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February 19, 2015 7:22 PM Dan Deacon Creates Anew | Paul R. Byrne

When the call came, Dan Deacon was tracking his new album. The songs were structured, the studio time was booked, there was a release date scheduled, and suddenly he was being invited to play shows with Arcade Fire. Big shows. "I didn't know shows like that existed for bands that were contemporary. I thought that was for like U2 and Tom Petty and stuff 30

February 19, 2015 7:16 PM The Scary World That Is Arabic Twitter | Natasha Tynes

As an independent journalist who contributes to various organizations inside and outside the U.S., Twitter is my virtual newsroom. It is where I get story ideas, connect with sources and engage with my readers. On average I spend at least four hours daily on Twitter. As the Islamic State's (ISIS) atrocities started to dominate the news cycle during the mid part of last year, most of my Tweets 18

February 19, 2015 5:58 PM Ukraine forces' withdrawal from Debaltseve makes Cossacks celebrate

DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine -- Rebel fighters, many of them Cossacks, roamed the streets of Debaltseve on Thursday, a day after Ukrainian forces began withdrawing from the besieged town. The mood was celebratory, with fighters laughing, hugging each other and posing for photos. Associated Press journalists drove Thursday around about half of the key rail hub that has been the focus 25

February 19, 2015 5:49 PM 'Smart City' knows who needs power, and when

Tomorrow Transformed explores innovative approaches and opportunities available in business and society through technology. Mannheim, Germany (CNN)In 1882 on Pearl Street, New York City, Thomas Edison opened the world's first commercial electric grid, lighting up local homes and businesses with cables connected to his power station. Fast forward to the present 13

February 19, 2015 5:09 PM Backed Separatists Take Debaltseve as Ukrainians Retreat

Russian-backed separatists have taken control of the key town of Devaltseve in e​​astern Ukraine, a move that threatens an already shaky truce that was supposed to go into effect on Sunday. More than 5,000 people have already been killed and repeated international efforts to achieve peace have failed. Fighting has continued since the ceasefire agreed 14

February 19, 2015 2:29 PM Road Salt: Winter's $2.3 Billion Game Changer

With cities across the United States facing one of the most brutal winters in recent memory, the use of road salt can be an economic game changer, one that forces snowy cities to be innovators that balance safety, cost and the environment. Winter road maintenance swallows 20 percent of state department of transportation maintenance budgets nationally 13

February 19, 2015 1:25 PM Fighting Shifts To Mariupol; A Call For UN Peacekeepers

Trying to salvage a cease-fire that has not stopped the fighting in eastern Ukraine, the leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia held a conference call today in which they called for full implementation of the truce's terms. Ukraine says that in the past 24 hours alone, 14 of its soldiers have died and another 172 were injured. With Debaltseve 14

February 19, 2015 12:35 PM Shattered Ukraine town in rebel hands as leaders urge respect for ceasefire

(CNN)The scene of devastation in Debaltseve, the town at the heart of the battle between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in recent days, is staggering. Barely a house is unscathed by shelling. Elderly civilians trapped by the fighting still cower in basements. After most Ukrainian forces pulled out Wednesday, the separatists are now in control 16

February 19, 2015 11:48 AM Ukraine ceasefire must be respected, leaders say

(CNN)The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany spoke Thursday by phone in an apparent attempt to shore up a ceasefire deal shaken by Ukraine's forced retreat from a key town after a separatist offensive. Ukraine pulled its troops from Debaltseve, a strategic railroad hub, on Wednesday after fierce fighting with pro-Russian separatist forces 19

February 19, 2015 9:09 AM Coral reefs to experience heavy ‘bleaching’ from warming ocean waters

This is beginning to look like a bad year for coral reefs, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Warm waters in the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans are causing bleaching in coral reefs across the globe. The agency says this is the third time for such a catastrophic event in less than a decade. Coral reefs support 29