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In 'Huckleberry Finn,' A History In Echoes

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 9:50am

Andrew Levy's searching book adds to, and comments on, the considerable scholarship surrounding an widely read and widely challenged American classic.

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Pakistan Detains Suspect In Mumbai Attack A Day After His Ordered Release

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 9:42am

Police registered an unrelated kidnapping case against Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi. He is believed to have been the operational chief of a group blamed for the deadly 2008 attack on Mumbai.

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10 Favorite Metal Albums Of 2014

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 9:13am

In 2014, metal still believes in traditions and keeps the faith, but recognizes that evolution is inevitable — with some of its defenders kicking and screaming.

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Viking's Choice: The Year In The Loud And The Weird

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 9:00am

In 2014, two monoliths of heavy music found a new way to be heavy, a Thai psych band made one of the most transcendent records of the year and three dudes in body paint channeled King Crimson.

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Should Parental Connections Provide A Leg Up In College Admissions?

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 7:44am

Recent lawsuits have targeted affirmative action policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, but they also go after another admissions preference: letting in the children of alumni.

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In Search Of A Science Of Consciousness

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 7:17am

Philosopher Alva Noë explores ideas in a new book that suggests consciousness and self is best looked at by combining insight from Western science, Indian philosophy and contemplative practices.

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Rep. Steve Scalise: 'I Went And Spoke To Any Group That Called'

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 7:01am

The recently-elected majority whip in the House is explaining his appearance at a gathering of white supremacists. Scalise says when he spoke to the group, he had no knowledge of the ties.

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CIA Takes Blame For Most UFO Sightings Decades Ago

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 6:19am

The CIA released its most-read document of 2014: flights by U-2 spy planes. It says these secret planes, flying higher than anyone thought possible, were often mistaken for alien space ships.

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A Rational Conversation: Neal Brennan On What The Hell Happened This Year

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 6:03am

"A lot of women would say Taylor Swift has the album of the year. I don't think they'd be wrong. Taylor Swift, like Drake — I don't want to like her, but yet, here I am."

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Shaping Wood, Understanding Sound And An Eye For Style

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 6:03am

Mike Lindstrom crafts steel string and classical guitars during his hours away from teaching third grade at Kyffin Elementary School in Golden, Colo.

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Miami Dolphins Test Beer Delivery System

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 6:01am

Thirsty fans can now have beer delivered to their stadium seats by tweeting @beerme. The program is still being tested. At Sunday's game, only two sections of the stadium could use it.

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AirAsia Crash: Rescue Crews Pull Bodies, Find Plane Wreckage In Java Sea

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 5:40am

An Indonesian navy spokesman told reporters a ship had recovered dozens of bodies. AirAsia said Indonesia had confirmed the wreckage was that of the Airbus carrying 162 people.

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