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We Look Amazing In These Gowns

Animator Steve Cutts brings to life part of Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett's commencement address. You will never look at a commencement gown the same way again.

Website Reveals Top Google Searches In Each State

Elvis in Tennessee. Bon Jovi in New Jersey. Those are two of the top Google searches discovered by the real estate website Estately, which determined the top searches in each state.

Political Rhetoric Bogs Down Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline

Claims for and against the pipeline are overblown. It won't make much of a difference on climate change, and it likely won't help the U.S. become energy independent.

Unopposed Candidate Left Off Ballot

Curtis Mele expected a third term on the City Council of Benwood, W.VA. On Election Day, he got a call saying his name was accidentally left off the ballot, and another councilman listed in his place.

Koch Foundation Criticized Again For Influencing Florida State

The Charles Koch Foundation has given more than a million dollars to Florida State. Part of the deal: the foundation weighs in on whether its grant can be used to pay individual professors.

Jacqueline Kennedy's Letters No Longer On Auction Block

An announcement may come soon over who will get personal letters written by the former first lady. A college in Ireland had planned to put them up for auction but they are no longer for sale.

Obama Wants Guantanamo Closed But His Efforts Are Thwarted

It's been a year since President Obama renewed his pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But more than 150 prisoners are still housed there.

House Passes Measure Reining In Government Surveillance

Lawmakers passed a bill ending the NSA's practice of collecting phone records of Americans. Instead, phone companies would hold the data and the NSA would face additional legal barriers to search it.

Summer Travel Season Expected To Heat Up

AAA predicts that more Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend than any other since the start of the Great Recession. Those who do may find higher air fares but gas prices have leveled off.

House Blocks Repeal Of Authorization To Use Military Force

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California about efforts to end the nearly 13-year-old congressional authorization for the use of military force.