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3:06 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

More Than 1,000 Prisoners Escape In Massive Libyan Jailbreak

Libyan protesters shown after ransacking the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Party of Justice and Construction, in Tripoli on Saturday.
Mahmud Turkia AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 4:14 pm

More than 1,000 inmates, many convicted of serious crimes, have escaped from a prison in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, the country's prime minister confirmed.

According to The Associated Press, it wasn't immediately clear if the jailbreak at Koyfiya prison was part of a larger series of protests taking place across the country on Saturday in response to the assassination on Friday of prominent political activist Abdelsalam al-Mosmary, who was an outspoken opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to AP:

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Book Reviews
3:05 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Reclusive, Curmudgeonly Writer Still Nicer Than Salinger In 'Sons'

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 11:54 am

When someone uses the term "instant classic," I typically want to grab him and ask, "So this is, what, like the new Great Expectations? You sure about that?" But David Gilbert's novel & Sons, seductive and ripe with both comedy and heartbreak, made me reconsider my stance on such a label. & Sons feels deeply familiar, as though it existed for decades and I was just slow to find it. Revolving around a New York writer of J. D.

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It's All Politics
3:04 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Polls Show Wide Racial Gap On Trayvon Martin Case

Aqua Etefia holds up a Trayvon Martin mask at a rally Saturday in Miami.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 10:09 am

Two polls released Monday revealed a dramatic racial gap in public opinion surrounding the Trayvon Martin case, with notable disparities on issues ranging from reaction to the verdict to the need for a national discussion on race.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:53 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Guards: Tiny Desk Concert

Guards performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Denise DeBelius NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:21 pm

Guards' music captures the pop sound of the late '50s and early '60s, but with more power and polish. It's hard not to hear a bit of Buddy Holly's melody and spirit — think 1958's "Rave On" — when you hear Guards play "Silver Lining," the first song in this Tiny Desk Concert.

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All Tech Considered
2:53 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

On Digital Dating: Never Committing, And Never Breaking Up

Texting and social media make romantic ties simultaneously easy to avoid and harder to shake.
Ben Margot AP

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 4:54 pm

I've been out of the dating world for the past decade, which makes me unqualified to speak from personal experience but intensely curious about how technology has upended courtship conventions. Based on the recent headlines, it seems an interesting paradox has emerged: Texting and social media make romantic ties simultaneously easy to avoid and harder to shake.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:52 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Licia Albanese: An Opera Diva Hits 100

Soprano Licia Albanese sang the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly 72 times at the Metropolitan Opera.
The Metropolitan Opera Archives

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 12:27 pm

It's not every day a great opera diva makes it to the century mark. So let's take a moment to cheer for Licia Albanese, the beloved Metropolitan Opera star, who celebrates her 100th today and who most likely would not care to be called a "diva."

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NPR Story
2:52 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Chinese Company Attempts To Build Panama Canal Alternative

Photo of Panama Canal Gatun Locks. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:40 pm

If you want to get from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean by ship, you don’t have a lot of options.

You can go around the Cape Horn, the southern point of South America, which will take you a long time. Or you can go through the Panama Canal, which is a lot quicker if you’re going from, say, Shanghai to New York.

Because of all the traffic going through that 110-foot wide canal, they are expanding it to double the capacity and allow larger ships through.

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NPR Story
2:52 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

U.S. Drops Unarmed Bombs On Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is clearly visible from aircraft flying over it. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:40 pm

The United States Navy released four bombs onto Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park when a training exercise went wrong on July 16.

The unarmed bombs were intended for a small island off the coast of Queensland. However, because of the presence of “unauthorized vessels” in the target area, the Navy decided to release them into the sea.

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NPR Story
2:51 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Remembering Thousands Of POWs and MIAs

Veterans and members of Rolling Thunder at the new “empty chair” memorial to POWs and MIAs in Natick, Mass, Sunday, July 21, 2013. The man is the white t-shirt is William Skipper, a Korean War vet who spent nearly three years as a POW. (Casey Ashlock/Here & Now)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 1:29 pm

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NPR Story
2:51 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

In Prison With Nelson Mandela

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and first lady Michelle Obama, left, tour Robben Island with Ahmed Kathrada, who was imprisoned with Nelson Mandela, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in South Africa. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 1:29 pm

Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, 83, who spent nearly 27 years in prison with Nelson Mandela, says the prison was a perfect reflection of apartheid, with your race determining how much sugar you got and whether you could wear long pants or short.

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