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5:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Months After Scandal, Will Brian Williams Return To NBC News?

Journalist Brian Williams hosts The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family on Jan. 7 at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Recent reports suggest the suspended NBC anchor may have embellished several of his stories.
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Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 2:12 pm

Recent reports have suggested that Brian Williams' professional purgatory is about to come to an end. NBC suspended its chief news anchor early this year for falsely claiming that the Army helicopter in which he traveled while covering the 2003 invasion of Iraq was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade.

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Theater
5:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Director Julie Taymor Steers A 'Grounded' Portrait Of A Drone Pilot

Anne Hathaway plays a nameless drone pilot in Julie Taymor's latest directing project, Grounded.
Joan Marcus Courtesy of The Public Theater

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 7:53 pm

For a certain kind of theater goer, the name Julie Taymor is enough to get them to the box office. Ticket holders outside New York's Public Theater call her a "pioneer" and a "terrific director." They're waiting to see Taymor's new play, Grounded — an intimate, political, one-woman show that seems to be the opposite of what the director is known for, which is spectacle.

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Around the Nation
4:27 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Baltimore Officials Face Criticism For Slow Response To Riots

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 9:22 pm

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Environment
4:27 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Vatican Hosts Climate Change Conference Ahead Of Papal Encyclical

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 7:53 pm

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Around the Nation
4:27 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Residents Fight To Keep Coney Island's Boardwalk Wooden

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 7:53 pm

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Europe's nice, but hey, we have Coney Island. The two-mile wooden boardwalk there has been a beach fixture for more than 90 years. For New Yorkers like Rob Burstein, there's nothing like it.

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Around the Nation
8:14 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Condemns Violent Protesters At Press Conference

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 10:24 pm

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All Tech Considered
6:58 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

When The Sharing Economy Brings Unexpected Experiences

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:21 pm

Thanks to the fast-growing sharing economy, anyone can make money renting out his home or car — or by becoming a personal chef.

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Around the Nation
6:57 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Violent Protests Erupt In Baltimore After Freddie Gray's Funeral

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 10:21 pm

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It's All Politics
6:30 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Fact Check: Is The Clinton Foundation 'The Most Transparent'?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Clinton foundation's Clinton Global Initiative conference with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Chelsea, looking on.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 11:28 am

During the early phase of her presidential run, Hillary Clinton has been dogged by scrutiny of her family's foundation, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The Clintons have pushed back, calling the foundation among the most transparent foundations in the world.

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It's All Politics
6:28 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

3 Reasons Republicans Might Cheer A Pro-Gay-Marriage Ruling

Sen. Marco Rubio spoke at the an Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition meeting last weekend.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:14 pm

The idea that the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage is a good thing for Republicans sounds counterintuitive — after all, the GOP is the party of traditional marriage.

But here's why it might actually be a good thing for the party:

1. Public opinion is changing — at lightning speed.

There's never been a social issue in America on which public attitudes reached a tipping point so quickly.

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The Salt
6:15 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Competitive Bartender Pours Father's Wisdom Into Signature Drink

Ran Duan will represent the U.S. at the Bacardi Global Legacy Cocktail Competition in Sydney on April 28.
Daniel A. Gross

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:14 pm

Most days, you can find Ran Duan pouring drinks for guests at The Baldwin Bar, inside a branch of his parents' Sichuan Garden restaurant in Woburn, Mass.

But recently he's been setting aside time each day to practice making a special drink.

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The Two-Way
5:35 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years

A man stands near collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, two days after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Nepal. Aftershocks tend to get less frequent with time, scientists say, but not necessarily gentler.
Prakash Mathema AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:20 pm

Aftershocks following Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake in Nepal are jangling nerves and complicating rescue operations. So far, there have been more than a dozen quakes of magnitude 5 or higher, and another two dozen between magnitude 4.5 and 5.

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Television
5:28 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Successful Superhero TV Shows Go Beyond Superpowers

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:14 pm

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Around the Nation
5:18 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

California Cemeteries Adapt To Water Restrictions To Avoid Going Dry

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:14 pm

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Politics
4:25 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

U.S., Japan Announce Updated Defense Guidelines

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:14 pm

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