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Grocery shopping has become a bit more complicated as stores offer a variety of choices. What is the difference between organic and conventional produce? What about the benefits of shopping at a farmer's market? Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Jenifer Tharani visited with us this week to better inform us of our options.

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Dr. Margarita Echeverri is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy. She serves as the Educational Coordinator in Health Disparities, Cultural Diversity Competence, and Health Literacy in the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education at the university and this week, we spoke with Dr. Echeverri about the development of her career and how it lead to her health disparity research efforts. 

Author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña have come together to create Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide, a poetic graphic biography about renowned Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide and her adventures around the world. We had the opportunity of speaking with the two of them and discussed what into the making behind this wonderful book.

Grocery shopping has become a bit more complicated as stores offer a variety of choices. What is the difference between organic and conventional produce? What about the benefits of shopping at a farmer's market? Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Jenifer Tharani visited with us this week to better inform us of our options. 

Singer, actress and community leader Laura Tate is adding another title to her resume — philanthropist.  Laura will headline a benefit concert for the new arts fund that bears her name at 8pm Saturday, June 2 in the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater. Laura will be backed by her LA Band, and will perform a wide-ranging repertoire that spans Broadway hits, pop standards, blues, rock and country.

Carlos Corral is creating more opportunities to showcase films made in the borderland and filmmakers from the borderland.  He’s created the El Paso Film Festival, a new festival that hopes to bring the best from the El Paso area to the big screen, while also showcasing emerging indie filmmakers from around the country, and perhaps the world. 

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The president of the University of Southern California, C.L. Max Nikias, is stepping down, according to an announcement by the university's Board of Trustees. The resignation comes as USC is embroiled in a series of scandals that have tarnished the public image of the prestigious private institution in Los Angeles.

Bay mussels in Washington's Puget Sound have tested positive for trace amounts of oxycodone, providing more evidence that the opioid prescription medication is truly ubiquitous.

Researchers at the Puget Sound Institute who analyzed the mussels said the discovery of pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs in harbors in the Seattle and Bremerton areas is not uncommon — but the organization noted this is the first time that opioids have been found in local shellfish.

Police in Nebraska say they've seized 118 pounds of pure fentanyl — one of the largest seizures in U.S. history, they say, and enough to kill more than 26 million people, according to government estimates.

Nebraska State Patrol troopers say they seized the drugs during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Kearney on April 26, but at the time suspected most of the powder to be cocaine.

Several people were injured, a few critically, after two men set off a bomb inside an Indian restaurant near Toronto.

The Peel Regional Police said they received a call at 10:32 p.m. ET after two men detonated an improvised explosive device inside the Bombay Bhel restaurant in the city of Mississauga.

The asteroid impact that ended the age of the dinosaurs also released so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that the planet warmed up by about 5 degrees Celsius — and the hot spell persisted for roughly 100,000 years.

That's according to a new study in the journal Science that offers a cautionary tale about how Earth's climate will react to the carbon dioxide that's being pumped into the atmosphere now by the burning of fossil fuels.

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Have those words crept — burst! — into your vocabulary in the past couple of years?

Any president has an impact on public rhetoric. But the influence of what I'll call Trumptalk, derived from the president's frequent tweets, may be even more communicable.

Sarcastic nicknames! Punchy phrases! Staccato sentences! Exclamation points scattered like bowling pins! We all talk like that now!

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In a high-stakes game of nuclear diplomacy, President Trump has dealt another wild card. As he boarded a helicopter today, the president told reporters that a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which he canceled only yesterday, could soon be back on.

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Ireland votes today on the repeal of their Eighth Amendment, which bans almost all types of abortion. The vote comes as citizens grapple with the role of the Catholic Church in the country.

Saudi Arabia is cracking down again on gender equality activists, just weeks before a ban on women driving is supposed to be lifted. At least 11 activists were arrested for, in part, “undermining stability” and “suspicious contact with foreign parties,” according to the BBC.

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This week, President Donald Trump canceled a planned summit with North Korea. “The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth,” he wrote. (The commemorative coins are still available, though.)

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The quarterly earnings calls of public companies, when the management speaks to financial analysts, are rarely noteworthy events.

By convention and regulatory requirement, the managers try not to say anything new that might rattle the company's share prices. Meanwhile, analysts representing financial institutions often lead their questions with obsequious comments.

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The White House had an unexpected visitor this week, actor Sylvester Stallone. He stood by President Trump as the president announced a posthumous pardon for legendary boxer Jack Johnson.

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If Stonehenge Monument were an ice cream, it would be a delicious bowl of vanilla blended with bits of oats and hazelnuts and honey swirls.

At least according to Hannah Spiegelman, a small-batch ice cream maker in Baltimore who explores the sweet — as well as salty, spicy and even a little nutty — sides of historical people and places through A Sweet History, her blog, Instagram feed and occasional pop-up stand of the same name.

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Retta is best known for her role as Donna on the hit comedy Parks and Recreation. And she has just published a book of essays called So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know.

Retta is currently starring in NBC's series Good Girls, so we've invited her to play a game called: "Good boy, that's a good boy!" Three questions about doggies who have been on their best behavior.

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At least according to Hannah Spiegelman, a small-batch ice cream maker in Baltimore who explores the sweet — as well as salty, spicy and even a little nutty — sides of historical people and places through A Sweet History, her blog, Instagram feed and occasional pop-up stand of the same name.

Add another twist to a topsy-turvy week of diplomacy with North Korea. South Korea's presidential Blue House announced Saturday that earlier in the day, President Moon Jae-in held a secret summit meeting with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, in an effort to keep diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang alive.

"The two leaders frankly exchanged their opinions on implementing the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration [which the two struck in April at their first historic summit] and for the successful staging of a U.S.-NK summit," Blue House spokesman Yoon Young-chan said.

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