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Top Stories: Deadly Turkey Bombings; U.S. Swimmers Questioned On Holdup

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 7:34am

Also: More flooding deaths are reported in Louisiana; the new California wildfire is spreading; and Amnesty International alleges thousands have died in Syrian prisons in the last five years.

A Wounded Child In Aleppo, Silent And Still, Shocks The World

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 7:32am

Opposition activists in Syria released a video showing a child in the back of an ambulance. The haunting image — of a quiet boy, covered in blood and dust — has captured global attention.

Trump Adds Fuel To Conspiracy Theories Questioning Clinton's Health

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:48am

An online volley of theories says that stools, stumbles and pillows are evidence that Hillary Clinton is in poor health.

Man Banned From Ordering Pizza; Texas Cowboy Bypasses Drive-Thru

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:29am

A Florida judge ordered a man to never call for pizza again — he'd been pranking restaurants. In Texas, a professional cowboy rode his horse into a Taco Bell. He said his horse Hollywood was hungry.

Car Bombs In Turkey Kill At Least 6, Wound More Than 200

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:23am

Attacks in two cities in eastern Turkey targeted police stations. At least five officers and one civilian were killed, and the AP reports some 219 people were injured.

Host Of 2020 Summer Olympic Games Has Plans To Beat The Heat

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:15am

Tokyo is super hot and humid in the summer, and the government is installing heat detectors and a heatstroke warning system for athletes and spectators. Plus, they're considering installing misters.

First Listen: Barbra Streisand, 'Encore'

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:00am

Encore is an amiable Broadway/Hollywood mashup of vintage production values and modern casting, with guest performances by Melissa McCarthy, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jamie Foxx and more.

First Listen: Joseph, 'I'm Alone, No You're Not'

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:00am

Three Oregon-bred sisters sing lustrous songs about fearlessness, commitment and the pursuit of a life fully lived. On their second album, sweetness and power aren't mutually exclusive.

First Listen: The Bad Plus, 'It's Hard'

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:00am

The leaderless piano trio became famous for its cover songs more than a dozen years ago. Now, an all-covers record finds an established and quirky band once again testing its powers of interpretation.

First Listen: Cass McCombs, 'Mangy Love'

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:00am

A quiet iconoclast, McCombs has spent eight albums enshrouding powerful messages in a '70s AM vibe while always exuding steely confidence.

Raising The Dead: Hear A Song From Bob Weir's First Album In A Decade

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:00am

The ex-Grateful Dead guitarist is about to release Blue Mountain, which features "Only A River."

First Listen: The Album Leaf, 'Between Waves'

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:00am

On its sixth album (and first since 2010), Jimmy LaVelle's hushed ambient project has a way with whispers, minimalism and intimacy.

First Listen: River Whyless, 'We All The Light'

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:00am

The Asheville, N.C., band blends violin, guitars, drums, harmonium, cello, banjo, toy piano and (most importantly) vocal harmonies to make a record steeped in the American acoustic tradition.

Better Burgers, More Healthful Hot Dogs: Could A Pinch Of Seaweed Be The Answer?

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:00am

Processed meats used in hot dogs and hamburgers are high in levels of salt and fat. Some scientists want to boost these foods' nutritional profile by adding seaweed to the meats.

Riveting 'Obelisk Gate' Shatters The Stillness

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:00am

N.K. Jemisin continues the story of the Stillness — a world constantly rocked by quakes, and the rare, gifted people who can control them — in a second volume even more engrossing than the first.

The Amazing Pedal-Powered Brain Race: The Finish Line

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 5:01am

These middle schoolers built a 200-pound human brain on wheels. Will it survive the eight-hour race through the streets of Baltimore?

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