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Review: Country Rapper Colt Ford Brings The Party

Monday, June 30, 2014

Colt Ford, "Thanks For Listening" (Average Joe's)

Country music's pre-eminent singer/rapper Colt Ford is out with his fifth studio album, "Thanks For Listening," a release thick with featured vocals from other artists and a keen ear toward the caricature of the country lifestyle.

This is mostly good old boy territory, ...


Monty Python Shows Aim For Jagger-Like Energy Jolt

Monday, June 30, 2014

LONDON (AP) — The members of Monty Python are aiming to move like Jagger in their live farewell shows.

The five surviving Pythons have reunited for 10 dates at London's 15,000-seat O2 Arena starting Tuesday. It's a fast-paced comic revue that requires the septuagenarian comedians to act, sing, dance and ...


Amanda Bynes' New York Bong-Tossing Case Dismissed

Monday, June 30, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The bong-tossing case against Amanda Bynes was dismissed Monday after the actress complied with the judge's orders to stay out of trouble and go to counseling.

Bynes, 28, was charged last year with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession. Building managers called police because they said she ...


McAllister Changes Course, Will Seek Re-Election

Monday, June 30, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister announced Monday that he's changed his mind and intends to run for re-election despite the scandal caused by a video showing him kissing a married female aide.

In April, the freshman congressman said he wouldn't seek another term. But two ...


North Korea Preparing To Try 2 American Tourists

Monday, June 30, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea said Monday it is preparing to try two Americans who entered the country as tourists for carrying out what it says were hostile acts against it.

Investigations into Americans Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle concluded that suspicions about their hostile acts have been ...


Book News: Irish Writer Dermot Healy Dies

Monday, June 30, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Irish poet and novelist Dermot Healy has died at the age of 66. Although Healy kept a low profile and was not well known outside of Ireland, he counted among his admirers Seamus Heaney and Roddy ...


Obama Says US Supporting Chilean Solar Power Plan

Monday, June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States will support the construction of a solar power plant in Chile.

Obama was meeting in the Oval Office on Monday with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. He told reporters as the meeting got under way that they will be announcing collaboration ...


EU Slashes Mobile Data Roaming Fees By 55 Percent

Monday, June 30, 2014

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says the surcharges for surfing the Internet on mobile devices while traveling across the 28-nation bloc will be more than halved.

The European Commission says the new cap on the so-called roaming fees will be effective starting Tuesday, just in time for the summer ...


Justices: Can't Make Employers Cover Contraception

Monday, June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

The justices' 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses ...


U.S. Advances To World Cup's 2nd Round Despite Loss

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted.

Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 Thursday in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller’s 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeated ...


Money Men Tally Cost Of Climate Change

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by a trio of men with vast business experience.

The report, released Tuesday, is designed to convince businesses to factor in ...


Sales Of U.S. Existing Homes Up 4.9 Percent In May

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes in May posted the best monthly gain in nearly three years, providing hope that housing is beginning to regain momentum lost over the past year.

The National Association of Realtors says that sales of existing homes increased 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally ...


Kerry Urges Political Reform In Iraq

Monday, June 23, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the fate of Iraq may be decided over the next week and is largely dependent on whether its leaders meet a deadline for starting to build a new government.

Kerry on Monday met with top officials from Iraq’s bitterly divided Shiite, Sunni and ...


Special Coverage: Obama's Remarks On Iraq

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Note: Here & Now is providing special coverage of the president’s remarks

President Barack Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to help Iraqi forces stem violent sectarian fighting.

The president announced the deployment from the White House Thursday after meeting with his national security team.

Obama said ...


GM Announces More Ignition Problem Recalls

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

General Motors says it needs to change or replace the keys for about 3.4 million cars because they could cause the ignition switch to move out of position if they’re carrying too much weight.

GM said in a statement Monday that the switches can rotate out of “run” if the ...


As Militants Advance, U.S. Considers Options In Iraq

Monday, June 16, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde into the Persian Gulf as concern grows over a militant group’s advancement toward Iraq’s capital. It’s joining the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush and other U.S. naval ships.

A Pentagon spokesman says the ships’ presence ...


Metropolis: 6/14/14

Monday, June 16, 2014

This Week's Tracklist

  • Watermat, "Bullitt" (Promo)
  • Banks, "Drowning (Lido Remix)" (Harvest)
  • Rufus Du Sol, "Sundream (Classixx Remix)" (Sweat It Out!)
  • Digitalism, "Wolves feat. Youngblood Hawke (RAC Mix)" (Pias)
  • Kiesza, "Hideaway (Bixel Boys Remix)" (Lokal Legend)
  • Lxury, "J.A.W.S." (Method Records)
  • Julian Gomes, "Love Song 28 Feat. Bobby (Atjazz Galaxy Aart ...


Obama On Iraq Security: 'We Can't Do It For Them'

Friday, June 13, 2014

President Barack Obama says Iraq’s government must make a sincere effort to address sectarian differences, or else U.S. military help won’t succeed in curbing the insurgency there.

He says, quote, “We can’t do it for them.”

Obama says the U.S. won’t send troops back into Iraq. But he says he’s ...


Charles Wright Named 20th U.S. Poet Laureate

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Library of Congress has chosen Southern writer Charles Wright to serve as the nation’s next poet laureate beginning this fall.

Wright hails from Pickwick Dam, Tennessee. For years, he was a professor at the University of Virginia.

He began writing poetry while he was stationed in Italy with the ...


Police: Gunman Kills Student In School Shooting

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Police in Oregon say a gunman fatally shot a student at a high school near Portland.

Authorities said Tuesday the suspect also was dead and the situation is stabilized.

The Multnomah County sheriff’s office said there were reports of shots fired about 8 a.m. at Reynolds High School in Troutdale.