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Trinidad's Steelpan Players Turn Trash Into Something Beautiful

Working-class youths invented the steel drum in the 1930s by banging dents in the tops of discarded oil drums to create notes. Today, steelpan is Trinidad's de facto national instrument.

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Iraq

Robert Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq

The former secretary of defense says that even stepping up the rules of engagement for U.S. troops in Iraq might not keep ISIS in check. "There's no certainty about any of this," he says.

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Delivering Tragic News — And Becoming 'Part Of The Family'

On Memorial Day weekend, we hear from Leslie Hurd, of the U.S. Navy, who recalls having to inform a mother that her son had committed suicide. "You're there to take care of the family," Hurd says.

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It's All Politics

Politics Rewind: The First Cut Is The Deepest

GOP presidential debate rules will exclude many candidates or relegate them to a second-tier debate, but nobody wants to be playing in the NIT while the big dogs are in the NCAA tournament.

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Around the Nation

Pre-Race Day, Indy 500 Struggles With Flying Cars WDET

Leading up to the premier race has been a series of unpredictable airborne crashes — and no one can explain why. Officials have mandated a lower driving speed, while engineers work to find some solution.

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Fine Art

The Exquisite Dissonance Of Kehinde Wiley

The Brooklyn Museum's mid-career Wiley retrospective wraps up this week; his large, elaborate works depict black men and women in traditional forms like oil, bronze sculture and even stained glass.

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TLC Pulls '19 Kids And Counting' Amid Reports Of Star's Sexual Misconduct As Minor

Reports say Josh Duggar, 27, molested five underage girls in 2002 and 2003. Duggar has apologized, and his family says they have been open about "one of the most difficult times of our lives."

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What's On Your Road Trip Playlist?

Just in time for those long summer drives: Hear our playlist of songs listeners say are essential for road trips — then suggest some of your own.

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The Salt

In New Jersey, A Beef Over Pork Roll Sparks Rival Festivals

What is pork roll? As one fan puts it, "It's like Spam meets bacon." And this Saturday, Trenton, N.J., will host not one but two competing festivals devoted to this Garden State meat delicacy.

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It's All Politics

Here's Where Hillary Clinton Gave Her Controversial Foundation Speeches

The speeches were largely delivered at universities and on Wall Street, which has already made them sources of controversy for the 2016 presidential candidate.

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Parallels - World News

A Wedding And A Challenge: Lebanese Couples Fight For Civil Marriage

No one ever said marriage was easy, but in Lebanon, it's even harder: The country has 15 sets of matrimonial laws for 18 different religions and sects. Activists want the right to civil marriages.

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