The Sand to Snow National Monument is one of three California areas designated as national monuments on Friday. Together they protect nearly 1.8 million acres of public lands. Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management hide caption

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Photos: Obama Declares 3 New National Monuments In California Desert

The new designations protect nearly 1.8 million acres of public lands that include Southern California's highest peak, thousands of Native American rock carvings, endangered animals and a ghost town.

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Law

Ferguson Mayor: 'There Was No Agreement' With The Justice Department

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ferguson Mayor James Knowles about why the City Council decided to change an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the subsequent lawsuit against the city.

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Music Interviews

Diane Warren On 'Til It Happens To You,' A Modern Anthem For A Hard Truth

A career-long hitmaker, Warren knows how to write about intimacy and heartbreak. But when she collaborated with Lady Gaga for a song about sexual assault, it unlocked a few stories she'd never shared.

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Kanye West Plays Puppet Master With 'Life Of Pablo' Premiere

Maybe this is all part of some performance-art piece we've been unwittingly sucked into. But either way, it seems to be working.

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Politics

Jim Gilmore, Who Was Campaigning For President, Isn't Anymore

He had the resume — swing-state governor, veteran, ex-party leader — but there's a good chance you had no idea he was running. Judging by vote totals, Iowa and New Hampshire may have missed it too.

John Oliver begins a new season of his comedy show Last Week, Tonight on Feb. 14. He says he wants to tackle the most challenging topics, "whether that is trying to explain some of the NSA's detailed programs, or whether that's putting a cowboy hat on a cat." Eric Liebowitz/HBO via AP hide caption

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Television

Is John Oliver's Show Journalism? He Says The Answer Is Simple: 'No'

"Everything we do is in pursuit of comedy," Oliver says. But to get the comedy right, you have to get facts right: "You can't be wrong about something, otherwise that joke just disintegrates."

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Pope, Head Of The Russian Orthodox Church Meet For The First Time

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met Friday in Havana. It's the first time leaders of the two churches have met since a schism 1,000 years ago divided Christianity.

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History-Making Philae Lander Faces 'Eternal Hibernation' On Comet

A tweet issued by the European Space Agency today includes a cartoon showing the Rosetta orbiter thinking about its little lander taking a nap on the comet's cold surface.

Facebook board member Marc Andreessen, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who uses Twitter prolifically, has apologized for tweets suggesting he supported colonialism. Kimberly White/Getty hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A board member of Facebook lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

Bottles for sale at Passage de la Fleur, a natural wine shop in Brooklyn, N.Y. For some, natural wines must be completely unadulterated — without the use of sugar, clarifiers or other additives common in modern winemaking. Other natural winemakers, however, will use a little sulfur or added yeast to correct problems, according to Stephen Meuse, a wine buyer in Massachusetts. Andrea Shea for NPR hide caption

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The Salt

What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.

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