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Music
3:19 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

The Evolution Of Earworms: Researchers Track History Of Pop Music

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 4:16 pm

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Afghanistan
3:19 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Judge Sentences 4 Afghan Men To Death For Mob Killing Of Woman

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 4:16 pm

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Book Reviews
3:19 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Book Review: 'The New World'

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 4:16 pm

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The Two-Way
4:04 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

Thomas Edison's talking dolls were reportedly pretty robust, but their miniature phonographs were another story.
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Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:33 am

Back in 1890, Thomas Edison gave us the world's first talking dolls. Today, the glassy-eyed cherubs that are still around stand about 2 feet tall; they have wooden limbs and a metal body; and they sound supercreepy. (If you're looking for a soundtrack to your nightmares, listen to the audio story above.) Edison built and sold about 500 of them back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing them possible for the first time in decades.

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Religion
4:03 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Texas Shooting Sheds Light On Murkiness Between Free, Hate Speech

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:32 pm

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National Security
4:03 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Self-Declared Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Texas Shooting

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:55 pm

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All Tech Considered
10:21 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

As Emoji Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain [Confounded Face] [Interrobang]

Comedian Aziz Ansari became a pioneer of emoji language use in 2011, when he transcribed the hit Jay-Z and Kanye West song, "Ni**as In Paris."
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Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:38 pm

The increasingly abundant use of emojis across cultures and age groups — and the similar meanings we assign them — suggest we're entering an era of hybrid communication, as we treat pictures like a real language.

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Parallels
4:59 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Israeli Soldiers: Lax Rules In Gaza War Led To Indiscriminate Fire

Palestinian girls walk past buildings in Gaza City that were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014. Dozens of Israeli soldiers have now given testimonials saying that indiscriminate firing was tolerated, or even encouraged at times.
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Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 1:02 am

More than 60 Israeli soldiers who took part in last summer's war in Gaza have offered firsthand combat stories. Many said they felt their orders went too far, leading to indiscriminate fire and Palestinian civilian deaths.

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Law
4:59 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Boston Marathon Bomber Gets Emotional During Relatives' Testimony

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 1:02 am

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U.S.
4:59 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

With Baltimore Unrest, More Debate Over 'Broken Windows' Policing

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (center), City Police Commissioner William Bratton (second from right) and other NYPD officers address a news conference on Jan. 5. There is debate surrounding the citywide increase of low-level crime enforcement, otherwise known as the broken windows approach to policing.
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Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:12 am

Police departments across the country are under pressure to rethink their most aggressive tactics — and it's not just flashpoints like Ferguson and Baltimore. The New York Police Department is on the defensive about its long-standing approach known as "broken windows" policing.

Simply put, broken windows is the idea that police should aggressively crack down on low-level offenses to stop bigger crimes from happening. It's been copied all over the country, but now critics in New York say broken windows needs fixing.

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