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10:01pm

Thu December 29, 2011
The Record

Music In Afghanistan A Sensitive Subject

A performance at the Afghan National Institute of Music in November of 2010.
Daniel Wilkinson U.S. Embassy Kabul Afghanistan/flickr.com

Afghanistan sits at a crossroads between central Asia, Iran and the Indian subcontinent, and the country's music reflects that. Kabul hosted two international music festivals this fall — one traditional, the other a rock concert — but music is still a sensitive issue. International donors, including the U.S., have helped refurbish a conservatory in Kabul, but some of the students say they still face disapproval from extremist elements, even at the university.

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8:00pm

Thu December 29, 2011
StoryCorps

On New Year's Eve, An ID Check Helps Love Prosper

Originally published on Fri December 30, 2011 6:07 am

Isabel Sobozinsky-Wall and her husband, Scott Wall, visited StoryCorps in San Francisco.
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For Isabel Sobozinsky-Wall, New Year's Eve marks a special time. That's when she met her future husband, Scott, during a trip to New York City 20 years ago.

"I was single and feeling very lonely on New Year's Eve," Scott says. "I was actually wandering the streets of Manhattan, and I ended up in the Paris Cafe. There was this ravishingly beautiful woman, wearing a beautiful dress. And I introduced myself. But I was very surprised when you asked me for my ID."

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2:50pm

Thu December 29, 2011
Business

Three CO Sears, Kmart Stores to Close Due to Disappointing Holiday Season

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Three Colorado Sears and Kmart stores will close in the coming year due to lackluster sales. The move could impact as many as 240 employees.

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2:03pm

Thu December 29, 2011
Politics

Beleaguered Larimer County GOP Searches for New Chairman

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The Larimer County GOP will have a new chairman in 2012. Current head Tom Lucero announced his resignation earlier this week, citing a need to focus more time on his consulting business.

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5:00am

Thu December 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Great Day In South Carolina? Depends Who You Ask

Under orders from GOP Gov. Nikki Haley, state employees must answer the phone saying: "It's a great day in South Carolina." Two Democratic legislators want to ban the cheery mandate. They say no sunny hellos as long as unemployment is more than 5 percent in the state.

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