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10:50 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Direct Talks With The U.S.? No Way, Says Iranian Leader

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Office of the Supreme Leader (Iran) AP

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 9:50 am

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has shut down any possibility of direct negotiation with the U.S. over its nuclear program. In comments on his Facebook page, Khamenei said his country wouldn't accept an offer under pressure.

"Having relationships and negotiating with countries who had no deceit against us is in our national interest....Given the history and current facts, our nation won't negotiate under pressure or (with) those threatening us."

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Monkey See
10:50 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Remembering Central Park Birder Starr Saphir: 'Time Has A Different Meaning'

Starr Saphir, seen here at an HBO event in 2012, died on Tuesday.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images/HBO

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 9:15 am

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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Funny Excuses: I Was Late Because My Wife Froze My Truck Keys

Kike Calvo AP

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 9:08 am

That well-worn excuse — "The dog ate my homework" — lasts well into adulthood, according to a new survey by online job website, Careerbuilder.com. The survey asked hiring officials and workers why employees were tardy, and found a little more than 25% of workers are late to work at least once a month. Most explanations were straightforward, such as heavy traffic, inclement weather or problems with daycare.

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The Two-Way
10:48 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Top Stories: New England Blizzard; CIA Nominee Faces Drone Questions

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 7:22 am

Good morning, here is our top story:

'Real Nightmare' Headed For New England; Blizzard On Track For Friday.

And here are more early headlines:

CIA Nominee Brennan To Face Senate Questions On U.S. Drone Policy. (CBS)

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Alt.Latino
10:48 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Boricuas In The House: New Music From Puerto Rico

Mima.
Yarimir Cabán Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 10:03 am

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The Record
10:47 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Why Al Walser Got A Grammy Nomination And Justin Bieber Didn't

Justin Bieber on stage in December. Bieber's 2012 album Believe, despite selling over 1,000,000 copies, wasn't nominated for a single Grammy Award.
Michael Kovac Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 3:49 pm

Among the hundreds of musicians vying for Grammy Awards this year is Al Walser, a Los Angeles-based disc jockey and singer whose song "I Can't Live Without You" is nominated in the best dance single category. Walser is not a widely known name — many Grammy nominees aren't — but he's competing in a category against some of pop music's heaviest hitters.

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Author Interviews
10:46 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Raising A Glass To The Charms Of The Bar In 'Drinking With Men'

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 2:07 pm

Rosie Schaap is a part-time bartender, and the author the "Drink" column for The New York Times Magazine. But she doesn't hang out in bars just to make a living — or even just to make a drink.

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The Two-Way
10:46 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Justice Department To Share Secret Drone Memo With Congress

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 7:28 pm

President Obama directed the Justice Department late Wednesday to give Congress access to classified information that details the rationale for targeted strikes against U.S. citizens believed to have links to al-Qaida.

NPR's Carrie Johnson is reporting on the story for our Newscast Unit. She says the decision comes after Senators threatened to hold up nominees for the CIA and Pentagon. Here's more from her report:

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All Songs Considered
10:45 am
Thu February 7, 2013

James Hunter's Well-Worn Soul Bursts With Life

Geoff Woods Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 3:50 pm

James Hunter has spent his life learning how to tell soul's stories in fresh and personal ways. Born in 1962 in Essex, England and mentored early on by Van Morrison, he embarked on a career with many ups and downs before breaking through in America in his forties. Now the Grammy-nominated Hunter has made his first album in the States, where the music he loves was born.

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Music News
10:45 am
Thu February 7, 2013

The 'Ancient Vibration' Of Parlor Music, Revived By Two Generations

Lena Hughes recorded one album of Southern parlor music before her death in 1998.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 8:29 am

Sometime in the mid-1960s — no one's really sure when — Lena Hughes walked into a recording studio, probably in Arkansas. What we do know is that she recorded 11 tunes on the guitar.

"It's kind of like listening to 1880," folklorist Howard Marshall says. "You kind of get a wonderful, ancient vibration."

Marshall wrote a book about traditional music in Missouri, called Play Me Something Quick and Devilish.

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