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5:11pm

Tue December 21, 2010
Music Interviews

Music We Missed This Year: Maurice Brown

As we near the end of the year, we're catching up on music we missed, and that includes the release from trumpeter Maurice Brown, The Cycle of Love.

It's rarely easy for a musician to put into words what his music is supposed to mean, but Brown tries. His liner notes suggest that each song represents a different moment in life.

"Well, The Cycle of Love for me," he says, "is my interpretation of the different stages we go through on our quest for true happiness, you know?"

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4:41pm

Tue December 21, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

Study Fuels Debate Over Widespread HIV Testing, And Its Cost

The wider use of a cheap blood test could help cut the number of new HIV infections by more than 80,000 in the United States over 20 years.

The test only costs a few dollars. But the researchers say screening everyone at least once and people more likely to get the disease, such as gay men, every year would be a cost-effective. Still, even that considerable effort would cut the expected 1.23 million new HIV infections over the next couple decades by a modest 7 percent.

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3:48pm

Tue December 21, 2010
Animals

Wild Chimps May Play Dolls

For the parents who have been wondering, "Why is it that my daughter plays with dolls and my son just wants a toy fire truck?" scientists reported this week that they've seen something similar among chimpanzees in a forest in Uganda. The scientists say they've observed young, female chimps playing with sticks and logs as though they were dolls.

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3:33pm

Tue December 21, 2010
The Two-Way

START Moves Ahead

By a 67-28 vote, the Senate just decided that the New START arms agreement with Russia will be brought to the floor later today or tomorrow for an up-or-down vote on ratification.

The vote effectively ended debate on the pact.

And as we reported earlier, enough Republicans have now said they will vote "aye" to ratify that treaty.

According to the Associated Press:

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3:32pm

Tue December 21, 2010
Asia

Pakistan's Military Shapes Relationship With U.S.

Classified U.S. diplomatic cables from Pakistan, released by WikiLeaks, reveal that despite billions of dollars in U.S. assistance to the civilian government, it is Pakistan's army that appears to be in charge.

The army is where the power lies in Pakistan, according to defense analyst Ayesha Siddiqa. She says anyone seen to be challenging the military or "the military's national narrative is then considered as anti-nationalist, as an enemy of the state, considered as operating on the other side."

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