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The Salt

'Tales' Of Pig Intelligence, Factory Farming And Humane Bacon

Journalist Barry Estabrook wanted to know more about the animal and its journey from the farm to his plate. In a new book, he explores the dichotomies of the industry that's raising our pork chops.

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Protesters gather April 30 Outside of Puerto Rico's Capitol building in San Juan to oppose Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's budget proposal. The plan would raise taxes to help cover the state's massive debt. Ricardo Arduengo/AP hide caption

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Economy

In Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis, There Are No Easy Solutions

After years of recession and rampant tax evasion, the U.S. territory is desperate to renegotiate its $73 billion debt. But it can't declare bankruptcy, and plans to raise taxes face strong resistance.

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It's All Politics

'Clinton Cash' Rebuttal And The 'Invent Your Own' Media Campaign

The Clinton campaign went into overdrive Tuesday trying to minimize the damage from a new book that delves into Clinton Foundation fundraising — and it's not using the typical channels to do so.

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Parallels - World News

It's No Joke: Venezuela Cracks Down On Comedians

Venezuela's economic woes provide plenty of fodder for comedians. But the government doesn't seem to have a sense of humor: Comics say they are being targeted and prevented from performing.

Public memorials, like the one at the scene where Freddie Gray was arrested, have also become sites to commemorate other deaths of unarmed black men in similar police encounters across the country. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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U.S.

Lessons Learned From Cities Of Unrest

What comes from such tragic events are crucial lessons about policing for other cities. Mainly, they've taught officials the importance of keeping the public informed and good community relationships.

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Virtual Volunteers Use Twitter And Facebook To Make Maps Of Nepal

After the earthquake struck, they began using social media to find out the extent of the damage, who needs help — even where aid groups are setting up shop.

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It's All Politics

Obama Laces Up To Tout Asian Trade Deal At Nike

The president says he's pushing for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership in part to boost "Made in the U.S.A." products around the world. So why make the pitch at Nike?

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Music Reviews

My Morning Jacket's 'The Waterfall' Can Beat You Down Or Lift You Up

Beneath the band's musical strata is deeply ingrained spirituality. On its new album, My Morning Jacket directs its attention toward the natural world.

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