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In a village outside of Jenin, in the West Bank, Palestinian farmers harvest wheat early and burn the husks to yield the smoky, nutty grain known as freekeh.

Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

In early May, Nasser Abufarha drove through the rural farmlands around Jenin in the northern West Bank and noticed the timeless features of village life. Young boys harvested cauliflower bigger than their heads, a sun-beaten old man passed on foot with a hoe propped against his shoulder and middle-aged women strolled to their modest homes on a path between waving wheat fields.

But there was one new element, says Abufarha, a Palestinian-American businessman and the founder of the largest fair trade exporter for Palestinian produce.

Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable Reach Merger Deal

Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications announced Tuesday that they had reached a merger deal.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, sporting black-rim glasses, speaks at a Pizza Ranch in Sioux Center, Iowa, last week.

With New Look And More Energy, Rick Perry Tries To Move Past 'Oops'

The Rick Perry that Iowans were promised in 2012 may have finally shown up — four years too late.

The former Texas governor's much-heralded first presidential run quickly cratered four years ago, beset by stumbles from a candidate who was still recovering from back surgery and never seemed to find his footing on a national stage.

But last week in campaign stops in Northwest Iowa, the likely GOP presidential hopeful was back to his gregarious, confident self on the first of three days he spent barnstorming a state that could make or break his 2016 comeback hopes.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi finished serving a tax fraud conviction in March.

Italy's Berlusconi Discovers Social Media As A Campaign Tool

Italy holds regional elections on Sunday, and one politician trying to make a comeback is the scandal-plagued former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Taking his cue from Italy's digitally savvy young Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Berlusconi has opened an Instagram account, posting more than 60 photos on the first day alone.

We see Berlusconi posing with trophies of his soccer team, A.C. Milan, addressing rallies, and selfies of the 78-year-old media tycoon with his 29-year-old girlfriend Francesca Pascale — as well as Berlusconi hugging his white poodle Dudu.

A wall of tributes, prayer cards and notes of appreciation from families whose loved ones have been cared for at Madigan Army Medical Center.

A Special Focus On Caring For Vets At The End Of Their Lives

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Caring for the nation's veterans at the end of their lives can be a complex task. Service members — especially combat veterans — can struggle with guilt, abandonment and regret.

A blind visitor to Spain's Prado Museum runs his fingers across a 3-D copy of the Mona Lisa, painted by an apprentice to Leonardo da Vinci. The 'Touching the Prado' exhibit features 3-D versions of the museum's most famous works.

Do Touch The Artwork At Prado's Exhibit For The Blind

It's a warning sign at art museums around the world: "Don't touch the artwork."

But Spain's famous Prado Museum is changing that, with an exhibit where visitors are not only allowed to touch the paintings — they're encouraged to do so.

The Prado has made 3-D copies of some of the most renowned works in its collection — including those by Francisco Goya, Diego Velazquez and El Greco — to allow blind people to feel them.

It's a special exhibit for those who normally can't enjoy paintings.

Thacher Brown stands at the edge of the dune behind his Bay Head, N.J., home in November. Brown, who rebuilt a dune in front of his house after Superstorm Sandy, says he opposes Gov. Chris Christie's plan to widen beaches and build dunes along the state's 127-mile coastline.

Property Owners Throw Cold Water On N.J. Shore Protective Dunes Plan

In 2013, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered state agencies to do whatever it took to build an engineered dune system along the entire Jersey Shore to protect from storms like Sandy.

Most oceanfront property owners have signed the necessary easements and dune-building is finally starting this spring on Long Beach Island.

As the state starts eminent domain proceedings, however, holdouts concerned about personal property rights are refusing to sign over permission to build dunes on their land, leaving a giant hole in the shore's protections as hurricane season approaches.

With the Periscope app, owned by Twitter, it's easy for smartphone users to stream their own video live.

With Live Video Apps Like Periscope, Life Becomes Even Less Private

Cameras are ubiquitous — from the ones in our cellphones to the security cams in parking lots and shops. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video is raising new questions about privacy.

Streaming video cameras aren't new, but new apps have made it super easy to stream from a smartphone. Periscope is popular because it can be streamed on Twitter, which recently purchased the app.

The paper industry struggled in the last decade, but some sectors have fared better than others.

Don't Write Off Paper Just Yet

There's a scene in the television series The Office that says all you need to know about the paper industry's image these days. The sad-sack of a company, Dunder Mifflin, is launching an advertising campaign — and just in time, says one of the sad-sack employees. Whenever he tells people he works for Dunder Mifflin, they assume the company make mufflers or muffins or mittens but "frankly all of those sound better than paper, so I let it slide."

Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald After Arrest For Domestic Violence

The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald today after he was arrested for domestic violence in California – his second arrest in the past nine months.

The Chicago Tribune adds:

"McDonald was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment, the Santa Clara, Calif., police department said. It's the second time since Aug. 31 that he's been arrested as a result of women claiming he assaulted them.

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