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Years Later, Randy Neman's Song About Hurricane Katrina Is Still Poignant

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans — a city that's captured the imagination of so many musicians. In 2005, Renee Montagne talked to Randy Newman about a song he wrote after the storm.

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Latest Violence Threatens Attempts To Rebuild Ferguson, Mo.

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

Much of the St. Louis region remains on edge after violence earlier this week marred the anniversary of Michael Brown's shooting death. Night protests have re-emerged, and with them the tensions between police and some protesters.

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Mail-Order Music Giant Columbia House Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

The music and movie subscription company has been called "the Spotify of the '80s." Columbia House moved exclusively to DVDs but could not stay afloat in an industry crowded with streaming services.

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Wyoming Boom Town Worries Less Demand For Coal Will Darken Its Future

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

In Wyoming, the coal mining town of Gillette is booming. The mines in the Powder River Basin around Gillette produce almost 40 percent of the nation's coal, supplying power plants in 29 states. But under the Obama administration's new regulations for carbon emissions from power plants, demand for coal is expected to plummet. And that's bad news for Gillette.

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In Foreign Policy Speech, Jeb Bush Criticizes Obama, Clinton

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush outlined his strategy to combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS. In a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California Tuesday night, Bush blamed the Obama administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the growth ISIS has experienced.

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Florida Gulf Coast Mystery: What Did The Birds On Seahorse Key Vanish?

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

It used to be Seahorse Key was the largest bird colony on Florida's Gulf Coast, home to up to 20,000 nests. Now silence has replaced the din of noisy nesting birds and researchers are puzzled.

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Seattle Declares War On Hookah Lounges

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

Hookahs are the Middle-Eastern water pipes used for smoking flavored tobacco. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says hookah smokers risk cancer, and the city believes the lounges are also magnets for crime.

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Before Humans Showed Up, Huge Animals Were The Norm

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

In Earth's history, there have been some incredibly large animals that look sort of like animals we have today, just a lot bigger. In North America, there was a sloth that was the size of an elephant.

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Clinton Team To Release Private Email Server She Used As Secretary Of State

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

In addition to the server, Hillary Clinton will also provide a USB drive holding copies of the 30,000 emails she has turned over to the State Department. The action is unlikely to quiet her critics.

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Obama Hopes To Seize Momentum For Criminal Justice Reform

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:05am

"Frankly, we've done a pretty good job on some big pieces of business, which then allows me also to focus on some issues that we might have been working on quietly," Obama told NPR.

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'Little House On The Prairie' Actress Runs For Congress. Can She Win?

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:03am

Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert is running for a congressional seat in Michigan. She's the latest in a long line of celebrities with political aspirations.

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Deford: When 'Deflategate' Dust Settles, Put Goodell Out To Pasture

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:01am

As NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and star quarterback Tom Brady head to court over "deflategate," commentator Frank Deford says it's time for Goodell to be replaced in the league's front office.

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NFL's Effort To Combat Domestic Violence May Go For The Long Game

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 3:50am

Last year's domestic violence scandal in the NFL spurred the league into action on an issue critics said had gone ignored for years. The problem continues — and so do the efforts to fight it.

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Brazil's Mediums Channel Dead Artists. Is It Worship Or Just Delusion?

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 3:39am

Mediums say they can tap into the spirits of famous artists and authors to create new works. In other countries, it might be called fraud. But in Brazil, it's considered a form of religious worship.

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Tourists Off Australia's Coast Spot Rare Albino Whale

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 6:18am

A white humpback whale emerged from the blue water. One dazzled tourist told local news, "It was just traveling along, cool as a cucumber, white as snow."

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Facebook Probes How Posts And Comments Express Laughter

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 6:03am

The company looked specifically at haha, hehe, LOL and of course some kind of happy emoji. The winner: Haha is used most frequently. The emoji is in second place followed by hehe.

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Cumberland Caverns: A Subterranean Concert Venue In Tennessee

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:01am

Concert venues come in a variety of shapes and sizes. But generally they're either outside or inside, rarely underground. We go into the depths of Tennessee's Cumberland Caverns, which has hosted shows by Americana and bluegrass acts from Jason Isbell to Old Crow Medicine Show.

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Donald Trump's On Again Off Again Relationship With Fox News

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:01am

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been feuding with Fox News since last week's GOP debate. Trump has repeatedly attacked Fox and anchor Megyn Kelly. The debate earned Fox News record ratings, and despite the clash, no outlet has done more of late to present Trump as a serious thinker than Fox.

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HBO's 'Hard Knocks' Takes Fans Inside Houston Texans' Training Camp

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:01am

The NFL Films show "Hard Knocks" kicks off its 10th season Tuesday night on HBO. The show goes behind the scenes at an NFL team's training camp, and this year, it's the Houston Texans under the spotlight.

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Displaced By Hurricane Katrina, Many Storm Victims Left Home For Good

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:01am

When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, it shattered lives and homes. Tens of thousands of people evacuated as the storm approached. Many of them returned to New Orleans, but others have made a new life elsewhere.

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