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7:32 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Sticking Points In Iran Nuclear Talks: Sanctions And A Fuel Stockpile

Ahead of Tuesday's deadline, Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wait Monday for the opening of a plenary session on Iran's nuclear program at the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 11:33 am

With Tuesday's deadline for an international deal on Iran's nuclear program approaching, foreign ministers from Iran and six world powers are trying to hash out an agreement. The debate currently centers on where Iran's nuclear fuel should be stored, and how — and when — economic sanctions should be lifted.

Other details, such as rules controlling enrichment, the length of the deal and how it would be enforced, also remain unsettled.

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Mental Health
5:29 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Iran Nuclear Talks Bog Down As Tuesday Deadline Approaches

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 9:49 am

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Middle East
5:27 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Yemenis Pay The Price For Saudi Arabia-Iran Rivalry

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 11:50 pm

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NPR Story
5:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Politics In The News: Religious Freedom Act

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 7:33 am

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NPR Story
5:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Voting In Nigeria Affected By Isolated Violence And Irregularities

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 12:33 pm

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5:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Recovery Efforts Continue For Victims of Germanwings Crash

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 7:33 am

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5:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Tikrit Battle: U.S. And Iran-Backed Militias Are On The Same Side

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 7:33 am

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Shots - Health News
3:39 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Compression Clothing: Not The Magic Bullet For Performance

Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross pulls on compression sleeves before a 400-meter race at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul in 2012.
Martin Meissner AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 3:27 pm

Maybe you've seen them in the gym, or even squeezed into them yourself: super-tight T-shirts, leggings, knee and calf sleeves, even tube tops. More and more athletes are wearing compression garments, hoping they will improve their performance and recovery.

But do they work? This is a question Abigail Stickford, a postdoctoral researcher at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, wanted to answer.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

First Listen: Jessie Baylin, 'Dark Place'

Jessie Baylin's new album, Dark Place, comes out April 7.
Will Holland Courtesy of the artist

Over the last few years, Jessie Baylin has probably received more media attention for having a child with her husband, Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill, than she has for making music. She hasn't released an album since 2012's Little Spark and was unsure if and when she'd record another. Ultimately, though, she reconvened with her longtime co-writer and producer, Richard Swift, to craft 11 seductively seclusive pop songs, dubbing the set Dark Place and including this inscription in the liner notes: "And this record is for you, Violet."

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

First Listen: Drenge, 'Undertow'

Drenge's new album, Undertow, comes out April 7.
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Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:00 am

In a candid, hilarious interview with Noisey in 2013, Eoin Loveless — singer-guitarist of the British rock duo Drenge — recalled an incident when he was a schoolboy. A fellow student threw a tantrum in science class and stormed out of the room screaming, "You can't tell me what to do!" It's not entirely clear if that incident inspired "We Can Do What We Want," the lead single from Drenge's second album, Undertow.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

First Listen: Toro Y Moi, 'What For?'

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

First Listen: Royal Thunder, 'Crooked Doors'

Royal Thunder's new album, Crooked Doors, comes out April 7.
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Writing a breakup album is one thing. Blood On The Tracks, 808s And Heartbreak, Domestica, Vulnicura — these records capture a heartbreaking perspective with power and clarity, but they each come from a singular voice.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

First Listen: Say Lou Lou, 'Lucid Dreaming'

Say Lou Lou's new album, Lucid Dreaming, comes out April 6.
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"Gold was different," Isaac Asimov wrote in his final novella. "It had a feel. Each piece had a weight. Piled together it had a gleaming beauty." The choice Asimov's protagonist faces when he says this is between payment for a job in the intangible electronic currency on which his world runs, or in 200 pieces of solid gold. In writing Gold, and in giving his character this choice (and subsequent obsession), Asimov contributed to the millennia-spanning narrative of human intoxication by chemical element 79.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

First Listen: The Mountain Goats, 'Beat The Champ'

The Mountain Goats' new album, Beat the Champ, comes out April 7.
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Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:13 am

When thinking about populism, it's easy to focus on either the relatable day-to-day struggles of average people — of the majority somewhere in the middle, glorified by so many rootsy tropes — or the more strung-out striving of those at the bottom. In politics and in culture, "the little guy" has typically made it far enough up the ladder to have a voice echoed in anthems and slogans, or else sunk far enough into desperation, homelessness or famine so as to surpass the need for detail entirely.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

First Listen: Waxahatchee, 'Ivy Tripp'

Waxahatchee's new album, Ivy Tripp, comes out April 7.
Michael Rubenstein Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 12:54 pm

Waxahatchee began as a vehicle for the raggedly beautiful indie-pop home recordings of Katie Crutchfield, a singer-songwriter who'd appeared in a small assortment of bands in her hometown of Birmingham, Ala. On her 2012 debut, American Weekend, Crutchfield set a narrative tone for the increasingly fleshed-out recordings to follow: She writes from the perspective of one who's young, keenly intelligent, and both hyper-aware of and overwhelmed by everything that could ever go wrong.

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Movies
7:56 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

A Father-Daughter Team Remakes 'Jurassic Park' In Lego Form

Eight-year-old Hailee worked with her dad on the Lego version of Jurassic Park.
Paul Hollingsworth

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:43 pm

The dinosaurs are lot smaller than the originals — and so is one of the filmmakers.

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The Two-Way
7:48 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Michigan State, Duke Join Kentucky, Wisconsin In The Men's Final Four

Michigan State is headed back to the Final Four, where they'll meet Duke next Saturday night. Afterward, Wisconsin takes on the still-unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats.
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Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 11:31 am

We've got a Final Four.

Michigan State and Duke will join Kentucky and Wisconsin in Indianapolis next Saturday night.

In Syracuse, N.Y., Michigan State and Louisville traded leads all game. As the clock wound down, the Spartans led by one point, 65-64. But they missed their chance to extend the lead when freshman Marvin Clark Jr. missed two free throws with 22 seconds to go.

But just seconds later, they fouled Louisville forward Mangok Mathiang, who made one free throw to tie the game, but couldn't hit the second.

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Europe
5:45 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Questions Remain About Germanwings Co-Pilot's Illness

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Middle East
5:43 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Saudi Airstrikes Could Be Precursor To Ground Invasion In Yemen

Saudi Arabia shares an 1,100-mile border with Yemen, a country quickly falling into anarchy. The Saudis have led airstrikes against rebel Houthi forces, but analysts say ground forces might not be far behind.

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Author Interviews
5:43 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 2:57 pm

Writer Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather Liu Feng Shu was a scholar in China's Qing dynasty during the late 1800s and early 1900s. As a patron of the arts, he built up an immense porcelain collection.

During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Japanese landed near his village on the Yangtze River. As the army approached, Liu and one of his workmen dug a giant hole in their garden, to keep the collection safe.

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