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'Weird Al' Yankovic On Parody In The Age Of YouTube

Yankovic says the new digital democracy has forced him to focus his craft and reconsider his release strategy — but where pop parody is concerned, "as long as people don't mind, I'll keep doing it."

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35 Years After Minnie Riperton's Death, New Fans Still Find Her

In Los Angeles on Saturday, the Decoders, along with a 20-piece band and a dozen vocalists, will perform a tribute concert to late soul singer.

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Israel And Gaza Struck By Rockets, Bombs And A Sense Of Deja Vu

For the third time in five years, Israel has bombed Gaza in response to Hamas rocket fire. As Israel considers a ground invasion, Israelis note the grisly repetition, skeptical things will change.

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Israel And Gaza Struck By Rockets, Bombs And A Sense Of Deja Vu
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A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty
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Doing the Chores Ben Sollee

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Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD
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35 Years After Minnie Riperton's Death, New Fans Still Find Her
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'Weird Al' Yankovic On Parody In The Age Of YouTube
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NOW That's What I Call Polka! "Weird Al" Yankovic
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What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?
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Barcelona football star Lionel Messi (right) leaves a courthouse in Gava, Spain, in September 2013, after a hearing on tax evasion charges. Messi and his father paid $6.5 million to try to settle the case, but his father may still go on trial. Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory
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