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It Took A Musician's Ear To Decode The Complex Song In Whale Calls

Male humpback whales create "songs" together, scientists say. Katy Payne was the first to hear the shifts in pitch and pattern in the collective calls as complex music — haunting, evolving tunes.
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Lobbyists Spending Millions To Sway The Undecided On Iran Deal

The groups' targets? Democrats undecided on whether to accept or reject the deal when they vote this fall. The campaigns include tens of millions of dollars spent on TV ads in nearly two dozen states.
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This Major-Party Nominee's Not In The Pocket Of Big Donors. Or Any Donors

Truck driver and political unknown Robert Gray will be the gubernatorial candidate of Mississippi Democrats this fall. He didn't raise money, barely campaigned and didn't even vote in the primary.
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On Yelp, Doctors Get Reviewed Like Restaurants — And It Rankles

Doctors hate online rankings, saying patients don't get the nuances of medicine. But health care reviews on Yelp are more positive overall than they are for restaurants and other services.
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Key West's Dueling Civil War Memorials Serve As Monuments To Tolerance

There's been plenty of debate about Civil War monuments since the church shootings in Charleston, S.C. In Key West, a Confederate memorial is being fixed up, while a new Union memorial is being added.
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One Of The Nation's Biggest Urban Forests Isn't Where You'd Expect

Running all the way through Dallas is a 6,000-acre stretch of massive oaks, bubbling springs and broad meadows. But the river running through it has many of the issues faced by other urban waterways.
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After Katrina, Tulane's Architecture School Became A Community Builder

The storm marked a turning point for the school. Now, instead of focusing on historic preservation, it encourages students to design spaces with and for New Orleans' low-income neighborhoods.
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Why Did The U.S. Choose Hiroshima?

Seventy years ago, an atomic bomb wiped a city off the map. The committee that picked the target knew the destruction would be awful, but hoped it could end the war and stop future use of such bombs.
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Cellphone Service Down For Thousands, But Regulators May Never Know Why

State officials say years of deregulation have made it nearly impossible for authorities to find out details from telecom companies.
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Newseum Will Acquire Set Of 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart'

The set tells "an important story about how political satire and news as humor made 'The Daily Show' a trusted news source for a generation," the D.C. museum devoted to news said.

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