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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Jun 17, 2014 — From cabs to cable cars, there are all sorts of ways to travel around downtown. Step through the turnstile to find books that will take you from the London Tube to the New York City subway.
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Oct 6, 2013 — Host Rachel Martin talks to journalist Stephen Jimenez about his new look at the murder of Matthew Shepard. After more than a decade researching the case, Jimenez pieced together a story that undermines the accepted narrative; one in which Shepard and one of his convicted killers were part of the crystal meth drug trade.
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May 13, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Tom Reiss explores the inspiration for The Count of Monte Cristo, Ben MacIntyre depicts a World War II effort to fool the Nazis, and Justin Lee recounts his struggle for acceptance as a gay Christian. In fiction, Dennis Lehane imagines a Prohibition-era mobster.
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Dec 9, 2012 — Justin Lee grew up in a Southern Baptist family. At age 18, he came out to his family and church, who had trouble accepting him as a gay man. Lee later started the Gay Christian Network to encourage a dialogue between gay Christians, their families and their churches. His new book is Torn.
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Feb 7, 2012 — In short succession, Cameron Post loses both parents to a car accident, is outed as a lesbian and is sent to a a religious camp to be "cured." But the heroine of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a triumphant new young adult novel, is made of strong and irresistible stuff.
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Oct 17, 2011 — A terrible mistake in naming finalists for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature has put an author in an absolutely awful spot.
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Oct 12, 2011 — Long before the policy barring gays from serving openly in the military ended, Air Force 1st Lt. Josh Seefried started OutServe, a network of gay troops on Facebook. Seefried and his partner talk about what it's like being a gay couple in the military — and about new challenges facing gay troops.
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Jul 30, 2007 — Gonzo journalist Frank Owen, author of Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture, has turned his attention to the history of the drug methamphetamine — and he went on a four-day meth binge as part of his reporting. The book is titled No Speed Limit: The Highs and Lows of Meth.
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Sep 21, 2006 — Former New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey. His new memoir, The Confession details his life and events leading up to his August 2004 coming-out speech. McGreevey was governor from January 2002 to November 2004, when he resigned. In addition to coming out as a homosexual, McGreevey appointed alleged Israeli lover Golan Cipel to the position of New Jersey's Homeland Security adviser. Since the publication of The Confession, Cipel has stated that he was not McGreevey's lover, as detailed in McGreevey's book.
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