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Guitarist Bob Casale of New Wave band Devo dies of heart failure at 61

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Bob Casale, the guitarist and original member of the U.S. New Wave band Devo best known for the 1980 hit “Whip It,” died on Monday from heart failure at the age of 61, his brother and bandmate said.

“His sudden death from conditions that led to heart failure came as a total shock to us all,” Gerald Casale said on the group’s website on Tuesday.

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Devo, whose name is a contraction of “de-evolution,” was formed in 1972 in Akron, Ohio, and later moved to Los Angeles. The band consisted of the Casales and brothers Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh. The group’s former drummer, Alan Myers, died of cancer last year.

Devo started out as an underground band and released an influential debut album, “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We are Devo!”, in 1978 that was produced by British recording pioneer Brian Eno.

The bank hit the mainstream with the 1980 song “Whip It” from its “Freedom of Choice” album. The video for the single received wide play in the early days of MTV.

Devo also recorded off-beat covers of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and Allen Toussaint’s “Working in the Coal Mine.”

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“As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer, and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got,” his brother wrote on the band’s website.

(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Eric Kelsey and Amanda Kwan)

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Climate change not on agenda for next G7 summit: Trump White House

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Climate change will not be on the agenda of next year's G7 summit, to be held at US President Donald Trump's Florida golf club, the White House said on Thursday.

The announcement marks the latest development in Trump's running battle against nearly all forms of environmental regulation that has seen his administration pull out of the Paris climate accord, axe rules limiting leaks of the greenhouse gas methane and weaken key wildlife protections.

"Climate change will not be on the agenda," acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters.

The United States and China account for nearly half the planet's carbon emissions, making them the key countries needed to get behind urgent efforts to battle climate change.

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George Conway declares Trump is now ‘the one with tire treads on his face’ — and posts this hilarious video

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Conservative attorney George Conway, spouse to Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, took a few moments Thursday morning to once again mock President Donald Trump, and with good reason. The President’s Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, and his Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, as many are saying, are throwing Trump under the bus. Sondland’s opening remarks alone are devastating to Trump.

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EU and Britain just struck a Brexit deal — here’s what’s in it

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"Fair and reasonable." That's how both Britain's Boris Johnson and the EU describe the new draft Brexit deal reached Thursday after days of intense haggling.

Here's what's in the accord -- and what each side gave up to get there.

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Arrangements for the UK province of Northern Ireland were the trickiest part of the new deal, and the core of what has changed since last year's withdrawal agreement, which was rejected by British MPs.

The new protocol stipulates that Northern Ireland remains in Britain's customs territory, but in practice there would be a sort of customs border between the province and the mainland.

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