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Nikia Cliff II, 6, throws paper airplanes with his Major Chords for Minors piano instructor Bruce Leaman after Cliff's lesson. "I had a lesson cancellation," Leaman explained. "So we're killing time until Nikia's older brother is done with his drum lesson." Brittney Lohmiller for NPR hide caption

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Doing More With Less

Free Music Lessons Strike A Chord For At-Risk Kids

John and Katrina Vowell used their small savings to start Major Chords for Minors in Saginaw, Mich., because they were worried about the city's youth. Now they have 130 students and a long wait list.

Plummeting energy prices have hit the junk bond market hard, making investors worry that weaker oil and gas companies won't be able to pay back money they've borrowed. Above, a customer pumps gasoline in Pembroke, Mass. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption

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Junk Bonds Regain Some Lost Ground After A Bruising Few Days

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Listen to Me, My J. Post Jazz Mistress
Dancing on a Lonely Wave Post Jazz Mistress
Bossa Rosa José Padilla
Edge of Glory Lady Gaga
Paparrazzi (Lady Gaga) Eklipse
At Sea Dorena
String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: II. Andante cantabile (Arr. for Cello and Orchestra) Jan Vogler
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Drinking with co-workers can be festive — and fraught. In an informal survey of Salt readers, 25 percent of you told us you'd gotten tipsy enough to regret it at an office party, and 80 percent said you'd seen a co-worker overdo it, with embarrassing results. iStockphoto hide caption

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From Tipsy To Regret: Your Tales From The Office Holiday Party

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Sleigh Ride Phil Spector & The Ronettes
Jingle Bells New York Jazz Trio
B for My Name Beastie Boys
Melee Beastie Boys
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Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie campaigns in Manchester, N.H., in August. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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PAC Supporting Christie Scoops Up Voter Data Across New Hampshire

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Czar Nicholas II is shown with his family in the 1910s. All were executed shortly after the 1917 Russian Revolution. Remains of the czar, his wife, Alexandra (top right) and their children — Olga (from left), Maria, Anastasia, Alexei and Tatiana — have all been identified. Now the Russian Orthodox Church has ordered new DNA tests to confirm the identities of Maria and Alexei. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Will DNA Tests Finally Settle Controversy Surrounding Russia's Last Czars?

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Sad Russian Love Story, Folk Song "Berezhki", Rocky Shores, Variations for Guitar Andrei Krylov
Little Russian Valse for Classical Guitar Andrei Krylov
Maya This Is a Process of a Still Life

Nikia Cliff II, 6, throws paper airplanes with his Major Chords for Minors piano instructor Bruce Leaman after Cliff's lesson. "I had a lesson cancellation," Leaman explained. "So we're killing time until Nikia's older brother is done with his drum lesson." Brittney Lohmiller for NPR hide caption

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Free Music Lessons Strike A Chord For At-Risk Kids

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Basketball Bow Wow, Jermaine Dupri et. al.
Scud Books Hudson Mohawke
Where Y'At Trombone Shorty
Suburbia Trombone Shorty
Bossa Dorado Gaucho
Little Boxes (Instrumental Version) "Weeds Main Theme" The Weeds
Clarity Moonlit Sailor
That's It! Preservation Hall Jazz Band

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