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'A Lot Of Detective Work': Piecing Together J Dilla's 'The Diary'

The late hip-hop producer left behind troves of unfinished music. How do you dig into the vault of an artist like Dilla and assemble an album that remains true to their creative vision?

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'It's Jarred My Soul': Prosecutor Speaks On Flint Lead Water Crisis

Special prosecutor Todd Flood talks about his investigation into tainted water in Flint, Mich., including allegations that there was a cover-up. Nine people have been criminally charged so far.

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Volleyball Plus Soccer Makes Footvolley

Footvolley is a sport played like it sounds: A volleyball is kicked around like soccer with no hands. The U.S. and other countries are sending teams to Brazil, but it's not an Olympic sport yet.

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From 'The Water's Edge To The Cutting Edge': Fish Skeletons, CT Scans And Engineering

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'A Lot Of Detective Work': Piecing Together J Dilla's 'The Diary'

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