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Ireland's first gay marriage possible by July, minister says

AP Top news - 14 hours 30 min ago
Ireland's first gay marriage possible by July, minister says Associated Press - 25 May 2015 13:32-04:00 News Topics: General news, Gays and lesbians, Same sex marriage, Same sex couples, Marriage, Family issues, Social affairs, Gay rights, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Couples, Relationships, Lifestyle People, Places and Companies: Ireland Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges

AP Entertainment News - 14 hours 41 min ago
Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges Associated Press - 25 May 2015 13:21-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Television programs, Entertainment, Drug trafficking, Drug-related crime, Fugitives, Drug cartels, Extradition, Legal proceedings, Court decisions, Government and politics, Crime, Smuggling, Law and order, Organized crime People, Places and Companies: Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria, Orange Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington

AP Politics - 14 hours 52 min ago
Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington Associated Press - 25 May 2015 13:10-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Memorial Day, Funerals and memorial services, Veterans, Motorcycling, Holidays, Occasions, Lifestyle, Outdoor recreation, Recreation and leisure People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Jack Dalrymple, Ashton Carter, United States, Virginia, Afghanistan, North Dakota Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Fewer students study botany, more plant collections closing

AP US News - 14 hours 52 min ago
Fewer students study botany, more plant collections closing Associated Press - 25 May 2015 13:10-04:00 News Topics: General news, Botany, Higher education, Botanical gardens, Biology, Medical research, Science, Education, Social affairs, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle, Health People, Places and Companies: Arkansas, Little Rock, Missouri Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Faith No More marks return with 1st album in 18 years, tour

AP Entertainment News - 14 hours 53 min ago
Faith No More marks return with 1st album in 18 years, tour Associated Press - 25 May 2015 13:09-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Music, Entertainment Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

From The Archives: Deb Vanasse on Getting the Distance

49 Writers - 15 hours 2 min ago
Sit down, and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer.  But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.  ~Colette
I love revising. Really. But it’s hard, and harder still to teach. If you don’t believe me, plant yourself among inspired third graders with their freshly penned stories and try to get them to change anything.
You give a nice concise pep talk, including show and tell from your own work. Revision is important! Revision is hard! But you can do it! A child raises her hand. “What if I don’t want to change anything?” 
Confident in the power of metaphor, you reach for a few to counter the resistance. It’s like putting on 3-D glasses – when you revise, your story looks different. It’s like your room – it gets a little messy sometimes. But it’s important. You can do it. The same child raises her hand. “What if I like it just the way it is?”
Within us all is a vestigial third grader, happy with our efforts, not so keen on changing anything of substance. Like the third grader, we’re already attached to the structure, the characters, the way the narrative unfolds. Besides, big changes mean big work.
We know we have to go the distance with our projects. We also have to get distance from them. We have to set love and admiration aside (that stunning metaphor! that clever character!) so we can spot flaws and ease them out of our work. We have to silence our inner third graders and take a pragmatic stance. We have to be our own kind and reasonable readers, appreciating what’s done well while questioning everything that’s not.
We approach other books pragmatically, with both kindness and reason. We note what other writers do well, from the sentence level to the whole structure. We note what could have been done better. As writer-readers, we train ourselves to zoom in and out of the prose. But approaching our own work with this stance is tougher than it seems. We want so very much for our writing to be beautiful and whole and perfect. 
It’s critical to slow down. When you revise, you must be your own book doctor. First the diagnosis, then the treatment. Start by letting your project cool. When you pick it up to begin revision, find a way to see it in a different physical format. Changing the font and spacing helps. Even better – make it look like a book. 
One of the best uses I’ve found for my Kindle is uploading work for a revision read. Not only do I get to see it in a different format, but I also can’t change it as I go. This prevents me from jumping right into treatment, which promotes a narrow view as I zoom in on a particular area and apply my fix. Instead, I’m forced to use the e-reader’s highlighting tool to mark places that need my attention, and to make separate notes about what’s not working, as well as noting the places I want to expand and contract. It’s more cumbersome than fix and go, fix and go - the Jiffy Lube revision. But that’s the point. 
Third graders are great fun. But they’re still equipping themselves for life. Getting the distance for tough, meaningful revision is a skill we must make ourselves grow into. Pragmatic, kind, reasonable – that’s the reader you want to be when you revise. And there’s plenty of good in that approach, even beyond the page. “I think back to your class a lot,” a grown-up student recently wrote me. “I feel like I learned some life skills along with editing skills--the ‘pragmatic stance’ that is so enabling; imagining a kind and reasonable reader--what wonderful stuff!”
Try This: Resist the urge to be efficient. When you’re done with a draft, put it away and work on something else for a few weeks or even a few months. When you pick it up again, change the format – play with the font and the spacing, or convert to an ebook. As a kind and reasonable reader, diagnose before you treat. In a separate document – a reading journal - note what works and what doesn’t. Then read over all your notes, assume a pragmatic stance, and start your revision.
Check This Out: Your left brain is a censor, but you need its analytic prowess when it comes to revision. How to juggle the creative and the analytic? The classic text is Henriette Anne Klauser’s Writing on Both Sides of the Brain. 
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Launching campaign, Sanders appeals to party's Warren wing

AP Politics - 15 hours 5 min ago
Launching campaign, Sanders appeals to party's Warren wing Associated Press - 25 May 2015 12:57-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, Presidential elections, 2016 United States Presidential Election, National elections, Elections People, Places and Companies: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, New Hampshire, Vermont, Burlington, Portsmouth Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Twister kills 10 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas

AP US News - 15 hours 9 min ago
Twister kills 10 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas Associated Press - 25 May 2015 12:53-04:00 News Topics: General news, Property damage, Weather, Floods, Disaster planning and response, Natural disasters, Tornadoes, Accidents and disasters, Missing persons, Storms, Trees, Plants People, Places and Companies: Texas, San Marcos, Mexico, Del Rio, Houston, Oklahoma Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Independent candidate rides hated of politics in Mexico

AP Top news - 15 hours 28 min ago
Independent candidate rides hated of politics in Mexico Associated Press - 25 May 2015 12:34-04:00 News Topics: General news, Municipal governments, Political corruption, Campaign finance, Political assassinations, Government and politics, Legislature, Drug cartels, Political organizations, Local governments, Political issues, Campaigns, Elections, Assassinations, Drug-related crime, Crime, Organized crime People, Places and Companies: Vicente Fox, Felipe Calderon, Hugo Chavez, Mexico, Mexico City Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Latest: French Open loses its youngest man, teen Tiafoe

AP Sports News - 15 hours 52 min ago
PARIS (AP) — 1:35 p.m. 2015-05-25T03:38:00-04:00 2015-05-25T07:38:31-04:00

The Latest: Carl Edwards wins NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

AP Sports News - 15 hours 52 min ago
The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks: 2015-05-24T19:43:00-04:00 2015-05-24T23:43:47-04:00

Carl Edwards races to first victory for new JGR team

AP Sports News - 15 hours 52 min ago
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Carl Edwards was as much relieved as he was excited to win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After all, joining Joe Gibbs Racing means big expectations that he hadn't met this season before the Coca-Cola 600. 2015-05-24T22:39:00-04:00 2015-05-25T02:39:49-04:00

FRENCH OPEN LOOKAHEAD: American teen Tiafoe makes Slam debut

AP Sports News - 15 hours 52 min ago
PARIS (AP) — When Frances Tiafoe steps on Court 5 at the French Open for his Grand Slam main-draw debut Monday, he'll be the first 17-year-old American man to play in the clay-court tournament since 1989, when Pete Sampras and Michael Chang did it. 2015-05-24T22:37:00-04:00 2015-05-25T02:37:45-04:00

Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects

AP Health News - 15 hours 52 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. 2015-05-22T09:30:00-04:00 2015-05-22T13:30:11-04:00

California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

AP US News - 16 hours 4 min ago
California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought Associated Press - 25 May 2015 11:58-04:00 News Topics: Business, Food and drink, General news, Lifestyle, Government and politics, Science, Small business, Weather forecasts, Weather, Droughts, Water rights, Water conservation and preservation, Emergency management, Municipal governments, Disaster planning and response, Cotton farming, Desalination, Water use, Natural disasters, Accidents and disasters, Water management, Water environment, Environment, Environment and nature, Natural resource management, Environmental conservation and preservation, Local governments, Crop farming, Agriculture, Industries, Water treatment People, Places and Companies: Jerry Brown, John Laird, Australia, California, Sydney, San Francisco Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave

AP Business News - 16 hours 23 min ago
In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave Associated Press - 25 May 2015 11:39-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Hiring and recruitment, Government programs, Personal spending, Employee benefits, State legislature, Legislature, Obituaries, Legislation, Government and politics, Personnel, Personal finance, State governments People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mitch McConnell, Rhode Island, Providence, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave

AP US News - 16 hours 23 min ago
In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave Associated Press - 25 May 2015 11:39-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Hiring and recruitment, Government programs, Personal spending, Employee benefits, State legislature, Legislature, Obituaries, Legislation, Government and politics, Personnel, Personal finance, State governments People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mitch McConnell, Rhode Island, Providence, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

French president revives political duo with his ex

AP Top news - 16 hours 38 min ago
French president revives political duo with his ex Associated Press - 25 May 2015 11:24-04:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Presidential elections, National elections, Elections People, Places and Companies: Francois Hollande, Hillary Clinton, Nicolas Sarkozy, Al Gore, France, Paris, Caribbean Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Rolling Stones kick off 'Zip Code' stadium tour in San Diego

AP Entertainment News - 16 hours 50 min ago
Rolling Stones kick off 'Zip Code' stadium tour in San Diego Associated Press - 25 May 2015 11:12-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Music, Entertainment, Rock music People, Places and Companies: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Gary Clark Jr., Greg Taylor, San Diego, California Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave

AP Business News - 16 hours 56 min ago
In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave Associated Press - 25 May 2015 11:06-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Rhode Island Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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