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Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqi Forces Lack 'Will To Fight' ISIS

Ash Carter, in an interview on CNN, said that the ISF lost Anbar despite "vastly outnumbering" fighters of the self-declared Islamic State.

Malaysia Finds Gravesites In Camps Used By People Smugglers

The gruesome discovery of the sites thought to contain dozens or possibly hundreds of remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, follows a similar find this month across the border in Thailand.

'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies In New Jersey Car Crash

The Nobel Prize winner who struggled with schizophrenia and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film, died with his wife in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials say. He was 86.

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Accusations Pile Up Against Panama's Former President

One of Central America's richest and most eccentric former politicians, Ricardo Martinelli, may soon face charges for stealing millions of dollars from the government during his five years in power.

Nepali Villagers Flee After Landslide Cuts Off Major River

Rising waters behind the earth dam created by the landslide could burst through, inundating villages for miles downstream, officials say.

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Colorado's Free IUD Program Set To End In July

A program that made IUDs accessible to Colorado teenagers is running out of funding. State Rep. Don Coram, a Republican, fought to save it. He credits the initiative with the drop in teen pregnancies.

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Activists Cross The DMZ In Controversial Peace Demonstration

Famed American feminist Gloria Steinem has taken her activism to the border between North and South Korea. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Elise Hu about the demonstration aimed at reunifying two nations.

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With Syria's Army Losing Ground, A Boost From Hezbollah

President Bashar Assad has suffered a series of recent military setbacks. But Hezbollah keeps fighting in alliance with Syria's army, and it scored a recent victory along the border with Lebanon.

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Ohio To Set Standards For Police Use Of Deadly Force

Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently put together a group in Cleveland to look at the divide between the city and the police. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to a member of that task force, Nina Turner.

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Author Says Researcher Faked Gay Marriage Opinon Study

A much-publicized study suggesting door-to-door canvassing could change opinions about same-sex marriage has been discredited. The co-author of the study has asked Science to retract its article.

Regina Carter’s Jazz Goes Almost Everywhere

May 25, 2015
Violinist Regina Carter warms up in the On Point studio on Friday, October 17. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

Regina Carter turns her jazz violin down home with her new album “Southern Comfort.”

Pitch Perfect Plus

May 22, 2015
The Barden Bellas, the all-female a cappella group at the center of Pitch Perfect 2. (Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures via AP)

Pitch Perfect 2 is the number one movie in the country, and it’s over the top on a capella.

Where Advertising Is Looking For You

May 20, 2015
David Letterman and Bill Murray wave from the side door of the Ed Sullivan Theater during the first episode of "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York. (Jim Cooper/AP)

David Letterman is leaving television. So are advertising dollars. We’ll look at the changes in TV and how today’s industry tries to reach you.

DJ Sessions: From Gypsy Funk To A 12-Year-Old Jazz Pianist

May 19, 2015
Joey Alexander performs in the 10th Year Edition of Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2014 day 3 at JIExpo Kemayoran on March 2, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

KCRW’s Tom Schnabel joins us to share some of the music he’s listening to from around the world.

N.C. Bluesman Had A Voice ‘Like Honey Over Hot Chocolate’

May 18, 2015
Captain Luke started singing as a child, but it wasn’t until making a connection with the Music Maker Relief Foundation in Hillsborough, N.C., that he began touring professionally. (Tim Duffy)

Captain Luke, who was a member of the Music Maker Relief Foundation in North Carolina, died last week at the age of 87.

Remembering B.B. King With Bluesman Guy Davis

May 15, 2015
BB King performs on stage during day two of the Bluesfest Music Festival at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm on April 22, 2011 in Byron Bay, Australia. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Called the King of the Blues, his scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans.

B.B. King, ‘King Of The Blues,’ Dead At Age 89

May 15, 2015
Blues Legend B.B. King performs his 10,000th concert at B.B. KIng Blues Club & Grill in Times Square on April 18, 2006 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/AFP/Getty Images)

B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at […]

Texas Fiddler Johnny Gimble Dies At 88

May 15, 2015
Johnny Gimble was called one of the greatest fiddlers of all time. (Wikimedia Commons)

He was called one of the greatest fiddlers of all time, and leaves a legacy that spans pop, jazz, country and Americana.

Learning How To Say 'I Do'

May 15, 2015
A couple enters a church in Budapest, Hungary before their wedding. (Fabio Penna / Flickr)

Beyond the cake, the dress and the “I do’s.” Ellen McCarthy tells us what she learned about marriage as the Washington Post’s wedding reporter. Plus: looking back at the life of blues legend B.B. King.

Photos: B.B. King, The ‘King Of Blues,’ Dies At 89

May 15, 2015
Blues legend B.B. King, holding his guitar "Lucille," reacts as the neon sign for his New York restaurant and club arrives in Times Square, in May 2000. (Richard Drew/AP)

Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King has died. Here is a brief look, in photos and videos, at the beloved musician’s life and storied career.

The Fellowship Of The Raga

May 14, 2015
From left: 2014 IndianRaga fellows Sharada Krishnan and Ashwin Srikant, IndianRaga founder and CEO Sriram Emani, mbira player Kevin Nathaniel, IndianRaga head of marketing Amrit Chavada, and 2014 IndianRaga fellow Hrishikesh Chary. (Vladimir Weinstein Photography)

Each year, the IndianRaga Fellowship brings together young musicians and heavyweights in Indian classical music.

Rhode Island Singer Records Album After Her Husband, Bandmate Dies

May 12, 2015
MorganEve Swain and Dave Lamb of Brown Bird are pictured in 2010. (Guus Krol/Flickr)

MorganEve Swain of the band Brown Bird completed the album “Axis Mundi” after her musical partner Dave Lamb died from cancer.

Was 1991 The Most Important Year In Pop Music’s History?

May 11, 2015
N.W.A. members Dr. Dre, left, and Ice Cube, center, two of the subjects of the upcoming biographical drama "Straight Outta Compton," discuss the film with director F. Gary Gray during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2015 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Researchers are tracing the origins of big changes to the music industry — especially pop — that can be heard today.

How EDM Vaulted Out Of The Underground And Into The Mainstream

May 8, 2015
People walk around a stage during the Electric Daisy Carnival, Friday, June 20, 2014, in Las Vegas. People from around the world come to the event to listen to electronic dance music and experience the lights, art installations and carnival rides.  (AP)

Everyone on the dance floor. How electronic dance music conquered America.

DJ Session: From Afro-Cuban Funk To A Michael Jackson Salsa Tribute

May 6, 2015
PALO! was formed in 2003 in Miami, Florida. The band is comprised of vocalist Leslie Cartaya, keyboardist and producer Steve Roitstein, saxophonist Ed Calle and percussionists and vocalists Philbert Armenteros and Raymer Olalde. (PALO!/Facebook)

DJ Luis “Speedy” Gonzalez shares new Latin sounds, including Tony Succar, Nils Fischer, PALO! and Federico Britos.

Brandi Carlile Channels Many Styles To Make Her Music

May 5, 2015
Brandi Carlile's fifth studio album is "The Firewatcher's Daughter." (David McClister)

Seattle singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile draws inspiration from a variety of influences, from the Grand Ole Opry to The Beatles.

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