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    March 4, 2016  

    A.O. Scott has been the New York Times’ film critic since 2000, so it’s safe to say he knows his craft. But in a world dominated by social media, where anyone with an Internet connection can become a self-styled critic, what separates a professional from a wannabe? That’s one of the issues Scott tackles in his new book, “Better Living Through Criticism.” Jeffrey Brown talks to Scott for more. Continue reading

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    March 4, 2016  

    Last year, 30-year-old Darius Nabors decided to quit his job and embark on the journey of a lifetime: a tour of all 59 of the country’s national parks in 59 weeks. Nabors was inspired by his father, a former park ranger, and his trip is timed to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. So far, he’s visited 34 parks across the nation and shows no sign of slowing down. Continue reading

  • Supporters reach out to touch U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Cadillac, Michigan, March 4, 2016.     REUTERS/Jim Young  - RTS9D4M
    March 4, 2016  

    Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has canceled his scheduled appearance at the ongoing Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., following concerted efforts by establishment GOP figures to rally the electorate against him. But even when he’s absent, Trump is still front and center in the minds of conference attendees. Continue reading

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    March 4, 2016  

    In rural communities across the country, health care is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity. More than 50 rural hospitals have closed nationwide since 2010, and hundreds more teeter on the brink of bankruptcy. It’s a trend driven by falling revenues and decreased federal funding, and it could have dire implications for small-town America’s future. Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports. Continue reading

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    March 4, 2016  

    Thursday’s debate saw the last vestiges of civility stripped away from the GOP race, with the night’s rhetoric ranging from personal slights to outright vulgarity. Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz attacked Donald Trump for alleged fraud and for financing Hillary Clinton in 2008; moderators pushed him for policy details. Nevertheless, all four candidates pledged to support the eventual nominee. Continue reading

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    March 4, 2016  

    Judy Woodruff joins syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks to discuss the week in politics, including takeaways from Thursday’s contentious GOP debate, the mainstream Republican revolt against Donald Trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ chances to upset the Democratic race and the fallout from the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server. Continue reading

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    March 4, 2016  

    In a new exhibit, Chicago’s Field Museum has revived elements from its controversial 1933 show, “Races of Mankind,” consisting of 104 bronze statues that depict races from around the world. Most of the statues were banished by 1969 as public opinion on race evolved. NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports on the return of the dubious display. Continue reading

  • Darius Nabors, left, and Trevor Kemp are on a mission to visit the 59 U.S. national parks in 59 weeks. They will complete their feat in August 2016. Photo courtesy of Darius Nabors
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    Last year, 30-year-old Darius Nabors did something many Americans only dream of. He quit his job and hit the road. Continue reading

  • Female U.S. Marine recruits prepare to fire on the rifle range during boot camp at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
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    WASHINGTON — The military services are already beginning to recruit women for combat jobs, including as Navy SEALs, and could see them serving in previously male-only Army and Marine Corps infantry units by this fall, according to new plans endorsed by Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Continue reading

  • Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel for Apple Inc., watches as FBI Director James Comey testifies during a House Judiciary hearing on "The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy" on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters
    March 3, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, a dozen major tech companies, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, filed briefs supporting Apple’s refusal to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone despite federal court order. Also, Florida lawmakers approved a bill that could reinstate the death penalty after capital punishment in the state was previously struck down by the Supreme Court in January. Continue reading