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Paul de Jong, 'Auction Block'

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:39am

One half of The Books edited and directed this retro-collage video for the first single from his upcoming solo album, IF.

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From Ancient Sumeria To Chipotle Tacos, Cumin Has Spiced Up The World

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:32am

Cumin has been popular since the dawn of written history: It's the only English word that can be traced directly back to Sumerian. Since then it has insinuated itself into cuisines around the world.

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How Big Sugar Steered Research On A 'Tooth Decay Vaccine'

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:12am

Though it never panned out, the sugar industry backed research to develop a vaccine to fight tooth decay, old industry documents reveal. Researchers say the goal was to deflect efforts to limit sugar.

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Hear Lydia Loveless Cover Prince's 'I Would Die 4 U'

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:00am

This roughed-up, rootsy take on one of Prince's most ecstatic pop songs — out on Record Store Day — makes good on an April Fools' Day prank that fans wished wasn't a joke.

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Earl Lloyd Was Basketball's Jackie Robinson. Why Isn't He Famous?

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 9:58am

Earl Lloyd, the NBA's first black player, wasn't celebrated like Jackie Robinson, but today, Lloyd's league occupies a far bigger place in the black — and global — imagination.

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Documents Detail Sugar Industry Efforts To Direct Medical Research

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 9:45am

A dentist unearths documents detailing the sugar industry's influence over the National Institutes of Health's research agenda in the 1960s and 1970s. At issue: setting limits for sugar intake.

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Iraqi Forces Reportedly Enter Tikrit In Push Against ISIS

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 9:38am

Officials and witnesses say an Iraqi force now controls part of northern Tikrit, the city that was taken last June by the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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In 'Shadow,' Change And Growth As A Story Sheds Its Scales

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 9:33am

Rachel Hartman continues her tale of half-dragon musician and unwilling diplomat Seraphina in Shadow Scale. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says the new book doesn't just live up to the old, it outgrows it.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: 'King Of The Nerds'

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 8:53am

Pop Culture Happy Hour regulars Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about the TBS competition show King Of The Nerds.

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French Highway Heist: Armed Thieves Take Millions In Jewels

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 8:45am

Police say two armored trucks carrying jewels and other items worth some $9.5 million were seized last night by heavily armed attackers on the highway between Paris and Lyon.

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The Teenage Brain: Spock Vs. Captain Kirk

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 8:23am

Adolescents get a bad rep for being irrational. The bad news is: It's kinda deserved. The good news is: Every teen brain comes equipped with an internal Mr. Spock, trying to keep them safe.

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Top Stories: Military Helicopter Crash In Florida; SAE Racist Video

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 7:46am

Also: A purported ISIS video appears to show a child executing a man; the Houston Ship Channel is still partially closed after a collision; and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race is underway.

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2 Oklahoma Students Seen In Racist Fraternity Video Apologize

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 7:41am

The men were in a video of Sigma Alpha Epsilon members singing a racist chant. They have apologized, with one of the now-former fraternity brothers saying he had learned "a devastating lesson."

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Apologies Emerge From Two Oklahoma Students In Racist SAE Video

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 7:41am

Two men who were in a video of Sigma Alpha Epsilon members singing a racist chant have apologized, with one of the now-former fraternity brothers saying he had learned "a devastating lesson."

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