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10:37 am
Fri May 29, 2015

U.S. Drops Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

President Obama with Cuban President Raul Castro during their historic meeting in April at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 2:29 pm

Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET

The U.S. State Department announced Friday that Cuba has been dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

"The rescission of Cuba's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission," the department said in a statement. "While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba's policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation."

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Goats and Soda
10:04 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Look Who's Hanging Out With A Goat! It's Supermodel Chrissy Teigen

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Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 2:27 pm

Goats have lots of unusual friends.

There's the goat and the hippo.

And the goat and the giraffe.

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The Two-Way
9:55 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Second Saudi Attack

Members of the Saudi security services inspect the site of a car bomb attack targeting Shiite Saudis attending Friday prayers at a mosque in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 11:25 am

The Saudi branch of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a second suicide bomb attack in as many weeks on a Shiite mosque in the kingdom.

At least four people — including the person thought to be the driver of the car bomb — were killed in the attack, which took place during Friday prayers at the al-Anoud mosque in Dammam in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province.

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Monkey See
9:28 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Tomorrowland,' The Future And The Past

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Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 11:56 am

The Brad Bird-directed Tomorrowland didn't make a lot of dough in its opening weekend, despite Bird's impressive reputation and the star power of George Clooney. It didn't get great reviews, either, but one of us (spoiler alert: it was me) liked it more than a lot of people did. We talk on this episode with our friend Bob Mondello about how the film's underlying message about optimism works and doesn't work, and about how its execution of its ambitious concept sometimes lets down the things it's trying to say.

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Shots - Health News
8:48 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Breath-Holding In The Pool Can Spark Sudden Blackouts And Death

Competitive swimmers often practice breath holding to increase endurance.
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Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 11:38 am

There's a dare that floats out on hot days by the pool: Who can hold their breath the longest? In shallow water, the challenge sounds fun or at least harmless. Competitive swimmers and divers crouch under the surface all the time to build endurance. But the practice can cause swimmers to faint and drown without warning and before anyone notices.

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Monkey See
8:34 am
Fri May 29, 2015

David Oyelowo Flies Solo In HBO's 'Nightingale'

David Oyelowo stars in Nightingale.
Joseph Cultice HBO

Inevitability has a crucial role in lots of good dramatic works, and every good use of it gives lie to the idea that it's definitionally incompetent to create anything "predictable." From the opening minutes of Nightingale, a new film airing on HBO Friday night starring David Oyelowo (Selma), there is only thick dread about what is going to happen to Peter Snowden, the only character on screen for the nearly 90-minute running time.

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The Two-Way
7:28 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Muhammadu Buhari Becomes Nigeria's President

Former General and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, arrives for his Inauguration at the eagle square in Abuja, Nigeria, on Friday.
Sunday Alamba AP

For the first time since Nigeria won its independence in 1960, the country has inaugurated an opposition figure as its next president.

Muhammadu Buhari, a retired general who ruled the country back in the '80s after a military coup, was sworn in as president of Nigeria on Friday.

The BBC reports:

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Asia
6:54 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Bees Were Literally Gao Bingguo's Knees

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 7:07 am

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Around the Nation
6:54 am
Fri May 29, 2015

God Sues Equifax And Wins

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 7:07 am

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Politics
6:54 am
Fri May 29, 2015

GOP's Presidential Field Has Something For Everyone And It's Growing

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 12:48 pm

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The Two-Way
5:55 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Despite Corruption Scandal, Blatter Wins Fifth Term As FIFA Chief

FIFA President Sepp Blatter attends a press conference in Jerusalem on May 19.
Tsafrir Abayov AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 1:20 pm

Update at 1:18 p.m. ET. Blatter Wins Fifth Term:

Two days after leading officials were arrested and charged with corruption and bribery, soccer's world governing body decided to stay the course, electing Joseph "Sepp" Blatter as its president.

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Planet Money
4:20 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Computer Tablets Take Over Part Of Restaurant Server's Job

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 7:07 am

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Sports
4:15 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Indictments Bring To Light FIFA's Veil Of Secrecy

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 7:07 am

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Now, many soccer fans reacted to the FIFA arrests with a collective it is about time. But if millions around the world suspected wrongdoing, how might FIFA officials have gotten away with it for so long? Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.

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Around the Nation
4:12 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Texas Loses Billions To Treat The Poor By Not Expanding Medicaid, Advocates Say

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 2:18 pm

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NPR Story
4:08 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Democrat O'Malley To Announce Presidential Bid In Baltimore

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 7:07 am

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