The Defense Department says a third of military personnel who committed suicide last year told at least one person they planned to take their own lives…The nation’s top defense officials told a Senate committee today the U.S. must remain invested in Iraq and Afghanistan for now, but there was another country on the mind of Colorado Senator Mark Udall….and, aging firefighters and rising costs may force the Beulah volunteer fire department to make changes.

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March 2, 2015 | NPR · An Iraqi force has begun a large-scale operation to recapture Tikrit, according to state TV. Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein, lies between Baghdad and Mosul.
 

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March 2, 2015 | NPR · Nina Pham, 26, who contracted Ebola after caring for a patient, tells the Dallas Morning News that she will file a lawsuit Monday charging the hospital in Dallas lacked proper training and equipment.
 

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March 2, 2015 | NPR · People with household incomes of less than $25,000 a year say in a new poll that the lack of cash really hurts their health. Low-quality food and dangerous housing are two reasons why.
 

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March 2, 2015 | NPR · Paul Beatty takes no prisoners in this tale of two men trying to save their dying town through provocative moves like reinstituting segregation. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a comic masterpiece.
 

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March 1, 2015 | NPR · CBS’ new cop show Battle Creek is based on a 12-year-old script by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. It’s among three new network shows that aim to reinvent old TV concepts.
 

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March 1, 2015 | NPR · The man behind the look of Selma and A Most Violent Year talks about depicting violence, participating in history and being a black cinematographer in Hollywood.
 

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March 1, 2015 | NPR · Binary thinkers beware: If you’re the type who’s uncomfortable with contradiction, or would rather deal in stereotypes than nuance, then rapper Heems and his new album are not for you.
 

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March 1, 2015 | NPR · Sosa’s songs are saturated with the beauty and power of West African music dedicated to Yoruba deities. And yet an unmistakable reverence for jazz pervades every note.
 

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March 1, 2015 | NPR · He wanted to be the behind-the-scenes guy, not the star. But backed by strings, choirs, horns and the house band of his own label, White made a second album that isn’t different — just better.
 

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