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In 'Someone,' Alice McDermott tells 'ordinary' woman's tale

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Alice McDermott tells the story of an ordinary woman named Marie from childhood to death in her new novel, "Someone." The narrative centers on a woman who is shy, plain, unremarkable on the surface, but has a very active internal life. Jeffrey Brown talks to McDermott about her inspirations for the character from her own life and in the creative process writing the novel.

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It’s been just over a month since a deadly earthquake devastated Ecuador’s Pacific coast.

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A U.S. woman has a strain of E. coli that is resistant to last-resort antibiotics.

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News Wrap: LGBT rights fight sinks major House energy bill

Thursday, the fight over LGBT rights in Congress sank a major energy bill.

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U.S. innovators dogged by money-grubbing ‘patent trolls’

The U.S. economy is driven by innovation, but unwelcome “patent trolls” are in the way.

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U.S. innovators dogged by money-grubbing ‘patent trolls’

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World leaders wary of a Donald Trump presidency

How is the international community reacting to the New York billionaire, Donald Trump?

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Violent protests disrupted Donald Trump's rally in New Mexico.

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Live from Milwaukee, Wis., Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate the debate.

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State of the Union 2016

PBS NEWSHOUR offers live coverage of President Obama's speech and the Republican response.

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Premieres Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 6 p.m. ET.

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