The U.S. Postal Service, in conjunction with the Ricco-Maresca Gallery in New York, unveiled five new stamps Thursday depicting the paintings of Mexican artist Martin Ramirez. Ricco-Maresca Gallery hide caption

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Fine Art

New Postage Stamps Recognize The Genius Of Martin Ramirez WNYC

Martin Ramirez was a self-taught artist who spent much of his life confined to hospitals, where he began to make remarkable art. Now some of it is featured on a new series of U.S. postage stamps.

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Hawaii ranks 49th in the nation for use of home health care services during the last six months of someone's life. Videos from ACP Decisions show patients what their options are at the end of life. ACP Decisions hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

A program in Hawaii aims to reduce the number of older people who spend their final days of life in a hospital. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of hospital deaths for those over age 65 in the U.S.

Zayas is best known for his role as Sergeant Angel Batista on the Showtime drama Dexter. "The one through line of all 8 years of that character was his integrity and honesty," Zayas says. Randy Tepper/Showtime hide caption

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My Big Break

For 'Dexter' Star David Zayas, Acting Was A Long Shot Away

The Bronx native grew up in a blue-collar household; a life in show business seemed far from reality. He spent time in the Air Force and as a cop before he finally gave his childhood dream a chance.

Secretary of State John Kerry (left), and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (right) wait for the start of a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotelin Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sunday to discuss a nuclear deal on Iran. Brendan Smialowski/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Iran, West Said To Be Closing Gap On Nuke Deal As Deadline Looms

The two sides are reportedly close to a deal ahead of a Tuesday deadline, but diplomatic sources caution that an agreement could still fall apart.

Now a stop on Palm Springs tours, this iconic desert house — shown here in a 1970 photo — was designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra for department store magnate Edgar J. Kaufmann in 1946. Slim Aarons/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S.

Palm Springs Celebrates Its Past, And Tourists Arrive In Droves KVCR

Palm Springs was the desert playground of golden-era Hollywood. Then its glamour faded. Now its mid-century architecture, its retro style and the allure of its past are fueling a rebirth.

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Retired agent Michael Vigil on a search and destroy operation in the Colombian jungle. "As an undercover, you're basically kind of an independent operator ... and it's very addictive." says Laura Brodie, a criminal and forensic psychologist. Courtesy Michael Vigil hide caption

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Law

For Undercover Agents, On-The-Job Adrenaline Can Be Addictive

Danger, subterfuge, adrenaline and the thrill of pulling one over on someone. As more agencies use undercover operatives, we ask what it's like to take on a false identity professionally.

Secretary-general of the League of Arab States Nabil Elaraby (left) and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri attend a news conference after the closing session of the Arab League Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Sunday. The 22-nation body agreed in principle to establishing a regional security force. Cui Xinyu/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Arab League Approves Idea Of Ground Forces For Regional Security

The 22-member body agreed in principle to the military force that could be rapidly deployed to regional trouble spots.

Wong's watercolor impressions were a shift from the ornate style used for the background art of Disney's earlier films. Tyrus Wong/Courtesy of Mike Glad hide caption

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Movies

Meet The Chinese-American Artist Behind The Evocative Look Of 'Bambi'

Born in China, Tyrus Wong — now 104 — used forged papers to enter the U.S. under the Chinese Exclusion Act. His expressive sketches, inspired by landscape paintings, caught Walt Disney's eye and became the visual guide for the animated film.

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