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How Did The Chicken Safely Cross The Road?

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In a televised address tonight, President Trump plans to lay out his strategy for Afghanistan.

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The groundbreaking comedian and veteran civil rights activist Dick Gregory has died. He was 84 years old. NPR's Camila Domonoske has this remembrance.

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The victims of terrorist attacks in Spain came from dozens of countries, including, we now know, the United States. Here's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Update On Attacks In Spain

Aug 18, 2017

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OK, let's get the view now from Spain, which is still reeling from terrorist attacks there. This all started yesterday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district. A driver rammed a white van through a crowd of people.

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Trump's Week Of Controversy

Aug 18, 2017

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Two more terrorist attacks taking place in Europe where vehicles were used as weapons.

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Belle And Sebastian Leave Drummer Behind

Aug 18, 2017

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Good morning. I'm David Greene. The Scottish band Belle & Sebastian sings about tour bus life.

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN: (Singing) A mile and a half on a bus takes a long time.

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