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Iraq, Iran Push Back Against Defense Secretary's Comments On Iraqi Forces

In an interview Sunday with CNN, Ash Carter said Iraqi forces lacked the "will to fight" ISIS in Anbar Province and its capital, Ramadi.

Police: Malaysia Uncovers 139 Mass Graves Believed To Hold Migrants

Most of the victims are believed to be Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. They are held until their families pay more money, which few can afford to do.

Ex-Israeli Leader Ehud Olmert Sentenced To 8 Months In Corruption Trial

Olmert, who led Israel until 2009, unlawfully accepted money from a U.S. supporter. He is appealing the decision to the Supreme Court.

Colleges To Students: Don't Trash Those Dorm Castoffs, Donate!

As college students leave for the summer, many just throw away what they can't fit in the car for the ride home. But some schools are trying to find a new home for those campus castoffs.

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An Island Wonders: Why Are The Sharks Attacking So Often?

Since 2011, the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has had 16 shark attacks, seven of them fatal. It's a sharp rise from previous years; Australia is the only country with more deaths during this span.

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Trying To Organize A Marathon, An Arab-Israeli Woman Runs Into Opposition

Conservatives in Tira pushed back hard at the idea of women and men running together in a public race. Someone went so far as to shoot at race organizer Haneen Radi's car. For now, the run is off.

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It's Not Rude: These Portraits Of Wounded Vets Are Meant To Be Stared At

"I take these pictures so that we can look; we can see what we're not supposed to see," says photographer David Jay. "And we need to see them because we created them."

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On Memorial Day, Learning The Story Behind The Markers

In a Boston neighborhood, WBUR's Steve Brown seeks out the story of a Marine honored by one of the many markers throughout the city that commemorates sacrifice in war.

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Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug Costs

The cost of medication to treat multiple sclerosis has risen much faster than inflation, even for older drugs. Patients and insurers say manufacturers' subsidy programs have helped, but not enough.

Juan Pablo Montoya Wins Second Indy 500

The Colombian native came from dead last to finish first. He won the event in 2000 as a rookie.

Father’s Love For Fallen Son Inspires Memorial Day Tradition

May 25, 2015
Operation Flags For Vets plants flags on every gravestone at the Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod. (Courtesy Casey Ashlock)

In what has become an annual tradition, volunteers join Paul Monti, whose son died while serving in Afghanistan, to plant flags at each gravestone at the Massachusetts National Cemetery.

Remembering The ‘Beautiful Mind’ Of John Nash

May 25, 2015
The Nobel Prize winning economist John Nash, whose life inspired the film "A Beautiful Mind," died over the weekend in a car crash. (Getty Images)

Nobel laureate John Nash, whose life was the subject of the film “A Beautiful Mind,” died over the weekend in a car accident.

An Ordinary Day At Arlington National Cemetery

May 25, 2015
The family of Matthew John West drove 16 hours from Eau Claire, Wisc., to celebrate what would have been his 41st birthday at Arlington National Cemetery. (Lisa Mullins/Here & Now)

Official ceremonies will be held at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Memorial Day. Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins has this report of an ordinary day at the cemetery.

It's A Question Of 'Character'

May 25, 2015
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a history of American moral character in his new book, "The Road to Character." Former US Labor Secretary Frances Perkins (R), is one of the subjects he profiles in his books. (David Burnett / AP)

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

Remembering Waltham-Based Poet Franz Wright

May 22, 2015
Sunset over the channel between Great Tisbury Pond and Black Point Pond on Martha's Vineyard. (Rob DeGraff/Flickr)

We’re remembering the Waltham-based, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright, who died last week at the age of 62.

Dr. Beach Reveals His Top 10 U.S. Beaches For 2015

May 22, 2015
Waimanalo Bay Beach Park on the Hawaiian island of Oahu won the #1 spot on Dr. Beach's top 10 beaches list for 2015. (Ryan Ozawa/Flickr)

Taking this year’s top honor: Waimanalo Beach in Oahu, Hawaii. “Dr. Beach” explains who made the cut, and why.

Too Wrinkly To Rock? Confessions Of An Aging Fan

May 22, 2015
Should we follow the musical heroes of our youth into that good night, or feel out of place at a Mumford & Sons concert instead? In this May 29, 2014 photo, Mick Jagger performs in Lisbon. (Francisco Seco/AP)

Should we follow the musical heroes of our youth into that good night, or feel out of place at a Mumford & Sons concert instead?

A Better Way To Care For Seriously Ill Children And Their Families

May 21, 2015
Too many children living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses experience undue suffering. Why their quality of life, not just their survival, must be a priority of their clinical care. (Gerolf Nikolay/flickr)

Too many children living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses experience undue suffering. Why their quality of life, not just their survival, must be a priority of their clinical care.

‘Finding The Good’ Through Obituary Writing

May 20, 2015
About 2,000 people live in Haines, Alaska, where Heather Lende has been writing obituaries for 20 years for the Chilkat Valley News. (Andrei Taranchenko/Flickr)

Journalist Heather Lende has been writing obituaries in the small town of Haines, Alaska, for 20 years.

Memories Of David Letterman, Before ‘Late Show’

May 20, 2015
Comedian David Letterman is pictured on June 5, 1985. (Wally Fong/AP)

Robin Young recalls what TV was like when Letterman was trying to break into TV, and how it has changed in the decades since.

Life Skills 101: The Case For Teaching Dollars And Sense In All Mass. Classrooms

May 20, 2015
A recent study of schools in all 50 states ranks Massachusetts among just 11 that get a failing grade for the financial literacy of its students. It's time to stop short-changing our kids. (Bearden/flickr)

A recent study of schools in all 50 states ranks Massachusetts among just 11 that get a failing grade for the financial literacy of its students. It’s time to stop short-changing our kids.

Judge Orders Parishioners To Leave Scituate Church

May 19, 2015
A parishioner who has been in vigil at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church for the past five years, leaves after his shift is over. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

A Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of the Archdiocese, who has been trying to evict the parishioners from the church since 2011.

For The Love Of God? The State Of Religious Faith In America Today

May 19, 2015
A report that Christianity is ebbing in America needn't alarm believers, if they can recognize a teachable moment with their non-believing countrymen and women. (peasap/flickr)

A report that Christianity is ebbing in America needn’t alarm believers, if they can recognize a teachable moment with their non-believing countrymen and women.

Turn It Down: Berklee And Spotify Team Up To Save Our Ears

May 19, 2015
The World Health Organization predicts 1 billion young people could develop hearing loss due to poor listening habits. While all of our ears are at stake, the prognosis is worse for musicians. So Berklee College of Music and Spotify are teaming up to raise awareness about threats to our hearing.(Emily Orpin/Flickr)

The World Health Organization predicts 1 billion young people could develop hearing loss due to poor listening habits. While all of our ears are at stake, the prognosis is worse for musicians. So Berklee College of Music and Spotify are teaming up to raise awareness about threats to our hearing.

Jeremy Hobson’s Advice For Selfie-Stick Users

May 18, 2015
Tourists use a selfie-stick to take a picture of themselves in front of the Pyramid of the Louvre in Paris on March 7, 2015. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

Urban Dictionary defines selfie-stick as an elongated plastic or metal rod “with a camera on one end and a dense moron on the other.”

Gender Pronouns And The History Of ‘They’

May 18, 2015
A dictionary definition of they. (Rachel Rohr/Here & Now)

The use of the word “they” as a gender-neutral singular pronoun is gaining wider acceptance, even among copy editors.

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