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Justice for Jon

“I am Jon Wieseler’s mom, or I was.” A mother finds it hard to talk about her child in the past tense. “Jon was the best son ever.” A bond between the two still alive, even after death. “He was so good.” Linda Wieseler’s voice strains because of pure emotion mixed with a medical condition. “I have what is sporadic dysphonia. It causes a tremor with my vocal cords.” Jon Wiesel er graduated from North High School in 2001, got his law degree from Iowa, then followed a different path, by...

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3.2 Beer at the Buckaroo

Feast Your Eyes is the name of a new book that tells the story of a young woman — Lillian Preston — who ventures to New York City in the 1950s, absolutely determined to be a photographer. The book is set up as if it's a catalogue accompanying her posthumous show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The supposed catalogue describes 118 photos — but we don't see a single one, because Lillian Preston is fictional, and entirely believable. She's the creation of author Myla Goldberg, who says that while Lillian is fictional, a lot of her photos are real.

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Kanye West has been rapping about God from early in his career, hearkening back to one of his first hits, "Jesus Walks" off his debut album, 2004's The College Dropout.

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A secretive group of scientists who advise the government on everything from spy satellites to nuclear weapons is scrambling to find a sponsor after the Pentagon abruptly ended its contract late last month.

The group, known as the Jasons, will run out of money at the end of April. The Department of Defense says that the group's advice is no longer needed, but independent experts say it's never been more relevant, and worry the department is throwing away a valuable resource.

The Trump administration is postponing controversial plans to greatly expand oil and gas drilling off of the nation's coasts, following a recent setback in court and months of pushback from coastal communities.

Last month, a federal judge in Alaska ruled that President Trump exceeded his authority when he signed an executive order to lift an Obama-era ban on oil and gas drilling in parts of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

The grounding of Boeing's troubled 737 Max aircraft could pinch U.S. economic growth, some analysts say, but the government reported Thursday that aircraft orders were strong enough last month to lift a key indicator.

Orders for durable goods jumped 2.7% in March, fueled in part by strong demand for commercial aircraft. The Commerce Department reported that orders for civilian aircraft soared 31%.

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A federal court in Michigan says the state's Republican-controlled legislature unfairly drew some of the state's state legislative and U.S. House district lines and that a divided government will have to come up with new boundaries.

A panel of three judges said 27 of 34 challenged districts diluted the weight of people's votes, and that every challenged district is unconstitutional.

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