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Whitefish Energy Is Out. What Happens Now In Puerto Rico?

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:52am

The government of Puerto Rico has canceled its contract with the tiny Montana company that was hired to rebuild the island's devastated electric power grid.

Hair Raising! The Science Behind Scary Music

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:43am

Why does our hair stand on end when we hear music from thrillers or horror movies? Researchers say scary sounds act as a stimulus and evoke a biological response.

Jazz Community Unites To Support Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:40am

Puerto Rican saxophonist Miguel Zenón has brought together several jazz greats to raise money for the island.

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Social Media Giants Testify On Russian Influence In U.S. Election

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:40am

The companies will be asked how Russian-backed trolls used ads and social media posts to spread disinformation, and are likely to face questions about why it took so long to discover the issue.

Nearly 50 Years Ago, Another Debate Raged Over Sports And The National Anthem

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:33am

Singer Jose Feliciano sang a Latin-infused National Anthem during the 1968 World Series and was booed, boycotted and criticized for putting a cultural spin on the Star Spangled Banner.

Find Out Some (But Not All) The Secrets Of China's Foreign Aid

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:27am

More than 100 researchers spent five years poring over documents to come up with data about how much is spent — and on what.

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The Flint Water Crisis: An Update

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:20am

Last week a federal judge ordered the city of Flint, Michigan, to choose a long-term water source. So far the city has yet to make a decision.

Prince Heirs Request Administrator's Removal After It Trucks Away Vault Recordings

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:17am

Comerica Bank & Trust, which began overseeing the estate's business interests this year, is being accused of mismanagement by three of six heirs to Prince's substantial estate.

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Transgender Service Member Just Wants To Do His Job

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:12am

Monday a federal judge issued a temporary injunction that halts implementation of President Trump's directive to prohibit transgender people from joining the military.

After Criminal Charges, White House Frames Papadopoulos As A Nobody

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:06am

NPR's Ryan Lucas joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss the political fallout after criminal charges against Trump's former campaign manager and two other were unveiled Monday.

John Kelly Claims Civil War Caused By Lack Of Compromise. History Shows Otherwise

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:34am

The White House chief of staff made the remark during an interview on Fox News. Observers were quick to point out that decades of "compromise" on slavery preceded, and did not prevent, the Civil War.

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George Papadopoulos Says He's Not 'That' George Papadopoulos

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:30am

"Surreal may be an understatement! Exhausting too!" says George Papadopoulos, a certified public accountant from Michigan who shares a name with a former Trump aide.

Inspired By A Super Mario Speed Whiz, 'Warpless Run' Has Tera Melos Playing Catch Up

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:00am

Brad "Darbian" Myers, who set the world record last week in a 4:56 speedrun of "Super Mario Bros.," plays a slug-starring video game soundtracked by Tera Melos' frenetic prog-punk wallop.

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The Unsettling Sound Of Tritones, The Devil's Interval

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 9:52am

In music theory, the tritone is an interval of three whole steps that can sound unresolved and creepy. Over time, the sound has wound up in jazz, rock and even Broadway musicals.

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If You're Shopping For Health Insurance, Make Sure You're Paid Up On Old Plan

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 9:30am

People hoping to get federally subsidized coverage on the marketplaces should make make sure their 2017 premiums are paid and that they filed the correct documents with their 2016 taxes.

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Godflesh, The Mutants Of Industrial Metal, Return With 'Post Self'

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 9:13am

The duo today announces Post Self, out Nov. 17, with the bruising title track.

(Image credit: VK/Courtesy of the artist)

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