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Presidential Elections In Burundi Delayed

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Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza has rescheduled tomorrow’s presidential election until June 5. The opposition, regional and international leaders had asked for the vote to be postponed until order was restored.

There have been weeks of violent protests against Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office in next month’s presidential election. His party has been accused of launching a campaign of repression against journalists, with reports of his loyalists smashing up media buildings, as well as threatening journalists.

It’s been more than seven decades since USS Oklahoma was bombed by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, yet hundreds of families are still waiting for confirmation that their loved ones were killed in the attack.

Hundreds of graves marked unknown in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific will be exhumed in in hopes of finally identifying the men who were aboard the battleship.

With advances in technology and DNA from family members of the deceased, the military believes they may finally be able to put a name to the graves.

Tiny Houses For The Homeless In Madison, WI

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Madison, Wisconsin, often ranks high on the those “best places to live” lists that come out from time to time.

According to, Wisconsin’s state capital has a hip college atmosphere, great schools and health care and affordable housing – and yet the number of homeless people is on the rise.

Remembering The 'Beautiful Mind' Of John Nash

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Nobel laureate John Nash and his wife Alicia were killed in a car crash in New Jersey yesterday.

Nash’s mathematical genius, his descent into schizophrenia, his wife’s lifetime of support for him, and his eventual return to a life of greater normalcy were portrayed in the 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind.”

Sylvia Nasar, who wrote the book that inspired the film, joins Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins to remember Nash’s life and work.

For the last four years, hundreds of people have volunteered to place American flags on the nearly 60,000 graves at the Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod.

on Saturday, Liz Monahan was there with her daughter and her two grandchildren.

“I thought it would be a nice thing for the kids and it would be a respectful thing to do on Memorial weekend,” Monahan says.

Paul Monti started this Memorial Day tradition. It’s called Operation Flags for Vets. He did it because he wanted to make sure all the graves at this cemetery had flags on them for the holiday.

Because of a record-low snow pack, the foam and chaos of big rapids will be short lived this summer for some rivers in the Sierra Nevada.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, KQED‘s Alice Daniel has this report from a whitewater rafting trip on the Kings River near Fresno, California.

Getting More Flavor At The Grill

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Memorial Day is often considered the start of grilling season. But how do you get more flavor into your meat, fish or vegetables?

We revisit our conversation with Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst about rubs, marinades and what she modestly calls “the best barbecue sauce.”

For recipes, click here.

Amazon is no longer routing its European sales through the low-tax country of Luxembourg, in an effort to cut costs. Instead the American company will pay taxes in individual European countries.

The move comes amid numerous EU investigations into how companies, including Amazon, pay their taxes on the continent.

As Al Jazeera’s Ali Velshi tells Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins, it could significantly increase Amazon’s tax bill.

Not Your Mother's Pot Brownie

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Twenty-three states now allow marijuana for medical use and several others are considering doing the same. Two states including Colorado now allow recreational use of the drug as well.

For people who are sick and use pot to relieve symptoms related to pain, seizures or depression, smoking is often not an option.

The so-called edible market is becoming big business in Colorado, where patients can buy cannabis-infused brownies, truffles and ice cream at their neighborhood dispensary.

Debate Over Seal Hunting In Greenland Resumes

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The Inuit people of Greenland are trying to get a ban on the sale of seal products overturned.

The European Union imposed that ban five years ago, and the Inuit say it has destroyed their livelihoods because it has wiped out the export of seal fur.

The BBC’s Malcolm Brabant reports.

Charter Communications, the No. 4 U.S. cable company, is reportedly close to buying Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest, for $55 billion, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are reporting.

Americans are paying tribute today, Memorial Day, to the sacrifices of service members in the nation's earliest conflicts and the newest.

President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, just outside Washington.

Some 5,000 people were at the grounds of the cemetery, which Obama called "more than a final resting place for fallen heroes." It is, he said, "a reflection of America itself. A reflection of our history, the wars we've waged for democracy, the peace we've laid to preserve it.

ISIS Gains Ground In Iraq And Syria

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ISIS is expanding its control of territory in Iraq and Syria. The militants have now seized the last Syrian-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq.

There are also reports that ISIS has overrun another town in Iraq’s western Anbar province, less than a week after taking control of Ramadi, the provincial capital.

Concerns are mounting about the famous archaeological site at Palmyra in Syria, which ISIS seized a couple of days ago.

As the national debate on whether to raise the minimum wage continues, some adults in Oregon with developmental disabilities are still paid as little as 25 cents an hour.

Now, a group of Oregon lawmakers is trying to change that. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Chris Lehman reports.

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which for many people marks the first real beach weekend of the year. Just in time, a new list of the top 10 public beaches in the U.S. is out, ranked by a man who goes by the name “Dr. Beach.” Taking this year’s top honor: Waimanalo Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.