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London's Dominance Becomes A British Election Issue

London completely dominates the political, cultural and economic life of the U.K. to an extent rarely seen elsewhere. That imbalance has been an issue in the run-up to Thursday's election.

Public memorials, like the one at the scene where Freddie Gray was arrested, have become sites to commemorate other deaths of unarmed black men in similar police encounters across the country. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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From Oakland To Baltimore, Lessons Learned From Cities Of Unrest

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Venezuelan comedian Laureano Marquez performs a stand-up routine at a theater in Caracas last year. Marquez says the government is now cracking down on comedians who make jokes about the government and the country's economic problems. Christian Veron/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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It's No Joke: Venezuela Cracks Down On Comedians

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Golden Hill Tristeza
10 Misled Children
Hideaway Eric Clapton & John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
Keeper Bonobo

President Obama walks away from Marine One in his Nikes on Sunday. He heads to Nike Headquarters later this week. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Obama Laces Up To Tout Asian Trade Deal At Nike

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Jessfield Park [Instrumental] Shanghai Restoration
Mexico Al Caiola
Diablo Rojo Rodrigo y Gabriela
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London's Dominance Becomes A British Election Issue

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Thomas Edison's talking dolls were reportedly pretty robust, but their miniature phonographs were another story. Collection of Robin and Joan Rolfs/Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park hide caption

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Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

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Funeral March of a Marionette, for piano or orchestra in D minor Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler (conductor)
Mighty Jungle Lazerbeak
Nevergreen Emancipator
The Last Maverick Tommy Guerrero
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New Jersey's pension system is more than $80 billion in the red. Gov. Christie mostly blames past governors for sticking him with this bill. "I'm like the guy who showed up for dinner at dessert. ... And I got the check," he said earlier this year. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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New Jersey Pension Lawsuit Piles On Gov. Christie's Rough Week

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Rosedale Bells
Love Moves the Sun Temple of Sound & Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

Protesters gather April 30 outside Puerto Rico's Capitol building in San Juan to oppose Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's budget proposal. The plan would raise taxes to help cover the state's massive debt. Ricardo Arduengo/AP hide caption

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In Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis, There Are No Easy Solutions

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Cut Dick Mr. Oizo
Blue Avenue Jazz Liberatorz
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Sweet Dreams Hazzy & Young Stitch

There's an appealing inscrutability to the music of My Morning Jacket that continues on the band's new album, The Waterfall. Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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My Morning Jacket's 'The Waterfall' Can Beat You Down Or Lift You Up

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In Its Infancy (The Waterfall) My Morning Jacket
Listen to the Beat London Funk Allstars

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