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Host, Daniel Chacón speaks with Former Border Patrol Agent, Francisco Cantú about his new book, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border.

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Former media personality Minerva Baumann talks about her time in the El Paso media and her new book, Ordinary Angels: Stories of Daily Life in El Paso Del Norte. 

Host, Daniel Chacón speaks with Former Border Patrol Agent, Francisco Cantú about his new book, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border.

Moviendo La Frontera: Dancing Through / In-Between Borders will feature Dance artists, scholars, teachers and students who are meeting at UTEP for the 2019 World Dance Alliance Americas General Assembly.

Each night from February 14 to 16, 2019 will provide unique programming from artists all over the Americas featuring exceptional work by premiere artists leading the world in dance performance.

It’s time to create art out of recycled materials for the Metamorphosis: Trash to Treasure III show that will be coming up later this year. The call to artists is currently underway and the deadline for entries is March 1st.  Artists of all levels are invited to participate and here to elaborate on the project is founder Candie Printz.

Family Day: Ideas Unwrapped, An Exhibition about Art takes place on February 16, 2019 at the El Paso Museum of Art from 2pm to 4pm.  Families are invited to celebrate the museum’s newest gallery designed especially for children and families. Discover hidden works from their collection including a quirky dollhouse, pop-up book, regional pottery and more. The event is designed for those ages 4 and up.

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President Trump took his fight over a border wall to the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday night, promising a crowd in El Paso, Texas, that he would press forward for its construction regardless even as news was breaking in Washington that a deal reached between congressional negotiators would fall far short of his funding demands.

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The names of 14 Planned Parenthood workers and others will remain sealed during the trial of two anti-abortion activists who are charged with secretly recording them, a California judge ruled Monday.

The order by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite came in a preliminary hearing in the prosecution of David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress.

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Congressional negotiators have reached what they are calling "an agreement in principle" on a border-security spending agreement. Details of the agreement have not yet been released. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., says the full details will be released when the drafting of the bill is complete — a process that could be finished on Tuesday, at the earliest.

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is embroiled in controversy for admitting that he wore blackface at a party in the 1980s and for a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page.

Congressional negotiators are hurtling toward another deadline — Feb. 15 — to avoid a partial government shutdown. A bipartisan group of 17 lawmakers on the House and Senate appropriations committees are working to reach a deal to fund seven of the 12 outstanding annual bills to fund the federal government.

The controversy centers on just one of the funding measures for the Department of Homeland Security. President Trump waged the longest shutdown in U.S. history because the bill did not include enough money to help build his long-promised "wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Here in Washington, congressional Republicans and Democrats are seeing if they can rescue talks on border security and maybe, just maybe, reach a bipartisan deal.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's optimistic about trade talks between the U.S. and China. His remarks come as representatives from both countries are scheduled to meet later this week in Beijing.

"Both sides are talking and I always think that is always the essential thing to reaching an agreement," Cook told NPR on Monday. "... It's in both parties' best interests to come together."

Apple has much to lose if the talks don't go well. China has been a key part of Apple's growth. Analysts say close to 20 percent of the company's business comes from China and Taiwan.

Pacific Gas and Electric Corp., California's largest utility, will replace half of its 10-member board of directors by May, the company announced Monday.

Between 1870 and 1940 — a time period that included the Second Industrial Revolution and the outbreak of Jim Crow laws — only 726 patents were filed by African-Americans. Economist Lisa Cook calculated that number would have much higher, were it not for racial discrimination and violence against African-Americans.

Cash is still king around the world, but there are pockets of places, especially in Europe, moving away from cash. And no one is dropping cash as fast as Sweden.

In 2018, only 13 percent of Swedes reported using cash for a recent purchase, according to a nationwide survey, down from around 40 percent in 2010. In the capital, Stockholm, most people can't even remember the last time they had coins jingling in their pockets.

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The Magical Negro: That's the trope in literature and movies where a black character appears in a plot solely to help a white character — and then vanishes.

Think Will Smith in The Legend of Bagger Vance or Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile. In her new book of poems, called Magical Negro, Morgan Parker strives to reclaim the term.

In his 14 years co-hosting MythBusters, Adam Savage performed experiments that fell squarely into the category of: Kids, do not try this at home! The Discovery show tested out the validity of myths, legends and movie scenes — whether that meant creating a flying guillotine, or escaping a car submerged in water.

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February is High Holiday season in Romancelandia (ahem, Valentine's Day) and at this time of year, even those who are merely romance-curious seek some steamy recommendations. These three novels show romance that isn't always what you might expect, but it's often the heartwarming story you need.

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It's not that the name PEN15, with its allusions to juvenile if not infantile scribble humor, doesn't capture something cheerfully dumb about the setting of this new Hulu series about middle school. But the title suggests a cheap and bawdy laugh — which certainly has a place in the world — when in fact, by the end of ten episodes, the show has offered a portrait of adolescence in girls that is very funny, but also might be as tender as anything since My So-Called Life.

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Some Ga. Schools Make Mandarin Mandatory

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Public schools in Macon, Ga., and surrounding Bibb County have a lot of problems. Most of the 25,000 students are poor enough to qualify for free and reduced lunch, and about half don't graduate.

Bibb County's Haitian-born superintendent Romain Dallemand came into the job last year with a bag of changes he calls "The Macon Miracle." There are now longer schools days, year-round instruction, and one mandate nobody saw coming: Mandarin Chinese for every student, pre-K through 12th grade.

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