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Valerie Macon, who works full-time at the state's Department of Health and Human Services, will be the next poet laureate. The literary community says the governor bypassed normal channels.
Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen are known as the "voices of cycling." For 29 years, they've shared the microphone covering one of cycling's most grueling races: the Tour de France.
Manuel Noriega accuses the makers of the game of profiting from his likeness and harming his reputation.
The man made a makeshift blowtorch with a lighter and a can of spray paint. He sprayed flames toward the spider, and of course set his house on fire — causing $60,000 in damage.
As the violence between Hamas and Israel continues, so too do the funerals that come in its wake. NPR correspondents Ari Shapiro and Emily Harris attended two such funerals today, in Tel Aviv and Gaza respectively, and they tell of what they learned there.
Babies as young as 7 months old are already rehearsing the motions behind speech, even though they can't talk yet. Robert Siegel speaks with the woman behind these findings — Patricia Kuhl, the co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at University of Washington.