Remembrances
3:55 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

How Writer Doris Lessing Didn't Want To Be Remembered

Author Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature for a life's work which included around 40 books and collections of essays and memoirs.
Shaun Curry AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 9:42 am

In the course of a long and eventful life, author Doris Lessing was many things.

She was a mother — and a self-described "house mother" for a procession of starving artists, writers and political refugees. She was a refugee herself, from bourgeois respectability in 1940s Rhodesia. She was a campaigner against racism, a lover, an ardent communist, and a serial rescuer of cats.

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The Two-Way
1:56 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Tornadoes In Illinois Cause 'Severe Damage'

A satellite image showing severe weather as it moves through the midwest area of the United States on Sunday.
NOAA Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 9:49 pm

(This post was last updated at 5:16 p.m. ET.)

A line of storms moving through the country's midsection has already produced a few damaging tornadoes and the National Weather Service predicts that major severe weather could break out as the system moves east.

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Parallels
3:26 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Like Food And Water, Women's Safety A Priority For Relief Aid

A mother breastfeeds her baby inside a chapel that was turned into a makeshift hospital after Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines.
John Lavellana Reuters/Landov

In natural disasters and war zones, food and water aren't the only basic needs, aid and human rights groups say.

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10:21 am
Sat November 16, 2013

All Oklahoma School Report Cards Released Friday

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After briefly posting the grades for all of Oklahoma's public schools Nov. 6, the state Dept. of Education has released the grades for all of Oklahoma's schools. Critics of the system say it is superficial and needs more work.
The state Education Department released report cards for every public school district in Oklahoma on Friday. Oklahoma City Public Schools, as previously reported, received a grade of F. District schools had 39 Fs and 20 Ds on their report cards.
The Two-Way
10:15 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Estimate Of Number Left Homeless By Typhoon Soars

Patients injured during Typhoon Haiyan lie in the halls of the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban, the Philippines. Despite severe damage to the ground floor and the loss of the roof, the staff of the hospital keep treating patients.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 4:05 pm

Update at 4:55 p.m. ET. Estimate Of Those Displaced Soars:

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Movie Interviews
7:21 am
Sat November 16, 2013

On The Timeless Appeal Of 'Calvin & Hobbes'

Joel Allen Schroeder dove into the world of Calvin & Hobbes for Dear Mr. Watterson, an admiring documentary about the strip.
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Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 5:39 pm

Bill Watterson brought an end to Calvin & Hobbes in 1995, after just 10 years of writing and drawing the comic strip. But to his many devoted fans, that shockheaded boy and his tiger are as important today as they were when they first appeared in daily papers all around the country.

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Indian Times
9:41 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Chickasaw Cultural Center Observes Native American Heritage Month

Chickasaw Cultural Center
Credit Susan Shannon

The Chickasaw Cultural Center is focusing on healthy living for its young people this year.

The Chickasaw Nation started November with a multi-tribal day. Valorie Walters, executive officer of the Chickasaw Cultural Center, said that was a day to bring in other tribes to share their history and culture.

“Throughout the month of November, including December as well, we have a special exhibit here,” Walters said.

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Would Allow Insurers To Sell Individual Coverage
6:20 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Bridenstine Votes Against Bill He Considers Unconstitutional

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Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine was the only member of Oklahoma's House delegation to vote against a bill that would allow insurance companies to sell individual coverage even if it falls short of standards required under the federal health care law.

The measure passed the Republican-controlled House Friday by a vote of 261-157.Oklahoma Republican U.S. Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, James Lankford and Markwayne Mullin all voted in favor of the legislation.

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Xcel Energy In Dewey & Blaine Counties
3:55 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Wind Energy Facilities Going Forward in Three States Including Oklahoma

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State regulators have approved a utility's plan to establish wind-energy facilities across three states in a push to produce additional power but at a more affordable cost.

Xcel Energy announced Friday that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission OK'd Xcel's plan to purchase 698 megawatts of wind energy for the Texas and New Mexico power system.

The plan was announced in July but needed approval by the New Mexico commission. The company was not required to seek approval in Texas.

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World Views
1:44 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

How Kuwait And Saudi Arabia Are Becoming A ‘Virtual Western Union’ For Syria’s Rebels

A man displays part of a mortar launched by the Syrian Army that destroyed the house behind him in al-Qsair - February 9, 2012
Credit Freedom House / Flickr Creative Commons

Private donors have contributed tens of millions of dollars to Islamist militias in Syria, dividing the opposition even further and forcing the United States to reexamine who it backs in the region.

The New York Times reports the practice is adding a “wild card” to the war in Syria.

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