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12:36 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

25 Years On, Mothers Of Tiananmen Square Dead Seek Answers

A young woman is caught between civilians and Chinese soldiers, who were trying to remove her from an assembly near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, June 3, 1989. A deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters who had been occupying Tiananmen Square began the next day.
Jeff Widener AP

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 4:36 pm

The elderly woman carefully handed over the tissue-thin white paper slip. The flimsy invoice was her son's death notice. The words hurriedly scrawled on it in blue ink — "shot outside and died" — were proof to her of the crimes of the state.

Zhang Xianling's son, Wang Nan, was just 19 years old when he was killed by a single bullet to the head. It was fired by martial law troops sent to clear protesters from Tiananmen Square in the early hours of June 4, 1989.

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Television
12:31 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

'The Maya Rudolph Show' And What It'll Take To Bring Back Variety

The Maya Rudolph Show premiered Monday night with guest appearances from Sean Hayes, Fred Armisen and Andy Samberg.
Paul Drinkwater NBC

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 5:40 pm

On Monday night, NBC presented The Maya Rudolph Show, a one-hour prime-time variety special executive produced by Lorne Michaels and featuring many of their mutual Saturday Night Live cohorts, including Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell. It also co-starred Kristen Bell, Sean Hayes and singer Janelle Monae. The Maya Rudolph Show was an intentional effort to bring back the old-school TV variety show, but with a new-school slant that bathed most of the show in a distancing self-awareness.

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Author Interviews
12:31 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

In Life And Fiction, Edward St. Aubyn Sheds The Weight Of His Past

Edward St. Aubyn's 2006 novel Mother's Milk was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Timothy Allen Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 5:39 pm

The winner of the United Kingdom's only literary prize for comic fiction was awarded Monday to Edward St. Aubyn for his new book, a satire about Britain's most prestigious literary award. The novel is called Lost for Words and it was just published in the U.S.

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Shots - Health News
12:24 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Poll: Yes To Medical Marijuana, Not So Much For Recreational Pot

Total of responses exceeds 100 percent because of rounding.
NPR-Truven Health

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 7:50 am

Minnesota has become the 22nd state to loosen restrictions on use of marijuana, with its legislature approving the sale and use of medical marijuana on May 15. Other states, including Florida, are considering similar measures.

These changes are happening fast, and we were wondering how people feel about this seemingly inexorable push to decriminalize pot, so we asked, in the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll.

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Judge Refuses To Drop Charges Against Former Va. Gov. McDonnell

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, arrive at court in Richmond, Va., on Monday.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 1:41 pm

A federal judge refused to drop corruption charges against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

The case centers on the question of whether the Republican abused his office by doing favors for Jonnie Williams, a former CEO of the dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., who had given the couple more than $165,000 in gifts.

Shortly after he left office in January, McDonnell and his wife were charged with 14 counts, including conspiracy and wire fraud.

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The Two-Way
11:44 am
Tue May 20, 2014

NPR To End 'Tell Me More,' Eliminate 28 Positions

NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Stephen Voss NPR

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 1:41 pm

NPR announced Tuesday that it would cease broadcast of the weekday program Tell Me More on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company's persistent budget deficits.

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The Two-Way
10:50 am
Tue May 20, 2014

G.M. Recalls 2.42 Million Vehicles Over Four Different Issues

A 2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ.
GM

General Motors is recalling another 2.42 million vehicles for four separate issues, the company said in a press release on Tuesday.

According to NBC News, that brings the total number of GM vehicles under a recall to 13.6 million.

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Business
10:43 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Wave This Scanner Over Your Plate, Get A Nutritional Analysis

Renee Montagne reports on a tiny hand-held device that you wave over your food and find out the chemical components and calories.

Shots - Health News
10:33 am
Tue May 20, 2014

E-Cigarette Users May End Up Paying More For Insurance

A customer holds the electronic cigarette he purchased at a store in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:43 am

People may think that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to tobacco, but insurers might not agree.

Tobacco use is one of just four things that insurers that sell health plans on the individual market can take into account when determining someone's premium: age, geographic location, and family size are the other three. People who use tobacco can be charged up to 50 percent more than nonsmokers.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Third Of French Are On Psychoactive Drugs, Agency Says

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 1:52 pm

A drug safety agency says that 32 percent of French citizens are regular or occasional users of prescription drugs such as antidepressants and sleeping pills. France's National Drug Safety Agency warns that the pills are prescribed too often.

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