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Parallels - World News

The Curious Deaths Of Kremlin Critics

Opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin and former colleagues who have fallen from favor seem to be dying at an unusual rate. Russia-watchers believe the deaths are not random.

The Curious Deaths Of Kremlin Critics

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Apple Owes Ireland $14.5 Billion In Taxes, European Commission Says

The EU competition commissioner says Ireland gave the tech giant tax breaks that are illegal under European law. Now Ireland must recover that money, with interest, the commissioner says.

From The Archives

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Code Switch

Gene Wilder And Cleavon Little Set Gold Standard For Interracial Buddy Comedies

Decades later, Blazing Saddles is just as funny — and offensive — as ever. The film, which pierced the earnestness of earlier films like Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, set the stage for Wilder's later collaborations with Richard Pryor.

All Tech Considered

Groups Worry About Impact Of Police Moves To Block Social Media

As police find themselves in encounters that are posted live — including video — they sometimes want to pull the social media plug. But activists say this threatens to censor an electronic witness.

Groups Worry About Impact Of Police Moves To Block Social Media

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The Record

Songs We Love: Martha Wainwright, 'Around The Bend'

"I'm trying to not be so revealing," Wainwright says of the song, an air that evokes both Kate Bush and lounge singers. "I've written a lot of songs that were so personal they got me into trouble."

Martha Wainwright, 'Around The Bend'

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Science Of Summer Waves

Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

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Politics

Incumbents Poised For Big Wins Despite All The Attention On Outsiders

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida are favored to win their GOP primaries on Tuesday. So is Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz despite angry opposition.

Incumbents Poised For Big Wins Despite All The Attention On Outsiders

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A New School Year Brings Renewed Focus On Attendance

As students head back to school, districts are faced with the age-old problem of making sure they show up. A principal in St. Louis resorted to extreme measures: installing washing machines and dryers.

A New School Year Brings Renewed Focus On Attendance

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Unsung Museums: A Tour Of Little-Known Gems

A Museum With Nearly 300 Brass Horns: You've Gotta See It Tuba-lieve It

Vincent Simonetti started playing tuba in high school in the 1950s. It was love at first puff. Now he and his wife, Ethel, have filled a house in Durham, N.C., with tubas for the public to tour.

A Museum With Nearly 300 Brass Horns: You've Gotta See It Tuba-lieve It

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Music News

Nashville's New Country Cousin

Tara Thompson comes from a long line of women who find humor in life's messier situations, including distant relative Loretta Lynn.

Nashville's New Country Cousin

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Shots - Health News

Your Gut's Gone Viral, And That Might Be Good For Your Health

Think of it as a gift within a gift. Some beneficial gut bacteria contain viruses called "bacteriophages." And some of these phages now have been associated with good intestinal health in humans.

Your Gut's Gone Viral, And That Might Be Good For Your Health

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Politics

Trump Surrogate Tweets Cartoon Of Hillary Clinton In Blackface

Pastor Mark Burns apologized for the tweet, which mocked Hillary Clinton with a cartoon that read, in part, "I ain't no ways tired of pandering to African Americans."