The most important U2 almost-breakup story takes place in Berlin. It's October 1990 and they've gathered at Hansa Studios, a short walk from where the Wall is being dismantled a little bit more every day. Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. have left Dublin to try to become U2 again. Or try not to become U2 again. Nobody can seem to agree. Is this a dance record? Industrial rock? And where is that majestic and moody material that made them a household name with "The Joshua Tree"? Only three years earlier that LP sold millions, landed the band on the cover of Rolling Stone, scored a Grammy for album of the year and immediately became one of the definitive rock albums of its time. Hansa is where David Bowie recorded "Heroes" with Brian Eno, the art rock visionary who is now U2's producer. The Edge is working on a demo called "Sick Puppy." It's promising, but still just a meandering jam. Mullen has some questions about what exactly the band is trying to accomplish. … [Read more...] about U2 has stayed together since 1976. It hasn’t always been easy.
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Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes ripped through parts of the South between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, with one in the swarm of twisters killing at least two people in Alabama. While authorities on Wednesday were still assessing the storms' effects, the majority of the damage appeared to be sprawled across Alabama and Mississippi. In spots across the pair of states, residents were surveying mangled homes after storms left only their frames. A tornado struck just north of Montgomery County in the Flatwood community, killing two people - a 39-year-old woman and her 8-year-old son, according to Christina Thornton, director of the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency. One individual, the husband and father of the victims, was taken to the hospital for his injuries. Thornton said several homes in the Flatwood area were damaged by fallen trees. The damage "is isolated to that area," Thornton said. "All homes have been checked." The National Weather Service … [Read more...] about At least two killed during tornado outbreak in South
The plan to profit from a war-torn piece of disputed land in the Middle East was born in August 2018, over a leisurely lunch at a southern-food restaurant in Cary, North Carolina, named Lucky 32. As James P. Cain, wearing a crisp blue blazer, dug into a platter of his favorite dish, creamy shrimp and grits, James Reese—strong chin, high-and-tight military haircut—sat across the table and talked. Cain was a former National Hockey League executive and, from 2005 until 2009, the U.S. ambassador to Denmark. “Gucci Ambo,” James Reese liked to rib. Reese, a retired Delta Force commander for the U.S. Army, now owned TigerSwan, a security outfit that was running a protection detail for a State Department subcontractor in Raqqa, the former capital of the Islamic State. The company’s tagline: “Solutions to Uncertainty.” Reese had just returned from northeastern Syria, where he had met with the leader of a U.S.-backed fighting force. The group of militias, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces … [Read more...] about The American Wildcatters Who Sought Syrian Oil
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 Five days after a disappointing midterm election result and two days before former president Donald Trump is expected to announce a 2024 presidential bid, Republicans are grappling with an almost existential quandary: Who can lead the party to a post-Trump future? In private conversations among donors, operatives and other 2024 presidential hopefuls, a growing number of Republicans are trying to seize what they believe may be their best opportunity to sideline Trump and usher in a new generation of party leaders. Many blame Tuesday's midterm results - Republicans were unable to take over the Senate and made smaller-than-expected gains in the House - on the former president, who during the primaries elevated extremist candidates who fared poorly in the general election. The discouraging election outcomes, combined with Trump's 2020 loss to Biden, have increased both public and private … [Read more...] about Republican rivals start plotting a post-Trump future
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 12 RIO BRANCO, Brazil - In her 60 years of life in the Amazon, Antonia Franco dos Santos has never had much money. Food was sometimes scarce. But never in the forest, with its heavy rains and endless rivers, had she known a life without water - not until she moved to this city along the southern crest, where her reserves are now down to the last gallon and the deliveryman is nowhere to be seen. "He'll come," Franco says, looking into the distance. "He will." It hasn't rained in more than a month, and probably won't for another. The community pond that Franco and her neighbors used during the rainy season has dried to a muddy puddle. A water hole they've dug in desperation hasn't conserved a drop. And inside her wooden shack this Monday morning is a stack of dishes, unwashed; a pile of clothes, unwashed; and an infant … [Read more...] about As the Amazon rainforest goes dry, a desperate wait for water
Scattered complaints from voters and news reports since last week paint a picture of “ widespread problems ” and dysfunction at Harris County polling places on Election Day. Various reports say “several” polling places didn’t have enough ballot paper. Some didn’t open on time. Some had machines that weren’t working. But nearly two weeks later, as officials struggle to defend the county’s election from a barrage of criticism and litigation, the county still can’t describe how pervasive the problems were at its 782 polling places and whether any were severe enough to prevent people from voting. Even now, election staffers are continuing to call each of the more than 700 election judges who worked each polling site to find out exactly how many locations opened late, how many ran out of paper, and how many had issues with voting machines. An investigation by the county’s district attorney launched earlier this week alleges at least 23 polling locations had paper ballot … [Read more...] about Here’s why we still don’t know what went wrong in Harris County on Election Day
NEW YORK - As the triple Tony-winning choreographer of "Hamilton," "In the Heights" and "Bandstand," Andy Blankenbuehler has found artistic glory, satisfaction and success beyond imagining. But the story he burned to tell, the one that's gripped his imagination for more than a decade, is about getting everything you want yet realizing it's not enough. He also wanted to tell this through dance, his most cherished language. Yet as Blankenbuehler looked around the musical-theater world, he couldn't find the inspiration he was craving. Where were the new dance-driven shows, he wondered - the ones that put dancers first and let dancing tell the story? "There's a lot of storytelling ability in dance, but in musical theater, people champion words first," he says on a recent evening at the off-Broadway MCC Theater, a couple of hours before the curtain rises on his new show, "Only Gold." "And so many times as a dancer, you don't feel integral. You don't feel like you are helping the story … [Read more...] about ‘Hamilton’ choreographer couldn’t find a show he liked. So he wrote one.
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 29 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysians began casting ballots Saturday in a tightly contested national election that will determine whether the country’s longest-ruling coalition can make a comeback after its electoral defeat four years ago. Political reformers under opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim are gunning for a second victory — but with three main blocs vying for votes, analysts said the outcome is hard to predict and could lead to new alliances if there is a hung Parliament. Long lines had already formed in the capital Kuala Lumpur and other cities when polling booths opened as voters rushed to cast ballots ahead of afternoon thunderstorms predicted in parts of the country. More than 21 million Malaysians are eligible … [Read more...] about Malaysians vote in elections as old party, reformers clash
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — “I’m proud I got to be here to witness this happen and contribute in a small way," said Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Climate Envoy of the Marshall Islands. “Worn out but so worth it to protect already disappearing islets, shorelines and culture. So many people all this week told us we wouldn’t get it. So glad they were wrong.” But she added: “I wish we got fossil fuel phase out. The current text is not enough. But we’ve shown with the loss and damage fund that we can do the impossible. So we know we can come back next year and get rid of fossil fuels once and for all.” ___ Martin Kaiser, the head of Greenpeace Germany, described the agreement on loss and damage as a “small plaster on a huge, gaping wound.” “It’s a scandal that the Egyptian COP presidency gave petrostates such as Saudi Arabia space to torpedo effective … [Read more...] about Quote Box: Reaction to UN climate meet deal on historic fund