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Deceptive Cadence

Remembering Vic Firth, An Orchestral — And Entrepreneurial — Legend

He was with the Boston Symphony for 50 years, and his name was also stamped on the sticks of drummers from Buddy Rich to Charlie Watts to Questlove. Firth died Sunday at age 85.

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Shots - Health News

What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

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Comedian Ari Shaffir performs in June. Shaffir has said fellow comedian Carlos Mencia stole his joke about who would build a fence on the U.S.-Mexican border. Copyright on jokes is difficult to prove, and it turned out two other comedians had made similar jokes as well. John Davisson/Invision/AP hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Twitter Takes Down Unoriginal Jokes, But All Of Yours Are Probably Safe

A freelance writer got the company to take down several unauthorized uses of her humor by what she says are robot accounts, but legal scholars say proving copyright on jokes is difficult.

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Shots - Health News

Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. Your Patients Are Getting Healthier

The past 15 years have seen a drop in deaths and hospitalizations among Medicare patients — people 65 and older. Teasing out why is tricky, but it seems a good trend for the 50-year-old program.

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Goats and Soda

Fleeing To Haiti, Migrants Put Faith In 'God And The Government'

Thousands of residents of the Dominican Republic — many of Haitian descent — have been stripped of citizenship. Facing deportation, they've moved into camps. Now they're living in limbo.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Arizona Cardinals Hire Female Coach For Training Camp And Preseason

"I am honored to be a part of this amazing team," says Jen Welter, an athlete and sports psychologist.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Drawing A Line From The Chinese Stock Market To Your Wallet

U.S. commodities — copper, corn, coal and more — are cheaper because of China's economic cooling. Producers got caught up in China's "teaser" demand for more of everything. It couldn't last.

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Business

Tired Of The Big City? Consider Telecommuting From Montana MTPR

Greg Gianforte, a successful high-tech entrepreneur, is recruiting — not for his company, but for telecommuters to move to rural Montana and bring their high-paying jobs with them.

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