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9:26 am
Sat May 2, 2015

All Tapped Out In A Tiny California Town

Thelma Williams' Fairmead home has been without running water for seven years. She showers at her parents' home nearby and fills up eight five-gallon jugs to bring home.
Ezra David Romero NPR

Around the tiny rural community of Fairmead, Calif., about an hour north of Fresno on Highway 99, hundreds of one-story houses on small ranches stretch out for miles.

The ground is mostly brown, parched by California's recent drought. But beneath the surface, this mostly African-American community in the San Joaquin Valley has been going dry for years.

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of 'Wexford' Books, Dies At 85

A September 1995 photo shows Ruth Rendell, in London. The prolific crime writer died Saturday at the age of 85.
Max Nash AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 1:05 pm

British mystery and crime writer Ruth Rendell — one of the most prolific authors in the genre, with more than 60 novels — has died at age 85 following a stroke in January, her publisher said in a statement.

"It is with great sadness that the family of author Ruth Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, announce that she passed away in London at 8am on Saturday 2 May, aged 85. The family have requested privacy at this time," Hutchison said in the statement.

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The Two-Way
8:33 am
Sat May 2, 2015

May Day Protesters, Police Clash In Seattle

Police officers arrest a man during a May Day march, on Friday, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 1:06 pm

May Day protests in Seattle turned violent, with police firing pepper spray and flash bang grenades to disperse demonstrators — including some wearing all black — who hurled rocks and other objects at authorities.

The Seattle Times reports:

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The Two-Way
7:46 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Baltimore Activists Hold 'Victory Rally' After Charges In Gray Death

Protesters march from the Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray was arrested, to City Hall on Saturday in Baltimore.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 1:56 pm

Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET

Hundreds in Baltimore began a "victory rally" to celebrate a decision by the city's top prosecutor to charge six officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, the young black man who died from a spinal injury he sustained in police custody.

The rally began at 2 p.m. in the West Baltimore neighborhood where Gray lived and was making its way to City Hall.

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6:59 am
Sat May 2, 2015

For Advertisers, Baby Boomers Are A Market Hiding In Plain Sight

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 9:26 am

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