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Tennis legend John McEnroe made news this week when he told NPR that if Serena Williams “played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.” McEnroe’s fans won’t be surprised by his strong opinions.

But in his new book, “But Seriously,” a more nuanced McEnroe emerges: a calmer, more introspective and at times sentimental version of his still-opinionated self. The book is full of tennis lore, but also a look at his other interests and passions — from art to music to family.

The World's Ugliest Dog competition is a lie, or at least misleadingly named. Foldover skin, permanently protruding tongues, untameable wiry hair — those dogs are adorable and anyone who says otherwise has no heart. Noise-rock, on the other hand, thrives on ugly. It is the parasitic, shape-shifting monster of music, and Couch Slut is here to explosively mutate into a creature from The Thing.

If you've never heard of Alexander von Humboldt, a once world-renowned Prussian scientist who predicted man-made climate change in 1800 and was an adviser to President Thomas Jefferson, then a New Hampshire distillery is aiming to change that, one glass at a time.

Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET

Senate Republican leaders face a very narrow path to passing their health care bill, which they have said must happen this week, and President Trump is working to twist some arms on Tuesday.

Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas tweeted on Monday morning, "I am closing the door. We need to do it this week before double digit premium increases are announced for next year."

A large and coordinated malware attack hit key parts of Ukraine's infrastructure Tuesday, taking a toll on government agencies, electric grids, stores, and banks. The ransomware called Petya is also being reported in other countries — and security experts warn that it could spread globally, raising fears of another global attack like the WannaCry outbreak that struck in May.

There are also concerns that this version of Petya may include new elements that make it even harder to stop.

States are not doing enough to improve safety on the roads, in the workplace and in the home, according to a new report from the National Safety Council.

The group, which graded all 50 states on safety, awarded no state an "A" grade for overall safety, but 11 states received an "F."

Tim Westergren, the co-founder of Pandora who returned to the company's chief executive seat last year after the exit of Brian McAndrews, is leaving the company he started over 17 years ago, it was announced this morning. He will resign his position as chief executive and exit the company's board of directors.

Big Hush's first two cassettes are full of quiet songs played loud. With members from Pygmy Lush and Flasher, the D.C.-based band features (appropriately) hushed vocals from all four members, cooing over a messy, punk-sick shoegaze. It can, from songs that read as intimately as notes passed between friends, make for quite the harmony-riddled racket.

The Congressional Budget Office released its assessment of the Senate health care bill Monday, showing it would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026.

NPR’s Scott Horsley (@HorsleyScott) joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss where the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act stands.

Steve Earle moved to Nashville when he was 19 years old and fell under the spell of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and other members of the so-called “Outlaw” movement. They chafed under the restrictions they felt were placed on country artists. So they started to make records the way they wanted to.

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