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A rare recording of a musical by an 18-year-old Stephen Sondheim surfaces

A rare recording of a show Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim wrote and performed —in college — has been discovered hidden in a bookshelf in Milwaukee.


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Pentagon debuts its new stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider

WASHINGTON — America's newest nuclear stealth bomber is making its public debut after years of secret development and as part of the Pentagon's answer to rising concerns over a future conflict with China.


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How and why Pantone picked 'Viva Magenta' as its 2023 color of the year

It's official: 2023 is the year of magenta. That's according to the Pantone Color Institute, the authoritative consultancy that's christened an "it color" every year for more than two decades.

Its latest pick is none other than Viva Magenta 18-750, which it describes as "a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength."


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Putin turns down Biden talks and defends Russian attacks on Ukraine's energy grid

MOSCOW — The Kremlin dismissed the idea of talks with President Biden to end the war in Ukraine on Friday, and defended its repeated attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure as "inevitable."

On Thursday, Biden said he would be willing to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin "if in fact there is an interest in him deciding that he's looking for a way to end the war."


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Alex Jones files for bankruptcy following $1 billion Sandy Hook verdicts

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has filed for bankruptcy, less than two months after a jury ordered him and his InfoWars parent company to pay nearly $1 billion to the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.

Jones's bankruptcy petition, made in U.S. bankruptcy court in Houston on Friday, reported that Jones has between $1 million and $10 million in assets and between $1 billion and $10 billion in liabilities.


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Some rail workers say Biden "turned his back on us" in deal to avert rail strike

Matthew Weaver was excited earlier this week — even optimistic — as he and a coworker hung drywall at a rail yard in Lordstown, Ohio.

The House of Representatives had just voted on a resolution to give freight rail workers seven days of paid sick leave — something Weaver's union had been fighting for in recent months.

But as the hours passed and the legislation moved onto the Senate, Weaver's doubts grew. Sure enough, the measure failed in the Senate.


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A new kind of climate refugee is emerging

Updated December 2, 2022 at 10:31 AM ET

Haoua Ali Beta is a new kind of refugee.

She left her home in northeastern Cameroon because of a conflict, like many other refugees, but the conflict in question was driven by climatic changes, not geopolitics.

Haoua's family had reared cattle for generations, but over the past couple of decades, the landscape around her had grown increasingly inhospitable.


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What to know about the West's new efforts to slash Russia's oil revenue

Updated December 2, 2022 at 12:19 PM ET

The United States and its allies are about to deliver a double blow to Russia aimed at starving its oil revenues.

First, the European Union will ban all seaborne imports of Russian oil, a move that takes effect Monday.


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Jan. 6 panel meets to mull potential criminal referrals for Trump, others

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is poised to meet Friday morning behind closed doors to take up a critical to-do list, including whether to issue potential criminal referrals for former President Trump and others.

A subcommittee is expected to present their recommendations to the full panel on next steps to consider for Trump and other targets of the more than yearlong probe.


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Death and dishonesty: Stories of two workers who built the World Cup stadiums in Qatar

Updated December 2, 2022 at 10:21 AM ET

MUMBAI, India – At dusk, as neighborhood children toss a ball around in park lined with palm trees on the outskirts of Mumbai, Ashwini Kumar looks on from a bench nearby.

Watching them shout and cheer about their favorite soccer superstars – Ronaldo! Messi! – is painful for him. It reminds him of his big brother.


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