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The Thistle & Shamrock: New Releases And Debuts

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:34am

Hear the best new sounds from rising artists and long-established musicians alike.

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Viking's Choice: Bosse-de-Nage, 'A Subtle Change'

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:29am

The Bay Area band's explosive track massages black-metal riffs with jaw-droppingly aerobic drumming on a short fuse.

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Secret Service To Fly Drones Over Washington, D.C.

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:29am

The decision to test drones over the nation's capital comes shortly after an unmanned aircraft landed on the White House lawn.

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Produce Pride: Showing The Love With Vegetable Tattoos

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:07am

Vegetable tattoos, both temporary and permanent, can make for beautiful body art. Some enthusiasts are hoping to use them to encourage healthy, seasonal eating.

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Lily & Madeleine, 'Blue Blades'

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:05am

The duo's latest video unfolds like a strange, transfixing fairy tale.

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We're A Nation Of Immigrants, So Where Is Home?

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:51am

The Alt.Latino team recently joined a spirited onstage discussion of immigration with Michel Martin, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Blanco, Etana and Diane Guerrero.

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Please Don't Let An Earthquake Hit When I'm In The Shower

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:17am

Kathmandu is ranked number one for the risk a major earthquake poses to its residents. The "Earthquake Lady" tries to ensure that everyone is prepared for the big one.

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Netanyahu's Talk 'Destructive' To U.S.-Israel Ties, Susan Rice Says

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:07am

The national security adviser says the Republican invitation to Israel's prime minister to address Congress – and his acceptance of it – has "injected a degree of partisanship" into relations.

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'Darker Shade' Paints A Fantasy World Rich In Depth And Color

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:03am

V.E. Schwab devotes a chunk of her new novel to developing a compelling vision of an alternate, magical London. But reviewer Tasha Robinson says it's the multilayered characters that make the book.

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May I Move My Son Off My Insurance So He Can Buy On The Exchange?

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:58am

Young adult children may have more options than their parents in choosing health coverage. So they may want to go their separate ways when shopping for insurance.

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Inglewood Approves Plan For NFL Stadium, In Deal Involving Rams Owner

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:57am

The unanimous vote Tuesday night came after "a consultant compared stadium noise in surrounding neighborhoods to that of bird calls," KPCC reports.

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The Man Who Turned Life Into Magic

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:19am

Oliver Sacks is a rare soul-reader among us — and we are blessed to have him as a listener, at once scribe and bard of the human condition, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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Top Stories: Russia Warned On Ukraine; Human Rights In 2014

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:10am

Also: Officials say a driver left his truck on the tracks before a California train crash; more drones buzz Paris; and some rare NASA photos will be auctioned, including Neil Armstrong's moon walk.

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Bryan Hymel's Hefty High Cs

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 7:27am

A young tenor from New Orleans elegantly launches high Cs in a stirring but punishingly difficult Rossini aria. This is why we listen to opera!

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'2014 Was A Catastrophic Year,' Amnesty International Says

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 7:26am

The group faults the U.S. on a range of issues, including the use of excessive force by police. It also says governments "must stop pretending the protection of civilians is beyond their power."

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A Rational Conversation: Is EDM Easy Listening Now?

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 7:03am

In 2013, people we're predicting dubstep would be replaced with deep house, but now, as dance music becomes even more mainstreamed, those house sounds are becoming ever lighter.

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Want Some Record-Breaking Snow From Massachusetts? It'll Cost You

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 6:33am

For $89, Kyle Waring will send you an insulated box of six pounds of snow. He says it's good for about 10 to 15 snowballs.

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Siberian Prison Inmates Craft Fatherland Day Ice Sculptures

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 6:26am

Inmates crafted amazingly realistic tanks and other weaponry. An intercontinental ballistic missile launcher — sporting camouflage paint — took first place.

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France Warns Russia And Its Allies Not To Advance On Ukrainian Port City

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 6:24am

The foreign ministers of the four signatories to the Minsk ceasefire agreement met in Paris to discuss the fighting in Ukraine. Kiev worries the separatists' next target will be Mariupol.

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Preventing Suicide With A 'Contagion Of Strength'

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 6:08am

A suicide prevention program trains middle and high school students as peer mentors — shaping school culture and behavior around pillars of support.

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