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Fats Domino Dies At 89

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Fats Domino, a founding father of rock-and-roll, has died at age 89. His daughter said that he died Tuesday of natural causes.

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'Adèle Bedeau' Is A Delightfully Macabre Mix Of Text And Subtext

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Graeme Macrae Burnet's stylish, atmospheric mystery can be read just as a dark little detective story — but it's worth paying attention to the novel's playful found-manuscript framing device.

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Songs We Love: Anna Tivel, 'Illinois'

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Tivel's characters are both common and unforgettable, and her prose paints their worlds in unforgettable colors. Watch a found-footage video for "Illinois."

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'They Can't Just Be Average': Lifting Students Up Without Lowering The Bar

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In a radical new high school in Washington, D.C., the push for academic success sometimes clashes with providing young men the love and support they need to thrive.

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In Break With Precedent, No Heir Apparent For China's Xi Jinping

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Normally at this stage in a Chinese president's tenure, a successor would be obvious. But not for President Xi Jinping. That has led to speculation he might want to hold on to power past 2022.

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'Jane Doe' Immigrant Has Abortion In Texas, After Battle With Trump Administration

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A 17-year-old undocumented immigrant who has been waging a legal battle over access to abortion underwent the procedure Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union says.

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All-Time High: Majority Of Republicans Support Pot Legalization For First Time

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A new Gallup poll shows that support for legalizing pot is at an all-time high. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are in favor, as well as 51 percent of Republicans, the highest ever.

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Joseph Shabason's 'Westmeath' Confronts The Hardest Decision

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In the face of degenerative illness, a mechanic decides to take his life — it's a concept directly inspired by Shabason's own experience.

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The Trick To Making Your Own Halloween Candy? Swallowing Your Fear

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Jami Curl is a homemade candy evangelist. The sweet stuff can be made from "real" ingredients — and you can do it at home. The process can be intimidating, but also kind of magical.

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Shocking Omissions: Coven's 'Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls'

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The album — released, perhaps, ahead of its time — fused occult themes with rock music. Often described as a cult record, its influence has spread too far and too deep to be so easily cornered off.

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Climate Change Journalist Warns: 'Mother Nature Is Playing By Different Rules Now'

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Author Jeff Goodell says that American cities are under threat from extreme weather, rising sea levels and lax enforcement of environmental regulations. His new book is The Water Will Come.

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In A Climate Of Fear, A Comedian Remembers What Makes Her Brave

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A rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes made comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh uneasy about performing live. Then she remembered a childhood experience that helped her regain her footing.

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Why More Farmers Are Making The Switch To Grass-Fed Meat And Dairy

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Advocates of grass-grazing cattle say it's better for the environment and the animals. But there's another upside: Grass-fed meat and dairy fetch a premium that can help small farms stay viable.

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Vanuatu Volcano Alert Passes, And Islanders Are Allowed To Return

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After a somewhat frenzied exit from the island of Ambae, officials are trying to ensure residents' return trips are orderly.

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Honolulu's 'Distracted Walking' Law Takes Effect, Targeting Phone Users

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Under the new law, the only legal reason for a pedestrian to look at a cellphone while crossing a street would be to call 911. For repeat offenders, fines could run up to nearly $100.

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