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New Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra to play the Kimmel

When not driving to Philadelphia for his day job (as a Temple professor), or Manhattan for gigs, trumpeter and composer Terell Stafford is musical founder and artistic director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP).

Lil B and Others: What's new in music

Wig Out at Jagbags is the first Jicks album since Stephen Malkmus reunited with his old Pavement buddies for a tour, and its emphasis on wit, wordplay, and concision could be residual effects of revisiting his classic indie-rock songs from the '90s.

FBI Break in Reveals Anti-War Spying

"If we had not been pretty confident that we could get away with it, we wouldn't have done it," John Raines, now 80, said in a recent interview. "None of us were into the martyrdom stuff."

International House explores the sexual cinema revolution

Pornography became a chic topic this summer with the release of Lovelace, a biopic starring the brilliant young actress Amanda Seyfried as hard-core porn actress Linda Lovelace, who shot to fame in 1972's Deep Throat.

'Intelligence': Cool cyber crew has a shot

Gabriel is America's most powerful weapon. We'll let the director of the U.S. Cyber Command - a covert agency answerable only to the President - explain: "We connected a human being directly to the information grid: Internet, WiFi, telephone, satellite."

Study: Tobacco control has saved millions of lives

CHICAGO - Antismoking measures have saved roughly eight million U.S. lives since a landmark 1964 report linking smoking and disease, a study estimates, yet the nation's top disease detective says dozens of other countries do a better job on several efforts to cut tobacco use.

Slow Broadband Internet Speeds Vex Nation's Schools

Via the Wall Street Journal

Students in Dory Fravel's fourth-grade Iowa classroom got knocked offline while taking mandatory state achievement exams. Vermont teacher Marcia Blanco whiled away the night while the school's slow-as-syrup Internet connection downloaded software. And technology directors in Washington state restricted the number of classrooms that could get Web access at any one time to ensure computer screens didn't freeze up.

Australia swelters in heat wave: 122 degrees

The blistering cold seems merciful compared to Australia's 122° F weather

Her: Connecting Us to our own Disconnect

Director Spike Jonze's romantic approach of displaying how our advanced technologies have regressed us.

Bridget Anne Kelly: The aide at the center of the storm

Just over a year ago, Bridget Anne Kelly was thanking her boss, Gov. Christie, and fellow staffers via Twitter for making her 40th birthday "great." On Thursday, the account had been deleted, and the nation watched Christie call her a liar, dub her behavior "stupid," and announce on national television that he had fired her.