A vintage postcard (circa 1930-1945) shows the HoJo's at U.S. Alternate Route I, in Fredericksburg, Va. Boston Public Library/Flickr hide caption

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The Salt

With Nostalgia And A Last Nosh, 1 Of 3 Remaining HoJo's Closes NCPR

The iconic orange roofs of Howard Johnson's restaurants were once fixtures of the American highway. But the chain faded in the '80s. The 60-year-old location in Lake Placid, N.Y., closed Tuesday.

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Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite militiamen look for Islamic State extremists in Tikrit on Tuesday. Iraqi forces were going house-to-house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

In Battered Tikrit, Iraqi Forces Claim Much — But Not All — Of City

The Iraqi military, with help from the U.S. and Iran, now holds most of Tikrit after a month of heavy fighting with the Islamic State. NPR's Alice Fordham visited and says the city is still volatile.

Beginning April 1, all sugary beverages and food of "minimal-to-no nutritional value" sold on the Navajo reservation will incur an additional 2-cent tax. April Sorrow/Flickr hide caption

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Navajos Fight Their Food Desert With Junk Food And Soda Taxes

Many have dreamed of taxing Cheetos and soda. The Navajo Nation is now doing both. The first-in-the U.S. tax measure aims to raise revenue for health programs and make wholesome food more affordable.

The new show from England, Cucumber, stars Vincent Franklin (left) as Henry and Cyril Nri as Lance. It premieres on Logo TV on April 13. Ben Blackall/Courtesy of Logo TV hide caption

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Television

From 'Banana' To 'Cucumber,' New Series Spans The Spectrum Of Sex

Cucumber tells the adventures of a middle-aged gay man; Banana is a series of short stories. Russell T. Davies, who made Queer As Folk, says the titles came from a scientific institute in Switzerland.

Opponents of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act rallied against the legislation at the Indiana State House on Saturday. Doug McSchooler/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Sorting Fact From Fiction From Politics Around Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

The culture wars are always percolating beneath the surface in presidential politics. And as is often the case in controversies, the facts have become muddled and conflated.

Dry, cracked earth is visible on a cantaloupe farm near Firebaugh, Calif., last August. Record-low snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada mean most Central California farmers will face another year without water from the federal Central Valley Project. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallowed fields and emergency water measures.

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