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A sign framed with flowers lists the victims' names on the fence outside a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colo. The suspected gunman is making his first court appearance on Thursday.
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Here's what we're following today.

The suspect in the Boulder, Colo., grocery store shooting that killed 10 people is due to make his first appearance in court Thursday. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, is facing 10 counts of murder in the first degree and one count of attempted murder. Authorities believe he was the sole shooter on Monday but are still investigating what happened — including looking for a possible motive. 

AstraZeneca has updated the data about its COVID-19 vaccine after being criticized that its previous statement was based on incomplete information. The update still finds that the shot is safe and effective.

Two months into office, President Biden will give his first news conference as president on Thursday. Here are five issues the president is likely to tackle

North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursday, in its first provocation of the Biden White House. The missiles fell into the waters that lie between North Korea and Japan.

In Egypt, a ship the length of four football fields has gotten wedged in the Suez Canal — blocking cargo and oil tanker traffic for two days on one of the world's busiest routes. Listen to the details

The CEOs of three influential tech companies — Facebook, Google and Twitter — are appearing before Congress on Thursday. They are expected to answer questions about how their platforms handle misinformation and its damaging consequences. 

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Johann Sebastian Bach playing the organ, not the lautenwerck, circa 1725. From a print in the British Museum.
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Composer Johann Sebastian Bach's favorite instrument was something you've probably never heard of. It's called a lautenwerck, a delicate instrument that's like a lute-harpsichord hybrid. None of them survived the 19th century, but forensic musicologists are bringing it back to life. Hear the details (and the instrument) or read them.

After 17 years, Brood X of cicadas will at last emerge this spring to mate. If you're in the eastern part of the United States, get ready to be surrounded by millions of these loud critters. Listen here
 
Distant cousins Cody (left) and Andrew meet in Washington, D.C. Cody is a member of a Three Percenter-affiliated militia group, and Andrew is an organizer with Black Lives Matter activists. The two connected on Facebook and have gotten to know each other while researching their ancestry.
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Two distant cousins connected online, only to learn that one is a militant leftist and the other is in a right-wing militia. Their story shows the complexities of a timely question: Who's the extremist? Listen here or read their story

Remember what it was like to be in a busy bar packed with people? While many countries are still struggling with lockdowns and quarantines, one bar in Mexico is bringing the atmosphere of that experience online to anyone who wants to listen — and their solution is catching on around the world. Listen to the story.

History Lessons

Frankenthaler at work in her studio in 1969.
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Abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler poured pools of highly diluted pigments onto her raw canvases. Her paintings are "about feeling the world," says Alexander Nemerov, author of the new biography, Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York
 
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Tipping is a norm in the U.S., but it hasn't always been this way. It's a legacy of slavery and racism and took off in the post-Civil War era. Almost immediately, the idea was challenged by reformers who argued that tipping was exploitative and allowed companies to take advantage of workers by getting away with paying them low or no wages at all. Listen to the latest episode of the Throughline podcast here, or read the story.

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