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The Last True Days of Kobe Bryant

A playoff push. A torn Achilles.

Baxter Holmes | ESPN | Apr 2016
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Parts Of Syria Vote In Parliamentary Elections That Critics Say Are A Sham

In government-held areas, citizens queued to cast ballots Wednesday. The vote, which coincides with the start of peace talks in Geneva, is expected to usher in an assembly loyal to the president.

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'Affluenza Teen' Gets Nearly 2 Years In Jail

Ethan Couch, whose lawyers presented an "affluenza" defense to show he wasn't responsible for a deadly drunken driving crash in 2013, has been sentenced to four consecutive terms of 180 days.

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WATCH: Marbles Fight To The Bitter End For Victory

Take a break from the news for a totally compelling, entirely gravity-driven race that captured hearts and minds on the Internet this week. Plus: literary parodies, because this is NPR.

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WATCH: Marbles Fight To The Bitter End For Victory

Take a break from the news for a totally compelling, entirely gravity-driven race that captured hearts and minds on the Internet this week. Plus: literary parodies, because this is NPR.

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Chinese Court Rules Against Gay Couple Seeking To Get Married

It's the first time a Chinese court has addressed the issue of same-sex marriage. The case has energized supporters of LGBT rights in the country, and the couple reportedly plans to appeal the ruling.

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'Don't Be Mean' Beer: 36 N.C. Breweries Sign Up To Sell Brew Aimed At HB2

North Carolina's HB2 law has sparked an ACLU lawsuit and prompted calls for boycotts. Inside the state, beer brewers say the law doesn't represent them.

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Who Do You Trust?

How 23-year-old Metro Boomin became every rapper’s favorite producer.

Amos Barshad | The Fader | Apr 2016
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Dispatcher In Deadly German Train Crash Was Playing Game On Phone, Prosecutors Say

The crash that killed 11 people in February appears to have been caused by a distracted dispatcher, prosecutors say. The controller has been arrested and may face charges of negligent homicide.

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U.S. Coal Giant Peabody Energy Files For Bankruptcy

As the coal industry struggles with falling prices, weak Chinese demand, regulatory changes and competition from fracking, St. Louis-based Peabody has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Top Stories: Verizon Strike; Chicago Police Reform Recommendations

Also: Searching for alien moons; U.S. military aircraft hit targets in Somalia; and the voice of the Lucky Charms leprechaun has died.

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Bloom and Bust

They were florists working in Amsterdam’s largest flower market. They were also members of one of the most powerful arms of the Italian mafia. An investigation into how organized crime has gone global.

Steve Scherer | Reuters | Apr 2016
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Voice Of Lucky Charms Leprechaun Dies. Arthur Anderson Was 93

Arthur Anderson was the voice of Lucky the Leprechaun for the General Mills breakfast cereal from 1963 to 1992.

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Tens Of Thousands Of Verizon Workers Go On Strike

Nearly 40,000 union workers on the East Coast, who haven't had a contract since August, have walked out. Among other things, they object to outsourcing and two-month location transfers of employees.

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Hot On The Trail Of Alien Moons

Astronomers have found about 2,000 planets beyond our solar system. Now, some scientists are expanding the search to look for distant moons, too, in the hunt for signs of life.

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Chicago Police Task Force Report Calls For Oversight Reform, Admission Of Racism

A report commissioned by Mayor Rahm Emanuel blames racial bias and a "code of silence" for the city's "broken" police system.

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Flint Water Recovery Lagging As Residents Don't Let Tainted Water Run

It may be an expensive answer but experts say if Flint, Mich., residents used more tap water, it would help flush lead-contaminated water from the system.

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As Hollywood Stars Can Attest, It's Good To Be A Man On Payday

Economic data show that men still make a dollar for every 79 cents a woman earns. A half century ago, that figure was just 59 cents. So, much progress has been made, but a large wage gap persists.

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Lost In Translation: Study Finds Interpretation Of Emojis Can Vary Widely

That sweaty smiley face emoji may be positive to some of your friends and negative to others. And depending on who you're texting it may appear entirely different on their device.

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N.C. Governor Signs Order That 'Clarifies' Controversial Gender Identity Bill

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has issued an executive order that "seeks legislation to reinstate the right to sue in state court for discrimination."

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