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To call an actor a Hollywood legend sounds like hyperbole, but Norman Lloyd really was.

He died Tuesday at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to his manager, Marion Rosenberg, as quoted by the Associated Press.

Norman Lloyd, born in 1914, got his start performing with the Federal Theatre Project, part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal in the 1930s. It employed hundreds of out of work actors. Lloyd, the son of a Jersey City store manager, soon started acting with Orson Welles at his acclaimed Mercury Theatre.

Shortly after Arizona Republican lawmakers approved it, GOP Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday quickly signed a bill into law that could remove tens of thousands of voters from the state's early ballot mailing list.

Voters who sign up for the state's Permanent Early Voting List — PEVL for short — are automatically sent a ballot for every election in which they're eligible to vote.

The PEVL has grown increasingly popular with each passing election in Arizona. And whether voters actually use their early ballot or not has — to date — been irrelevant.

After weeks of legal maneuvers, Andrew Brown Jr.'s family finally had the opportunity on Tuesday to see more of the last moments of the 42-year-old's life before he was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies in Elizabeth City, N.C., last month.

Officials from the Trump administration will deliver testimony to Congress on Wednesday in defense of their handling of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection led by pro-Trump extremists, as lawmakers seek to pinpoint the administrative failures that led to the deadly riot.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a 10-year-old in New York, just became the country's newest national chess master.

At the Fairfield County Chess Club Championship tournament in Connecticut on May 1, Adewumi won all four of his matches, bumping his chess rating up to 2223 and making him the 28th youngest person to become a chess master, according to US Chess.

"I was very happy that I won and that I got the title," he says, "I really love that I finally got it."

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Scores of teenage schoolgirls are dead, killed by unknown bombers on Saturday as they were leaving school in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The attackers appeared to have targeted girls. More than 80 people were killed and about 150 injured, most of them girls of high school age. Most were from poor families; many weaved carpets in addition to studying to support their families.

It was the deadliest bombing targeting civilians in at least a year in Afghanistan.

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A federal bankruptcy judge dismissed an effort by the National Rifle Association to declare bankruptcy on Tuesday, ruling that the gun rights group had not filed the case in good faith.

The ruling slams the door on the NRA's attempt to use bankruptcy laws to evade New York officials seeking to dissolve the organization. In his decision, the federal judge said that "using this bankruptcy case to address a regulatory enforcement problem" was not a permitted use of bankruptcy.

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Benjamin Banneker – a free Black man born in 1731 – is best known for a land survey that established the original borders of Washington, D.C. But the naturalist also broke ground in another field: cicada research.

Banneker first observed the cicadas at his Maryland home as a teenager in 1740s. He spent the next 50 years documenting their unique life cycles — the bugs come out of the ground for only a few weeks every 17 years. His observations were among the earliest known to be documented.

'Murderbot' Is Not Your Typical AI

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Science fiction often portrays artificial intelligence in one of two ways.

There’s evil AI — think HAL, the computer in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” who stops obeying orders from the humans so it can kill them. Then there’s good AI like Data in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” who gets lost in wonderment at the human ability to whistle.

A former nursing assistant has been given multiple life sentences for the murder of seven elderly veterans after she admitted last year to intentionally using fatal injections of insulin to kill the men at a medical center for veterans in West Virginia.

Reta Mays, 46, received seven consecutive life sentences plus 20 years on Tuesday after she pleaded guilty in federal court in July to seven counts of second-degree murder and one count of assault with intent to commit murder.

NBC Drops Golden Globe Awards For 2022

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NBC announced it will not air the Golden Globe Awards next year following the controversy over diversity and ethics at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

In Texas, a group of bills seeks to criminalize transgender health care for young people.

One would strip physicians of their license and liability insurance if they performed gender reassignment surgery or prescribed puberty blockers and hormone therapy. Others would charge parents with child abuse if they consented to this kind of care.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to open in just a little over two months, but Japan is dealing with a fourth wave of COVID-19.

The pandemic forced the cancelation of the Olympics last year. Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins, who says Japan should take the same step this year.

Updated May 11, 2021 at 6:06 PM ET

Israel warned that airstrikes on Gaza would continue over the coming days as at least 30 Palestinians and three Israelis were reported killed amid rising cross-border violence sparked by clashes in Jerusalem.

Forty-four attorneys general have come out against Facebook’s plan to make a photo-sharing app for kids. Instagram Youth would be for users under 13 years old, much like Facebook’s already existent “Messenger for Kids” app. The company says it is working with experts and regulators to build out the new service.

But the state attorneys argue the new platform could harm kids’ mental health and compromise their safety.

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Different whales around the world have their own distinctive cultures.

Their survival lifestyles are documented in “Secrets of the Whales,” a new National Geographic docuseries by filmmaker and underwater explorer James Cameron.

The documentary plunges into the complex ways that five different types of whales — orcas, narwhals, humpbacks, belugas and sperm whales — communicate and socialize.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Escalates

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Israel unleashed new deadly airstrikes on Gaza early Tuesday as Hamas and other armed groups fired dozens of rockets toward Jerusalem. The escalation was sparked by weeks of tensions.

Host Tonya Mosley speaks with NPR’s Daniel Estrin in Jerusalem.

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Should Coroners Be Doctors?

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When somebody dies unexpectedly or under suspicious circumstances, it’s often a coroner who has the final say over what caused their death.

But in many states, coroners — unlike medical examiners — are not required to have medical degrees.

That’s been a cause for criticism from many doctors and public health experts for years, and now they say it’s complicating efforts to respond to the pandemic, too.

China’s latest census shows the country’s population has increased at the slowest rate in four decades.

NPR’s Emily Feng has the story from Beijing.

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New York's Lincoln Center, as people gather for its reopening on Monday, May 10.
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A gunman in the Russian city of Kazan opened fire at a school early Tuesday, killing at least seven students, a teacher and a school worker, and injuring 21 others, Russian officials said.

The governor of Tatarstan, an oil-rich, Muslim-majority region where Kazan is the capital, said seven of the dead were eighth-grade students at Kazan's School No. 175.

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The results of China's census are in. Can we just pause for a moment to think about the amazing task of counting around 1.4 billion people? This census is the first in a decade, and it shows the population grew more slowly than it has in around 40 years.

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Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. Planes don't fly anymore at the old Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans. But this past weekend, people showed up and were still able to catch some air.


The lament, a lyrical outpouring of sorrow, is one of the oldest and most universal art forms, with The Lament for Sumer and Ur dating back 4,000 years to ancient Sumer.