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6:59 am
Sat April 25, 2015

International Guard: How The Vietnam War Changed Guard Service

The National Guard Bureau commissioned this painting, "Indiana Rangers: The Army Guard in Vietnam," as part of its series of paintings depicting significant moments in Guard history. It represents members of the Company D, 151st Infantry division β€” one of a few Guard units deployed to Vietnam β€” on duty in the jungle
Mort Kunstler National Guard Bureau

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 11:36 am

The Vietnam War changed the National Guard.

During that conflict, joining the guard was seen as a way to avoid the draft; during America's recent wars, the guard and reserve made up nearly half the forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

You can trace the transformation of the guard back to the few units from it that did go and fight in Vietnam. And ahead of the 40th anniversary of the end of that conflict, several former guard members β€” who are also Vietnam vets β€” met up at the Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post in Carmel, Ind., just north of Indianapolis.

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Law
6:59 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Patti Reagan: Hinkley Still Capable Of Violence

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 11:36 am

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Race
6:59 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Protesters Plan To 'Shut Down' Baltimore Saturday

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Politics
6:59 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 11:36 am

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A new U.S. government official took an oath of office this week.

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RYAN DILLON: (As Elmo) Hi, Dr. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA.

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Asia
6:59 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Powerful Quake Hits Nepal; Death Toll Rising

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 11:36 am

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Race
6:59 am
Sat April 25, 2015

To West Baltimoreans, 'The Largest Gang Is The ... Police'

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Sports
6:59 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Kansas City Royals Break Bad: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 11:36 am

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And now it's time for sports.

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NPR Story
6:43 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Flashy Grass

The colors on this plant stay attractive throughout the summer season.

The LSU AgCenter has named Fireworks purple fountain grass a Louisiana Super Plant selection for Spring 2015. And wow, are you going to be impressed by the colorful foliage of this ornamental grass.


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Africa
6:03 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Rap City: Sweat, Hope & Hip-Hop In Dakar

Fans wait for Senegal's biggest stars to perform at a free hip-hop festival, held in the capital city of Dakar.
Ryan Kellman for NPR

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 1:30 pm

An orange streetlight glows over the sandy street corner. The surrounding alleys and cement buildings disappear into darkness at the edge of the light. It is 11 p.m. on this July night, temperatures are still in the high 80s and a cool breeze is nowhere to be found.

Young men hustle to arrange hulking, rusted speakers on either side of a small wooden platform. Others hover by the streetlight. They wear crisp T-shirts with bold lettering and splashes of color.

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Parallels
4:20 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Invisible For Generations, 'Hidden Armenians' Emerge In Turkey

Armenian Christian women pray at St. Giragos Church in southeastern Turkey. The restored church, reopened in 2011, is the largest Armenian church in the Middle East.
Sertac Kayar Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 1:56 pm

A century after Ottoman forces massacred an estimated 1 to 1.5 million Armenian Christians, some of the remaining Armenian Turks are taking tentative steps out into the open. They survived because their ancestors were taken in by Muslim families and raised as Muslims.

Now, thanks in part to a somewhat more tolerant climate in Turkey, their descendants, known as "hidden Armenians," are coming out of hiding.

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