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Transitions in the Works: Branstad to Ambassador, Reynolds to Governor

Gov.Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds Tuesday held the final statehouse news conference of Branstad’s long career, outlining plans for official swearing-in ceremonies on Wednesday. Branstad will resign from office and be sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to China. Then Reynolds will be sworn in as the 43rd governor of Iowa. At the news conference, Reynolds thanked the governor for their years of service together “It’s difficult to convey how much I appreciate the opportunity to work with you...

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A Message To Inspire Women To Lead: Own Your Awesome

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People often ask me: What's the best lesson you learned after almost two decades on the U.S. women's soccer team?

I'm fairly certain they want the secret formula to winning. Instead, I tell them, the best lesson I learned is actually a secret about life.

And that lesson came to me while watching my incredible teammates do their thing, on and off the field. Sure, I loved that they were amazing athletes, and we were winning World Cups and Olympics together. But I was most impressed that they were even more amazing human beings who led in a variety of ways.

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Go To Ocala For Everything Flamingo-Related

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Today, more Americans graduate high school and go on to college than ever before. But as the country becomes more diverse — the Census Bureau expects that by 2020 more than half of the nation's children will be part of a minority race or ethnic group — are colleges and universities ready to serve them?

Thousands of people in Manchester, England, defied a terror warning, and poured into the streets for a vigil honoring the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

A suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert killed 22 people and wounded 59 Monday night.

Authorities identified the bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi and arrested another suspect.

Hours before the vigil, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that another attack could be "imminent."

Whales are the largest animals on the planet, but they haven't always been giants. Fossil records show that ancient whales were much smaller than the currently living behemoths.

So when did whales get so big, and how?

A new study suggests it might be due to changes in climate that affected the food that some whales eat: krill and small fish. Instead of being spread throughout the ocean, lots of krill started being packed into a small area. Bigger whales were simply more efficient at eating the dense pockets of krill, and they beat out their smaller cousins.

Leaders of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence say they have issued subpoenas for documents from two businesses operated by former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., in remarks to reporters, said the subpoenas were sent to Flynn Intel LLC and Flynn Intel, Inc. with a specific list of documents they are seeking. The senators did not say what to what those documents relate.

A remarkably complete fossil of a young child suggests that key elements of the human spinal structure were already in place in an ancient human relative 3.3 million years ago.

The child, about three years old, likely died suddenly and quickly drifted into a body of water, where she was covered in sediment that eventually hardened to sandstone, Zeray Alemseged of the University of Chicago tells The Two-Way.

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San Fermin mastermind Ellis Ludwig-Leone studied composition at Yale. While a student, he assisted famed composer Nico Muhly on some projects. Ludwig-Leone had been in bands, but didn't really intend to make pop music after graduation. He realized that he could combine his classical training with "pop songs," and set out to write the first San Fermin album in 2013. Belong is album number three; with music, lyrics and arrangements written by Ludwig-Leone who leads the band as keyboard player....

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A Road Trip with Kodály and Bartók

Composer Zoltán Kodály was one of the world’s first ethnomusicologists. In 1905, he trekked across Hungary to secluded villages to collect folk songs sung by the villagers who lived there. He recorded them on an Edison phonograph, and as a result, preserved an entire culture. He then became fast friends with fellow composer Béla Bartók and shared his methods of song collection with him. The two set out on more musical road trips together, and were lifelong champions of each other’s music. The...

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