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The Two-Way
2:44 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

EU Lifts Most Myanmar Sanctions

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 7:34 am

The European Union lifted Monday most of its sanctions on Myanmar, citing "the remarkable process of reform" in the Asian country.

In a statement issued in Luxembourg by the bloc's Foreign Affairs Council, the EU added that the arms embargo on the country, also known as Burma, will remain in place. It said the EU recognized that Myanmar had "significant challenges" to confront, including "the protection of all minorities."

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It's All Politics
2:43 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Immigration Overhaul Seems On Track Despite Boston Tragedy

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. (right), talks during a hearing at which he angered Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (far left). Grassley thought Schumer was accusing him of using the Boston bombings as an excuse to slow or kill the immigration overhaul.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 8:36 pm

No sooner did the first reports emerge that the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were Chechen immigrants than did that fact intrude into Washington's debate on immigration.

Opponents of immigration reform seized on the fact to raise doubts about efforts to change immigration laws to, in part, bring the estimated 12 million people now in the U.S. illegally out of limbo.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:42 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu: Tiny Desk Concert

Lizzie Chen NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:35 pm

You don't really listen to an Omar Sosa concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist's overall demeanor exudes a sense of calm and deep reflection, while a spiritual connection to music and his ancestors comes through in his piano playing.

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The Picture Show
2:42 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

The World Is, Quite Literally, Her Canvas

Courtesy of Wendy Gold

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 4:04 pm

If the world was your canvas, how would you decorate it?

Today is Earth Day, so we decided to highlight Wendy Gold, who puts a new spin on vintage globes with fantastical applications of butterflies, fish, flowers and messages of peace.

The California-based artist previously spent 10 years decoupaging toilet seats and bathroom scales, but when she became pregnant with her daughter a few years ago, she needed a break from the smell of glue and toxic finishes.

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Code Switch
2:41 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Ethnicity, Religion And The Tsarnaev Brothers

This combination of undated photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. The FBI says the two brothers and suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Uncredited ASSOCIATED PRESS/The Lowell Sun & Robin Young

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 3:19 pm

A week after the marathon bombings in Boston, we're still trying to make sense of just what motivated the Tsarnaev brothers, the two suspects in the attacks.

One big question that's been central to a lot of conversations we keep seeing: just what race do the Tsarnaev brothers belong to? Joan Walsh at Salon writes that if we use the rubric of the U.S. Census, then the pair, of Chechen descent, are white.

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Monkey See
2:41 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Entirely Real Photos: In Which Katy Perry Seems Bored By Smurfette

Actors Katy Perry and Neil Patrick Harris pose with Smurfette in Cancun, Mexico.
Christopher Polk Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 3:18 pm

This is a photocall for Smurfs 2. So you really can't blame any of these people who don't have felt heads for looking with their human heads like they're not having a great time.

Katy Perry and Neil Patrick Harris will both return for the sequel, scheduled for U.S. release on July 31.

The Salt
1:58 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Want To Forage In Your City? There's A Map For That

Falling Fruit tells you where you can pick peaches and other foods free for the taking around the world.
istockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 10:25 am

If you really love your peaches and want to shake a tree, there's a map to help you find one. That goes for veggies, nuts, berries and hundreds of other edible plant species, too.

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The Two-Way
1:52 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Breaking Tradition, Cooper Union Will Charge Undergrads Tuition

The new Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art academic building is seen in Manhattan's Cooper Square in New York City.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Citing financial strain, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art announced that beginning in the fall of 2014, it would begin charging its undergraduate students tuition.

The college is one of the few institutions that doesn't charge students tuition.

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WRKF
1:25 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Report: La. Could Save With Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:47 am

The Legislative Fiscal Office estimates Louisiana could save up to $554.9 million over five years and between $185.2 million to almost $511 million over 10 years by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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The Two-Way
1:12 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Boston Carjacking Victim Thought He Would Be Killed

Though they told him he wouldn't be hurt, the man who was allegedly forced by the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings to hand over his SUV and go with them says he was convinced the gunmen would "kill me later."

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