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1:30 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

'Haqqathon' Takes Anti-ISIS Fight To Cyberspace

Haqqathon-ers from the winning team, which developed the social media site Champions of Islam, at the event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Courtesy of Rim-Sarah Alouane

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 6:24 am

In Arabic, haqq is the word for truth.

Last week in the United Arab Emirates, group of Muslim scholars held what they called a "haqqathon" – a hackathon meant to create new ways for Islamic scholars to connect with young Muslims and, by doing so, defuse violent extremists like the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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It's All Politics
1:29 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

New Public-Corruption Chief Vows To Not Shy Away

The U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, DC.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 3:16 pm

Veteran prosecutor Raymond Hulser has been promoted to lead the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, the unit that goes after corrupt public officials including lawmakers, judges and military contractors.

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The Two-Way
12:52 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Crowdfunding Sought To Release Orson Welles' Unfinished Final Film

Orson Welles' last film, The Other Side of the Wind, may finally be nearing release after decades as one of cinema's most storied unfinished creations.
Jacques Langevin AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 2:32 pm

Orson Welles' The Other Side of the Wind has been the subject of books, legal battles and controversy — all for a movie that was never completed. But, if a group of producers have their way, the movie that was supposed to be Welles' comeback film might still see the light of day.

As NPR's Andrew Limbong reports, they have started a $2 million crowdfunding campaign on the website Indiegogo to finish putting the movie together. Andrew says:

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Shots - Health News
12:40 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Screening Rates Stalled For Common Cancers

Alyson Hurt NPR

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 2:53 pm

When it comes to cancer, the right screening test at the right time can go a long way toward catching the disease while it can be stopped.

But many Americans aren't getting recommended screening tests for colorectal, breast and cervical cancer. In fact, there's been a notable lack of progress in reaching national screening goals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The Two-Way
12:17 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Senate Votes For Congressional Oversight Of Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 1:15 pm

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to give Congress the right to review any deal between the U.S. and Iran that would lift sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limiting its nuclear program.

The 98-1 vote for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act sends it to the House, where Speaker John Boehner has said he looks forward to its passage. The chamber is expected to consider it next week.

The White House says President Obama will sign the legislation, which enjoys bipartisan support.

As The Associated Press notes:

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The Salt
11:39 am
Thu May 7, 2015

From Cartoon Chubster To Handsome Hipster: McDonald's Revamps Hamburglar

The Hamburglar is all grown up, slimmed down — and with a family.
McDonald's AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:02 pm

We usually hate it when media speculate about whether a celebrity has had a nip or tuck, but it must be said: The Hamburglar has definitely had some work done.

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11:32 am
Thu May 7, 2015

'Mad Men' Creator On Don Draper's Losses And The End Of The Road

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) faces personal and professional upheaval in the final season of Mad Men.
Justina Mintz AMC

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 2:08 pm

Editor's note: This conversation discusses plot points from the seventh season of Mad Men.

With just two episodes to go until the AMC series Mad Men wraps for good, Don Draper (Jon Hamm), the series protagonist, seems to have nothing left — no Sterling Cooper ad agency, no apartment, no wife, no lover and no family life.

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Book Reviews
11:32 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Gangsters, Goons And 'Grievious Bodily Harm' In Ted Lewis' London

Ted Lewis' gritty storytelling takes readers inside London's seedier quarters.
Soho Press

In his famous essay, "The Simple Art of Murder," Raymond Chandler put down the classic British mystery, making fun of its arcane killings and hokey air of gentility. He preferred the tough American style and praised Dashiell Hammett for, as he put it, taking murder out of the vicar's rose garden and dropping it in the alley where it belonged.

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The Two-Way
11:14 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Silver Found Off Madagascar Thought To Be From Capt. Kidd's Treasure

A portrait of Capt. William Kidd at the Museum of London Docklands, in east London, shown in 2011.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 4:29 pm

A 110-pound silver ingot thought to be from the treasure of Capt. William Kidd — the notorious 17th century Scottish pirate who was ultimately hanged for his misdeeds — has been brought up from the shallows off Madagascar's eastern coast.

The discovery was made by the American underwater explorer Barry Clifford near the island of Sainte Maire, which itself lies just off Madagascar.

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Whole Foods Launching Lower-Cost Stores Geared Toward Millennials

A man carries a surfboard past a Whole Foods store in Santa Monica, Calif. Whole Foods Market Inc. reported underwhelming second-quarter earnings on Wednesday.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 1:00 pm

Whole Foods, the upscale grocery store chain famous for its bright displays of produce and emphasis on organic foods, plans to launch a new chain of lower-priced stores aimed at millennial shoppers.

The yet-to-be-named stores will "feature a modern streamlined design, innovative technology and a curated selection," the company says in a statement.

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