Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.

One of the nation's most notable music critics, Powers has been writing for The Record, NPR's blog about finding, making, buying, sharing and talking about music, since April 2011.

Afghanistan
10:01 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Afghans Hedge Bets Amid Mixed Messages From U.S.

Afghan men walk past American soldiers in Ghazni province on Thursday. U.S. and Afghan officials are in talks that will determine how many American troops stay in Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends in 2014.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

After a long hiatus, the Afghan and U.S. governments this week reopened talks on a strategic partnership that will determine how many American troops stay in Afghanistan past the end of the NATO mission in 2014.

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Afghanistan
10:01 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Afghans Worried About Early Exit Of French Troops

A French gunner mans a machine gun in a Puma helicopter as it flies over Afghanistan. French President Nicolas Sarkozy recently ordered the withdrawal of all French troops from the country a year ahead of schedule.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Uncertainties surrounding the future of the NATO mission in Afghanistan are of particular concern for an area near Kabul that French troops have controlled for the past decade. France now plans to withdraw its army a year ahead of schedule, sparking fears of a potential crisis in Kapisa province.

On a plateau amid the towering Hindu Kush mountains, Hukum Khan, a 31-year-old Afghan farmer, says the presence of French troops hasn't made much difference in his life in the past 10 years.

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Europe
10:01 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Labor Law Changes May Offer Relief For Spain's Youth

Spaniards march through the streets of Madrid, Nov. 27, 2011, to protest spending cuts, high unemployment and political corruption. The government is proposing an overhaul of the country's two-tier labor system, in order to close the gap between temporary and permanent workers.
Pedro Armestre Getty Images

For his age group, Spaniard Miguel Viada is one of the lucky ones. The 25-year-old has a temp job, at the help desk of a tech company in Madrid. But three out of his four roommates are unemployed.

They spend hours on the computer, sending out resumes, he says.

"It's impossible. They find jobs, but for one month, or something like that. And not in very good places or situations," says Viada, who has a master's degree.

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The Record
10:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Get To Know The Song Of The Year Nominees: Bon Iver, 'Holocene'

Bon Iver in Fall Creek, Wisc., August 2010.
D.L. Anderson Courtesy of Shore Fire Media

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 2:31 pm

This Sunday the annual Grammy Award winners will be announced. One of the biggest categories is Song of the Year, which goes to a songwriter. Every day this week, we'll give you a little intel on one of the nominees. Today, Bon Iver's "Holocene."

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Utah News
8:48 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Representative Hopes to Overturn Idiling Ordinance

Clean air is important, and Republican Rep. Wayne Harper wants to overturn Salt Lake City's idiling ordinance, originally passed last year. The ordinance prohibits idiling for more than two minutes. 

Harper said the ordinance has too many loopholes. Jessica Gail reports. 

Sweetness And Light
8:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

For Love And The Game, A Star Shines In Delaware

Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, seen here during a game against Princeton, made headlines when she turned her back on the University of Connecticut.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 11:11 am

Imagine being not only the best high school player in the country — probably the world — and signing to play for the best college program in the country, but then walking away from the sport. Why would any kid do that?

But, of course, Elena Delle Donne did exactly that, and the reason she did is simply that she did not want to be away from her older sister.

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Utah News
7:19 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Utilities Extended to More Families on Reservation

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority announced Monday it will extend power to 62 families over the next three years. The General Manager said families living near the generating station have waited for years for this opportunity. 

The project will cost $3.1 million, and 17 homes will have power by the end of this year. UPR's Vicki Barker reports.   

Utah News
7:10 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

I-15 Reopens After Hostage Situation

I-15 is open again after being closed for most of yesterday, while police dealt with a delicate stand-off situation. 

Laverken police tried to make a traffic stop at about 11 a.m. Monday, and the man driving  sped off onto I-15. Inside his car he had a gun and two children. For over eight hours I-15 was closed as authorities tried to negotiate with the man.  Chris Holmes has the story.  

UPR Station News
6:06 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Meet UPR at Downtown Logan's Gallery Walk

Come meet the gang! The UPR staff will be hanging out at our downtown Logan studio Friday night for the Cache Valley Center for the Arts Gallery Walk from 6 - 9 pm.

We'll be hosting Lucy Peterson Watkins' silk paintings and fiber arts and Hilary Murray will provide the live music. Oh, and cupcakes too!

That's this Friday, February 10. Hope to see you there.

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