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Songs We Love: Yo La Tengo, 'For You Too'

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:30pm

Hoboken's homegrown indie-rock heroes offer a poultice for the soul from their atmospheric new album.

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20th-Century Manchuria, Long-Forgotten Plague Captivate In New Historical Novel

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:20pm

Jody Shields' "The Winter Station" was inspired by a real-life Russian aristocrat and physician's memoir of loss, hope and determination.

Lawmakers Agree On Paid Family Leave, But Not The Details

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:16pm

Passage of paid family leave laws in states like Washington is spurring federal lawmakers from both parties to float their own proposals, but so far support is not bridging party lines.

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Florida Lawmakers Continue Evaluation Of Gun Safety Options

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:06pm

After a measure to ban assault rifles in Florida failed in a Senate committee Monday, the state Legislature there is still considering other gun safety or gun control measures.

Sen. Corker Really Isn't Running For Re-Election (Seriously)

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:49am

This time the Tennessee Republican means it. Sen. Bob Corker had been wavering after he announced in September that he would be retiring.

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Congress Stalled On Bills To Tighten Gun Background Check System

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:43am

Lawmakers have made little progress in advancing any new gun control measures in since the February 14 shooting that left 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida,

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New Mix: Kacey Musgraves, Parquet Courts, Yo La Tengo, More

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:40am

This week's essential new mix includes breezy, country pop from Kacey Musgraves, cathartic rock from Editors and Parquet Courts, one of Yo La Tengo's most unusual recordings and more.

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New Fed Chief Sees Interest Rates Continuing To Rise As Economy Strengthens

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:56am

The central bank remains on track to boost rates gradually, Jerome Powell told Congress on Tuesday in his first testimony as Fed chairman. He said he's seen the economy picking up since December.

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Asian Ticks (Mysteriously) Turned Up On A New Jersey Sheep

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:50am

No one is quite sure how that kind of tick got there. And get this: It basically clones itself! Should we be worried?

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In Skating Polly's 'Queen For A Day' Video, Heavy's The Head That Wears The Crown

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:48am

The punk trio smashes the idea that competition among women is the best way to the top in a new video for The Make It All Show.

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It Turns Out Not All Amy Winehouse Demos Were Destroyed

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:41am

Though all Amy Winehouse demos and outtake recordings were reportedly destroyed in 2015, a previously unreleased, early song from the singer has been posted to YouTube.

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