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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talks to reporters during Monday's press briefing at the White House. Mnuchin announced sanctions against 271 employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Announces Sanctions On 271 Syrians Over April 4 Chemical Attack

The blacklisted people work on weapons development for Syria, the administration says. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the sanctions "target the scientific support center" for the attack.

Author Robert Pirsig and his son Chris in 1968. Pirsig, who wrote Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at age 88. William Morrow/HarperCollins hide caption

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'Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88

Zen was published by William Morrow in 1974, after being rejected by 121 publishing houses. The book has endured as a work of popular philosophy, and inspired many a road trip across the West.

The Anti-Defamation League counts 541 incidents of anti-Semitism since the year began. That includes vandalism of Jewish burial grounds, including the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia in February. Jacqueline Larma/AP hide caption

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Anti-Semitic Incidents Up 86 Percent Compared With Same Time Last Year

The Anti-Defamation League counts 541 attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions so far in 2017. The advocacy organization says attacks also rose in 2016 by 34 percent.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson became NASA's astronaut with the most time in orbit Monday. She's seen here earlier this year in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station with fellow astronauts aboard the International Space Station. AP hide caption

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Astronaut Peggy Whitson Sets New NASA Record For Most Days In Space

Peggy Whitson is a biochemist who has twice commanded the International Space Station. When she comes back down to Earth this year, she'll have logged more than 650 days in space.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson prepares for an interview at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock, Ark., on April 13. The governor met with reporters to discuss the state's schedule of executions. So far, one of the executions has been carried out, four have been stayed or delayed, and three are currently scheduled. Kelly P. Kissel/AP hide caption

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Arkansas Prepares For First Double Execution In U.S. Since 2000

The state planned to kill eight death row inmates in 11 days. After a flurry of legal challenges, three executions were stayed and one was carried out. The next two deaths are scheduled for Monday.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte answers questions from the press at Manila International Airport on March 23. Jude Sabio, a lawyer in the Philippines, has filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court accusing Duterte of crimes against humanity. Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lawyer In Philippines Accuses President Duterte Of Crimes Against Humanity

Jude Sabio, who represents an admitted assassin who has testified against President Rodrigo Duterte, has filed a complaint against Duterte with the International Criminal Court at the Hague.

At a memorial on the Wazir Akbar Khan hilltop in Kabul on Sunday, activists pay tribute to the victims of Friday's Taliban-claimed attack on an army base. Wakil Kohsar /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Top Afghan Defense Officials Resign After Attack Kills More Than 100 Troops

The resignations coincided with a visit from the U.S. Secretary of Defense, as the new administration carries out a review of its Afghanistan policy. Friday's attack was the deadliest in years.

Bob, Robbie and Leah Maass (from left) ready equipment for planting season on their farm near Ellsworth, Iowa. Amy Mayer/Iowa Public Radio hide caption

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Winds Of Change Could Come Slowly For Agriculture Nominee Perdue

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If confirmed, agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue confronts an industry in search of stability. In the Corn Belt, farmers wonder about the government programs they rely on.

Winds Of Change Could Come Slowly For Agriculture Nominee Perdue

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Supporters of French presidential election candidate for the En Marche! movement Emmanuel Macron cheer following the announcement that he was on course to qualify for the run-off in France's presidential election in Paris on Sunday. Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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French Voters Shun Political Parties, Sending Macron, Le Pen To Presidential Runoff

Political outsider Emmanuel Macron has come in top place in the first round of the election with around 24 percent of the vote. Far-right Marine Le Pen trailed with 22 percent.

President Trump heads back inside the Trump National Golf Club clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., on Nov. 20, 2016. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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New Jersey Residents Brace For Trump's Weekend Whirlwinds To Blow Their Way

The president likely will skip summer's heat at his Florida resort, instead going to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Some there are excited, but others worry the visits will overwhelm the town.

New Jersey Residents Brace For Trump's Weekend Whirlwinds To Blow Their Way

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Shots - Health News

Is It Time For Hearing Aids To Be Sold Over The Counter?

About 35 million Americans suffer some hearing loss, but most don't do anything about it. There's a growing effort to make hearing aids easier and cheaper to buy.

Is It Time For Hearing Aids To Be Sold Over The Counter?

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Music Interviews

Brad Paisley On 'Love And War,' Dialogue And Protest

One of mainstream country's biggest stars, Paisley subtly pushes the boundaries on his new album, which features a collaboration with Timbaland and a protest song written with John Fogerty.

Brad Paisley On 'Love And War,' Dialogue And Protest

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