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There are songs that just make people want to get up and shake their booty. Why? Scientists say the most enticing rhythms have something missing: beats that your body can't help but fill in.
May 30, 2014
In an interview with NPR, The New York Times' new executive editor Dean Baquet said Jill Abramson was fired because of her failed relationship with the publisher and with senior editors.
May 30, 2014
ISEE-3, launched in 1978 to study solar wind, was "borrowed" for a comet mission a few years later and virtually lost. A group of space enthusiasts say they've managed to reestablish contact.
May 29, 2014
Shakespeare described the 15th-century British king as "deformed, unfinish'd," and a hunchback. A 3-D model of his spine reveals that Richard had developed severe curvature of the spine as a teen.
May 29, 2014
The National Security Agency says it has only one email exchange between the former contractor and the NSA's legal branch — concerning a technical issue.
May 29, 2014
After a contentious half-year, Irwindale's City Council and Sriracha-maker David Tran have come to an agreement: His factory stays put and the spicy scent stays in the bottle.
May 29, 2014
Last year, about 1 in 7 people in the U.S. were getting food stamps, or SNAP benefits. But the numbers have started to drop as more people find work and better-paying jobs, analysts say.
May 29, 2014
Mohammed Iqbal, whose wife was killed by angry relatives in Lahore earlier this week, admits he killed his first wife so he could remarry.
May 29, 2014
With more than a million visitors expected for the games, Brazilian authorities are trying to control the mosquitoes that carry the disease and stop a sudden spike of cases in Sao Paulo.
May 29, 2014
For an exhibition called "L.A. Heat," the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles asked 30 artists to come up with new works inspired by two homegrown hot sauce heroes: Sriracha and Tapatio.
May 29, 2014
The latest U.S. report showed growth shrank in early 2014, but talk of a recession is unwarranted, economists say. They blame a harsh winter and say strong consumer spending signals a rebound.
May 29, 2014
Pakistan is reeling from the latest "honor killing." Just feet from a courthouse, a pregnant woman was stoned to death for marrying a man against her family's wishes.
May 29, 2014
As Oklahoma enters its fourth year of sustained drought, some farmers expect the harvest to be so bad they'll end up calling their insurance agents and declaring this year a total loss. StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz reports that some are calling this the worst drought since the '50s — or even since the Dust Bowl.
May 29, 2014
Afghanistan's presidential election in April left no candidate with more than 50 percent of the vote. A second-round election will be held on June 14 — during the peak of the Taliban fighting season. There are growing concerns that election day could be a blood bath, and that a close outcome would result in political instability.
May 29, 2014
Reports from Ukraine say a general was among about a dozen soldiers killed when their helicopter was shot down by pro-Moscow separatists.
May 29, 2014
In most states this year, the Republican establishment has managed to hold off Tea Party challengers. In Texas, the opposite was true.
May 29, 2014
Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, have agreed to attend the joint prayer meeting at the Vatican, set for next week.
May 29, 2014
President Obama nominated a controversial Georgia judge — one who once supported the display of the Confederate flag — for the federal bench. The White House explains the choice by pointing to a Senate tradition giving a state's two senators virtual veto power over judicial nominations for their state. In Obama's case, this means that states with two Republican senators have blocked most of his appointments.
May 29, 2014
The recalls include 1.1 million SUVs with power steering defects, 200,000 Taurus sedans with a corrosion issue and 82,500 vehicles with floor mats that might interfere with the accelerator.
May 29, 2014
At high poverty schools, "students rarely experience a normal school day, let alone semester or year."
May 29, 2014

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