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Failure Of Steel D-Ring May Have Caused Circus Accident

Monday, May 05, 2014

Eleven people, including nine acrobats, were injured on Sunday in Providence, R.I., when support equipment failed and the performers fell to the ground.

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Why Bring Up Death When We Could Talk About 'Something More Pleasant'?

Monday, May 05, 2014

In her illustrated memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, longtime New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast describes being an only child and conflicted caretaker to her aging parents.

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Drone Journalism Can't Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act

Monday, May 05, 2014

Unmanned aircraft offer spectacular bird's-eye views, and news organizations are eager to deploy them to get that perspective. But U.S. regulators currently prohibit drone use for commercial purposes.

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FAA Head: Safety, Privacy Concerns Abound In Regulating Drones

Monday, May 05, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration is under pressure to come up with rules for the commercial use of drones. The central issue: How can they fly safely in the same airspace as other aircraft?

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Extra! Read All About It: 'Girl Stunt Reporter' Turns 150

Monday, May 05, 2014

Nellie Bly of the New York World was one of the most famous "girl stunt reporters" of her time. Now, the first ever edited collection of her work is being released, in honor of her 150th birthday.

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California Drought, Saxophone Legend Sonny Rollins, And How Not To Get Your Big Break

Sunday, May 04, 2014

In this week's podcast, California's drought has wildland firefighters, experts and residents on edge. Plus, jazz legend Sonny Rollins and the not-so-big break of comedian Kurt Braunohler.

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Amid Statewide Drought, California Races To Burn Wildfire Fuel

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Officials are trying to protect fire-prone areas by targeting the grasses, brush and trees that fires feed off of. But until recently, conditions for controlled burning have been too dangerous.

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How To Make Your Idol Hate You, In One Unfunny Comedy Audition

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Kurt Braunohler is now a successful working comedian, but for years he struggled to get work. In applying for one major role, he claimed that he could speak fluent German. That wasn't exactly true.

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Calling Off The Search: The Emotional Toll Of Search And Rescue

Sunday, May 04, 2014

When a search is halted before everyone is found, search-and-rescue volunteer Shaun Roundy says, it stays with him. "Every time you're in that vicinity, you just wonder, where is that person?"

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A Window To Executions: How To Cover Death For A Living

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Michael Graczyk has been witnessing and writing about executions in Texas for 30 years as a criminal justice reporter for The Associated Press. One challenge, he says, is not falling into a formula.

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The 'Marvelous Living' Of Soprano Jessye Norman

Sunday, May 04, 2014

One of the most celebrated voices of her generation talks about her new autobiography, Stand Up Straight and Sing! The opera star journeyed from the segregated South to a divided Berlin and beyond.

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Hear Hans Zimmer's Bid For The Next Great Screen Composer

Sunday, May 04, 2014

The mind behind the music of Inception, Gladiator and more says he was looking for someone who would take his prompt and "ignore it as much as possible." He and the winner joined NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Playing Matchmaker To Empty Jobs And Those Seeking Them

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Hundreds of thousands are out of work, yet employers say they struggle to fill positions. Oil refineries in L.A. often have temporary work, but even entry-level jobs require specialized training.

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Sonny Rollins: 'You Can't Think And Play At The Same Time'

Saturday, May 03, 2014

"Jazz improvisation is supposed to be the highest form of communication," says the 83-year-old sax legend, who is about to release the third volume in his prized Road Shows series.

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Drawing From The Experience Of 'Indolent But Relentless' Cancer

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Cartoonist Matt Freedman chronicled 60 days of cancer treatment in illustrations and in writing. "I didn't think of it as a book or a journal to share," he says, "but simply as a kind of experience."

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar On Sterling: 'There's Light Now'

Saturday, May 03, 2014

The Hall of Famer calls the punishment for Donald Sterling's racist remarks wise and just, but wonders why the NBA tolerated the Clippers owner's "shameful record" for so many years.

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Once Scorned As A Racket, Pinball Remade Itself As Game Of Skill

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Pinball was once banned in New York City, lumped in with gambling and other social evils. It's crime? Stealing lunch money of innocent children.

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Present But Not There: Ruling Supports Telecommuting

Saturday, May 03, 2014

A federal court has ruled that being "at work" no longer has to mean physically in the office. Employment lawyers are expecting a flood of requests to telecommute, and say they'll be harder to deny.

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'The Noble Hustle': In Vegas And In Life, We Play The Cards We're Dealt

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Novelist Colson Whitehead is also a devoted poker player. And in 2011 Grantland gave him the assignment to write about the World Series of Poker — by playing in it.

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European Observers Held By Pro-Russian Force Are Freed In Ukraine

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Seven observers are free more than a week after they were seized by separatists in eastern Ukraine. Kiev's government is putting new military pressure on separatists and taking control of TV towers.

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