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First Watch: Florence And The Machine, 'Queen Of Peace/Long And Lost'

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:03am

The dog days are decidedly over in the gorgeous, mournful new double-feature video from the English powerhouse.

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Top Stories: Obama In Ethiopia, Whitney Houston's Daughter Dies

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:45am

Also: Republican Senate leaders rebuke Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; the Boy Scouts hold a meeting to discuss gay adult leaders; and China's main stock market plunges 8% in today's trading.

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Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:09am

If the Newport Folk crowd was scandalized by Bob Dylan going electric in 1965, they would've hated this Aussie's grungy, hard-rocking performance 50 years later.

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In Ethiopia, Obama Calls For An End To Oppressive Tactics

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:08am

During a joint press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Obama said that a country is more successful when "all voices are being heard."

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All Songs + 1: Josh Ritter's 'Sermon on the Rocks'

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:03am

A singer-songwriter tells the tale of a "risky teen" and a Bible school intervention in the lead single from his forthcoming album, Sermon On The Rocks.

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Songs We Love: Patty Griffin, 'Rider of Days'

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:03am

The uniquely affecting folk giant is at the top of her formidable game in a slow-burning track from her forthcoming album.

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Free Speech Lawsuit Centers On Health Warnings On Soda

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:39am

San Francisco requires health warnings on soda. The American Beverage Association sued — contending a warning label violates the First Amendment by interfering with the "free market of ideas."

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Florida Man Wins Hemingway Look-A-Like Contest

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:36am

At the contest in Key West, Fla., Charlie Boice's beard was white enough, and on the 15th try, he won. He beat a field that included the husband of celebrity cook Paula Deen.

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Republicans Stand Against Cuba Change Despite Public Opinion Shift

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:51am

Americans views of the Cuba embargo have reversed in the last 20 years. But Republicans are standing firmly against President Obama's policy change to open up relations with the island nation.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22-Year-Old Daughter Of Whitney Houston, Dies

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:40am

Brown, who grew up in the shadow of fame and dysfunction, had spent six months at a hospital after being found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home.

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The Giant Foam Finger: Sports Hatred

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:03am

In Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the athletes people hate — and try to get at why.

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Major Flaw In Android Phones Would Let Hackers In With Just A Text

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:01am

A severe flaw in Android, the world's most popular smartphone operating system, would let hackers take over with just a text message.

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Activists Aim To Expand Reach Of Black Lives Matter Movement

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:11am

Black Lives Matter was instrumental in galvanizing protests against deadly police force in several cities across the country. But its members now want to move beyond the hash tag. They met over the weekend in Cleveland with other advocacy groups to talk about how to push for real change in police departments and beyond.

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Career Diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis Is Charge D'Affaires In Havana

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:11am

It's been a week since the U.S. and Cuba reopened their embassies in each other's capitals. Next up will be appointing ambassadors. Until then, Jeffrey DeLaurentis is the U.S.'s man in Havana.

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Senate Takes A Step Toward Riving Export-Import Bank

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:11am

In a rare Sunday session, the Senate voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. The House must also take up the matter. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution. He's also a contributing correspondent to "The Wall Street Journal."

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Feds Levy Record $105 Million Fine Against Fiat Chrysler

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:11am

Fiat Chrysler has been fined a record $105 million for safety issues. Federal regulators said the company failed to complete numerous safety recalls on more than 11 million vehicles. Fiat Chrysler released a brief statement on Sunday accepting the consequences "with renewed resolve to improve our handling of recalls and re-establish the trust our customers place in us."

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Turkey Launches Bombing Campaign Against ISIS, PKK Bases

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:11am

Over the weekend, Turkey launched a series of bombing campaigns over Iraq and Syria and arrested hundreds of people suspected of having ties to the Islamic State, also known ISIS. It's a boon to the fight against ISIS but Turkey has its own agenda and is targeting more than the Islamic State.

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Republican Presidential Hopefuls Try To Make Debate Cut

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:11am

The first Republican presidential debate will be held next week in Cleveland. There are more than a dozen declared candidates but only those placing in the top 10 in an average of national polls will be invited to the debate.

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SpaceX Rocket Explosion Disrupts Astronauts' Lessons For Schoolchildren

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:11am

A NASA-sponsored education program called "Story Time From Space" films astronauts reading aloud children's books from space. Steve Inskeep reports the program built custom equipment to help the astronauts demonstrate concepts such as gravity but the equipment was lost when the rocket carrying it to the International Space Station blew up shortly after launch last month.

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After Court Ruling, 3 Immigration Detention Centers Could Close

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:11am

The federal government has detained thousands of women and children since last summer after Central American families poured across the border claiming asylum. But a federal district court judge ruled last week that three detention facilities that hold these families aren't meeting legal standards. And that means those centers soon could be shut down.

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