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A historic election is set to take place this weekend in one of the world’s most closed countries. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule for more than half a century. But on Sunday, it will hold its first contested national election in 25 years.

Myanmar has been slowly moving towards this moment since 2010, when the longtime military dictatorship began loosening its control over the country.

Spanish-born Salvador Salort-Pons, 45, has moved from curator to new director at the Detroit Institute of Arts, an institution that helped Detroit emerge from bankruptcy and is now looking to grow its operating endowment by $400 million.

Comedian and actress Margaret Cho this week took to social media to talk about a difficult experience from when she was younger. She says that she was raped by an acquaintance and raped and sexually abused by a family member over a period of time.

She started the hashtag #12DaysofRage and is also coming out with a song and video called “I Want to Kill My Rapist.”

Experience what it’s like to live on the Navajo Nation, even if you’re not a native. That’s what one Navajo entrepreneur is advertising. She offers a bed and breakfast, Navajo style. It’s peaceful and rustic. And it’s missing some creature comforts that many would expect from a typical B&B. But as Laurel Morales reports for Fronteras Desk, at Here & Now contributor station KJZZ, it’s booked solid for months.

Donald Trump has blurred the line between entertainment and politics for much of this year’s presidential primary season. He holds up his TV ratings the same way he touts his Republican poll standings, which are either first or second nationally, depending on the poll.

NBC is using Trump’s magnetic draw to its advantage on Saturday; giving him hosting reigns for Saturday Night Live. No other serious contender in a primary has ever hosted before, so this raises ethical questions.

New details on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal are emerging as the Obama administration released a full draft of the agreement Thursday.

Vietnam will extend labor concessions to its workers as part of the deal. The plan would give laborers in the communist country the ability to strike and unionize.

The U.S. Congress now has a window to review the pact. NPR’s Marilyn Geewax discusses the details of the deal with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

The Lake County Sheriff’s office says Fox Lake police lieutenant Charles Gliniewicz staged his own death.

Investigators looking into Gliniewicz’s death say he had embezzled thousand of dollars over seven years from the Fox Lake Police Explorers club, using the money on mortgage payments, travel and adult websites.

Gliniewicz’s death on Sept. 1, drew national attention, after it was believed he was shot in the line of duty. It prompted a manhunt for suspects.

The Associated Press contributed reporting.


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The restaurant chain Chipotle has closed 43 restaurants in the Pacific Northwest after health officials say 37 people were sickened with E. coli bacteria that’s been traced to Chipotle restaurants in Washington and Oregon.

Officials think the bacteria was probably in the fresh produce the restaurant uses.

It’s being called “the world’s most expensive gas station.” In a new report, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction is asking U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter why nearly $43 million was spent to construct a compressed natural gas filling station in Afghanistan.

The report found the project should have cost no more than $500,000. The Department of Defense has said they have no explanation for the enormous costs.

A Think Tank Analyst Wants To Fight Putin

Nov 3, 2015

We are used to seeing Russian President Vladimir Putin shirtless on horseback, toting a rifle, easily taking down martial arts opponents. Well, a think tank analyst says Putin’s carefully crafted image is phony and affects how the rest of the world responds to his actions.

After some murmurs that the online retail giant would do so, Amazon opens its first brick and mortar store, a bookstore, Tuesday in Seattle’s University Village. Barnes & Noble closed its store in this area in 2011, facing pressure from online retailers just like Amazon.

Jason Bellini of the Wall Street Journal speaks with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about why the online giant is opening a physical store.

Gaping Gash Opens Up In Wyoming Mountains

Nov 2, 2015

Wyoming, home to Yellowstone National Park, is known for spectacular geological phenomena.

Recently, a huge fissure in the Earth –about 750 yards long and 50 yards wide — was discovered in the Bighorn Mountains in north-central Wyoming. It’s being called “The Crack” or “The Gash.”

Chicken has become more widely consumed than beef in the United States. That’s no surprise to Here & Now Resident Chef Kathy Gunst.

As she tells Jeremy Hobson, chicken adapts to many flavors and to “whatever cuisine you love: there’s French coq au vin, there’s Italian chicken marsala, there’s chicken piccata, there’s chicken curries, chicken pad thai, we could go on and on.”

Gunst shares her recipes for chicken piccata, three-cup chicken, and roast chicken with lemon and roasted garlic-herb butter.

Thousands of refugees are flooding across borders in southeastern Europe by foot, bus and train, nearly all of them trying to make their way to Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and other northern European countries.

Despite the impending winter, the number of people making the journey does not appear to be slowing down.