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D.C. Metro Crash Spurs Federal Oversight Effort

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WASHINGTON (AP) Supporters of legislation in Congress that would give federal regulators the power to force transit agencies to make improvements are rallying around a ruling by investigators that the lack of federal safety oversight contributed to the Metro crash that killed nine people last year.

They hope the National Transportation Safety Board's strong language favoring this oversight will make it easier to convince lawmakers that it is necessary. But a hold placed on the bill by Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn to keep it from being fast-tracked through Congress could interfere.

The $66 million Public Transportation Safety Act, which is now before the full Senate, would give the transportation secretary authority over public transportation safety.

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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Verizon Buys Yahoo For $4.8 Billion In Cash, Touting Gains In Mobile

The deal comes more than a year after Verizon paid $4.4 billion to acquire AOL; as part of Verizon, Yahoo will join the same division AOL currently occupies.

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