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6:04 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Not Waco: Being Putin's favorite motorcycle gang has its perks

Members of the Russian motorcycle group Night Wolves arrive at the former German Nazi concentration camp in Dachau on May 4.

Michaela Rehle / Reuters

In Russia, a motorcycle gang lives by the motto, "Wherever the Night Wolves are, that should be considered Russia."

Vladimir Putin likes that.

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The Two-Way
5:41 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Maryland Joins States That Won't Test New Drivers For Parallel Parking

A dying art? Maryland has stopped testing new drivers for parallel parking. Here, a car is seen in Baltimore.
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Saying that it tests parallel parking skills in other ways, Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration is phasing out the portion of its test that has intimidated new drivers for generations.

Maryland is joining the list of states that have stopped making new drivers prove that they can maneuver a car into a parallel parking spot. Virginia, California and Florida are among those that have made the move.

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The Two-Way
5:41 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Grand Jury Indicts 6 Baltimore Officers In Freddie Gray's Death

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 6:48 pm

A grand jury has returned indictments against all six Baltimore Police Department officers charged in connection with the death last month of Freddie Gray, the state's attorney in Baltimore says.

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Commentary
4:45 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Letters: Netanyahu Suspends Segregated Bus Program, Graphic Novels

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

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News
4:38 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Ireland’s same-sex marriage vote puts the Catholic Church on the defensive

A ‘No’ campaigner, opposed to the legalization of same-sex marriage, delivers his message on the sidewalk in Dublin on May 20, 2015. 

Cathal McNaughton/Reuters 

If the voting public in Ireland does as expected and says "yes" to same-sex marriage in Friday’s national referendum, it will be yet another reminder of how far and fast the country is moving away from its Roman Catholic roots. 

For good reason, the Emerald Isle has long been known as “the jewel in the crown of international Catholicism,” says Diarmaid Ferriter, a professor of modern Irish history at University College Dublin.

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Around the Nation
4:37 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Maryland Drops Parallel Parking From Driver's License Test

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

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It's a point of pride, or it's a grueling anxiety-inducing exercise.

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Parallel parking - if you're a driver, you know exactly how skilled you are or are not when it comes to snuggling up to a curb.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Irish Voters Prepare To Decide On Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

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The Salt
4:31 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Chew On This: The Science Of Great NYC Bagels (It's Not The Water)

Steaming-hot bagels are scooped out of the water in which they were boiled and dumped onto a stainless steel drain board at a bagel bakery in Queens, New York City, 1963. Traditionally, bagels were boiled, but bakers who use the modern method skip this step.
Dan Grossi AP

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 6:30 pm

One of the first life lessons I picked up in college was this: The secret to the shiny crust and chewy bite prized in New York bagels is boiling. Any other way of cooking them, my Brooklyn born-and-raised, freshman-year roommate told me, is simply unacceptable.

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News
4:28 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Big-money World Cup sponsors may be the last hope for Qatar's migrant workers

Laborers working on the Qatar 2022 World Cup project arrive at their accommodations in Doha.

Reuters

Could Coca-Cola succeed where a multitude of human rights groups have not so far?

That is, could Coke and other big money sponsors use public criticism — and possibly withhold money — to reverse what many consider a crooked selection process that gave the soccer World Cup to Qatar in 2022? Those selections have led to a public spectacle of labor conditions of the migrants building the facilities in the Gulf nation.

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Parallels
4:28 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

China Kicks Off 'Great Leap Forward' On The Soccer Field

First-graders take soccer class at the Nandulehe Elementary School in suburban Beijing. The school is one of 20,000 that's launching a national soccer curriculum in the next five years. It's part of a government plan to raise China's soccer skills and eventually, China's leaders hope, host and win a World Cup.
Anthony Kuhn NPR

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

At an elementary school outside the Chinese capital, Beijing, first-graders practice controlling soccer balls under the instruction of American coach Tom Byer.

"When I clap, everybody's going to dribble to the circle, pull it back and go to the right. Go!" he says.

Regular soccer balls would practically come up to the kids' knees, so they practice with miniature ones instead.

But Byer, a native of New York, argues that even at age 6 or 7, the children are already late to the game.

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The Two-Way
4:18 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

White House Ban On Militarized Gear For Police May Mean Little

Police in riot gear stand around an armored vehicle as smoke fills the streets of Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:09 pm

When riots erupted last fall on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., police in riot gear fanned out armed with assault rifles and armored vehicles made for the battlefield.

Analysts said at the time it was just another symptom of the continued militarization of local police forces.

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Television
4:01 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Letterman Signs Off, With A Heartfelt Guest-Filled Finale

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Shots - Health News
3:38 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Coded Talk About Assisted Suicide Can Leave Families Confused

Hope Barrone-Falk and J.D. Falk on their wedding day in 2009.
Kelly Dunsford Courtesy of the family

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 4:02 pm

Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in most states in the U.S. But there are gray areas where doctors can help suffering patients hasten their death. The problem is nobody can talk about it directly.

This can lead to bizarre, veiled conversations between medical professionals and overwhelmed families. Doctors and nurses want to help but also want to avoid prosecution, so they speak carefully, parsing their words. Family members, in the midst of one of the most confusing and emotional times of their lives, are left to interpret euphemisms.

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The Two-Way
3:29 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Head Of Boy Scouts Says Group's Ban On Gay Adults 'Unsustainable'

Robert Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, warned that failure to make changes quickly could spell "the end of us as a national movement."
Thierry Roge Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 4:40 pm

Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, says the organization must reassess its ban on gay adults, saying, "We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be."

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Goats and Soda
3:14 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

A Toilet In Every Home: Zambians Celebrate Sanitation Milestone

Village chiefs, residents and government officials take to the streets to celebrate the Chienge district's accomplishment of bringing sanitation to every home.
Mark Maseko Courtesy of UNICEF Zambia

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:46 pm

On a sunny day in the remote Chienge district of Zambia, hundreds gathered for a celebration that was the first of its kind. There was singing, laughing and no shortage of dancing. The village chiefs and government officials came dressed in their finest clothes, while volunteers sported bright green T-shirts that read, "We use a toilet ... do you?"

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