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Obama Grants Clemency To 111 Prisoners; DOJ 'Confident' It Will Clear Backlog

Thousands of petitions are still pending, but the Justice Department tells NPR that despite doubts from advocates, it plans to consider each of them before President Obama leaves office.

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Politics

Incumbents Poised For Big Primary Wins, Despite Attention On Outsiders

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida are favored to win on Tuesday. So is Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz, even with angry opposition.

Incumbents Poised For Big Wins Despite All The Attention On Outsiders

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Jollof rice is the celebration dish of West Africa. At its basic, it includes rice, tomatoes, onions and chili peppers. But there are a zillion variations, depending on your country of origin, and the friendly rivalry can get intense over which version reigns supreme. Matthew Mead/AP hide caption

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The Salt

Jollof Rice: West Africans Dish It Up With A Hefty Serving Of Smack Talk

Jollof rice is a celebration dish in West Africa. Each country in the region has its own take — and the rivalry over which version reigns supreme is constant fodder for a delicious war of words.

Actor Gene Wilder, who entertained audiences with his performances in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, The Producers and Blazing Saddles, died Monday. He was 83 years old. Art Selby & Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption

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Remembrances

In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

Fresh Air

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack, and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.

In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

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A boy looks on inside a crowded wooden boat carrying more than 700 migrants before being rescued, about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya. The boat was one of 40 vessels rescued on Monday. Emilio Morenatti/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

1 Day, 40 Boats, Thousands Of People Rescued Trying To Get To Europe

In 24 hours, the Italian Navy and aid groups rescued 6,500 people from wooden and rubber boats off the coast of Libya. The migrants did not have enough fuel to reach Europe.

Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian security agent, died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with the radioactive element polonium-210 at a London hotel. A British inquiry found that his death was the work of the Russian security service. Natasja Weitsz/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

The Curious Deaths Of Kremlin Critics

Opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin and former colleagues who have fallen from favor seem to be dying at an unusual rate. Russia-watchers believe the deaths are not random.

The Curious Deaths Of Kremlin Critics

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Bruce Hincks of Meadowood Farm walks through his patch of brussels sprouts in Yarmouth, Maine. Hincks, who has been farming for 40 years, said that this is the worst season, in terms of drought and heat, that he has seen in 10 or 12 years. Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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Northeast Farmers Grapple With Worst Drought In More Than A Decade

New England Public Radio

This year, many fields are bone dry — and that has many farmers in the region thinking about how to manage their land, their animals and the water that is there.

All Tech Considered

Groups Worry About Impact Of Police Moves To Block Social Media

As police find themselves in encounters that are posted live — including video — they sometimes want to pull the social media plug. But activists say this threatens to censor an electronic witness.

Groups Worry About Impact Of Police Moves To Block Social Media

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European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday,. The European Union says Ireland has given illegal tax benefits to Apple Inc. and must now recover the unpaid back taxes from the U.S. technology company, plus interest. Virginia Mayo/AP hide caption

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Apple Owes Ireland $14.5 Billion In Taxes, European Commission Says

The EU competition commissioner says Ireland gave the tech giant tax breaks that are illegal under European law. Now Ireland must recover that money, with interest, the commissioner says.

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The Record

Songs We Love: Martha Wainwright, 'Around The Bend'

"I'm trying to not be so revealing," Wainwright says of the song, an air that evokes both Kate Bush and lounge singers. "I've written a lot of songs that were so personal they got me into trouble."

Martha Wainwright, 'Around The Bend'

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Science Of Summer Waves

Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

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NPR Ed

A New School Year Brings Renewed Focus On Attendance

As students head back to school, districts are faced with the age-old problem of making sure they show up. A principal in St. Louis resorted to extreme measures: installing washing machines and dryers.

A New School Year Brings Renewed Focus On Attendance

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Single-belled baritones and euphoniums line the ceiling of the V&E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection to make room the bigger instruments on the floor and walls. Aiyana Simonetti-Poe/Courtesy of V & E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection hide caption

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Unsung Museums: A Tour Of Little-Known Gems

A Museum With Nearly 300 Brass Horns: You've Gotta See It Tuba-lieve It

Vincent Simonetti started playing tuba in high school in the 1950s. It was love at first puff. Now he and his wife, Ethel, have filled a house in Durham, N.C., with tubas for the public to tour.

A Museum With Nearly 300 Brass Horns: You've Gotta See It Tuba-lieve It

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When Tara Thompson started writing songs, she didn't invoke her country superstar cousin, Loretta Lynn. "I wanted to do it myself," she says. Courtesy of The Valory Music Co. hide caption

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Music News

Nashville's New Country Cousin

Tara Thompson comes from a long line of women who find humor in life's messier situations, including distant relative Loretta Lynn.

Nashville's New Country Cousin

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