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Around the Nation
9:14 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Water Logged: Firm Reclaims Timber Lost To Maine's Frigid Rivers

Four lumberjacks stand on a logjam in a river, using sticks to break up the mass of lumber, Maine, circa 1930.
Lass Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 10:55 am

In the north woods of Maine, Tom Shafer is bumping along on a rutted trail in his four-wheel drive truck. Ahead are mounds of maple, pine, oak and birch trees, all cut a century or more ago and pulled from the bottom of a lake.

Clumped together in the muck, the logs wouldn't look like much to most people.

"The wood comes out and it looks like that, in those piles of mud," Shafer says. "It looks like construction debris."

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Middle East
7:53 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Senior ISIS Commander In Syria Killed By U.S. Troops

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 2:00 pm

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Religion
7:53 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Losing Faith: A Religious Leader On America's Disillusionment With Church

The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral, stands outside the church in Washington, D.C., in 2013.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

The U.S. is less Christian than it used to be, and fewer Americans choose to be a part of any religion, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

Of the more than 35,000 people surveyed, 70 percent say they are Christian — but the number of people who call themselves atheist and agnostic has nearly doubled in the last seven years.

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Politics
6:51 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Week Of Damage Control For Jeb Bush And Hillary Clinton

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 6:35 pm

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Music Interviews
6:51 am
Sat May 16, 2015

In 'Rhythm,' Bhi Bhiman's Music Isn't Limited By National Borders

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Bhi Bhiman grew up in St. Louis. He played baseball. He listened to Michael Jackson. He watched "Back To The Future." He grew interested in music, and today, Bhi Bhiman writes and sings songs that have an international character.

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Performing Arts
6:51 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Amy Poehler On Vinyl Designed To Catch Eyes Along With Ears

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Dance
6:50 am
Sat May 16, 2015

American Ballet Theater Turns 75

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Middle East
1:22 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Americans Among The Many Families Escaping Chaos In Yemen

The Amiri Red Sea was one of many boats ferrying refugees, including some Americans, escaping fighting in Yemen to nearby Djibouti, across the Gulf.
Gregory Warner NPR

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 3:14 pm

Traveling with the State Department in Africa, you feel like you're traveling in countries without people. Traffic-clogged roads are cleared in advance by security services. The two-hour drive from downtown Nairobi to the airport takes a beautiful 12 minutes.

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It's All Politics
9:32 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Las Vegas High School Has A Proud History Of Political Involvement

Students at Rancho High School wait for Hillary Clinton to visit last week. The school is 70 percent Hispanic, and two-thirds of students are economically disadvantaged, but it has a proud history of political involvement.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 5:29 am

When Hillary Clinton's campaign was looking for a place for her to make an announcement this week about immigration policy, it chose Rancho High School in Las Vegas.

Clinton visited this school in 2007, when she was running for president the first time. Barack Obama visited the campus twice during that campaign season. The backdrop wasn't a coincidence.

Rancho High School's population is 70 percent Hispanic, and it has a proud history of political involvement.

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The Salt
9:19 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Seattle Restaurants Scramble To Pay A Higher Minimum Wage

Carter Jorgensen, with head chef Zephyr Paquette in the background, at Seattle's Coastal Kitchen. Restaurants are one of the largest employers of low-wage workers in the city.
Deborah Wang KUOW

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 7:26 pm

In the rough and tumble world of restaurants, Jeremy Hardy considers himself something of a survivor.

Hardy's restaurant, Coastal Kitchen, has been a fixture of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood for 20 years. Notoriously low-margin businesses, restaurants have a high failure rate. Hardy says even in good times, running one is like juggling with clubs.

"With the labor pressures that are coming from this $15 eventual minimum-wage increase, we are juggling with razor-sharp daggers," Hardy says. "And if you don't get it right, it's really going to hurt."

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