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  • Country Star Jennifer Nettles Hits The Broadway Stage In ‘Chicago’

    February 26, 2015 5:40 PM 178

    Jennifer Nettles behind the scenes of her photo shoot for her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart In ‘Chicago’ on December 10, 2014, in New York City. (Jenny Anderson/Getty Images) The name on everybody’s lips is going to be Jennifer Nettles, as she stars in the Broadway musical “Chicago.” Nettles, who is best known for the Grammy-winning country duo Sugarland

  • FCC Overrides State Laws Blocking City-Owned Broadband Service

    February 26, 2015 5:25 PM 165

    The Federal Communications Commission today voted to override state laws blocking city-owned broadband companies from expanding and competing with commercial Internet providers. At the center of this debate are communities like Wilson, North Carolina. The city, about 50 miles east of Raleigh, built its own broadband network before the state legislature

  • Fearful of ISIS, Saudis Continue To Fortify Its Border With Iraq

    February 26, 2015 5:20 PM 226

    Saudi border guards monitor cameras and radars on surveillance screens of the Saudi northern border with Iraq at Arar regional command and control center headquarters in Arar city, on February 23, 2015. (Ian Timberlake/AFP/Getty Images) Officials in Saudi Arabia estimate that more than 2,000 young men have joined up with the self-proclaimed Islamic State

  • ‘Jihadi John’ Revealed To Be Middle-Class Brit

    February 26, 2015 5:06 PM 143

    Intelligence agents now say the man shown in ISIS videos apparently beheading American journalist James Foley last summer is a Kuwaiti-born, college-educated Londoner in his mid-20s named Mohammed Emwazi. Intelligence agents now say the man shown in ISIS videos apparently beheading American journalist James Foley last summer is a Kuwaiti-born, college-educated

  • Net Neutrality Up For A Key Vote Today By FCC Board

    February 26, 2015 4:46 PM 226

    At the start of a meeting to decide the issue of net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, center, holds hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel at the FCC headquarters Thursday. An essential question will be decided today about how the Internet works: Should service providers be a neutral

  • ISIS Video Shows Extremists Smashing Priceless Artifacts

    February 26, 2015 4:27 PM 210

    The self-styled Islamic State has released a video showing an orgy of destruction of ancient statues in the Iraqi city of Mosul, with footage at a museum and at least one archaeological site nearby. The video begins with an image of the police known as the Hisba, tasked with enforcing their strict interpretation of Islamic law, patrolling the streets

  • Madonna's Tumble At Brit Awards Lights up Twitter, Stirs Ageism Debate

    February 26, 2015 4:09 PM 139

    Singer Madonna fell off the steps next to the stage while performing her song "Living for Love" at the Brit Awards in London. The 56-year-old singer picked herself up and continued her performance. The fall at Wednesday's music awards show was apparently caused by a move that went wrong: A dancer tugged at Madonna's cape, which failed to detach, and the singer

  • Tales From the Cryptids

    February 26, 2015 3:53 PM 276

    Hooded figures drift in the dog park, which one is never supposed to enter. A desert pier goes nowhere. Stay away from wheat, and wheat by-products. Welcome to Night Vale. The cult podcast created by Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink has been described as "Lake Wobegon as seen through the eyes of Stephen King or David Lynch", or "NPR meets the Mothman Prophecies"

  • The Amazing, 'Safe Island'

    February 19, 2015 5:27 PM 160

    It's easy to use hyperbolic adjectives when describing songs like "Safe Harbor." The Amazing crafts a sound that's huge, sprawling, immense and so on, but words aren't worth much when you're confronted with a song this enveloping. Picture You, the Swedish band's third album, touches on the psych-rock guitarist Reine Fiske previously made with Dungen

  • 'Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange'

    February 18, 2015 12:03 PM 246

    "I have come in search of a gazelle with white feet or a man in a shirt." Sometimes, it's advisable to leave an introduction until after the book, when it becomes part of an experience you've already drawn from the work itself. But sometimes you're reading Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange, a collection of 10th century fantasy tales from the Arab world