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What The 'God Of The Gaps' Teaches Us About Science

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:44am

Astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser says that to put God in our current knowledge gaps would not further our understanding of the universe. For that, we need science and its stubbornly secular approach.

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'My Heart Was Broken,' Says Father Of S.C. Man Slain By Police

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:38am

Police officer Michael Slager now faces a murder charge in the death of Walter Scott, who was unarmed and running away from Slager when he was shot multiple times.

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John Hancock Hopes You'll Trade Activity Data For Insurance Discounts

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:33am

Life insurance customers will receive discounts each year based on their activity levels. The practice is used in Australia, Europe, Singapore and South Africa. But privacy experts are concerned.

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Rodney Crowell, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:56am

Accompanied by Ry Cooder's guitar, Crowell offers up a tender take on "God I'm Missing You."

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Loretta Lynn, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:56am

As spirited as ever, Lynn gives a seemingly effortless performance of "Coal Miner's Daughter."

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Rosanne Cash, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:55am

Watch the singer perform her song "A Feather's Not A Bird" at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

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Parker Millsap, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:55am

The Oklahoma singer preaches "Truck Stop Gospel" live at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville's "Mother Church of Country Music."

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Hurray For The Riff Raff, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:55am

Alynda Lee Segarra's performance of "The Body Electric" is as impassioned as the narrative the song conveys.

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Robert Ellis, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:54am

Ellis' performance of "Only Lies" shows off the lyrical craftsmanship that has earned him a place among Americana music's young vanguard.

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Cassandra Wilson, Live At The 2014 Americana Music Awards

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:54am

An all-star house band stretches out behind Wilson's sultry vocal in this live performance of Willie Dixon's "I Want To Be Loved."

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What's Your Favorite Song This Week?

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:27am

Tell us the one song you can't stop listening to this week, whether it's the latest Rihanna ear worm, or some heartbreaking acoustic ballad by a singer hardly anyone has heard.

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Love, Violence And Lou Reed, On Display In 'The Water Museum'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:03am

Things rarely end well for the people in Luis Alberto Urrea's new story collection, but there are flashes of humor. Critic Michael Schaub calls Urrea "a master storyteller with a rock and roll heart."

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U.S. Servicemember Killed In Shooting In Afghan City Of Jalalabad

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 8:41am

Two other American troops were wounded when a man in an Afghan army uniform opened fire in the city of Jalalabad, a Pentagon official said. The shooter was shot and killed.

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John Moreland, 'Cherokee'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 8:34am

The lesson of "Cherokee," a room-hushing ballad by the Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Moreland, is how to live with grief. A stirring, gut-wrenching video matches the song's patient intensity.

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Top Stories: Ferguson Election; British Jewel Theft

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 8:12am

Also: A federal judge won't overturn his stay on President Obama's immigration action; forecasters are predicting dangerous Midwestern weather; and fix your busted gadget for free at a Repair Fair.

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Easter Heist: London Thieves May Have Taken $300 Million In Gems

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 7:29am

The daring crime targeted Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company, used by many firms in London's jewelry quarter to store their wares.

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Ferguson Voters Elect 2 Black Members To City Council

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:03am

In a first, the six-member city council in Ferguson, Mo., is now half white and half black. Voter turnout was reported at 30 percent in the majority-black community.

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'American Pie' Lyrics Sell At Auction For $1.2 Million

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:03am

An anonymous buyer gets the manuscript which is 16 pages of a mix of handwritten and typed drafts — including notes. The papers may give new insight into what Don McLean wanted the song to mean.

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Memoir, Perfectly Punctuated In 'Between You & Me'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:00am

New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris's new book is part life story, part grammar guide. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book is delightful, and Norris is a "stickler who can't resist schtick."

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Hungry Sea Lion Steals Man's Fish

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:45am

A man was on a boat in San Diego holding a fish when a sea lion leaped out of the water, over the boat's railing and grabbed the food. The man was pulled underwater, and was treated for his injuries.

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