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Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has bowed out as the commencement speaker at Smith College. Her withdrawal is just the latest high-profile commencement speech dropout.
May 14, 2014
In Newark, the New Jersey city held its first mayoral election since Cory Booker left for the U.S. Senate. Ras Baraka won, and Sarah Gonzalez of WNYC explains how the mayor-elect plans to run Newark.
May 14, 2014
The New York Times has announced that Dean Baquet, the newspaper's managing editor, will replace Jill Abramson as the executive editor. Both Abramson and Baquet were named to their current jobs in 2011. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik comments on the move.
May 14, 2014
Gazprom, the energy company, has dramatically raised the price it charges Ukraine for natural gas. Despite its weak, ailing economy, Ukraine must now pay far more than any other Gazprom client.
May 14, 2014
The former president said Republican strategist Karl Rove's recent remarks about Hillary Rodham Clinton's health are "just the beginning" of the attacks that are headed her way.
May 14, 2014
Mobs in Ho Chi Minh City targeted Chinese-owned factories, setting some on fire. Meanwhile, the Philippines says China is building an airstrip on the disputed Spratly Islands.
May 14, 2014
Dean Baquet, the paper's managing editor, is taking over. He will become The Times' first African-American executive editor. Abramson took the job in 2011. The reason for the switch isn't yet clear.
May 14, 2014
Small electrical pulses make people feel that they can control their dreams, the hallmark of lucid dreams. But researchers are far away from inducing powers like those seen in the movie Inception.
May 14, 2014
The idea of an afterlife has fascinated humans for millennia. In a recent Intelligence Squared debate, two teams faced off over the concept of life after death from a scientific perspective.
May 14, 2014
French wine consumption fell 7 percent between 2012 and 2013, while U.S. consumption grew by 0.5 percent, a report finds. Still, the French drink six times more wine per head than Americans.
May 14, 2014
Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul won an Oscar with his first documentary, a poignant story about an American singer who was famous in South Africa for decades and didn't know it.
May 14, 2014
Journalist Glenn Greenwald says he and his team weighed the public's interest against the potential harm to innocent people when deciding how much of Edward Snowden's leaked documents to make public.
May 14, 2014
Two children were seriously hurt after the "bounce house" they were playing in was sent high into the air by a strong gust of wind in upstate New York.
May 14, 2014
To some, the traditional doubledecker delicacy is an example of excess. To others, it's pure excellence.
May 14, 2014
Fire officials hope they've seen the worst of a fire that has burned 1,550 acres. They also say they'll get to the bottom of a message in an alert stating, "fire in your pants."
May 14, 2014
Scientists are racing to figure out how the MERS virus infects and kills people. It first surfaced in 2012, and has spread to the United States and other countries. Here's what we know so far.
May 14, 2014
After your doctor asks you whether you smoke, she might also ask if you feel safe with your partner. But an analysis suggests universal screening may not be helping people who have been abused.
May 14, 2014
The Spanish man whose court battle against Google brought a win for the "right to be forgotten" says he's pleased — and that Google is even better now.
May 14, 2014
The Pentagon is working on a prison transfer for convicted WikiLeaks source Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who has said she wants to live as a woman.
May 14, 2014
Officials say hundreds more are still missing. Efforts to rescue any survivors far below the earth's surface are being complicated by a fire in the mine.
May 14, 2014

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