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Amid Declining Ratings, Cable Networks Speed Up Reruns To Make Room For Ads

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:16pm

If you've been noticing that cable reruns of your favorite sitcom sound a little strange, you might be on to something. We'll look at the trend of compressing shows to make room for, of course, more commercials.

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Advocates Hope 'Vacatur' Laws Will Help Prostitutes Clear Their Records

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:16pm

For the first time in Maryland, a woman with a prostitution conviction has had her criminal record wiped clean by convincing a judge she is actually a victim, forced into the life by brutal pimps. Advocates hope it will be a model in other states.

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Podium Diplomacy: Conductor Takes Chinese Music West And Vice Versa

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:16pm

Long Yu wants China and the West to know each other's contemporary music better. He's launching a big project to accomplish just that.

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Trouble Ahead? Searching For Google's Future

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:27pm

The ambitious Silicon Valley giant is looking to stay dominant in our technological future. But can it adapt quickly to a changing marketplace?

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After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:27pm

In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by "what ifs," Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.

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Fair Warning: Watch One 'Foyle's War' Episode, And You'll Want To Watch Them All

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:27pm

The British series is set during and after World War II. Detective Foyle tackles crimes connected to the war — murder and spying, black markets and profiteering. It's "terrifically entertaining."

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Jane Weaver, 'I Need A Connection'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:25pm

This British artist released one of 2014's most captivating albums to little acclaim at the time. Now, The Silver Globe is getting the reissue treatment with bonus material.

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Feds Close Investigation Of George Zimmerman Without Pressing Charges

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:20pm

Attorney General Eric Holder said while the case didn't meet the threshold for a hate crime prosecution, it still called for a dialogue about the tensions that led to the killing of Trayvon Martin.

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British Police Say 3 Missing Teenage Girls Now In Syria

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:15pm

The London teenagers boarded a flight to Istanbul on Feb. 17. Police believe they were radicalized online.

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Obama To Veto Keystone XL Pipeline Today 'Without Drama Or Fanfare Or Delay'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:58pm

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the GOP-controlled Congress had sent the bill to the White House this morning. Republicans do not appear to have enough votes to override the threatened veto.

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Tea Tuesdays: The Chemis-Tea Of Pouring The Perfect English-Style Cuppa

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:57pm

The British are very specific about how they take their tea: black, with milk and sugar. But steeping the optimal cup requires a surprising amount of chemistry. Here's a guide to the science.

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Uber's New Turf: Mid-Sized Cities

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:52pm

The ride-for-hire service is expanding into areas without a strong taxi culture. We speak with the mayor of Des Moines, Iowa.

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Revisiting Ransom Riggs' Latest 'Peculiar Children' Book

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:45pm

"Hollow City" is the second book in his "Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children" series about children with supernatural powers.

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19 Manatees Rescued From Storm Drain In Florida

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:40pm

With colder temperatures than usual, the endangered mammals were probably seeking warmer waters in the drainpipe.

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Companies With Pension Benefits Grapple With Cost Of Longer Lives

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:33pm

For companies that still offer pensions, longer lives for retirees could hurt the bottom line, to the tune of billions of dollars.

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'House Of Cards' Returns, But Just How Popular Is It?

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:25pm

Many Americans will probably binge watch all 13 episodes of the third season this weekend, but it’s impossible to know how many.

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How Small Ski Hills Survive In The Adirondacks

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:20pm

The Northeast used to be dotted with small mom and pop ski hills. Most of them have disappeared, but some are still hanging on.

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New Mix: Lord Huron, Metz, Patrick Watson, More

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:12pm

Another batch of tender, heartbreaking, expansive, raw, unrelenting, labyrinthine new songs on this episode of All Songs Considered.

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The Great U.S. History Battle

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:33am

The College Board redesigned the framework for its Advanced Placement U.S. history course, and many conservative lawmakers aren't happy about it.

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Mandolin Orange, 'Old Ties And Companions'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:03am

From a new album, Such Jubilee, out on May 5, The folk duo returns with a ballad — short, simple and sweet — about holding close what's precious.

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