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Wave Of Arsons Blisters Jim Morrison's Former Home In The Hollywood Hills

When Jim Morrison sang, "Come on baby, light my fire," he couldn't have dreamed of what would happen Friday in Los Angeles.

Arsonists torched car after car across a 2-square-mile swath of Hollywood during the wee hours after midnight, and in several cases, the flames leapt onto nearby houses. The Associated Press reports that firefighters scrambled to contain 21 blazes in less than four hours. No arrests had been made by Friday night.

The reason we mention Morrison? One of the homes that burned was where the late singer and his girlfriend Pamela Courson once lived. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Laurel Canyon house was built in 1922 and famously served as the inspiration for the 1968 Doors song "Love Street."

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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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Virginia's Own Tim Kaine Takes The Democratic Veepstakes

We consider Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine's regional ties and the pros and cons of his vice presidential candidacy as the DNC gets underway.

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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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