Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In this story the Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.

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The Washington Nationals lead the Houston Astros 8-2 after seven innings in Game 2 of the 2019 World Series in Houston.

The Nationals broke open what had been a pitcher's duel with six runs in the 7th inning as Washington sent ten batters to the plate.

The Nationals opened the game by scoring two runs with a walk and a single, followed by a double by third baseman Anthony Rendon off of Astros ace Justin Verlander.

Updated at 8:45 p.m. ET

President Trump has told Republican allies in the Senate that he would like to nominate immigration hard-liner Ken Cuccinelli as his next Homeland Security secretary, but has said he does not believe Republican Senate leaders would back the choice, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia, has made enemies in his own party. He used to lead a group that raised money to challenge incumbent Republican senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. has begun to cut power to about 179,000 customers in 17 counties in Northern California.

Florida's Senate voted Wednesday to confirm the removal of Scott Israel from his position as sheriff of Broward County. In January, days after being sworn in, Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Israel, charging him with incompetence and dereliction of duty for actions before and after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last year.

As autoworkers at General Motors plants around the country vote this week on whether to accept a new contract, workers elsewhere see an opportunity to demand their own chance in the driver's seat.

The U.S. is enjoying a record-long economic boom, but workers' slice of the pie has barely increased. After decades of relative silence, newly emboldened workers are increasingly vocal in demanding higher pay and better working conditions.

The new movie Black and Blue is a thriller about a woman who tries to straddle a divide between two groups of people: African Americans and the police.

The New Orleans police officer who tries to bridge these worlds is Alicia West, played by Naomie Harris. In the movie's opening scene, she's going for a run, wearing a hoodie, when cops stop her for questioning. It turns rough, but while they're searching her, they find her police badge.

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Autoworkers at General Motors plants around the country are voting this week on whether to accept a new contract. The GM strike, now in its sixth week, is one of the biggest in recent history, but it's not unique. Over the last two years, hundreds of thousands of teachers, nurses and factory workers have walked off the job, demanding higher pay and better working conditions. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

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Autoworkers at General Motors plants around the country are voting this week on whether to accept a new contract. The GM strike, now in its sixth week, is one of the biggest in recent history, but it's not unique. Over the last two years, hundreds of thousands of teachers, nurses and factory workers have walked off the job, demanding higher pay and better working conditions. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

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UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Chanting) CTU.

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Autoworkers at General Motors plants around the country are voting this week on whether to accept a new contract. The GM strike, now in its sixth week, is one of the biggest in recent history, but it's not unique. Over the last two years, hundreds of thousands of teachers, nurses and factory workers have walked off the job, demanding higher pay and better working conditions. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

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UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Chanting) CTU.

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