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Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants

Sunni militants of ISIS have raised their black flags in towns they've captured in northern Iraq. But they've had help from, and share a goal with, former members of Saddam Hussein's security forces.

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Your Favorite Musicians, Straight From Their Laptop To Yours

If you'd like to catch some live music tonight, you may find some surprising options without even leaving home. Online, bands are performing concerts — and making money — using virtual venues.

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How To Become A Neanderthal: Chew Before Thinking

The strong jawline and pronounced teeth of of Neanderthals likely evolved before their large braincase, scientists say. The evidence? A treasure of bones recovered from a single cave in Spain.

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Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants

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How To Become A Neanderthal: Chew Before Thinking

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Give It Away The Fray
Hit The Road Jack Harmonica Brass Band
Non Dormo Mai Erica Mou
King Kong Titan

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New King Ascends Spanish Throne, With Hopes For A New Era

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While cities are still competing for the not yet built Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, parts of the collection are already on display. The "Star Wars Identities" traveling exhibition, currently at the Cite du Cinema in Saint-Denis, France, features 200 objects from George Lucas' collection — including the costumes of Chewbacca, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa. Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection

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Star Wars (Main Theme)
The Swing Of Justice Gramatik
From the Rooftops The Funk Ark
Manic Depressive Omer Avital, Aaron Goldberg et. al.
Pony Ride Neil Finn
Hours Tycho

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Your Favorite Musicians, Straight From Their Laptop To Yours

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So Obvious Legs
Ritual Union Little Dragon
Pasture Elephant Revival

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Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France

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Intro The xx
St. James Infirmary Allen Toussaint

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Can't Follow The Beat? Just Add Butter

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Fake Empire The National
Djangish Project Trio