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A women-led mosque held its first jumma'a, or Friday prayer service, in Los Angeles this week. The group is hoping to strengthen the Muslim community in America by empowering the faith's women.
Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.
It's nearly time for the Super Bowl, but Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the magazine tells NPR's Scott Simon that more people are talking about off-the-field scandals than the actual game.
This year marks 25 years of the original Ice Hotel, carved from snow and ice bricks in far northern Sweden. It's also an annual art contest, where visiting artists sculpt and created their own rooms.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has made clear he doesn't like talking to the media. But has his stance helped or hurt his Beast Mode image?
Named after the mosquito-borne disease, LA's band Dengue Fever combines psychedelic rock with Cambodian pop. For over a decade, the six member band have managed to stay relevant by sticking to this offbeat idea and introducing new sounds.