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'Up First': Border Wall May Violate Treaty; GOP Gathers Supporters For Health Plan

A 47-year-old treaty could hinder President Trump's plans to expand the border wall. And congressional leaders and Trump appear far apart on a GOP health care plan.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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Arkansas Carries Out First Double Execution In U.S. Since 2000

Jack Jones Jr. and Marcel Williams were executed hours apart Monday night, the second and third of six inmates slated to get the death penalty in the state in an 11-day span. Arkansas' supply of lethal injection drugs is set to expire at the end of the month.

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is sworn-in before a Senate panel on Capitol Hill last month, prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing to be secretary of agriculture. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Senate Confirms Ex-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

Sonny Perdue grew up on a farm in central Georgia and has owned several agriculture companies. He is not associated with the food company Perdue or the poultry producer Perdue Farms.

Aamir Ame co-wrote the viral hit "Dead Eye," a tribute to Kashmiris whose eyesight was damaged by pellet guns used by security forces to quell demonstrations. He calls it his first "political" song. Syed Shahriyar hide caption

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Music Interviews

A New Generation Of Kashmir Rappers Vents Its Rage In The Valley

Rappers like Aamir Ame and MC Kash make music that channels political protest and alienation from the Indian state.

A New Generation Of Kashmir Rappers Vents Its Rage In The Valley

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Music was always her refuge, but Ella Fitzgerald never thought she would be a singer until she won an Amateur Night contest at the Apollo Theater in 1934. The Rudy Calvo Collection Cache Agency hide caption

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Music News

Early Hardship Couldn't Muffle Ella Fitzgerald's Joy

Before she became First Lady of Song, Fitzgerald navigated childhood loss, poverty and homelessness — always with music as her refuge.

Early Hardship Couldn't Muffle Ella Fitzgerald's Joy

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Cynthia Nixon (left) and Laura Linney alternate playing the roles of Regina (left) and Birdie in The Little Foxes. Joan Marcus/Courtesy of Bonyeau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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Theater

Two Stars Share The Stage, And The Roles, In 'Little Foxes'

"Great parts are meant to be played; they're not meant to be owned," says Laura Linney. So she and Cynthia Nixon have agreed to switch roles for each performance of Lillian Hellman's 1939 melodrama.

Two Stars Share The Stage, And The Roles, In 'Little Foxes'

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Author Robert Pirsig and his son Chris in 1968. Pirsig, who wrote Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at age 88. William Morrow/HarperCollins hide caption

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'Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88

Zen was published by William Morrow in 1974, after being rejected by 121 publishing houses. The book has endured as a work of popular philosophy, and inspired many a road trip across the West.

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Music Interviews

Listen: Overcoats Perform Music From 'Young,' Plus A Little Amy Winehouse

The duo met in college and loved right away how their voices "cradled one another. " They speak with NPR's Ari Shapiro about learning to work together, and perform selections from their debut.

Listen: Overcoats Perform Music From 'Young,' Plus A Little Amy Winehouse

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In "The Fish on My Plate," author and fisherman Paul Greenberg sets out to answer the question "what fish should I eat that's good for me and good for the planet?" As part of his quest to investigate the health of the ocean — and his own — Greenberg spent a year eating seafood at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Courtesy of FRONTLINE hide caption

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The Salt

What Fish Is Good For Me And The Planet? New Documentary Explores

In order to investigate how eating fish affects our health as well as the oceans, author and fisherman Paul Greenberg spent a year eating fish every day.

K.K. DuVivier stands by a smart meter that sends electricity back to her utility, Xcel Energy. The Denver home gets credits from Xcel for power that's added back to the grid. Grace Hood/Colorado Public Radio hide caption

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Energy

As Rooftop Solar Challenges Utilities, One Aims For A Compromise

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As more homeowners install solar they're using less energy from their utilities, which in turn hurts their business. One utility in Colorado has forged a deal that may be a model for other states.

As Rooftop Solar Challenges Utilities, One Aims For A Compromise

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talks to reporters during Monday's press briefing at the White House. Mnuchin announced sanctions against 271 employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Announces Sanctions On 271 Syrians Over April 4 Chemical Attack

The blacklisted people work on weapons development for Syria, the administration says. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the sanctions "target the scientific support center" for the attack.