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Idris Elba Plays A Soccer Coach Out To Crush Ebola In New Ad Campaign

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 5:47am

The British actor and a group of African soccer stars have teamed up with the CDC in a new public health campaign. The message: Ebola "is not an ordinary game. This is life or death."

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Playful And Serious? 'How To Be' Is Both

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 5:28am

Ali Smith's new How To Be Both combines inventive structural trickery and warm, sardonic writing in in parallel tales of a bereaved modern teenager and an Italian renaissance fresco painter.

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In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 5:02am

The master luthier's violins and cellos include spruce from the Fiemme Valley. The forest still thrives, and its trees are still made into fine instruments.

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American Hostage In Yeman Killed In Failed Rescue Attempt

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 4:19am

An American journalist held captive by al-Qaida militants in Yemen for more than a year was killed in a failed U.S. rescue attempt.

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'Oxford American' Waltzes Across Texas

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 1:03am

The magazine's new Southern Music issue is all about Texas, from Bob Wills to Ornette Coleman.

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Half A Million Flee To Shelters As Super Typhoon Nears Philippines

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:26pm

Typhoon Hagupit is projected to slam the archipelago early today, hitting an area still recovering from a November 2013 typhoon that killed 7,300. This storm could drop 2 feet of rain in some areas.

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New Protests March Through Miami, Target Apple, Macy's In New York

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:04pm

Other protests of recent deaths in police shootings shut down intersections in Boston and Providence, R.I., and marched from Yale Law School in Connecticut to a nearby courthouse.

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After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 5:03pm

It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.

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