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Harry Christophers leads the Handel and Haydn Society, now celebrating its bicentennial. James Doyle/Handel and Haydn Society hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

The group gave the first U.S. performance of Handel's Messiah, and still plays it today. Yet the ensemble has constantly evolved.

In June, the driver of this tractor-trailer reportedly fell asleep at the wheel, causing a wreck that dumped a cargo of beer cans into the median of Interstate 29 near Summit, S.D., according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, which supplied this photo. South Dakota Highway Patrol/AP hide caption

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Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

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Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong Bobby Darin
Je suis seul ce soir Original Soundtrack

A Palestinian with a green headband, which identifies him as a Hamas supporters, helps a fellow protester with a black-and-white scarf, the symbol of the Fatah movement. They were both taking part in a demonstration near the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 4. The factions agreed to end their feud earlier this year, but many of their supporters remain bitter rivals. Majdi Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Just Under The Surface, Palestinian Rivals Remain Bitterly Divided

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The Christmas Song ( Merry Christmas to You) Nat King Cole

Wrapped in gold and silver foil, chocolate gelt are often handed out as a little treat for children (and adults) during Hanukkah. Turns out, the tradition is rooted in real money. iStockphoto hide caption

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Hanukkah History: Those Chocolate Coins Were Once Real Tips

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Shoe Stealing Danny Elfman
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Ollies Barbecue was a Birmingham, Ala., landmark where where white plumbers and electricians sat next to white doctors and bank presidents,” but in 1964, blacks weren't allowed to eat there. Courtesy Ollie McClung Jr. hide caption

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Forced To Seat Blacks, Ala. Restaurant Complied With History

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A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

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So bad it's ... good? Consumer appetite for ugly Christmas sweaters — the tackier, the better — has had an impact on how retailers stock for the season. TheUglySweaterShop.com/Flickr hide caption

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It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season — Share Your Best (Bad) Attire

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I'm Too Sexy Right Said Fred
Thrift Shop Fashion Shoot Stewart Copeland & Vicki Randle
Farewell, So Long, Goodbye Bill Haley & His Comets

Mona, 28, narrates during a rehearsal of Antigone. "I feel that Antigone resembles me a lot," says the former resident of Damascus and mother of two. Dalia Khamissy for NPR hide caption

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Syrian Women Displaced By War Make Tragedy Of 'Antigone' Their Own

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Antenna Bonobo

An employee displays a gold bar at a gold refining workshop of the plant of Uralelektromed Joint Stock Company (JSC), the enterprise of Ural Mining and Metallurgical company (UMMC) in the town of Verkhnyaya Pyshma, outside Yekaterinburg, Oct. 17. Maxim Shemetov/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Oil Prices Go Down, Russia's Gold Buying Goes Up

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Summer Song Joe Satriani

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