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The Dream Of Ridiculous Men

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:42am

For four decades, U2 has delivered huge rock songs and taken shots for being too serious. The band's new album, Songs of Innocence, provides a key to its long search for universal significance.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: 'Twin Peaks' Returns

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:41am

Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon take a few minutes to discuss the resurrection of the David Lynch cult television series Twin Peaks.

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Marketa Irglova, 'Fortune Teller'

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:30am

In her new video, the Czech singer-songwriter ponders the future and endless possibilities of life.

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Dallas Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan Has Died

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:21am

The 42-year-old man who contracted Ebola in Liberia and later traveled to Dallas was the first person to be diagnosed with the virus in the U.S.

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Excalibur, The Dog Exposed To Ebola, Awaits His Fate

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:17am

The pet belongs to the Spanish nurse who contracted the virus. Authorities are afraid he might have been infected and announced plans to put him down. Dog lovers are begging for a reprieve.

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Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Gay Marriage In Idaho, Nevada

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:11am

A federal appeals court had struck down bans on same-sex marriage in the two states. Officials in Idaho appealed to the Supreme Court following the decision.

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Cameron Esposito And The Comedy Of Confidence

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:58am

In a new comedy album, Cameron Esposito covers strip clubs, her attraction to "women in crisis," her awkward youth, and her bone-deep comfort in her own skin.

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Spanish Nurse Says She Reported Her Ebola Symptoms Several Times

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:02am

A dog that belonged to the nurse and her husband was reportedly euthanized by authorities today despite protests from animal rights activists.

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Superintelligence: Triumph Or Threat?

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 8:06am

If we are able to create intelligent machines, how can we guarantee they will keep us alive and well, as opposed to wiping us out? Nick Bostrom explores the question in Superintelligence.

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Top Stories: Chemistry Nobel Prize; Syrian Kurds Battle Militants

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:16am

Also: A federal court overturns Virginia's electoral districts; a North Korean diplomat admits his country operates labor camps; and Kenya's president faces charges of crimes against humanity.

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Kurdish Protesters Killed In Turkey Amid Calls To Save Kobani

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:05am

At least a dozen demonstrators were killed in clashes with Turkish police. Kurdish protests demanding help for the city besieged by ISIS militants also took place across Europe.

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Jesse Boykins III Breaks It Down

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:03am

Surrounded by unfinished and leftover Mardi Gras floats, Boykins pulls back the layers of his song "4 U 2 B Free," matching his performance to the exposed, vulnerable characters surrounding him.

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Man With A Gun Robs Man With A Gun

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 6:38am

An man in Oregon had a pistol and was openly carrying it which the state permits. The suspect, who had a more powerful gun, approached the man with the pistol and demanded he give him the weapon.

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