12:22pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Droptones

Have you heard of The Droptones?  They are from San Francisco, but their recent single – which you’re hearing now – was a hit this spring in England.

You can hear the West Coast Soul of the Droptones on Friday, when they’ll be at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. Doors will open at 8:00pm. 

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12:15pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Movie Interviews

From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei'

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 12:44 pm

George Takei's personal story is illuminated in the new, funny documentary To Be Takei.
Victoria Will AP

Many fans know George Takei from his role as Mr. Sulu on the 1960s show Star Trek. But in the past decade, he has drawn followers who admire him because of who he is — not just who he has played. Now, the new documentary To Be Takei may interest more people in Takei's life.

Takei's personal story offers insights into a couple of key chapters of American political and cultural history.

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11:52am

Mon July 28, 2014
Music Reviews

Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 12:30 pm

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11:29am

Mon July 28, 2014
Arts & Culture

Raquel Bitton, fresh from the Fes Festival, on Africamix

Amadou & Mariam at the Fes Festival 2014

The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco explores the vast repertoire of music and rhythms created across the globe since the dawn of time. 

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11:27am

Mon July 28, 2014
The Salt

Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 4:39 pm

A U.S. company that supplies meat to some fast-food chains in China has pulled all of its products, some of which were chicken nuggets sold in Hong Kong, made by a Chinese subsidiary.
Kin Cheung AP

A U.S. company that supplies meat to some of the world's largest fast-food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a Chinese subsidiary, after reports that it was selling expired products.

The food safety scandal that erupted in China in the last week has also spread overseas, affecting chain restaurants in Japan and Hong Kong, and prompted calls for tighter food safety regulation in China.

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11:25am

Mon July 28, 2014
The Two-Way

FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines

A Boeing 737 jetliner operated by Southwest awaits loading at the Little Rock, Ark., airport.
Danny Johnston AP

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that it intends to fine Southwest Airlines $12 million for flying Boeing 737 airplanes without making proper repairs.

Beginning in 2006, Southwest began "extreme makeover" alterations to address cracking of aluminum skin on 44 jetliners, the FAA said in a news release.

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10:50am

Mon July 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 3:39 pm

Margot Adler, seen here in 2006, was a longtime reporter for NPR. She died Monday following a battle with cancer.
Michael Paras NPR

Margot Adler, one of the signature voices on NPR's airwaves for more than three decades, died Monday at her home in New York City. She was 68 and had been battling cancer.

Margot joined the NPR staff as a general assignment reporter in 1979. She went on to cover everything from the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic to confrontations involving the Ku Klux Klan in Greensboro, N.C., to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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10:37am

Mon July 28, 2014
The Two-Way

It May Be Summer, But For Economists, This Week Feels Like Christmas

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:31 pm

Chiang Ying-ying AP

This week is summer's sweet spot — the peak time for pool parties, fresh-picked berries and cool drinks. But for economists, it may feel more like Christmas — so much to unwrap!

Each day will bring new decisions and reports that could have a big impact on the nation's economy. So economists, investors and workers will have plenty to ponder. Here's what's happening this week:

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10:19am

Mon July 28, 2014
National Security

To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 4:40 pm

First Lt. Patrick Romanofski (center) and 2nd Lt. Andrew Beckner (left) practice the launch of nuclear weapons. Promotions are now more strongly influenced by hands-on performance in this simulator.
R.J. Oriez U.S. Air Force

The young officers at F.E. Warren Air Force Base have an enormous job: to keep 150 nuclear-tipped missiles ready to launch at a moment's notice.

Understandably, they're expected to know exactly what they're doing.

Three times a month, they're tested on the weapons and the codes used to launch them. Anything less than 90 percent is a fail.

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9:41am

Mon July 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 10:05 am

The human Y chromosome (left) holds the code for "maleness"; that's the X on the right.
Andrew Syred/Science Source

Basic biology has it that girls are girls because they have two X chromosomes — the things inside cells that carry our genes. Boys are boys because they have one X and one Y. Recently, though, there's been a lot of debate in scientific circles about the fate of that Y chromosome — the genetic basis of maleness.

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