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12:05 PM EDT Comment

Protesters Converge On Michigan State House

Several thousand people angry at Republican lawmakers for rushing passage of what protesters say is anti-union legislation are converging in Lansing this morning, as lawmakers take final votes on so-called “right to work” legislation.

12:10 PM EDT 6 Comments

A Chance Encounter, A Life-Changing Friendship

What began as a chance encounter between an aging Holocaust survivor and a young mother developed into a 15-year-long relationship that both credit with changing, if not saving, each other’s life.

12:30 PM EDT 106 Comments

One Of Yellowstone’s Most Popular Wolves Shot By Hunters

One of the most famous wolves in Yellowstone National Park was shot and killed by hunters over the weekend.

12:40 PM EDT Comment

Making The Health Care Law Work

States and the White House are negotiating over details of two key elements of Obamacare — expansion of Medicaid and Health Insurance Exchanges.

12:50 PM EDT Comment

Renee Robinson Retires: Beloved Alvin Ailey Star Takes Her Last Bow

This past weekend, Renee Robinson–the last dancer in the company chosen by the late Ailey who was called “the quintessential Ailey woman” by another company dancer–retired from the stage, after 31 years with the company.

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July 3 Comment

Kids Books Feature Famous Figures As Children

Brad Meltzer is known for his political thrillers, but he also writes kids books about real-life people like Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart.

July 3 Comment

Not Your Typical Summer Reading List

NPR Books editor Petra Mayer and Cleveland poet and bookstore owner R. A. Washington share their picks.

July 2 11 Comments

Professor Says Jefferson Davis Statue Should Be Removed, Preserved

At the University of Texas at Austin, there are calls to take down a statue of the Confederate president on campus.

July 2 2 Comments

Sweet And Savory Watermelon

Our resident chef shares five recipes, including watermelon pickles and a watermelon, crab and arugula salad.