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Amid CAR's Bloodshed, Thousands Dead And Little Help For The Living

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:14

Sectarian violence erupted between Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic just over a year ago. According to Sylvain Groulx of Doctors Without Borders, the conflict's casualty count is staggering: One in three families there have lost at least one family member.

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In A Crowded Gaza, A Growing Sense That Nowhere Is Safe

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:14

Two weeks into the conflict in the Gaza Strip, more than 600 Palestinians — mostly civilians — and 29 Israelis have been killed. Two recent Israeli strikes, on a school and a hospital, reflect the scope of Israel's offensive.

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Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:06

Pensions have long enjoyed strong legal protections, but recent bankruptcy cases suggest this might be changing. As a result, cities and states might ask more workers to accept a little less.

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9/11 Commission Issues An Update On Anniversary Of Report

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:06

Saying that the world has changed "dramatically," the report's authors write that al-Qaida groups have spread, and the threat for cyberterrorism has grown.

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Charters, Money And Test Scores

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:38

The University of Arkansas says charters produce a better return on investment. Let's take a closer look.

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Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:31

Researchers have stumbled on an ingenious idea: Use bubble wrap as a cheap test tube and petri dish. They've even run tests on blood that's sitting inside the poppable packaging. So how does it work?

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As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:19

Kids who play lacrosse will tell you there's lots of action. Now, there's an analysis of injuries sustained by high school lacrosse players that quantifies the risks.

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Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:17

The largest outbreak in history is giving birth to what may be the largest outbreak of Ebola rumors. It's a curse! It's carried by mosquitoes. Or ... a snake. Here's a look at what people are saying.

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Montana Judge Is Publicly Censured Over 30-Day Sentence For Rape

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:12

Last year, District Judge G. Todd Baugh said that a teacher's victim, a student, seemed older than her age of 14. The girl had committed suicide before the trial began.

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A new and faster way of buying concert tickets

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-22 10:59

Buying concert tickets these days requires a lot of planning and speed.

You have to be on the dot when tickets go on sale, and even if you are, page loading, internet speed and the always-annoying captcha code can slow you down. Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson may have a trick up his sleeve to get tickets faster and with less hassle.

Ticketmaster now has an app for buying tickets. Ben says the things that usually make people nervous about ticket buying — like giving out personal information — can be strengths when purchasing through an app.

"It knows your location, it knows your identity and that means you might get tickets faster and score better seats if you use the app," Johnson says.

Your smartphone can also help you find closer seats even when you've already purchased a ticket. iBeacon uses its technology to pinpoint your location using your mobile phone and ticketing apps use this feature to help you move up. Unfortnately if this option doesn't suit you, there isn't really an alternative, save for standing in line.

A new and faster way of buying concert tickets

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-22 10:59

Buying concert tickets these days requires a lot of planning and speed.

You have to be on the dot when tickets go on sale, and even if you are, page loading, internet speed and the always-annoying captcha code can slow you down. Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson may have a trick up his sleeve to get tickets faster and with less hassle.

Ticketmaster now has an app for buying tickets. Ben says the things that usually make people nervous about ticket buying — like giving out personal information — can be strengths when purchasing through an app.

"It knows your location, it knows your identity and that means you might get tickets faster and score better seats if you use the app," Johnson says.

Your smartphone can also help you find closer seats even when you've already purchased a ticket. iBeacon uses its technology to pinpoint your location using your mobile phone and ticketing apps use this feature to help you move up. Unfortnately if this option doesn't suit you, there isn't really an alternative, save for standing in line.

How A Tiny Fly's Ears Could Help You Hear Better

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 10:05

The Ormia ochracea fly has sophisticated little ears — it can locate crickets by calculating their chirps. Those super-ears are inspiring the next generation of microphones for human hearing aids.

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What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:55

This may be the most heart-rending, most beautiful eclipse in our solar system. But you can't travel to see it. Not yet.

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Federal Court Throws Out Health Care Subsidies In 36 States

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:13

Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News explains a federal appeals court ruling Tuesday that overturns subsidies provided to low- and middle-income people in states that use the federal health exchanges.

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FAA Prohibits U.S. Airlines From Flying To Tel Aviv

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 08:44

The agency said commercial jets were banned from flying to Israel for 24 hours, after it received reports of a rocket strike close to the airport. Some international carriers also canceled flights.

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Appeals Court Strikes Down Subsidies In Federal Health Exchange

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 08:31

If the decision stands, at least 5 million Americans would face an insurance premium increases of at least 76 percent, according to one estimate. The case could wind up in the Supreme Court.

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Tweeting From A Conflict Zone: Does It Help Or Hurt News Reporting?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 08:07

As Gaza, Ukraine and Syria trend on Twitter, has social media changed the way conflicts are covered? Host Michel Martin finds out from reporter Anne Barnard and Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch.

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For Pregnant Women, New Guidelines Aim To Reduce Workplace Discrimination

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 08:07

More than 35 years after the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed by Congress, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated their guidelines. Host Michel Martin learns more.

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Hospital agrees to pay $190 million for recorded exams

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-22 07:00

Johns Hopkins Health System has agreed pay $190 million to 8,000 women who were patients of a gynecologist found to be secretly recording their exams.

The women’s faces aren’t visible in the recordings and police don’t believe the images have been shared, but they have been traumatized nonetheless, says plaintiffs’ attorney Jonathan Schochor.

“They stopped seeing their doctors,” he said at a press conference on Monday. “They stopped taking their children to see doctors. They refuse to see a male OBGYN. Many refuse to see any OBGYN.”

If the settlement were divided equally, each woman might receive roughly $24,000, but compensation will be made after reviewing each patient’s case.

“T­­­he question is how do [they] allocate that fairly among the victims?” says J.B. Silvers, a former insurance executive and a professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

Counseling costs or lost wages might be taken into account. But Silvers says it’s a tricky, delicate problem trying to determine the amount of trauma each women may have suffered, especially with so many victims.

“We’ve done this with the World Trade Center, for instance, so this process isn’t new,” Silvers says. 

The doctor accused of making the recordings committed suicide after being discovered last year.

U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions On Obamacare Subsidies

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 06:37

One panel threw out subsidies in the 36 states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. Another said the IRS rule that set them up was legal.

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