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The First Gorillaz Song In 5 Years Features Benjamin Clementine

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:33am

Clementine sings the woozy "Hallelujah Money" in a golden elevator as images of old-school cartoons and KKK members flash behind him.

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Trump Treasury Nominee Defends Profiting Off Foreclosure Crisis

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:29am

Steven Mnuchin, who ran a company that failed because of bad home loans, argued before the Senate Finance Committee that his actions saved thousands of jobs.

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Songs We Love: Becca Stevens, 'Queen Mab'

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:00am

With lyrics lifted from Mercutio's speech in Romeo And Juliet, Stevens tangles beauty with terror in a way that would give Shakespeare the shivers.

(Image credit: Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist)

U.S. Stealth Bombers Strike ISIS Training Camps In Libya

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 9:50am

The Pentagon said the ISIS training camps housed fighters who had escaped their former stronghold in Sirte, on Libya's central coast. Officials believe dozens of people were killed.

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Top Stories: Italian Avalanche; New Threats Against U.S. Jewish Centers

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 9:42am

Also: U.S. bombers strike ISIS targets in Libya; former First Lady Barbara Bush is hospitalized; and it was -59 degrees in central Alaska this week.

Wife Of Orlando Nightclub Shooter Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Of Aiding Attack

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 9:30am

Noor Salman was arrested earlier this week and charged with providing material support to a terrorist and obstruction of justice. Her husband, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people at the Pulse club in June.

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Wave Of Bomb Threats Targets Jewish Centers, Again

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 8:26am

Twenty-seven Jewish community centers reported receiving bomb threats Wednesday, and 16 received threats Jan. 9. No bombs were found, and the FBI is investigating the source of the threatening calls.

Avalanche Buries Italian Ski Resort; Rescue Operations Underway

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:49am

About 30 people are missing in the Abruzzo region of Italy after an avalanche, apparently triggered by earthquakes Wednesday, covered a three-story mountain hotel in snow.

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LA Real Estate Listing Is The Most Expensive In The Country

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:21am

The house in Los Angeles has 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, a bowling alley, fully stocked wine cellar and a helicopter. The asking price is $250 million.

Japan's High-Tech Toilets Cause Confusion For Tourists

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:03am

The toilets perform many functions and tourists didn't know which button did what. That problem will now go down the drain. Manufacturers have been told to use a standard set of symbols.

First Listen: Allison Crutchfield, 'Tourist In This Town'

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:00am

After more than a decade on the road, the prolific punk singer (of Swearin' and p.s. eliot fame) releases her solo debut in a bold attempt to unhitch love from nostalgia.

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Why America Is Growing The Most Sweet Potatoes Since WWII

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:00am

These sugary spuds are cheap and easy to grow, but the rise of postwar industrialization and processed foods made them less popular. Now, fad diets and trendy restaurants have sparked a renaissance.

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First Listen: Japandroids, 'Near To The Wild Heart Of Life'

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:00am

After Celebration Rock fixated on staying young and feeling raw, the Vancouver duo's new album re-envisions youth as a passageway to a new and better place.

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First Listen: Priests, 'Nothing Feels Natural'

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:00am

Fully embracing the D.C. punk band's pop and experimental leanings, Priests' first album isn't a direct response to the state of the nation so much as a state of mind.

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First Listen: Tift Merritt, 'Stitch Of The World'

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:00am

Fifteen years after her debut, the Americana singer-songwriter teams up with Iron and Wine's Sam Beam to craft an album that's both gentle and gnarled.

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'Martians Abroad' Is An Optimistic Glance Into Humanity's Future

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:00am

Carrie Vaughn — known for her Kitty Norville urban fantasies — ventures offworld with Martians Abroad, a high-school adventure that pays fun, thoughtful homage to Robert Heinlein's "juveniles."

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Number Of Democrats Boycotting Trump Inauguration Grows

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

More than 50 House Democrats say they won't go to the inauguration. Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Yvette Clarke, who represents New York's 9th District, about her decision not to attend.

Cardin Sits On Senate Panels Considering Haley, Pruitt Nominations

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is being considered to be the Ambassador to the U.N; Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is up to head the EPA. David Greene talks to Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland.

Sen. Moran Weighs In On Ross Confirmation Hearing For Commerce Secretary

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

Wilbur Ross reiterated in the hearing that renegotiating NAFTA is a top priority of the Trump administration. David Greene and Rachel Martin talk to Sen. Jerry Moran about Ross's nomination.

Ex-CIA Chief Woolsey Voices Concern About Chelsea Manning's Commutation

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

Following Obama's decision to commute Manning's sentence, many in the military and intelligence communities expressed reservations. Rachel Martin talks to former CIA Director James Woolsey,




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