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Huntsville's summer chamber music festival returns this weekend (8/26-28) and founders Matt McDonald and Susanna Phillips took time out of their busy schedules to chat with Ginny Kennedy about what's new and exciting with the popular event and what sets it apart from other festivals. The concerts feature a wide array of music performed by talented musicians from around the country including a new commission just for Huntsville. More information is at www.twickenhamfest.org.

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As police find themselves in encounters that are posted live — including video — they sometimes want to pull the social media plug. But activists say this threatens to censor an electronic witness.

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

Vincent Simonetti started playing tuba in high school in the 1950s. It was love at first puff. Now he and his wife, Ethel, have filled a house in Durham, N.C., with tubas for the public to tour.

Most screening tests for colon cancer are covered by insurance. But if the results are positive, patients may require a diagnostic colonoscopy that may not be fully paid for by insurance.

Think of it as a gift within a gift. Some beneficial gut bacteria contain viruses called "bacteriophages." And some of these phages now have been associated with good intestinal health in humans.

Pastor Mark Burns apologized for the tweet, which mocked Hillary Clinton with a cartoon that read, in part, "I ain't no ways tired of pandering to African Americans."

Serious algae outbreaks have hit more than 20 states this summer. Algae blooms aren't unusual. But the frequency, size and toxicity now are worse than ever, and changes in climate are partly to blame.

Federal transportation officials have issued a "call to action" to researchers, experts and the public to analyze fatality data and suggest solutions.

The number of malnourished people in northeastern Nigeria could be as hlgh as half a million. Boko Haram shoulders much of the blame.

The actor and writer who brought his signature manic energy to comedy classics died at his home in Stamford, Conn., of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.

The Canadian reseller of Trader Joe's goods was sued by the grocery chain in 2013; a U.S. district court dismissed the case. But an appellate court found that Trader Joe's had a legitimate suit.

The soaring number of drones for hire is forecast in response to new federal rules that simplify and streamline the process of getting government approval and certification.

The focus has often been on U.S. military action in the Middle East. But diplomacy is also critical. Here's a look at one of America's most important and complicated relationships in the region.

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