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Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:40am

The nation's first black U.S. attorney general had a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, sentencing reforms and battles with congressional Republicans.

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Animal Instincts

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

Redemption is nigh for returning contestants who have reached the final round. Whose instincts about names containing animals (Snoop Dogg) will lead to victory?

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

Step up to the mound — every answer in this game is a word, phrase or proper noun that also contains a baseball term. Catch my drift?

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Worst. Vacation. Ever.

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

The world's a lonely planet, so why not turn to the Internet to figure out which spots need company. Try to guess which famous landmarks are depicted in these less-than-positive TripAdvisor reviews.

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I Saw The Signs

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

Signs, signs, everywhere signs! House musician Jonathan Coulton sings "The Sign" by evil Swedish pop wizards Ace of Base, with rewritten lyrics that hint to actual signs, signals and omens.

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Playground Nationals

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

Don't you wish that the games you played as a kid were announced by professional sportscasters? In this game, try to figure out the playground classic as called from the skybox.

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Richard Branson Thinks Employees Should Have Unlimited Vacation

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

The British billionaire and Virgin Group founder has long been a business revolutionary, but his latest venture is raising a few eyebrows.

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John Cameron Mitchell: New Hollywood Film Buff

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

Hedwig is about forging a singular identity from two different elements. We test Mitchell's encyclopedic knowledge of 'New Hollywood' films by mashing up titles of classic films that share a word.

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Random Questions With: John Cameron Mitchell

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

The Tony Award-winner is best known for creating the story of a transgender punk-rock star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In this game, we remove the make-up and discover the man under the wig.

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Bill Simmons' NFL Talk Gets Him Three Weeks On The Sidelines

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 8:44am

Earlier this week on his podcast, ESPN's Bill Simmons called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a "liar" and dared the network to come after him for it. And then they did.

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Top Stories: Airstrikes Hit ISIS Oil Plants; British Terror Arrests

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:31am

Also: The trial for the Boston marathon bombing suspect is delayed; rainy weather could help California firefighters; and it could rain on the last home game of New York Yankee Derek Jeter.

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Radical Muslim Cleric Reportedly Among 9 Arrested In Britain

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:10am

Anjem Choudary, the former head of al-Muhajiroun, is said to be among those arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism or supporting a banned organization.

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Q&A: The Mis-Education Of African-American Girls

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:03am

A new report digs through the research and finds a daunting list of challenges facing black girls in the classroom.

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Book News: Amtrak Unveils Writers Picked For A Residency On The Rails

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:34am

The 24 writers chosen will set out on long-distance train rides — and write along the way. Also: Neil Gaiman tells a tale about Terry Pratchett, who isn't quite the kindly elf you might think he is.

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Airstrikes Hit ISIS-Controlled Oil Refineries

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:16am

The facilities, captured by Islamic State militants earlier this year, are said to produce $2 million worth of refined oil each day to help fund the extremist organization.

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With Egg-Freezing So Expensive, Should Long-Term Boyfriends Chip In?

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:11am

As more women wait longer to have children, maybe it's time to think about how to defray the high cost ($13,000 to $20,000 just for extraction) of keeping that option open.

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'Clockwork Dagger' Is A Thought-Provoking Steampunk Adventure

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:03am

Beth Cato's debut novel takes on the problems and limitations of the steampunk genre with an appealing heroine and a thoughtful meditation on what heroism really means. Plus, mechanical animals!

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First Listen: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, 'Gone Girl (Motion Picture Soundtrack)'

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:03am

Gone Girl is Reznor and Ross' third soundtrack collaboration under the direction of David Fincher. As with their past work together, the music suits the story that inspired it perfectly.

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Harpist Finds Zoo's Primates A Captive Audience

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 5:56am

Terry Tacheny is a therapeutic harpist, whose music is meant to soothe hospital patients. As for the gorillas, she admits, "I don't speak gorilla," but the primates "purr" when she starts to play.

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Robot Spacecraft Strike Up Martian Friendship

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 5:37am

Before India's space program announced its Mars orbiter had reached its destination, NASA's Curiosity Rover, tweeted it was "rolling out the red carpet on the Red Planet for the newest Mars orbiter."

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