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1:09 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

Larry David also co-created the NBC series Seinfeld. That show's character George Costanza is loosely based on David.
Joan Marcus Courtesy of Philip Rinaldi Pulicity

Larry David wrote and stars in a new play that has broken the all-time record on Broadway for advance ticket sales — more than $14 million. Fish In The Dark is a comedy about a family's rivalries and dysfunction as its patriarch passes away. David tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies that the idea came to him when a friend's father died.

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The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

It's World Book Day: Time For Reading Lists And Dress-Up

Fans are celebrating World Book Day Thursday. Here, a man browses through books at the Albertine, a French bookstore and library at the French Embassy in New York.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Put down that screen: today's the day to celebrate holding a bound book in your hands. World Book Day celebrations include storytelling and dressing up as favorite characters. We bring you a roundup of stories and reading lists.

Many young (and less-young) readers are using the occasion to dress up as beloved characters from pirates and the doughnut-dispensing Mr. Panda to Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter series.

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The Two-Way
12:41 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Ringling Bros. Says No More Circus Elephants By 2018

Ringling Bros. elephants eat during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey "Pachyderm Picnic" at the BJCC in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday, in January. The circus' parent company announced Thursday that the animals will be phased out of its acts by 2018.
Tamika Moore AL.com/Landov

What's the "Greatest Show On Earth" without elephants? Starting in 2018, anyone attending the iconic Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus act will find out.

Citing public concern about the elephants and how they are treated, the circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment, announced today that it would phase out use of the animals in its shows within three years.

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The Two-Way
12:04 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

U.S. Appeals Court Overturns Gag Order In Mine Disaster Case

Former Massey Energy Company Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship, seen in July 2010, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges associated with the 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 men.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

A federal appeals court has vacated a sweeping gag order in the criminal case involving former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and the 2010 Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster.

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Shots - Health News
11:54 am
Thu March 5, 2015

State Lawmakers Keep Busy While Supreme Court Weighs Obamacare

Latoya Watson of Washington, D.C., cheers during a rally outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, when the justices heard arguments in King v. Burwell.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 1:03 pm

As the nation awaits a Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, lawmakers in many states are moving ahead with a range of Affordable Care Act bills, some of which seek to bolster the law and others that are bent on derailing it.

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