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Today's Stories April 20, 2015

75-Year-Old Figure Skater Won't Let Stroke Stop Her

Patricia McNamara started skating in her late 40s, and says it's helped her recover from breast cancer and a stroke.

Baltimore Mayor Seeks Answers In Freddie Gray's Death

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is promising accountability and transparency, after a man died following an encounter with police.

An Alliance Between Circuses A World Apart

The new documentary "Circus Without Borders" tells the story of an improbable friendship between an Inuit and African circus.

University Of Oklahoma's New Diversity Chief: 'We Can Do Better'

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Migrant Death Toll Continues To Rise In Mediterranean

Hundreds are believed to have drowned off Libya, and more search and rescue operations are underway.

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Australia's Kevin Rudd On U.S.-China Relations

The former Australian prime minister discusses China's premier, Xi Jinping, and his influence on the global stage.

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Drought Won't Mean More Expensive Peaches

Agricultural economist Dan Sumner explains why the current drought in California will not increase produce prices.

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Presidential Hopefuls Try To Stand Out In New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton is there today, and over the weekend, Republican candidates flocked to the state for a leadership summit.

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Runners Fight To The Finish In 119th Boston Marathon

It's the first Boston Marathon victory for 30-year-old Caroline Rotich, and the second win for 25-year-old Lelisa Desisa.

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Arizona Sheriff Goes Back To Court Over Immigration Policing

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his hard stance on illegal immigration, is facing his share of legal trouble.

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Comcast And Time Warner Work To Save Merger

The cable giants will sit down with Justice Department officials in the hopes of keeping their $45.2 billion merger alive.

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Millions Of 'Boomerang Buyers' Could Reshape Housing Market

The first wave of millions of homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure may soon get back into buying real estate.

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Kenya Faces Obstacles To End Al-Shabab Recruitment

The Kenyan government has decided on the need for radical action, after the Garissa University attack that killed 148 people.

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Vermont's Largest Tree Tapper Won't Sell Syrup

An out-of-state company has tapped about 100,000 trees in Vermont this year, but says it won't compete with local producers.

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Watson Can Win ‘Jeopardy!’ But Can It Cook?

IBM has created a new cooking app called Chef Watson. Eliza Strickland threw a dinner party to find out if it works.

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Turkish Professor Concludes There Was An Armenian Genocide

While Turkey denies the killings were genocide, a Turkish professor explains how she arrived at the opposite conclusion.

April 14 5 Comments

The Life Of A NYC Bluesman

Michael Powers is a blues guitarist and vocalist who has made his professional home at Terra Blues.

April 13 6 Comments

Immigrants In NYC: More Mexicans And Fewer Italians

Sixty percent of New York City residents are immigrants or children of immigrants, but the demographics are shifting.

April 13 19 Comments

Gary Owen Is ‘Black America’s Favorite White Comic’

For black audiences, the blond, blue-eyed stand-up comedian is a household name. Among white audiences, he's barely known.

April 10 3 Comments

Deadly Fashion: Norwegian Bloggers Experience Life In A Sweatshop

A reality show brought three Norway fashionistas to Cambodia, to experience the hardships of clothing factory workers.

April 10 3 Comments

Tips And 5 Recipes For Cooking With Kids

Our resident chef suggests choosing something simple but interesting, and focusing on fruits and vegetables.

April 9 11 Comments

Top Adviser: White House Will Look Past Congress On Paid Leave, Other Issues

In the latest installment of View From The Top, we sit down with Valery Jarrett, one of President Obama's closest confidants.

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April 17 3 Comments

22,000 Miles Later, Adventurer Prepares For 3,000-Mile Solo Row Across Atlantic

Sarah Outen, 29, began her self-propelled round-the-world voyage in 2011 in London. The final leg would make history.

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Interior Secretary On Parks, Funding And Polarization In Washington

Sally Jewell, who oversees agencies including the National Park Service, discusses some of the efforts underway, and biggest challenges.

April 16 9 Comments

Oklahoma City Bombing Juror Looks Back

Mike Leeper was Juror No. 5 in Timothy McVeigh's trial for the 1995 terror attack that killed 168 people.

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‘Institutional Memory’ Of U.S. Senate To Retire

Donald Ritchie has spent nearly 40 years keeping track of Senate lore and delivering weekly historical minutes to Senate lawmakers.