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Bob Mankoff reveals his best work in The New Yorker


It’s a familiar office scene. Outside the windows, a city’s buildings climb into the sky. A cartoon businessman, dressed in a suit, points to a planner on his desk as he talks on the phone, saying, “No, Thursday’s out. How about never—is never good for you?” Cartoonist Bob Mankoff has …

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13-pound baby is one of largest ever born in Northern Calif.


SACRAMENTO — A newborn baby in Sacramento has made an impressive debut, weighing more than 13 pounds, CBS San Francisco reports. Baby Valentino is one of the largest babies ever born in Northern California. He was born naturally at Sutter Davis Hospital on Friday, and despite his size, his mom …

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Ex-hedge fund manager founds school in Somaliland


The mission of Abaarso School of Science and Technology is to produce the future leaders of Somaliland. Almost 90 percent of Abaarso’s first graduating class got accepted to international colleges, including in the U.S. If President Trump’s travel ban goes into effect, the next group of Abaarso students headed for American universities …

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Samantha Bee attempts to upstage "nerd prom"


WASHINGTON — Washington’s once-glitzy “nerd prom” was briefly upstaged Saturday as comedians and Hollywood stars gathered for jokes and jests about President Donald Trump for a tongue-in-cheek event to counter the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Late-night TV star Samantha Bee pulled in celebrities for the first “Not the White …

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Bell tolls for historic bell maker


The bells at the National Cathedral in Washington will no doubt be around for a long time. Not so the foundry that cast some of them, however. Turns out, it’s that very foundry for which the CLOSING BELL tolls. Jim Axelrod has an appreciation: There is a certain timelessness inside …

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Thousands demand action on climate change to mark Trump's 100th day


WASHINGTON — Thousands of people have gathered in sweltering heat in the nation’s capital to demand more action to fight climate change and protect the environment.  Saturday’s demonstration in Washington coincided with similar protests around the country in what is being called the People’s Climate March.  Demonstrators in Washington started …

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Dissecting Donald Trump's first 100 days


So, after his first 100 days in office, how’s President Trump doing? Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett has been keeping track: “I, Donald John Trump, do solemnly swear …” It began with an inaugural address more sour than soaring: “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” …

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Body in Grand Canyon likely missing teen: park officials


GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — The Grand Canyon National Park says a body that was found on Friday is likely of a 14-year-old hiker who went missing nearly two weeks ago while in the bottom of the canyon during a family trip.  Jackson Standefer of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was crossing …

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