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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WASHINGTON - Justice Department prosecutors have asked former vice president Mike Pence to answer questions as part of their sprawling probe into the events of Jan. 6, 2021, and efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, according to two people familiar with the matter. The informal request came in recent weeks - before last Friday, when Attorney General Merrick Garland named a special counsel to oversee aspects of the Jan. 6 probe as well as a separate investigation of former president Donald Trump's possession of hundreds of classified records at his home after leaving the presidency. Pence has not decided how to handle the request that he answer questions about his interactions with Trump near the end of their time in the White House, said one person briefed on the discussion. Both people familiar with the matter spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal conversations. Pence has not been issued a formal subpoena, said one of the people, describing the … [Read more...] about Justice Department asks Pence to answer questions as part of Jan. 6 probe
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
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 WILBUR-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. - In the days since Hurricane Nicole lashed this stretch of Florida coast with punishing winds and a powerful storm surge, contractor A.J. Rockwell has found himself on an urgent mission. He has to find sand - tons of it - and fast. Property owners in a picturesque beachside community just south of Daytona Beach hired him to buttress their homes with new sand after the Category 1 storm - the second cyclone to hit the state in the span of six weeks. Swimming pools, porches and even entire houses crashed into the ocean below when the sand beneath them eroded. But these days the usual sources for sand - nearby underwater mounds and healthy beaches in other parts of the Sunshine State - are running low. What can be found is pricey. Rockwell estimates each house needs at least 275 dump truckloads pushed underneath to be saved - … [Read more...] about Florida beaches were already running low on sand. Then Ian and Nicole hit.
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
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 Former surgeon general Jerome Adams and his wife, Lacey, often find themselves talking about what they have named the "Trump Effect." It followed them from Washington to their home in the Indianapolis suburbs. They felt it when he was exploring jobs in academia, where he would receive polite rejections from university officials who worried that someone who served in the administration of the former president would be badly received by their left-leaning student bodies. They felt it when corporations decided he was too tainted to employ. Now, two years after Adams left office as only the 20th surgeon general in U.S. history, the couple feel it as acutely as ever. As Donald Trump announced this month that he will run for president again, they had hoped it all would have faded away by now. They would rather talk about public health, in a very personal … [Read more...] about Former surgeon general faces his wife’s cancer – and the ‘Trump Effect’
A line snakes through the dining room at Raja Sweets on most days. The counter-service cafe and sweet shop, run by the Gahunia family, is an institution in Houston's Mahatma Gandhi District. Besides being one of the best destinations in town to find mithai —bite-sized confections made of gram flour, butter and sugar—it is the oldest Indian restaurant in Houston. Raja Sweets dates back to 1986, when the patriarch of the family, the late Yogi Gahunia, opened the restaurant on Hillcroft Street in Southwest Houston. He witnessed a scarcity of Indian businesses and restaurants in town, and set forth a plan to build a hub for the city's South Asian community. Today, the Gandhi district is hundreds of businesses strong. Raja Sweets An assortment of Raja Sweets' hand made mithai. "They called my dad one of the founding fathers of Hillcroft," says Sharan Gahunia, Yogi's daughter, who helms the counter at Raja Sweets during the busy festive season, beginning with Diwali … [Read more...] about Street-style chai and sweets star at Houston’s oldest Indian restaurant
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