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August 27, 2014 | NPR · The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
 
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August 27, 2014 | SCPR · The Los Angeles Unified School District has shut down a half-a-billion-dollar deal with Apple and Pearson to provide classroom technology. Here's what happened.
 
August 27, 2014 | NPR · Schools in Napa Valley are to reopen Wednesday after the area's worst earthquake in decades. Hundreds of buildings and homes were damaged and a lot of rebuilding work remains to be done.
 

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August 27, 2014 | NPR · The end of August heralds the start to the final phase of the 2014 election season. As primaries wrap up and candidates ready themselves for November, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian lays out the political landscape.
 
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August 27, 2014 | NPR · Across the nation, state legislators are gearing up for Election Day. And they're well aware that their fates could be tied to national political forces like the president's low approval rating.
 
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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Larry McMurtry

May 27, 2014 — The famed writer of Westerns uses his first novel in five years to blow a few holes in the myths surrounding the shootout at the OK Corral. Reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it "a peach of a book."
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May 7, 2014 — The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist says the myth of the cowboy feels "hollow." The Last Kind Words Saloon is a spare and unsentimental story about two Western icons, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.
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Apr 11, 2013 — Although Venezuela has a rich literary culture, its writers remain largely unknown outside of the country. Marcela Valdes traces the intersection of literature and politics in the large Caribbean nation, showing the forces that have kept Venezuelan writers from getting the praise they deserve.
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Dec 23, 2009 — Larry McMurtry, the author of Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment, has written a new memoir about the struggles and successes of his long writing career, called Literary Life.
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Aug 27, 2009 — In Rhino Ranch, Larry McMurtry returns to his lighter side and his recurring protagonist, Duane Moore. The gentle comedy tracks the once-powerful oilman as he adjusts to his own retirement and to the changes a new nature preserve brings to his small Texas town.
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Jun 4, 2008 — As a child, Emily Wylie always wanted to be a cowboy — or maybe an Indian. Though she no longer constructs teepees out of table cloths, she turns to these three books when she wants to relive her romance with the American West.
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Oct 1, 2004 — Photographer Richard Avedon, whose evocative pictures of celebrities and the high life elevated fashion photograpy to an art form, died last weekend in San Antonio, Texas, after suffering a brain hemorrahge. His death was announced Friday. NPR's Noah Adams reports.
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