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Where Did TV's Villains Go? Monsters, Anti-Heroes And Alexis Colby Carrington

TV has a bad guy problem. The rise of morally ambiguous anti-heroes like Tony Soprano has pushed chewier, more melodramatic villains aside. What we gained in nuance, we lost in sheer, hiss-worthy fun.

Where Did TV's Villains Go? Monsters, Anti-Heroes And Alexis Colby Carrington

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Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees. Many details of the plan, however, remain to be worked out. Day Donaldson/Flickr hide caption

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The Salt

Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonic Pesticides, Promising Aid To Bees

Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees. Many details of the plan, however, remain to be worked out.

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After A Vet's Suicide, Getting VA Benefits Can Compound A Family's Grief

A former Marine who served in Afghanistan took his own life recently. But there was no diagnosis linking his service to his suicide, making it hard for his family to receive full death benefits.

After A Vet's Suicide, Getting VA Benefits Can Compound A Family's Grief

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Lilian Tintori, second row center, in white blouse, the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, takes part in a demonstration in Caracas on Aug. 31. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed Tuesday to jail opposition leaders if they incite violence during upcoming protests seeking a referendum on removing him from power. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Venezuela Turns Away Journalists On Eve Of Planned Anti-Government Rally

John Otis first covered Venezuela 19 years ago and has returned many times since. On Wednesday, while on assignment for NPR, he was stopped from entering the country ahead of a huge opposition rally.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage, shown in June, has been widely criticized for repeatedly blaming Maine's drug trade on black and Hispanic people. After a lawmaker called his comments racially charged and unhelpful, LePage left him an obscene voicemail. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Maine Governor Apologizes To Lawmaker, Vows Never To Speak To Press Again

Days after leaving an obscene voicemail for a lawmaker, Paul LePage waffled on whether he would consider resigning and stood by his statements blaming people of color for Maine's drug problems.

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Code Switch

LISTEN: What's So Funny About The Indian Accent?

Mumbai-based comedians Anuvab Pal and Kunaal Roy Kapur, Code Switch's Tasneem Raja and NPR's Amita Kelly talk about what "Thank you, come again!" means to them.

What's So Funny About The Indian Accent? Episode 15

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Diazepam, also known as Valium, is used to treat anxiety and insomnia. But when combined with opioids, it can suppress breathing and cause death. Universal Images Group/Getty Images hide caption

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FDA Boosts Warning On Danger Of Combining Opioids And Anxiety Meds

Doctors increasingly prescribe opioid painkillers with benzodiazepines — medications used to treat anxiety and insomnia. That combination is causing a spike in overdoses and deaths, the FDA warns.