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Maria Leaves Sesame Street After 44 Years On The Block

NPR Top Stories - July 2, 2015 - 1:31pm

Sonia Manzano's acting career began when she was in the original cast of Godspell – a musical which began as a student production on campus, according to the Associated Press.

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New Rules Could Create A New Class Of Overtime Workers

NPR Top Stories - July 2, 2015 - 1:24pm

The president's proposal would make 5 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay. But the changes don't mean that employers will pay more.

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So Far, So Good For The Economy. But What About The Second Half?

NPR Top Stories - July 2, 2015 - 12:45pm

The Labor Department's June report showed decent job growth, with unemployment dipping to 5.3 percent. In fact, 2015's first half was fairly good. But economists see dangers lurking in the back half.

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In Data Breach, Reluctance To Point The Finger At China

NPR Top Stories - July 2, 2015 - 12:43pm

Personal data of at least 18 million federal workers may have been accessed via the OPM computer system. Some officials quietly blame China; others want to avoid upsetting this major trade partner.

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5 Things You Should Know About Jim Webb

NPR Top Stories - July 2, 2015 - 12:34pm

The former senator, the fifth Democrat to enter the presidential race, has a colorful background as a veteran, author, reporter and defender of the Confederacy.

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Book Review: 'The Uses Of The Body,' Deborah Landau

NPR Books - July 2, 2015 - 12:30pm

Poet Tess Taylor reviews The Uses of the Body by Deborah Landau.

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Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll

NPR Top Stories - July 2, 2015 - 12:30pm

Research on the psychological effects of racism, especially on people of color, is still in the early stages. But psychologists warn that events like the Charleston shooting can cause serious stress.

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In Secular French Schools, One Group Wants To Talk Religion

NPR Top Stories - July 2, 2015 - 12:26pm

French public schools discourage any display of religious identity. But after an Islamist terror attack this year, a religious co-existence group has found a huge demand for its services.

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Checking DNA Against Elephants Hints At How Mammoths Got Woolly

NPR Top Stories - July 2, 2015 - 12:13pm

A clump of a mammoth's fur bought on eBay led scientists to a long list of ways the extinct species was special. One specific gene likely played a role in helping mammoths thrive in icy weather.

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ISIS Reportedly Destroys Ancient Statue In Captured City Of Palmyra

NPR Top Stories - July 2, 2015 - 11:59am

Photos released by the Islamist extremist group show a 2,000-year-old stone sculpture of a lion being smashed with sledgehammers.

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Get A 'Grip' On This Goofy Noir Sci-Fi Tale

NPR Books - July 2, 2015 - 7:03am

This reissue of Gilbert Hernandez's series starts out noir — a young man with amnesia and a mysterious lipstick trace — but quickly gets weird. Critic Etelka Lehoczky says it's full of "goofy joy."

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Inside the List

New York Times book reviews - July 2, 2015 - 6:21am
Holly Madison, the former Playboy Playmate whose tell-all memoir is No. 2 on the hardcover nonfiction list, has said, “I don’t want negative, toxic people in my life anymore.”









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Editors’ Choice

New York Times book reviews - July 2, 2015 - 6:19am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.









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Paperback Row

New York Times book reviews - July 2, 2015 - 6:15am
Paperback books of particular interest.









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BP To Pay $18.7 Billion To Settle Gulf Coast Oil Spill Claims

NPR Top Stories - July 2, 2015 - 6:01am

The agreement with the U.S. government, five Gulf Coast states and more than 400 local governments comes nearly five years after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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The Shortlist: Americana

New York Times book reviews - July 2, 2015 - 5:59am
New books about a master swindler, a murder in 1889 Chicago and more.









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Crime: The Sleuth Next Door

New York Times book reviews - July 2, 2015 - 5:45am
In Leah Stewart’s “The New Neighbor,” two women are guarding secrets and can’t afford to make friends.









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‘Independence Lost,’ by Kathleen DuVal

New York Times book reviews - July 2, 2015 - 5:44am
The American Revolution was also fought on the Gulf Coast.









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‘Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham,’ by Emily Bingham

New York Times book reviews - July 2, 2015 - 5:44am
The Jazz Age figure Henrietta Bingham charmed the British.









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Etgar Keret’s ‘The Seven Good Years: A Memoir’

New York Times book reviews - July 2, 2015 - 5:43am
An Israeli writer describes a parent’s daily life in a combat zone.









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