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Is Beyonce Still The Queen?

Pop star Beyonce's new surprise album has been getting a lot of buzz, but is it all it's cracked up to be? Beauty shop ladies Bridget Johnson, Aisha Harris, Danielle Belton and Anne Ishii weigh in.

Why Black College Football Players Fall Behind In Education

New research raises concerns about low graduations rates for black college football players. Host Michel Martin finds out more from education reporter Emily Richmond, and professor Shaun Harper of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.

Brain Injuries Cause For Concern In Baseball Too

Reports show former Major League Baseball player Ryan Freel, who took his own life last year, suffered from a degenerative brain disease. Injuries like that are usually associated with the hard knocks of football. Host Michel Martin talks with sports writer Pablo Torre about the prevalence of brain injuries in other sports.

Diplomat's Arrest In N.Y. Sparks Anger In India

Financial Times New Delhi correspondent Amy Kazmin speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the case of an Indian diplomat arrested in New York for allegedly paying her maid below minimum wage. The diplomat was strip-searched and jailed, touching off an angry reaction in India.

Student Is Charged In Harvard Bomb Scare

Four buildings were evacuated and tensions were high at the university on Monday after officials received messages about "shrapnel bombs." With exams scheduled for that day, many thought that perhaps a nervous student was trying to avoid taking a test. The FBI alleges that's what happened.

Your Questions About The American Health Care Act

What questions do you have about the new national health care law known as Obamacare? Use NPR's interactive guide to answer them.

Winning Mega Millions Tickets Sold In California And Georgia

The second-largest jackpot in U.S. history — possibly as much as $645 million — is going to be shared. If you know someone in San Jose or Atlanta, now might be a time to be extra nice to them.

Jersey City Spends Big To Find Out What's Inside Safe

A new boss comes in and wants to clean house. For Jersey City's new mayor Steven Fulop, that meant cracking some dusty old safes in City Hall. What would he find? No stash of cash or anything interesting — just an extension cord.

Why N.Y. Mets Should Avoid Donning Santa's Suit

The Santa suit is cursed, according to The Wall Street Journal. Consider these former Santa Mets: Center-fielder Mike Cameron got badly injured, right-fielder Jeff Francoeur was traded and pitcher John Maine's career tanked. The list stretches back a decade.

Religious Groups Challenge Calif. Transgender Law Over Privacy

Opponents of a new California law that aims to accommodate transgender students say they've gathered enough signatures to try to overturn it on next year's ballot. The law allows transgender students to use the bathrooms and join the sports teams that match their gender identity.