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Emilio Navaira during the 4th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Miami in 2003. The musician has died at the age of 53.

Tejano Music Legend Emilio Navaira Dies At 53

Emilio Navaira, a legend in the Tejano music scene, has died at 53.

Navaira was found unconscious at his home on Monday night, according to police in New Braunfels, Texas. Police say he appears to have died of natural causes.

The singer — known to many as simply "Emilio" — was famous in both the U.S. and Mexico. He was a Tejano superstar who shared the stage with Selena several times and became the most prominent figure in the genre after Selena's death.

An Iraqi man displays steel pellets at the site of a suicide bombing Tuesday in the Shaab area of Baghdad.

4 Blasts In Baghdad Kill Scores Of People

More than 68 people have died in Baghdad after four separate bombing attacks on Tuesday, most targeting predominately Shiite neighborhoods.

NPR's Alison Meuse reports that an IED detonated and a female suicide bomber blew herself up in a crowded market in the eastern neighborhood of Al-Shaab. More than two dozen people died in that attack, according to The Associated Press.

A male suicide bomber struck another neighborhood near Al-Shaab, Alison reports.

A First: Pell Grants For High School Students Who Take College Classes

The U.S. Education Department said this week it will make Pell Grants available to 10,000 high school students who are enrolled in courses at 44 colleges.

It's an ambitious experiment aimed at closing the attainment gap between rich and poor students in higher education. The Obama administration wants to give students a head start on college.

The new program will allow high school students in 23 states to access up to $20 million in federal money to pay for a semester of college credit.

Libyans are wary, but are enjoying a bit of normalcy at the new cafes that have sprung up in the past few months.

In The Midst Of Libya's Turmoil, New Cafes Spring Up To 'Change The Mood'

In the best of times, opening a new restaurant is risky. But doing it in Libya – where political conflict and economic crisis have reigned since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was toppled in 2011 — takes true courage.

Ron Nielsen, a retired airline pilot, tells his class of fearful fliers in Southern California that crying can be a useful emotional release. If that's what they need to do, he tells them, "let 'er rip!"

Hollywood Jet Gives Fearful Fliers The Courage To Soar

The jet sitting at Air Hollywood's studio near the Burbank airport in Southern California was once the charter plane of the Los Angeles Lakers. These days, it serves a much different role — mostly as the set for movies and TV commercials.

But the group walking on board the day I recently visited wasn't there to film a scene. They were part of a two-day class for fearful fliers.

For participant Ronnie Michel, it was the first time in six years that he'd seen the inside of a plane.

SignAloud gloves translate sign language into text and speech.

These Gloves Offer A Modern Twist On Sign Language

For years, inventors have been trying to convert some sign language words and letters into text and speech.

In some parts of the country, this might require bug spray.

Who Should Be Worried About Zika And What Should They Do?

Mosquito season is just getting underway. And many parts of the country have mosquitoes that could potentially transmit Zika.

Health officials expect to see cases here in the next few weeks. So we decided to figure out who needs to break out the bug spray and what other precautions they should take.

By now, you've probably heard that pregnant women — and those trying to get pregnant — face the biggest danger when it comes to Zika. The virus can cause devastating brain damage in fetuses at any point during a pregnancy.

Navy veteran Amanda Wirtz looks through her correspondence with the Veteran's Choice program. After the VA couldn't get her an appointment with a specialist, it sent her to the Choice program. But it still took several months for her to get an appointment.

How Congress And The VA Left Many Veterans Without A 'Choice'

NPR — together with member stations from across the country — has been reporting on troubles with the Veterans Choice program, a $10 billion plan created by Congress two years ago to squash long wait times veterans were encountering when going to see a doctor. But as we reported in March, this fix needs a fix.

When It Comes To Economic Election Prediction Models, It's A Mixed Bag

Most election prediction models that try to forecast who's going to win the presidency take into account some measure of how the economy is doing. That's because generally if it's going strong in the six months or so before the election, history suggests the party currently in the White House will win. If the economy stinks, the party not in the White House takes over.

But, what if the economy is just so-so like it is now?

Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for fiction Han Kang, right, and her translator who shares the prize, Deborah Smith, following the award ceremony in London. They received the award for the novel, <em>The Vegetarian</em>.

'The Vegetarian' Wins Man Booker International Prize For Fiction

South Korean author Han Kang was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for fiction for her dark novel The Vegetarian at a London ceremony on Monday.

The novel, Han's first to be translated into English, is about a woman who decides to stop eating meat and wants to become a tree. Her decision has devastating consequences and raises concerns among family members that she is mentally ill.

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