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Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 23:33

Our immune systems constantly fight off disease — protecting us from colds, flu and infection. An experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.

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Leaked HSBC Documents Shed Light On Swiss Banking Industry

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 21:44

The documents were downloaded by a former computer security expert at the giant bank HSBC. They were released over the weekend by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

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Alabama Chief Justice Tells Probate Judges To Refuse Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 20:00

Alabama is set Monday to become the 37th state where gays can legally wed, but the state's chief justice made an 11th-hour attempt late Sunday to keep the weddings on hold.

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Sam Smith Wins 4 Grammy Awards, Including Song Of The Year

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 17:20

The British singer also won Best New Artist and Record of the Year, for "Stay With Me." Beck won Album of the Year for his subdued, folky Morning Phase.

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Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 17:03

NPR got an advanced look at a civil rights lawsuit being filed that claims Ferguson, Mo., residents who can't afford to pay their court fines are illegally held in jail.

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To End Solitary Confinement, Rikers Steps Out Of The Box

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 14:57

Last month, with a single move, Rikers Island prison has taken the lead on prison reform on one issue: They banned the use of solitary confinement for inmates under 21 years old.

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More Than Two Dozen Killed In Riot At Egyptian Soccer Match

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 14:04

A riot outside of a major soccer match broke out in Egypt Sunday night. Authorities said the stampede and fighting between fans and police killed at least 25 people.

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Cities Argue For a Bigger Share Of Pot Tax Revenue

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 12:54

In Washington and Oregon, local governments argue they should get more tax funds from marijuana, because legalized pot will increase their expenses. States say cities' costs will actually fall.

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16 Years After Its Inception, 'GoreSat' Set For Launch

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 10:59

In 1998, then-Vice President Gore proposed the satellite, which has since been repurposed for NOAA's needs.

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Colombian Rebels Invite Miss Universe To Join Peace Talks

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 09:08

Paulina Vega, 22, said in interviews that she wanted to help end her country's 50-year civil war. So, FARC asked her to attend talks in Havana.

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Al-Jazeera English Journalists To Get Retrial In Egypt

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 07:52

The announcement of a retrial comes days after the journalists' colleague, Australian Peter Greste, was suddenly released and deported.

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McConnell's Call For 'Regular Order' May Not Mean What It Used To

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 06:56

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to restore "regular order" to the Senate, making it more bipartisan and productive. Five weeks into the new session, the dream remains elusive.

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Legendary UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Dies At 83

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 06:26

When he retired, Smith was the winningest coach in history, bringing the Tar Heels men's team to two national titles and ending his career with a 879-254 record.

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Next Witness: Will The Yellow Smiley Face Take The Stand?

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 06:12

Emojis have popped up in a handful of court cases across the country. Could the ubiquitous yellow face, a sad kitty head or a dancing alien decide a defendant's fate?

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In A Twist, Greeks Demonstrate In Favor Of Their Government

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 05:54

Greeks are eager to see how their new minister, elected just two weeks ago, plans to revive the country's ravaged economy while also ending deeply unpopular austerity measures.

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Leaders Plan For New Minsk Summit On Ukraine

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 05:01

A revival of peace talks in the capital of Belarus is aimed at resuscitating a widely violated truce agreed there in September.

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Merkel's U.S. Visit Could Turn Testy

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 03:34

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be in Washington, D.C., on Monday for talks with President Obama. The meeting could be a tense one, over differences in handling the crisis in Ukraine.

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What Happens When Wives Earn More Than Husbands

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 03:34

Thirty-eight percent of American wives earn more than their husbands. Data expert Mona Chalabi from FiveThirtyEight.com speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about that number, and puts it into context.

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Change Comes Slowly To Missouri Municipal Courts

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 03:34

Six months ago, a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., shot and killed a black 18-year-old. The area's 82 municipal courts came under sharp scrutiny and were targeted for major reforms.

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Potential Candidates Suffer From Measles: The Week In Politics

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-08 03:34

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with political correspondent Mara Liasson about the politics of vaccines, the budget, and what three Obama officials are leaving the White House means for the administration.

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