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"Who knows why we live, and struggle, and die?... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom."

—Alan Stewart Paton (1903-88) South African writer, noted for novels Cry, the Beloved Country

 

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Stephen Hawking Says Zayn Malik Could Still Be In One Direction In A Parallel Universe  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:22:45 -0400
Millions of hearts were broken last month when Zayn Malik left One Direction, but according to physicist Stephen Hawking, that might not be the case after all. 
Tsarnaev Defense Urges Jury To Spare His Life  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:22:45 -0400
The sentencing phase in convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial continues on Monday. The defense will start making its case that he should not be put to death. 
U.S., Japan Announce Updated Defense Guidelines  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:22:45 -0400
The updated 18-year-old guidelines reflect concern over China's growing influence and North Korea's nuclear capability. They also call for Japan to take a more active role in the Asia Pacific region. 
President Obama Relaxed Drone Rules For CIA Operations In Pakistan  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:22:45 -0400
In 2013, President Obama tightened rules for drone strikes in order to reduce civilian casualties. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Wall Street Journal correspondent Adam Entous who learned that the president secretly waived the new rules for CIA operations in Pakistan. 
Thousands Say Goodbye To Freddie Gray In Baltimore  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:22:45 -0400
Thousands of mourners packed a Baptist church in Baltimore Monday at the funeral service for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died of spinal cord injuries last week while in police custody. 
Authors Criticize Pen America's Decision To Honor 'Charlie Hebdo' Survivors  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:22:45 -0400
Some prominent authors are critical of the PEN American Center's decision to honor Charlie Hebdo staffers, saying the magazine denigrated the oppressed French Muslim population. 
Chemical Change In Synthetic Marijuana Suspected Of Causing Illnesses  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:53:00 -0400
The number of people seen in the ER with psychotic symptoms or seizures after using a type of synthetic marijuana called K2 has soared. Manufacturers often change its chemistry to evade detection. 
Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:31:00 -0400
Lynch's nomination was confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate, five months after President Obama nominated her to succeed Eric Holder. 
Freddie Gray's Funeral Spurs Calls For Calm In Baltimore  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:06:00 -0400
After a weekend that saw violence and arrests, Gray's family and many public and religious figures are calling for peace. 
6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:00:00 -0400
Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala. Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance." 
James Holmes' Trial Begins In Colorado, 3 Years After Cinema Shooting  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:34:00 -0400
More than 1,000 days after James Holmes opened fire on an audience at a midnight movie premiere in Aurora, Colo., his trial began in earnest Monday with prosecutors arguing he was sane. 
Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:23:00 -0400
A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention, and for them, the risks may outweigh benefits. 
The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:09:00 -0400
On April 27, 1865, a steamboat named the Sultana exploded and sank while transporting Union soldiers up the Mississippi. An estimated 1,800 people died, but few today have heard of this disaster. 
Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage Hits The Supreme Court Tuesday  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:03:14 -0400
People have been lining up for days hoping they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday's historic arguments. At issue: whether states can ban, and refuse to recognize, gay marriage. 
For Japan's Prime Minister, U.S. Visit A Chance To Elevate Image  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:35:00 -0400
Shinzo Abe will have a summit with President Obama, sign a security agreement and make a historic address to a joint meeting of Congress during his weeklong visit.