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3:04 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Of Fruit Hats And 'Happy Tropics,' A Renaissance For Carmen Miranda

During her lifetime, singer and dancer Carmen Miranda (shown here in a dressing room at the London Palladium in 1948) was a huge success in the United States, but rejected at home in Brazil as a sellout.
George Konig Keystone Features/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:59 pm

Known for her outrageous costumes and beautiful voice, Brazilian performer Carmen Miranda was the highest-earning woman in Hollywood in the 1940s.

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The Two-Way
2:55 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Google Announces Foray Into The Wireless Business

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:11 pm

Google announced on Wednesday that it is venturing into the wireless business by offering a service called "Project Fi."

Essentially, Google is using the Sprint and T-Mobile networks to provide wireless access to users of Google Nexus 6 phones.

That means that service will be limited, but the real news here is that Google is offering the service with a novel pricing scheme in which customers only pay for the data that they use.

Here's how Google explains it in a blog post:

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It's All Politics
2:24 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Obama: Elizabeth Warren Is 'Wrong' On Trade

President Obama talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the East Asia Summit in Myanmar in November. Obama is trying to strike a 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would include Malaysia.
Christophe Archambault AFP/Getty Images

A full-fledged Democratic trade war has broken out.

"I love Elizabeth. We're allies on a whole host of issues, but she's wrong on this," President Obama said Tuesday night in an interview on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, referring to liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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Code Switch
2:06 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

In Its Season Finale, 'Fresh Off The Boat' Is Still Wrestling With Authenticity

"Why are you dressed like Chun Li from Street Fighter?" Eddie asks his mom Jessica.
Fresh Off The Boat/ABC

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:03 pm

In Fresh Off The Boat's season finale, Jessica, the family matriarch, worries over whether or not she and her kids have assimilated too much. The Huangs had been struggling to make ends meet, and now all of a sudden, things are turning around. Their steak house, Cattleman's Ranch, is booming. Jessica, who struggled to fit in to suburban Orlando life, has discovered the joys of Melrose Place, and even has a group of girlfriends to watch it with. And in perhaps the ultimate sign that they've "made it," the family is invited to join a local country club.

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The Two-Way
1:35 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Site Of Capsized Migrant Boat Was 'Like A Floating Cemetery'

Italian authorities aboard the Italian coast guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti check on migrants who survived a recent sinking in the Mediterranean Sea. The coast guard vessel arrived at Catania's port in Sicily on Tuesday.
Alessandro Di Meo EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:14 pm

Even to experienced rescue crews that have been saving migrants at sea for months, the sight of survivors bobbing among corpses in the Mediterranean Sea was a shock. The boat they were on had been stuffed with would-be migrants when it capsized Saturday.

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The Salt
1:31 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Sprouting broccoli will serve up florets in about 50 days. Not bad for this member of the brassica family.
Laura Whitehead Flickr

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:00 pm

Editor's note: A version of this story ran in April 2014.

Yes, it is true that gardening requires patience.

But face it, we live in an impatient world. And gardeners everywhere were depressed by the brutal and endless winter.

So we are understandably eager to get sowing. And to see results by ... well, if not next Thursday, then maybe mid-May?

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The Two-Way
1:20 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

N.Y. Judge Amends Habeas Corpus Order For Chimps

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:10 pm

A New York judge who granted two research chimps a writ of habeas corpus, effectively recognizing them as legal persons, later amended her ruling, striking out the term "writ of habeas corpus." It is now unclear whether Hercules and Leo, the chimps at Stony Brook University, can challenge their detention.

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
12:39 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Debate: Is It Time To Abolish The Death Penalty?

Diann Rust-Tierney, executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, with teammate Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project.
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:26 pm

The death penalty is legal in more than 30 states, but the long-controversial practice has come under renewed scrutiny after a series of botched executions in several states last year.

Opponents of capital punishment argue that the death penalty undermines the fair administration of justice, as wealth, geography, race and quality of legal representation all come into play, with uneven results.

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Bail For Alleged 'Flash Crash' Trader Set At More Than $7M

A British man who U.S. prosecutors say contributed to the 2010 "flash crash" on Wall Street has told a London court that he opposes extradition to the U.S.

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Shots - Health News
12:30 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 9:59 am

For all their talk about evidence-based medicine, a lot of doctors don't follow the clinical guidelines set by leading medical groups.

Consider, for example, the case of cataract surgery. It's a fairly straightforward medical procedure: Doctors replace an eye's cloudy lens with a clear, prosthetic one. More than a million people each year in the U.S. have the surgery — most of them older than 65.

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