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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Jane The Virgin' And Sexy Sex Thrillers

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:17am

Both the sublime and the ridiculous get thorough airings this week as the team takes on the fine CW show Jane The Virgin and the bonkers sex thriller The Boy Next Door.

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Jailed Saudi Blogger Granted Another Reprieve From Flogging; Reason Unclear

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:04am

Raif Badawi is being punished for insulting Islam. He was flogged Jan. 9, part of a sentence of 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, along with a decade in prison. Two previous rounds were also canceled.

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After Testing Positive For EPO, Running Star Rita Jeptoo Banned For 2 Years

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:55am

Jeptoo, the three-time winner of the Boston Marathon, tested positive for EPO, a performance-enhancing drug. Last year, she was well on her way to winning the World Marathon Majors championship.

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Chilean Rock, Colombian Soul And Some Texas Punk

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:42am

The show's first new music show of 2015 features a fierce new track by Chilean singer Camila Moreno.

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China Cracks Down On University Textbooks Promoting 'Western Values'

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:26am

Education Minister Yuan Guiren says the country's institutions of higher learning should stop using textbooks that criticize China's leaders and political system.

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To See Visual Dazzle In Oscar-Nominated Films, Go Short

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 8:13am

Oscar-nominated features tend to emphasize narrative over pure visual style. The nominated short films, however, are inventive and varied in their approach to cinema.

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Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 7:52am

Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.

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Top Stories: South African Apartheid Killer Freed; ISIS Hostages

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 7:49am

Also: Blasts at a mosque in Pakistan kill many people; China's education minister wants to ban Western values in college textbooks; and poet Rod McKuen dies.

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DJ Quik: 'Flamboyant? Every Now And Then'

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 7:33am

After 24 years in the music business, the producer and rapper from Compton, Calif., knows what's going on. He told Microphone Check studio secrets, a Rick James story, and all about the funk.

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As Deadline Passes, The Fate Of ISIS Hostages Is Uncertain

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 7:30am

The Sunni militants had given Jordan until sunset Thursday to release a convicted terrorist. The exchange did not happen.

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