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Venezuela's Chavez Headed For More Cancer Surgery

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Battling cancer, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has for the first time named a successor — his vice president. The charismatic, socialist leader with aspirations of regional leadership is in Cuba undergoing a fourth round of surgery. Vice President Nicholas Maduro is a former bus driver who rose through the ranks of his union to national prominence. In an emotional speech, Chavez appealed to his countrymen to elect Maduro to the highest office when Chavez can no longer govern. Audie Cornish talks to Juan Forero.

Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize

James is the first Jamaican author to win the prestigious literary award, for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. It's based on a real 1976 assassination attempt on reggae star Bob Marley.
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Behind America's Seasonal Crush On Pumpkin

This year, a national shortage of the orange squash threatens to derail America's favorite seasonal obsession.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Race, Justice And Finding A Voice In Local D.C.

Few writers and public intellectuals command an audience like one currently following Ta-Nehisi Coates. But long before Coates' thoughts shaped nationwide conversations about race, justice and the black experience in America, he found his voice as a young writer in local D.C. and in the city where he grew up, Baltimore.


Twitter's Suspension of Sports Media Revives Debate Over Fair Use

Twitter is going after news media that share highlights of U.S. football games without sports organizations' permission. The move shines a spotlight on the notion of fair use of copyrighted content.

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