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Doctors Test Tumor Paint In People

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 23:45

A modified venom from scorpions that carries a dye into the brain and makes tumors glow has cleared its latest hurdle. But will this attempt to improve brain surgery work in humans as well as animals?

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Black Representation On Ferguson City Council Increases From 1 To 3

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 22:38

Two African-Americans won seats on the six-seat panel on Tuesday. The St. Louis suburb has been in the national spotlight since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man.

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Chicago Mayor Keeps His Job In Tough Runoff Election

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 18:41

Rahm Emanuel has won a second term, fending off Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

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Connecticut Wins 3rd Straight Women's Basketball Title, 5th In 7 Years

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 18:29

With the 63-53 victory over Notre Dame, coach Geno Auriemma collects his tenth championship ring since 1995 — a streak of dominance few teams or coaches in any sport can compete with.

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Stan Freberg, A Genius Of American Advertising, Dies

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 16:32

Freberg was one of the first to inject satire into commercials. In the 1950s and '60s, he created countless memorable ads using pointed humor.

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Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 14:45

When tea met sugar, they formed a power couple that altered the course of history. It was a marriage shaped by fashion, health fads and global economics. And it doomed millions of Africans to slavery.

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South Carolina Police Officer Charged With Murder After Shooting Man In Back

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 14:29

Officer Michael Slager previously said he had followed procedure, but a video showed him shooting a man who was running away from him after a traffic stop.

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An Edward Snowden Statue Was Replaced By A Hovering Snowden Image Last Night

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 13:48

After a bust of Snowden was installed in a Brooklyn park and then removed by authorities, some artists projected a photo of his face there last night, using ashes and light.

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Curiosity changed Brian Grazer's life

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-07 13:43

Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer worked on films like “Apollo 13” and “Splash” but he’s also behind hit TV shows like “24” and most recently, “Empire.”

Grazer says much of his success comes from an expert ability to ask the right questions, and he’s put together a book with some of his best conversations. Called “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life,” Grazer's new book isn't so much of a how-to guide as it is a how-to-ask-the-right-questions guide.

When he was young, Grazer’s grandmother praised him for his curiosity and knack for asking good questions. “And I realized I should apply that to every part of my life,” he says. “It made me more than a nobody, it made me someone who was knowledgeable about a lot of different subjects.”

Grazer went on a quest to find experts he could learn from.

“Every two weeks, almost as a religion, or like a religion, I would go meet somebody who was an expert in any of those areas just to ask questions and dig inside what could be the truth of what they’re doing,” he says.   

Early on, he was able to make his way into the office of legendary studio executive Lew Wasserman.

“He went into his office and got a pad of paper and a 2H pencil, and said put the pencil to the paper and it has more value than it did as separate parts,” says Grazer.

Grazer took Wasserman’s advice and not long thereafter, he wrote “Splash.” 

The Risky Boom In Carefree Social Payment Apps

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 13:21

Lots of young adults are using apps like Venmo to settle all kinds of debts. As the apps get more popular, they've become targets for scammers and hackers. But that hasn't seemed to scare away users.

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How Congress Can Stop A Nuclear Deal With Iran

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 12:55

As President Obama unveiled a framework of a deal with Iran on its nuclear program, Congress was out of town. Next week, they're back and could prevent sanctions from being lifted.

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Many Obamacare Policyholders Face Tax Surprises This Year

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 12:52

Depending on the amount of subsidies taken, some will get a bigger refund than expected and others will owe taxes. Making earlier adjustments based on income or other changes could ease the guesswork.

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Calif. Farmers Gulp Most Of State's Water, But Say They've Cut Back

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 12:40

Farms in California use as much as four times the water consumed by cities and towns. Now farmers are on defense after the governor decided to mostly exempt them from new, sweeping water cutbacks.

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Is It Time To Resurrect The Brontosaurus?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 12:40

More than a century ago, the Brontosaurus was deemed too similar to the dinosaur Apatosaurus. Recent research finds there is enough difference between the two creatures after all.

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Uber Makes Strong Gains In Corporate Expense Reports

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 12:36

In the first-quarter of 2015, the ride-sharing service accounted for 46 percent of rides expensed by workers, according to a report. Its market share in the same period last year was 15 percent.

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2 Illinois State Univ. Athletic Officials Among 7 Dead In Plane Crash

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 12:27

The university said Aaron Leetch and Torrey Ward were returning from the NCAA basketball championship game in Indianapolis. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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Amid Seattle's Affluence, Homelessness Also Flourishes

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 12:21

In Seattle — one of the nation's wealthiest cities — homelessness has surged over the past decade. More people are now homeless in Seattle than anywhere except New York City, Los Angeles or Las Vegas.

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The Second Most Dangerous Country For Land Mines Begins To De-Mine

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 12:21

As the 51-year-old civil war in Colombia winds down, efforts to find and destroy the many mines are underway.

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Medical Students Jump In To Help The Uninsured

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 12:21

Nearly 1 million New York City residents are still uninsured. Rather than go to emergency rooms or city hospitals, some get free care from students in medical school.

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U.N. Demands Access To Besieged Palestinian Camp In Damascus

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-07 12:15

Thousands of people trapped in the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in southern Damascus. The area has been under Syrian military siege and is now threatened by militants with the self-styled Islamic State.

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