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French, Russian, British Naval Ships Off Virginia Coast

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French, Russian, British and U.S. sailors trained the past two weeks to make sure they could work together if the need be. The annual exercise that ended Friday included a heavy dose of anti-piracy training.

An international flotilla of warships regularly patrols off the coast of Somalia to protect commercial ships from pirates. Navy officials say combatting piracy is one of the best real-world examples of how the training pays off.

The navies will train in Russia next year.


Sandra Cisneros Crosses Borders And Boundaries In 'A House Of My Own'

The author's new memoir collects three decades worth of her journeys in search of a sense of home. "I guess I didn't realize I was gonna be crossing borders my whole life," she says.

For Israeli-Born Chef, Hummus And 'Tehina' Are A Bridge To Home

Chef Michael Solomonov sees his mission as connecting people to the food of his homeland. "That, to me, is my life's work," he says. Solomonov's new cookbook is Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.

Inside The Message Machine That Could Make Politicians More Persuasive

A political scientist identified optimally persuasive terms that make people more inclined to support the health care act. He says the tool could someday make it easier to sharpen political messages.

FAA Proposes Record Fine Against Drone Operator

The FAA is proposing a nearly $2 million fine against a drone operator it says was operating outside the rules and endangering safety. NPR talks to the head of the FAA about what's behind the hefty penalty.

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