opportunity, not a setback.

Reggie Watts calls his form of entertainment "disinformationist." He disorients his audience, sometimes talking non-sense and switching seamlessly between accents — all improvised on the spot. Kyle Christy hide caption

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My Big Break

Reggie Watts, Man Of Many Voices, Improvised His Way To Success

The comedian and Late, Late Show band leader beatboxes, imitates and impersonates with amazing accuracy. It was a phone call from Conan O'Brien that put Watts' one-man show into the spotlight.

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Demonstrators hold up a placard of a man with his hands up during the "Justice For All" march in Washington, D.C., last December. Numerous protests have brought attention to police violence against people of color. One lawyer, while emphasizing that police are responsible for behaving professionally, also wants to give black men advice on how to survive encounters with police. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Law

A Lawyer's Advice For Black Men At Traffic Stops: 'Comply Now, Contest Later'

Attorney Eric Broyles teamed up with a police officer to pen a handbook for African-American men dealing with police encounters. Above all, he recommends clarity, empathy — and getting badge numbers.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's story "Temperature" — which was found as an unpublished manuscript — appears in the new issue of The Strand Magazine. AP hide caption

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Book News & Features

76 Years Later, Lost F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Sees The Light Of Day

The story, called "Temperature," had never been published and was presumed lost. Long after magazine editor Andrew Gulli began his search for the story, he finally found it — and put it in print.

Jericho the lion (right), seen here fighting with Cecil last year, was the subject of competing stories Saturday, as groups in Zimbabwe disagreed over whether he had been killed. Ken Watkins/SN/Landov hide caption

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Jericho Isn't Cecil's Brother And Is Probably Still Alive, Lion Researcher Says

Citing "huge disgust and sadness," a conservation group said the lion nicknamed Jericho had been killed Saturday. But a researcher in Zimbabwe says he doesn't believe it.

Refugees line up to apply for asylum at a reception center in Berlin. Figures released last week showed that about 180,000 asylum applications were filed in the first six months of 2015, more than twice as many as in the same period last year. Markus Schreiber/AP hide caption

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In Germany, Asylum-Seekers Could Fill A Chronic Workforce Need

Germany has struggled with a record number of refugees, prompting calls for increased deportations. But German businesses see an opportunity in these newcomers to ease a shortage of skilled workers.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Chance The Rapper Gets Quizzed On Saran The Wrapper

Chicago hip-hop superstar Chance the Rapper got his name because nobody believed a guy named Chancelor Bennett could rap. In an appearance on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me, we see how well he can wrap.

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Flames from the Rocky Fire approach a house in Lower Lake, Calif., on Friday. More than 5,000 firefighters are now battling large blazes in the state; hundreds of residents are under evacuation orders in affected areas. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Wildfires In California Spur Emergency Declaration

Nine of the largest fires cover areas of at least 1,000 acres each. A firefighter from Rapid City, S.D., was killed while battling one large blaze in Northern California.

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