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Look Ma, No Cables: Flea Cops To Playing Air Bass At The Super Bowl

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:20

The Red Hot Chili Peppers played to a track, but the vocals were live, the band's bassist admitted. Internet sleuths started questioning the performance, when they noticed the band's instruments weren't plugged in.

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More Access To Health Care Means Millions Can Quit Or Cut Hours

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:15

A budget report estimates that about 2.5 million people will work fewer hours or not at all by 2023 because under Obamacare, they can get health care without holding down a full-time job. The news immediately became political fodder for critics of the Affordable Care Act.

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Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:09

The long-held idea that cancer is a disease of the rich is slowly being undermined. The world now records about 14 million new cancer cases each year, a study found. The majority of these cases occur in developing countries, which aren't equipped to detect and treat the disease.

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Watch The Creationism Vs. Evolution Debate: Ken Ham And Bill Nye

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 15:55

Does it damage children to teach them biblical creationism? What are the costs of denying evolution, one of biology's core tenets? Those are the questions for Tuesday night, in a live debate between best-selling Christian author Ken Ham and Emmy Award-winning science educator Bill Nye.

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RNC Highlights Black History Month With Radio Ads

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 15:27

After a presidential election where GOP nominee Mitt Romney won just 6 percent of the black vote, the Republican National Committee is asking African-Americans to give the party another look.

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Spike In Heroin Use Can Be Traced To Prescription Pads

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 15:11

Heroin overdose deaths have increased significantly in the U.S. over the past five years. Experts point to aggressive prescribing of opioid drugs for pain about 15 years ago as a reason why. Heroin users often say their addiction began with exposure to painkillers like OxyContin.

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The View From Down There: FDA Approves Pill-Cam For Colon Exams

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 15:11

Patients who undergo colon screenings might breathe a little easier now that U.S. regulators have approved a pill containing two cameras. The PillCam Colon is minimally invasive and runs on batteries, its maker says.

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When His Pit Burned Down, Southern BBQ Master Took Hogs On Tour

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:49

Rodney Scott's legendary South Carolina barbecue cookhouse went up in flames last year, so friends of the pit master cooked up a plan to help him rebuild. Scott is now making a comeback with his Bar-B-Que in Exile Tour and bringing people together with his whole hog barbecue.

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RNC's Priebus Insists Minority Outreach Effort Is Built To Last

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:27

Much of politics is about symbols and gestures. And there were plenty of them at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., where the Republican National Committee marked Black History Month.

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Obama Secures Funding To Help Connect Students To Internet

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:24

Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint pledged $750 million in equipment and services. Obama said this is part of an initiative that seeks to connect almost all American students to high speed Internet within five years.

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Sneakers on the runway

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-02-04 14:03

With the highly anticipated New York Fashion Week just around the corner, most people are probably thinking of extremely tall supermodels in high stilettos and expensive brands.

This season, however, don’t be surprised if you see gym wear on the runways.

"Chanel couture and Dior couture, probably the two most established French fashion houses  showed sneakers that were obviously very high end," says Kate Betts, author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, and a former fashion editor.

Betts says that consumers are looking to dress to match their lifestyle.

"It’s the wellness look. I think they want to be active and healthy, even if they’re not active and healthy, they want to look like they are," says Betts.

She believes this new trend has plenty of room for development and predicts there will be more collaborations between active and high fashion labels. 

Higher Blood Pressure At 18 Means Hardening Arteries At 40

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:49

Blood pressure is just not on the radar of most young adults. But even slightly elevated pressure before age 25 can lead to higher heart disease risk in middle age, a study finds. Young people can reduce their risk by exercising, eating right and avoiding smoking.

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Iran's Nuclear Talks: What To Expect Next

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:14

Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers will meet later this month in Vienna. But the quest for a long-term deal on Iran's nuclear program will have to overcome the deep mistrust that was on display at a security conference in Munich.

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Lawyer's Local-Market Super Bowl Spot Is An On-Fire Smash

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:07

The TV spot has won fans online, thanks to its use of slow motion, quick edits, smoke and fire to create an atmosphere that would suit a trailer for a new action hero. Attorney Jamie Casino is riding a wave of popularity as a result.

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Are We Paying $8 Billion Too Much For Mammograms?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:07

Billions of dollars are spent each year on mammograms to screen for breast cancer. If American women are screened less frequently, the cost savings might be used to better tailor the care for women at an increased risk of cancer.

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Senate Steps Into The Data Breach Controversy

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee spent the day looking into recent data thefts at Target and Neiman Marcus. Lawmakers know there is a big problem, but they are struggling with what role the federal government should play is creating new standards to safeguard consumer data.

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It's Three's Company Now: Microsoft Names New CEO

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:00

Satya Nadella is just the third CEO in Microsoft's 39-year history. He's a Microsoft insider tasked with re-energizing the company and making it more relevant in a future likely to be dominated by mobile technology. As Nadella moves into his new role, he will be supported by Bill Gates, who is stepping down as chairman to become more involved with technology development.

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Is Obamacare A Job Killer? New Estimates Suggest It Might Be

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:00

A new front has opened in the political battle over the Affordable Care Act, with Tuesday's release of the Congressional Budget Office's annual budget and economic outlook. The economists updated an earlier estimate about how many workers would leave the workforce because they no longer needed a job to have health care coverage — revising upward from 800,000 people to over 2 million people. Republicans pounced on the higher number, and President Obama now finds himself playing defense.

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Case Sheds Light On The Murky World Of Asbestos Litigation

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:00

Asbestos lawsuits have bankrupted scores of companies since the 1980s. In one case, a federal judge found that lawyers for people with a rare cancer linked to asbestos misled courts and made evidence disappear. The judge's decision could affect what other companies must pay victims in the future.

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Countdown To Sochi: Will The City Be Ready?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 13:00

With the Winter Olympics just days away, the status of preparations in Sochi is mixed: Housing for the athletes has been getting rave reviews, but hotels and other buildings are still unfinished.

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