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Jonathan Demme, Director Of 'Silence Of The Lambs,' Dies At 73

During more than four decades behind the camera, the Oscar-winning filmmaker forged a wide-ranging career — from documentaries to horror. He died Wednesday from complications of esophageal cancer.

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Recordings Reveal Baby Humpback Whales 'Whisper' To Their Mothers

Scientists recently tracked eight baby whales using special sound and movement recorders. The sounds the babies made turned out to be far different from the eerie songs of adult male humpbacks.

Recordings Reveal That Baby Humpback Whales 'Whisper' To Their Mothers

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Parallels - World News

Portugal Basks In Post-Bailout Economic Revival

Portugal's economy has rebounded dramatically since its European Union bailout in 2011. Wages are up and unemployment down. What's surprising is that this happened only as austerity was canceled.

Portugal Basks In Post-Bailout Economic Revival

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In Fast-Paced China, Marathon Craze Is Off And Running (Despite A Clumsy Start)

Six years ago, China held 22 marathons; this year, more than 400 are scheduled. But it's long-distance running with Chinese characteristics, and some twists including cigarettes and fruity soap.

In Fast-Paced China, Marathon Craze Is Off And Running (Despite A Clumsy Start)

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Federal Court In San Francisco Blocks Trump's Threat Against Sanctuary Cities

The president's immigration policies have been dealt another setback as the ruling stops the administration from penalizing sanctuary cities while a lawsuit winds through the courts.

President Obama designated the Bears Ears National Monument in December. Here, the namesake "bears ears" are pictured from Cedar Mesa, in the southeast Utah high desert. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Trump To Sign Executive Order That Could Shrink National Monuments

The Interior Secretary says, under the policy, his department will review protective designations since 1996 of 100,000 acres or more, particularly their size.

Trump To Sign Executive Order That Could Shrink National Monuments

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Now You Can Own JFK's Personal Reflections On History, For A Hefty Price

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As a young journalist seven decades ago, John F. Kennedy witnessed a bombed-out Berlin and Adolf Hitler's bunker. Bidding on his diary starts Wednesday and is expected to top $200,000 Wednesday.

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John Leguizamo, Still In Search Of John Leguizamo

As a performer, Leguizamo has mined his Latino identity through his own family and old New York neighborhoods for decades. Now a father, he struggles with what he knows and what he can teach his children about being Latino in the U.S.

John Leguizamo, Still In Search Of John Leguizamo

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The Salt

How A Wild Berry Is Helping To Protect China's Giant Pandas And Its Countryside

Long before it became a "superfood" in the U.S., schisandra was made into soups and jams and prized as a medicinal plant. Now the berry is at the center of a dramatic new approach to conservation.

Doctors have known for a long time that alcohol consumption can cause heart problems. Researchers in Germany used the Oktoberfest beer festival to link binge drinking to abnormal heart rhythms. Dan Herrick/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Binge Drinkers Beware: Study Finds Link Between Alcohol And Heart Arrhythmias

Researchers tested more than 3,000 people at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival. They found getting drunk was associated with abnormal heart rhythms.

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Television

Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Compelling — And Chilling

The adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian 1985 novel is a horror show revealed in slow motion — and the true horror of its brutal, patriarchal future theocracy is how possible it seems today.

Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Compelling — And Chilling

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah (right), and ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speak to reporters about Michael Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Lawmakers Say It Appears Michael Flynn Acted Illegally In Taking Russian Payments

The heads of the House Oversight Committee described "troubling" classified documents about former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and said the White House is refusing to release some data.

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Author Interviews

'Just Show Up': Sheryl Sandberg On How To Help Someone Who's Grieving

The Facebook executive lost her husband in 2015. She says, "Rather than offer to do something, it's often better to do anything. Just do something specific." Her new book is called Option B.

'Just Show Up': Sheryl Sandberg On How To Help Someone Who's Grieving

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16-year-old Amaiya Zafar (left) spars in the Circle of Disclipline gym in Minneapolis earlier this month. USA Boxing has granted Zafar a religious exemption to fight in one bout while wearing hijab. Sarah O'Keefe-Zafar hide caption

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Wearing A Hijab, A Young Muslim Boxer Enters The Ring

After three years of training and a battle with USA Boxing over its uniform policy, Amaiya Zafar will fight in her first competitive bout on Saturday. She says she fell in love with the sport at 13.