2:07pm

Sun March 3, 2013
Author Interviews

Time Rules In Jamaica Kincaid's New Novel, 'See Now Then'

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 7:44 pm

Jamaica Kincaid, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, lives in Vermont.
Kenneth Noland Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Author Jamaica Kincaid is out with a new novel, her first in 10 years.

Kincaid is perhaps best known for her books At the Bottom of the River and The Autobiography of My Mother. Her new book, See Now Then, tackles some difficult themes.

The novel opens with a scene of a seemingly idyllic home life in small-town New England. But it is soon clear the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Sweet is anything but sweet.

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2:07pm

Sun March 3, 2013
Deceptive Cadence

At 100, Composer Margaret Bonds Remains A Great Exception

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 3:35 pm

Margaret Bonds in 1956. Born in Chicago in 1913, Bonds became one of the first African-American female composers to gain recognition in the United States.
Carl Van Vechten Wikimedia Commons

Margaret Bonds, who died in 1972, is perhaps near the top of the very short list of African-American female composers. Thanks to her partnerships with Langston Hughes and soprano Leontyne Price and others, she's remembered in some circles as an important figure in American composition. But, mostly, she's been forgotten.

"It's amazing that people don't know who she was, although she was quite well known in her time," says Louise Toppin, an opera singer and a voice professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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2:06pm

Sun March 3, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Alex Karpovsky Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 3:35 pm

Luis Guzman and Adam Sandler in Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch Drunk Love.
Anonymous AP

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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1:32pm

Sun March 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Blast Targets Shiites In Pakistan; Dozens Killed

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 2:18 pm

Pakistanis check the site of a bomb blast in Karachi on Sunday. Pakistani officials say the blast has killed dozens of people in a neighborhood dominated by Shiites.
Fareed Khan AP

Dozens of people are dead in the Pakistani port city of Karachi following a blast Sunday near a Shiite mosque.

Update at 3:16 p.m. ET Toll Rises

Authorities now say at least 37 people were killed and another 141 wounded in the blast.

Our original post:

Here's more from The Associated Press:

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11:53am

Sun March 3, 2013
It's All Politics

In First Post-Election Interview, Romney Calls Race A 'Magnificent' Experience

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and wife, Ann, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas.
Al Bello Getty Images

It was not the outcome they had hoped for, but in his first interview since losing the presidential election, Mitt Romney said he and his wife are moving on.

Speaking to host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Romney described last year's presidential race, his second attempt at serving in the White House, as a "great, thrilling experience of a lifetime."

"It didn't end the way we wanted it to, but the experience itself was magnificent," Romney said.

Both he and his wife, Ann, said they did not expect to lose to President Obama last November.

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11:33am

Sun March 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Britain's Queen Hospitalized With Apparent Stomach Ailment

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been taken Sunday to a hospital in central London. She's being treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis.
Matt Dunham AP

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is in hospital where she's being treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis.

NPR's Philip Reeves is reporting on the story for out Newscast unit. Here's what he says:

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9:39am

Sun March 3, 2013
Middle East

Miles From Home, Syrians Vote In Free Elections

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 10:24 am

As Aleppo residents in the Tariq al-Bab district recover from this week's attack by Syrian regime forces, delegates from the city are in Turkey holding an election for local officials.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

In Syria's northern province of Aleppo, the war is far from over. Yet civilians are planning a dramatic gesture: an election for a civilian government.

This weekend, delegates from across the province are taking part in the first free vote outside of the control of President Bashar Assad's regime. Its location: Gaziantep, Turkey.

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6:48am

Sun March 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Only Syrians Can Tell President When To Go, Assad Says

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 8:38 am

Syrian President Bashar Assad, in apparent response to Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks last week in support of opposition forces in Syria, says only the Syrian people can tell him to step down.

"Only Syrian people can tell the president stay or leave, come or go. No one else," he said in an interview to Britain's Sunday Times.

It was a rare TV interview for the Syrian president, whose regime has battled rebels as well as calls to step down for nearly two years.

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6:45am

Sun March 3, 2013
The Two-Way

After Delay, SpaceX Dragon Reaches Space Station

The SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicle is grappled by the International Space Station's robotic arm Sunday morning.
NASA TV

The Dragon has been captured. The SpaceX unmanned craft connected with the International Space Station at 5:31 a.m. ET, NASA tweeted. The spacecraft arrived a day late due to mechanical problems after Friday's launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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4:49am

Sun March 3, 2013
Africa

In Kenya, Political Puppets Give Voice To Satire

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 2:22 pm

In this screengrab, three puppets debate one another on The XYZ Show's presidential debate, which aired in February.
The XYZ Show YouTube

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