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10:12 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of 'Wexford' Books, Dies At 85

A September 1995 photo shows Ruth Rendell, in London. The prolific crime writer died Saturday at the age of 85.
Max Nash AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 2:05 pm

British mystery and crime writer Ruth Rendell — one of the most prolific authors in the genre, with more than 60 novels — has died at age 85 following a stroke in January, her publisher said in a statement.

"It is with great sadness that the family of author Ruth Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, announce that she passed away in London at 8am on Saturday 2 May, aged 85. The family have requested privacy at this time," Hutchison said in the statement.

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Around the Nation
9:58 am
Sat May 2, 2015

All Tapped Out In A Tiny California Town

Thelma Williams' Fairmead home has been without running water for seven years. She showers at her parents' home nearby and fills up eight five-gallon jugs to bring home.
Ezra David Romero NPR

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

Around the tiny rural community of Fairmead, Calif., about an hour north of Fresno on Highway 99, hundreds of one-story houses on small ranches stretch out for miles.

The ground is mostly brown, parched by California's recent drought. But beneath the surface, this mostly African-American community in the San Joaquin Valley has been going dry for years.

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The Two-Way
9:17 am
Sat May 2, 2015

May Day Protesters, Police Clash In Seattle

Police officers arrest a man during a May Day march, on Friday, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 2:06 pm

May Day protests in Seattle turned violent, with police firing pepper spray and flash bang grenades to disperse demonstrators — including some wearing all black — who hurled rocks and other objects at authorities.

The Seattle Times reports:

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The Two-Way
8:31 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Baltimore Activists Hold 'Victory Rally' After Charges In Gray Death

Protesters march from the Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray was arrested, to City Hall on Saturday in Baltimore.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 2:56 pm

Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET

Hundreds in Baltimore began a "victory rally" to celebrate a decision by the city's top prosecutor to charge six officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, the young black man who died from a spinal injury he sustained in police custody.

The rally began at 2 p.m. in the West Baltimore neighborhood where Gray lived and was making its way to City Hall.

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Media
8:25 am
Sat May 2, 2015

For Advertisers, Baby Boomers Are A Market Hiding In Plain Sight

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

I'm Scott Simon.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PENNIES FROM HEAVEN")

LOUIS PRIMA: (Singing) Every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MONEY")

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Music Interviews
8:25 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Actor Alicia Witt Turns Musician With 'Revisionary History'

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

In "Mr. Holland's Opus," a young actress named Alicia Witt played a high school student who's struggling to play the clarinet.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS")

RICHARD DREYFUSS: (As Glenn Holland) Why are you crying?

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U.S.
8:25 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Lincoln's Tomb Site At Risk With State Budget Cuts

The Lincoln Monument at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Ill., houses the tomb of the late president and was erected to preserve his legacy.
Rachel Otwell WUIS

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in Springfield, Ill., this weekend to watch a recreated hearse commemorate Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession, which took place 150 years ago.

Adam Goodheart, who's written extensively about the Civil War, has visited Springfield a number of times.

"I find it a very powerful place," he says. "I'm very moved by many of the monuments to Lincoln there, including Lincoln's own house."

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National Security
8:25 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Citing Religious Beliefs, Muslim Gitmo Inmates Object To Female Guards

A shackled detainee is transported by guards, including a female soldier, at Camp Delta detention center, Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, in this photo from December 2006.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 3:02 pm

A clash between Muslim inmates and the female soldiers assigned to guard them has led to a standoff at the lockup in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A judge has blocked female guards from shackling and escorting five Muslim men being tried for plotting the Sept. 11 attacks. Soldiers, in turn, have filed Equal Opportunity complaints against the judge.

Walter Ruiz is the lawyer for one of the Guantanamo detainees who object to being escorted by female guards.

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Race
8:25 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Demonstrators Jubilant After Baltimore Police Charges

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 2:23 pm

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Politics
8:25 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Author: Clinton Foundation Disclosures 'Sloppy At The Very Least'

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:26 am

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