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1:33pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

As Irene Lashes Carolinas, N.Y., Jersey Shore Evacuate

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:30 am

This NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Irene as it approached the East Coast on Friday.
AFP/Getty Images

More than 2 million residents along the Eastern Seaboard have been ordered to move to safer places as Hurricane Irene lumbers toward the Mid-Atlantic region.

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1:24pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Politics

Memorial Will Offer Obama Occasion To Address Race

President Obama delivers remarks at the "Let Freedom Ring" concert at the Kennedy Center on Jan. 18, 2010, in Washington, D.C.
Aude Guerrucci Getty Images

President Obama is getting criticized from all sides lately, and the African-American community is no exception. In an op-ed piece in Friday's New York Times, Princeton professor Cornel West condemned the president for ignoring homeowners, workers and poor people and, instead, giving "us bailouts for banks, record profits for Wall Street and giant budget cuts on the backs of the vulnerable."

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1:23pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Movie Interviews

For Vera Farmiga, A Search Leads To 'Higher Ground'

Vera Farmiga as Corinne Walker in the film Higher Ground, which Farmiga also directed.
Molly Hawkey Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Vera Farmiga isn't one to shy away from a challenge. Her new film, Higher Ground, goes to risky territory. Farmiga stars as Corinne Walker, an evangelical woman struggling to deal with the faith that has let her down. And she takes on a second role, as a first-time director.

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1:09pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Music News

Imelda May: Devil May Care

Imelda May's new album is called Mayhem.
Chris Clor

Imelda May is an Irish singer whose music straddles the line between rockabilly and blues. That's an intriguing mix, though not the most natural fit for mainstream radio. May says that when she began her recording career, the advice she received was less than encouraging.

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1:00pm

Fri August 26, 2011
NPR Story

NYC To Shut Down Public Transit

Cities along the East Coast are bracing for Hurricane Irene. New York City's public transportation will shut down around noon on Saturday, says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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