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Strawberry basil chiffon cake with strawberry basil sauce

Chiffon cake makes for a lovely and airy spring treat.

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How governors' offices became ground zero for corruption in Mexico

Two former Mexican governors were recently arrested on charges of corruption. Is it another step forward in anti-corruption efforts, or window dressing to appease voters before Mexico's upcoming elections?

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Peggy Whitson logs more space hours than any other US astronaut: A history of women and NASA

On Monday, Peggy Whitson had been in space for a cumulative 534 days, setting a new record and inspiring future female STEM professionals across the United States.

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Hezbollah's defiant signal to Israel, Lebanon, and the UN

On a press tour of Lebanon's sensitive southern border, the Iran-backed militia Hezbollah performs a seemingly choreographed breach of the UN resolution that helped end its last war with Israel.

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Trump’s possible logic on North Korea

More than any other foreign security issue, President Trump is engaged in solving the North Korean nuclear threat. One possible reason: to prevent nonnuclear nations like Japan from going nuclear. The moral logic of nonproliferation demands a US role.

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Bestselling books the week of 4/27/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

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Republicans control all of Washington. Why aren't they winning more?

President Trump, like other presidents before him, is discovering the challenge of dealing with the army of cats that is a modern US political party.

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Teen siblings raise nearly $110,000 to fight hunger in Washington State

Aidan Ryan started volunteering abroad, but when he realized the challenges much closer to home, he adjusted his focus. His sister, Erin Ryan, has gotten involved, too.

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Can corporate feminism help all working women?

The push for women-friendly workplaces and policies has focused largely on individual personalities, like Ivanka Trump and Sheryl Sandberg, as well as those at the top of the corporate ladder. But that is changing.

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Edible insects give Mexicans a taste of history – and maybe the future

Mexican chefs are embracing entomophagy, or bug eating, amid heightened interest in their country's heritage. But the high-protein, low-impact cuisine could have lessons for the rest of the world, as well.

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How does Trump plan to stop illegal immigration? A Texas court offers a model approach

The west Texas court is billed as the toughest immigration court in the land, but could its strategy work on a national level? 

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Congress makes progress on budget deal to avoid shutdown

The budget agreement came to a standstill over the question of funding for the US-Mexico border wall. But President Trump signaled that his demand that Congress provide funding for the project could be put on hold.

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Ann Coulter backers sue UC Berkeley over cancellation (+video)

Students on Monday filed lawsuit against the university, saying the school is violating their right to free speech by canceling the conservative pundit's speaking event on campus this week.

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How Wikipedia’s founder wants to ‘fix the news' (+video)

Jimmy Wales is launching a new platform that he says will 'protect the integrity of information' from fake news.

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Crowd-funded firm aims to scale up African solar

A community of young European investors is helping solar firms thrive on the African continent when local banks are reluctant to offer loans.

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Can we eat our way out of the lionfish invasion? (+video)

Yes, say chefs and conservationists. But only if traps or robots can bring in more lionfish from depths divers can't reach. 

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As colleges ditch books, the future of the campus library is changing

As major universities like UC Berkeley abandon traditional book collections, the role of campus libraries is starting to look a little different from the good old days of an offline era.

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Tornado watchers are missing more storms, giving shorter notice – and saving more lives?

Sociological research and deadly twisters have spurred a shift in forecasting practices.

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'Jane Welsh Carlyle and Her Victorian World' brings a forgotten talent to life

Kathy Chamberlain's excellent biography of Jane Welsh Carlyle takes her out of the shadow of husband Thomas and puts her own formidable talent and complex character on display.

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Extinguishing tensions of conflict

A Christian Science perspective: Praying to relieve tensions in North Korea.

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Venezuelans stage sit-in on roads to protest government

Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro.

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Trump backs away from demand for border wall money

President Trump has indicated that he would be willing to return to the wall funding issue in September.

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India's rescued bonded laborers rebuild lives in 'dream homes'

Students from a college in Chennai, India, are working with the rescued individuals as part of a project to help them get back on their feet. Without homes, among other things, it is easy for them to slip back into debt bondage, campaigners say.

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Education in South Sudan 'cannot wait,' says new report

The report from the Education Cluster documents the challenges of providing an education in the world's youngest country. 

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Israeli president’s advice on Holocaust remembrance

President Reuven Rivlin used this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day to reflect on how Israeli society can apply the Shoah’s lessons for peace.

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Orange rhubarb swirl pound cake

This pound cake with a sweet, fruity glaze makes a perfect snack or teatime cake.

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Could this rather esurient caterpillar help stem the plastic deluge?

European researchers have discovered a species of caterpillar capable of eating a common form of plastic. What lessons can nature teach us about cleaning up the nearly indestructible pollutant? 

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For Turkey's Erdoğan, new powers present fresh challenges

The aftermath of Erdoğan's narrow referendum victory – marked by protests, arrests, and divisive rhetoric – is revealing the magnitude of his coming challenges, not least of which is unifying the Turkish people.

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Witnesses to execution test a 'somber' civic duty

Arkansas requires six 'respectable' citizens to witness executions – a task it struggled to find volunteers for as it executes its first prisoners since 2005. At the same time, states have become increasingly secretive about the mechanics of capital punishment.

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Now on the threshold of the French presidency, who is Marine Le Pen?

The nationalist candidate is now one win away from becoming France's leader. Though currently trailing centrist Emmanuel Macron, her victory is a conceivable outcome – and would change France and Europe.

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Why is New Orleans dismantling Confederate statues?

The city is the latest Southern institution to separate itself from symbols viewed by many as tied to racism and white supremacy. But those opposed to the removal say the city is shucking away its history and its identity. 

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Trump pushes for border wall funding as first hundred days, budget deadline converge

The president insisted on Twitter that Mexico would pay for the wall 'eventually.'

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Iraq's Kurds restore ancient sites, envision a tourist-friendly future

While Islamic State sends out suicide bombers and snipers in Mosul to the east, the Kurdish authorities in Erbil are already looking ahead to the day when they can pull in more visitors.

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American tries to learn from United's mistakes after video of employee-passenger confrontation goes viral

American Airlines said it has grounded the flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger on Friday. The move, experts said, signifies a trend of airlines to deescalate tense situations during air travel after United's incident. 

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Torture by Afghan security forces still widespread, says UN

A new report notes an alarming spike in the use of torture by Afghan police, soldiers, and intelligence officers.

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Some feathered pros lend a hand

My gutters needed attention – and got it in a delightful way. 

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'The American Spirit' collects the best of David McCullough as speaker

McCullough is a triumphalist at heart, most interested in celebrating the better angels of American history.

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God's goodness dispels the darkness

A Christian Science perspective: A better understanding of God as good removes sorrow.

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Antarctica has a network of meltwater rivers that is much larger than previously thought

The large network of meltwater could doom flimsy ice shelves at the edge of the continent – or save them.

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Why predicting the future is more than just horseplay

The science of prediction lies at the heart of the modern world, but attempts to forecast even the most straightforward systems often confound scientists, while complex systems sometimes reveal themselves to surprisingly predictable.

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