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Music News
5:14 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

The Man Before The Guitar: Remembering Les Paul At 100

Les Paul's career as a guitarist and innovator led him to play jazz, pop and country with other legendary musicians for decades.
Courtesy of the Les Paul Foundation

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 6:57 pm

Say the name "Les Paul" to anybody born after 1960, and they'll probably think you're talking about an electric guitar. But the musician and inventor, who was born 100 years ago Tuesday, was also an accomplished jazz guitarist. Paul was never happier than when playing for a live audience.

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Parallels
4:43 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

The Trouble That's Brewing In Burundi

The coffin of Theogene Niyondiko, who was shot dead by police during an opposition demonstration last Friday, is carried in Burundi's capital Bujumbura on Tuesday. Protesters have been demonstrating against President Pierre Nkurunziza, who plans to run for a third term next month.
Gildas Ngingo AP

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 12:35 am

Hundreds of mourners in Burundi spilled out of a funeral service Tuesday at a Catholic church, their hands raised and their palms open in what is now a global meme against police violence.

They were there to mourn an engineering student, Theogene Niyondiko, 28. He was shot last Friday by police during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza.

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Middle East
4:38 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

No Winner In Sight As Forces Fighting In Syria Weaken

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 6:57 pm

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Law
4:23 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Louisiana Inmate To Be Freed After 43 Years In Solitary Confinement

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 7:09 am

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It's All Politics
6:45 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Court Sides With President Over Congress In 'Jerusalem' Passport Dispute

Ari Zivotofsky (right) with his son, Menachem, outside the Supreme Court in 2011. Menachem, now 12, was born in Jerusalem, but the court ruled Israel cannot be noted as the birthplace on his passport.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 7:23 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday sided with the president in a long-running struggle with Congress over who controls recognition of foreign countries and what information about nationhood can be put on the passports of American citizens.

In a 6-to-3 decision, the high court struck down a law requiring the State Department to indicate on passports that the city of Jerusalem is part of Israel. The decision was a blow to the pro-Israel lobby and to congressional power over certain parts of foreign policy.

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Afghanistan
5:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Afghan Women Climbers Face Challenges Beyond Scaling Summit

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 9:59 pm

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Iraq
5:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Ramadi, Iraq, Offensive Delays Efforts To Take Back Mosul

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 12:45 pm

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Middle East
5:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Syrian Mother Sends Children Across Mediterranean With Smugglers

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:56 pm

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Asia
4:41 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Indian Prime Minister Gives Backhanded Compliment To Bangladeshi Counterpart

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 8:21 pm

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World
4:41 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Kurdish Party Wins Record Number Of Seats In Turkish Parliament

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:56 pm

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Politics
4:41 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Turkish President's Ruling Party Loses Majority In Parliament

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:56 pm

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All Tech Considered
6:31 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

At DARPA Challenge, Robots (Slowly) Move Toward Better Disaster Recovery

The robot from Florida-based Team IHMC Robotics takes a tumble as it tries to walk over rubble. This team came in second place and won a $1 million prize.
DARPA Robotics Challenge

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 1:10 pm

Earlier this week, 23 robots from all over the world competed in Pomona, Calif., for a $2 million prize in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. And thousands of humans watched as the machines showed off their skills on the course.

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Author Interviews
5:31 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

In Debut Novel, Air Force Officer Questions How We Honor Our Veterans

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 6:21 pm

Why do we honor combat veterans? In his new novel, Air Force officer Jesse Goolsby asks that question through the stories of three veterans, their experiences in war and their lives back at home.

I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them is grounded in the wars of the last 15 years, but Goolsby points out the action takes place as much in the private lives the men lead in America as it does on the battlefield.

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All Tech Considered
5:28 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

What Makes Algorithms Go Awry?

By clicking "Like" and commenting on Facebook posts, users signal the social network's algorithm that they care about something. That in turn helps influence what they see later. Algorithms like that happen all over the web — and the programs can reflect human biases.
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Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 2:23 pm

Like it or not, much of what we encounter online is mediated by computer-run algorithms — complex formulas that help determine our Facebook feeds, Netflix recommendations, Spotify playlists or Google ads.

But algorithms, like humans, can make mistakes. Last month, users found the photo-sharing site Flickr's new image-recognition technology was labeling dark-skinned people as "apes" and auto-tagging photos of Nazi concentration camps as "jungle gym" and "sport."

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Middle East
5:19 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Saudi Supreme Court Upholds Blogger's Prison And Lashing Sentence

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 6:21 pm

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