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'Up First': Rex Tillerson Interview; Trump's First 100 Days; Pope In Egypt

Secretary of State Tillerson on achieving a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. Has President Trump kept the promises he made for his first 100 days? And, the pope arrives in Egypt.

Friday, April 28th, 2017

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National Security

100 Days In, Trump's Generals Seen As A Moderating Force

President Trump relies on a group of current and former generals to run national security. Does that increase the chances that he'll order military action?

100 Days In, Trump's Generals Seen As A Moderating Force

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Why American Sikhs Think They Need A Publicity Campaign

American Sikhs faced an onslaught of violence and hate crimes following the Sept. 11 attacks. In the face of renewed racist vitriol, they have devised a positive media plan.

Police cordon off part of London's Harlesden Road Friday, after counter-terrorism police shot a woman and arrested several people in raids in London and southeastern England. Stefan Rousseau/AP hide caption

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British Counterterrorism Police Shoot Woman, Arrest 6 Other Suspects

In two separate operations, U.K. authorities arrested a man who was carrying knives near Parliament and carried out a raid that included tear gas and gunfire elsewhere in London.

A shark swims off the coast of Midway Atoll on the northern edge of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii. The Trump administration plans to consider reversing the designation of some marine sanctuaries. Wyland/NOAA/AP hide caption

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Trump To Sign Executive Order On Offshore Drilling And Marine Sanctuaries

The president is set to sign an order Friday that aims to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas, and possibly reverse the designation of some marine sanctuaries.

Trump To Sign Executive Order On Offshore Drilling And Marine Sanctuaries

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The Salt

What Did Ancient Romans Eat? New Novel Serves Up Meals And Intrigue

In ancient Rome, food was a bargaining chip for position for slaves and nobles alike. At the center of Feast Of Sorrow is real-life nobleman Apicius, who inspired the oldest surviving cookbook.

Pedestrians walk past St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. The number of Americans who list their church affiliation as "none" has certainly increased, but more than 70 percent still identify generally as Christian. Marianne O'Leary/Flickr hide caption

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Religion

Why Religion Is More Durable Than We Thought In Modern Society

It's commonly accepted that as societies become more modern, religion loses its grip. But recent research suggests it's more complicated than that.

Why Religion Is More Durable Than We Thought In Modern Society

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Michael Yandell, 32, and his wife Amy Yandell, 42, talked to StoryCorps about Michael's experience of being exposed to sarin gas while deployed in Iraq in 2004. Todd Burandt for StoryCorps hide caption

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StoryCorps

One Soldier's Lasting Memories Of Exposure To Sarin Gas

In 2004, Michael Yandell was a U.S. Army bomb tech during Operation Iraqi Freedom when he and his partner were exposed to sarin. Almost 13 years later, he talks about the experience with his wife.

One Soldier's Lasting Memories Of Exposure To Sarin Gas

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Shots - Health News

For Some, Pre-Hospice Care Can Be A Good Alternative To Hospitals

Kaiser Health News

Through home visits, very ill people get help with pain, stress and symptoms. Medical centers, initially skeptical, now embrace the program because it helps patients and makes financial sense.

Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days. Kenneth Williams, 38, received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner, Ark. Arkansas Department of Correction/AP hide caption

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Arkansas Executes 4th Inmate In 8 Days

Kenneth Williams was the final inmate executed as the state sped up its schedule to beat the expiration date of its lethal-injection drugs.

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Author Interviews

Paula Hawkins Prepares To Dive 'Into The Water'

Author Paula Hawkins was down on her luck when her 2015 book The Girl on the Train became a smash hit. Now she's grappling with success and preparing to launch her followup, Into the Water.

Paula Hawkins Prepares To Dive 'Into The Water'

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Acosta Confirmed As Labor Secretary, First Latino Member Of Trump Cabinet

In a bipartisan vote of 60-38, the Senate confirmed President Trump's second choice for labor secretary. Trump's first nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew when it became clear he would not be confirmed.

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Politics

Trump's Tweet-And-Switch On Shutdown And Flynn

The president went on a tweetstorm Thursday blaming Democrats for a possible shutdown, even though one's unlikely. Why? Democrats happened to be plastered on cable news talking about Michael Flynn.

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First Listen

First Listen: Adele, Pearl Jam, The Avett Brothers And More Cover Brandi Carlile's Greatest Album

The musicians on Cover Stories joined the project, in part, because they believe in the cause it benefits — all proceeds go to War Child UK. But they inhabit it because Carlile's music feels right in their hands.

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Trucks line up to cross to the United States near the Otay Commercial port of entry on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border on Jan. 25. Trump now says he will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he has long criticized, rather than scrap it. Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

With Billions At Stake, Trump Agrees To Mend NAFTA — Not End It

Despite his long-standing criticism of the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Trump has opted to reopen negotiations on the deal rather than run the risk of scrapping it altogether.

Google launched its first servers in Cuba this week. Above, people use public Wi-Fi to connect their devices on a Havana street in October 2016. Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Google Spins Up Its First Servers In Cuba

The company can speed up delivery of high-bandwidth content like YouTube videos because the servers will now store data locally. But accessing the Internet in Cuba remains difficult and expensive.

People gather in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles during rioting following the acquittal of four police officers in the beating of Rodney King in 1992. The neighborhood looks similar today as it did 25 years ago. It's still more than 80 percent Latino, with lots of immigrant families from Mexico and Central America. Gary Leonard/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Code Switch

As Los Angeles Burned, The Border Patrol Swooped In

People often remember the LA riots in terms of tensions between African-Americans, white police officers and Korean business owners. That story gets more complicated when you step into a predominantly Latino neighborhood.

As Los Angeles Burned, The Border Patrol Swooped In

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