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Trump suggests Comey prematurely exonerated Clinton but investigators say probe was largely complete – Washington Post

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

President Trump suggested Wednesday that former FBI director James B. Comey had intended to spare Democrat Hillary Clinton from prosecution “long before investigation was complete” into her government email practices. In a pair of early-morning Twitter messages, Trump referred to a recently released FBI email that indicates a draft of a Comey statement about the investigation was circulating among aides in May last year, two months before Comey announced the…

3 killed, 2 wounded in shooting at Maryland office park, authorities say – CNN

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Bowers & Wilkins PX review: wireless noise-canceling nirvana – The Verge

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trade-offs. Every purchase of consumer tech is defined by the choices we make about what we value more. In the world of over-ear headphones, the question has up until now been a three-way tug-of-war between the contradictory desires for wireless and noise-canceling tech, lightweight and compact design, and the best possible sound quality. Up until now. The wireless Bowers & Wilkins PX are the first pair of noise-canceling headphones from…

Sonos One Reviews: Premium Sound Partners Well With Alexa, Although Voice Commands Limited at Launch – Mac Rumors

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Earlier in October, Sonos announced its new smart speaker device, called the Sonos One, which will launch On October 24 with support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. The Sonos One allows users to control the speaker entirely through voice, providing smart speaker capabilities into a music-focused device, similar to Apple’s marketing for the upcoming HomePod. Ahead of the October 24 launch, reviews for the Sonos One have been posted online,…

‘He Painted Landscapes With His Words’: Gord Downie Remembered By Canadian Leaders, Music Industry – Billboard

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Tragically Hip frontman died this week following a battle with brain cancer. It’s difficult to sum up just how important Gord Downie was to Canadian music fans around the world — so it’s no surprise that The Tragically Hip frontman’s death Tuesday following a nearly two-year battle with glioblastoma, an incurable form of brain cancer, is being met with a kind of reverence only saved for national heroes. In…

Studio for Electronic Music: Why was the German recording facility so innovative and influential? – The Independent

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Today’s Google Doodle marks the 66th anniversary of the Studio for Electronic Music, opened in Cologne, Germany, on this day in 1951. Berlin-based illustrator Henning Wagenbreth’s design celebrates a facility hailed as “the first modern music studio”, a home for electronically-synthesised sound that positively demanded envelope-pushing innovation from any artist who dared to pass through its doors. Founded by composers Werner Meyer-Eppler, Robert Beyer and Herbert Eimert as part of the…

Ducktails shows cancelled amid sexual assault allegations – The Guardian

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

An upcoming tour by Ducktails has been cancelled following allegations of sexual assault against the band’s founder Matt Mondanile. The New Jersey outfit – helmed by former Real Estate guitarist Mondanile – had been due to play 11 dates across the US this autumn. Nine of those shows have now been cancelled. The dropped shows follow an article published by US music website Spin on 16 October, in which seven…

Trump: Dem congresswoman ‘totally fabricated’ his remarks to widow of fallen soldier – CNN

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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China’s Xi lays out his vision as pivotal meeting begins – CNN

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Congresswoman says Trump told widow of fallen soldier ‘he knew what he signed up for’ – CNN

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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2 Senators Strike Deal on Health Subsidies That Trump Cut Off – New York Times

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mr. Trump appeared to back the deal, even as he berated insurance companies, declared the Affordable Care Act “virtually dead” and promised the demise of the health law in due time. “It’ll get us over this intermediate hump,” the president said at a Rose Garden news conference, describing it as “a short-term solution so that we don’t have this very dangerous little period.” Passage of the deal negotiated by Mr….

FAA contradicts Portland Jetport’s explanation for airplane noise – Press Herald

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A federal aviation official on Tuesday contradicted statements by the director of the Portland International Jetport and other officials at the airport that problems with a federal radar system could have contributed to noise complaints by forcing airliners to fly over residential neighborhoods. There have been no radar outages that changed the direction in which airplanes took off and landed at the Portland airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters…

The Folk Music Festival That Started With A Spider Bite : NPR – NPR

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Italian descendants perform the Tarantella, a dance that originates from a spider bite, in Curitiba, Brazil. Orlando Kissner/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Orlando Kissner/AFP/Getty Images Italian descendants perform the Tarantella, a dance that originates from a spider bite, in Curitiba, Brazil. Orlando Kissner/AFP/Getty Images The tarantella is a lively folk dance and musical style originating in southern Italy’s Apulia region, the heel of the Italian geographic boot. Its name…

French music magazine puts Bertrand Cantat, who murdered girlfriend, on cover – The Guardian

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles has been criticised as “disgusting” for putting Bertrand Cantat, the singer convicted of murdering his girlfriend, on its front cover. Cantat was found guilty of murdering actor Marie Trintignant in 2003 and served four years of an eight-year jail sentence. The court was told he hit Trintignant repeatedly in the head and waited for several hours before calling emergency services. She died in hospital. les…

A New Google Doodle Celebrates the Legacy of the Studio for Electronic Music – TIME

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Electronica seems like a fairly recent phenomenon, but in fact much of the musical genre’s roots can be traced back a venerable 66 years to the German city of Cologne. There, three composers — Robert Beyer, Herbert Eimerthe and Werner Meyer-Eppler — explored the feasibility of creating electronic music for years, before establishing a dedicated Studio for Electronic Music under the auspices of the West German Broadcasting Corporation. On Wednesday,…

China’s Communist Party congress begins in Beijing – BBC News

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Media captionThe Communist Party’s messages are plastered all across Beijing China’s biggest political event, the Communist Party congress, has begun in Beijing under tight security. Party leader and Chinese president Xi Jinping is addressing more than 2,000 delegates in the capital. The closed-door summit, which takes place once every five years, determines who rules China and the country’s direction for the next term. Mr Xi, who became the leader in…

Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers – Washington Post

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

On Oct. 4, the day four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were gunned down at the border of Niger and Mali in the deadliest combat incident since President Trump took office, the commander in chief was lighting up Twitter with attacks on the “fake news” media. The next day, when the remains of the first soldiers reached Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Trump was assailing the “fake news” and warning…

Another last-ditch effort to tackle Obamacare stalls within hours of its release – Washington Post

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Yet another last-ditch effort to tackle the nation’s health-care system stalled within hours of its release by a bipartisan pair of senators Tuesday, with President Trump sending mixed signals and Republicans either declining to endorse the proposal or outright opposing it. The week began on Capitol Hill with a renewed sense of urgency to craft legislation following Trump’s decision last week to end key payments to health insurers that help…

‘He knew what he signed up for,’ Trump says to widow of fallen Miami Gardens soldier – Miami Herald

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, the soldier and father who was killed in Niger, returned home Tuesday afternoon. The fallen American soldier who wore the name of his wife and mother of his two children, Myeshia Johnson, tattooed across his chest under his U.S. Army uniform, was saluted with a ceremonial homecoming at Miami International Airport. His family, including his widow, along with dignitaries and law enforcement…

Gordon Hayward fractures ankle minutes into Celtics debut – ESPN

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

10:51 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment CLEVELAND — Celtics forward Gordon Hayward was stretchered off the floor in Cleveland after suffering a horrific-looking ankle injury a little more than five minutes into his Boston debut Tuesday night. The team later announced that Hayward fractured his left ankle. He will be flown back to Boston later Tuesday night. Hayward’s left leg bent awkwardly after he went…