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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was part of a group of Coal State Democrats who wanted a longer extension of health benefits for coal miners in the stop-gap spending bill. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Politics

No Government Shutdown: Senate Passes Funding Bill After Democrats Back Down

The bill, passed less than an hour before the deadline, will keep the federal government running until late April. Coal-state Democrats had been protesting provisions that affected miners.

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Remembering Four Electronic Musicians Lost In The Oakland Warehouse Fire

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One week ago, a fire ripped through an Oakland warehouse that was being used as a music venue and artist community. Hear the music of four up-and-coming electronic artists who died in that fire.

Remembering Four Electronic Musicians Lost In The Oakland Warehouse Fire

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Childish Gambino's new album, "Awaken, My Love!", is out now. Ibra Ake/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Reviews

Childish Gambino's New Album Is A Funky Left Turn

While he was working on Atlanta, Donald Glover was also gathering musicians for soul jam sessions. "Awaken, My Love!" is an album of '70s throwback sounds that feels thrillingly alive.

Childish Gambino's New Album Is A Funky Left Turn

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President Obama meets with members of his national security team and cybersecurity advisers in February. Homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan are at right. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Obama Orders Sweeping Review Of International Hacking Tied To U.S. Elections

The review will go all the way back to the 2008 campaign and will look at "all foreign actors and any attempt to interfere with our elections," said White House spokesman Eric Schultz.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

A Message Of Tolerance And Welcome, Spreading From Yard To Yard

A church in Harrisonburg, Va., posted a simple message last year: "No matter where you come from, we're glad you're our neighbor," in three languages. Now the signs show up from D.C. to Detroit.

Russia's new Iskander system can be armed with nuclear warheads and can fire either ballistic (pictured) or cruise missiles. The Iskander-M missile launcher was used during a military exercise last month by the Russian Eastern Military District's 5th army at a firing range in Ussuriysk, Russia. Yuri Smityuk/TASS via Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Russia Seen Moving New Missiles To Eastern Europe

New satellite photos suggest Russia is preparing to base new nuclear-capable missiles in its Baltic enclave between Lithuania and Poland. The missiles are likely meant as a warning to the West.

Monkeys' vocal equipment can produce the sounds of human speech, research shows, but they lack the connections between the auditory and motor parts of the brain that humans rely on to imitate words. Brian Jefferey Beggerly/Flickr hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Say, What? Monkey Mouths And Throats Are Equipped For Speech

Monkeys weren't thought to have the right sort of vocal tracts to speak. But a study finds they can make many sounds common in human speech; it's just that their brains aren't "language ready."

Monkey Voice Simulation Saying "Will You Marry Me?"

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Parallels - World News

South Korea Impeaches President, But Political Drama Isn't Finished

The president has been suspended from power — but her fate will be decided later by a constitutional court. "Please, let's come together to overcome this crisis," the prime minister pleaded Friday.

South Korea Impeaches President, But Political Drama Isn't Finished

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The singer Alsarah: "Sudanese people said I wasn't Sudanese enough. Arabs said I wasn't an Arab. Americans said I wasn't American. I used to be like, 'I don't belong anywhere! Now I'm like you're all mine. All my countries, you're all mine." Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Born In Sudan, Based In Brooklyn. A Singer Remixes Her Identities

Please, says the singer-songwriter, don't pigeonhole her as some sort of "refugee artist." She calls her music "East-African Retro-Pop."

Syrian pro-government forces stand amidst the rubble in old Aleppo's Jdeideh neighborhood on Friday. George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Horror In Aleppo: Civilians Trapped As Syrian Government Tightens Siege

"I don't even know how to describe the kinds of things that are landing on us" a dentist trapped in one of Aleppo's last rebel-held neighborhoods tells NPR.

Horror In Aleppo: Civilians Trapped As Syrian Government Tightens Siege

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