Sri Lanka's Easter Bombings Bring Renewed Violence To A Long-Troubled Country

Updated at 1:09 a.m. ET Tuesday A day after a wave of deadly suicide attacks in Sri Lanka killed more than 300 people and wounded hundreds more, President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday granted the military sweeping powers to arrest and detain suspects. Politicians emerged from an emergency meeting pointing fingers at a little-known local Muslim group, National Thowfeek Jamaath. They said all seven suicide bombers who attacked Christian churches and prominent hotels across the island nation...

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JPR Live Session: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (2019)

Known far and wide as the impossibly big voiced leader of acclaimed soul collective Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds , singer Arleigh Kincheloe has made an astonishing leap forward with Sister Sparrow’s new LP, Gold . The album sees Sister Sparrow taking the classic brass-fueled Dirty Birds sound and turning it into something altogether new: a soul-blasted contemporary pop sound both timeless yet utterly now. Recorded mere months after Kincheloe became a new mother, songs like the evocative first single, “Ghost,” and the ebullient title track highlight Sister Sparrow’s strikingly strong vocals while also showcasing her growing muscle as an individualistic, communicative songwriter.

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Earth Day With "Leave No Trace"

Happy Earth Day! We've come a long way since the first Earth Day in 1970. Haven't we? There is a greater environmental ethic now, perhaps, but still a need for reminders to take good care of the planet. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is happy to provide reminders, in its quest to have people reduce their impact on the landscape.

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Lawmakers And Landlords: More Than A Quarter Of California Legislators Are Both

In a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of south Sacramento, the property looks like any other on the block: a single-story house that could use a new paint job, a large front yard that could use a little tidying, a chain-link fence circumferencing the lot.

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Most Teachers Don't Teach Climate Change; 4 In 5 Parents Wish They Did

More than 80% of parents in the U.S. support the teaching of climate change. And that support crosses political divides, according to the results of an exclusive new NPR/Ipsos poll: Whether they have children or not, two-thirds of Republicans and 9 in 10 Democrats agree that the subject needs to be taught in school. A separate poll of teachers found that they are even more supportive, in theory — 86% agree that climate change should be taught. These polls are among the first to gauge public...

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Former Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes agreed to a settlement with a state ethics panel Friday over allegations that she used her position for personal benefit.

An environmental group has blocked railroad tracks at Zenith Energy's oil-by-rail terminal in Northwest Portland, demanding "local and systemic action" against climate change.

Early Sunday morning the group, Extinction Rebellion, dumped a truckload of topsoil on the tracks near the Zenith-owned petroleum terminal at 5501 NW Front Avenue. The group also erected a tiny house on the site and has planted flowers, trees and a garden as part of its protest against what it calls a "governmental inability to act" in response to the company's Portland expansion.

Spring is just now beginning to shine in much of eastern Oregon and Washington. A winter of record snowfall left the ground frozen or flooded much later than normal. As a result, farmers are getting a late start on their crops.

After The Flames, Notre Dame's Centuries-Old Organ May Never Be The Same Again

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Olivier Latry, one of the chief organists at Notre Dame Cathedral, was the last artist to record on the famous instrument before the catastrophic fire on April 15 that damaged the church and caused its spire to collapse. This pipe organ is the largest in France and dates back centuries. Though it was spared from the flames, it will still require extensive renovation.

Comedian Wins Ukrainian Presidency In Landslide

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For years he has played a high school history teacher who accidentally became president of Ukraine. On Sunday, Ukraine's voters made that fiction a reality.

With nearly all the ballots counted, the 41-year-old Volodymyr Zelenskiy took 73% of the vote, trouncing incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, who received less than 25%. Zelenskiy's victory is widely seen as a rebuke of the status quo, a response to perceived corruption within the political establishment, and a reflection of malaise over the lackluster economy and ongoing conflict with Russia in eastern Ukraine.

Photos: Easter Services Around The World

Apr 21, 2019

Christians around the world gathered on Sunday to mark the end of Holy Week and celebrate Easter.

Festivities took on many forms. While some worshippers reenacted the Passion of the Christ, others gathered for candlelit services or colorful processions.

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Yellow vest protests grew violent on Saturday as firefighters battled several fires amid clouds of tear gas in eastern Paris.

Reach Out: Ways To Help A Loved One At Risk Of Suicide

Apr 20, 2019

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

If you know someone struggling with despair, depression or thoughts of suicide, you may be wondering how to help.

Last September, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake followed by a tsunami devastated a region of Indonesia, killing more than 4,300 people. Two Oregon State and University of Washington professors who surveyed the aftermath say the far-away disaster should elevate attention to quake-induced landslide risks here at home in the Pacific Northwest.

A federal judge says Oregon must release Frank Gable, the man convicted in the 1989 killing of the head of the state Department of Corrections.

In vacating Gable's conviction, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Acosta ruled Thursday that the state should free Gable within 90 days unless prosecutors opt to retry him.


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