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After Leelah Alcorn's Suicide, Trans Youth Fight Broader Bias

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 10:03

The media response to Leelah Alcorn's suicide has prompted young transgender people — especially people of color — to demand greater awareness about the discrimination they face every day.

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From Threats Against Salman Rushdie To Attacks On Charlie Hebdo

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 09:17

When Iran's leader called for the killing of the British writer in 1989, it shocked the West. Now, such threats from Islamic radicals are becoming common and actual attacks are becoming more frequent.

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'Charlie Hebdo' Will Print 1M Copies Of Its Next Issue

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 08:40

The satirical French magazine that was the target of a deadly attack typically prints 60,000 copies and sells about 30,000. Separately, news organizations and Google donated money to Charlie Hebdo.

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Texas Abortion Case May Hinge On Definition of 'Undue Burden'

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 08:28

A federal appeals court this week is once again weighing whether Texas restrictions on clinics that perform abortions are too onerous for women who seek the procedure. How far is too far to drive?

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Why Bill Gates Is Commissioning Fine Art

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 08:19

From stylized photography that looks like a fashion shoot to a comic book journey about lockjaw, artwork from around the world illustrates the value of vaccines.

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Sen. Barbara Boxer Won't Seek 5th Term In Senate

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 08:10

The California Democrat's announcement ends speculation about her political future. Boxer, 74, had been a favorite to retain her seat; she said she would work to ensure it remains with her party.

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United Attendants Battle Firing After Security Concerns

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 07:43

The airline's former employees are filing a federal whistleblower complaint over their termination for refusing to fly after discovering what they said was threatening graffiti on an aircraft.

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NASA Map Shows Just How Cold It Is In Eastern U.S.

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 07:24

Arctic Air moved as far south as Florida and Texas on Wednesday. The low temperatures will persist today.

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How Food Shopping Turns New Year's Resolutions Into 'Res-Illusions'

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 06:33

Many people aim to make healthier food choices in the New Year. A study finds that while people buy more healthy food, they spend just as much on unhealthy foods as they do during the holidays.

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Weavers Turn Silk Into Diabetes Test Strips

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 05:59

In India, where silk is plentiful, the luxe fabric turns out to be more efficient — and cheaper — than paper or plastic for testing a diabetic's glucose levels.

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France Observes Moment Of Silence For 'Charlie Hebdo' Victims

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 05:46

Many in France marked the deadly assault yesterday on the offices of a satirical magazine by observing a minute of silence for the journalists and police killed by suspected Islamist extremists.

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Measles Makes An Unwelcome Visit To Disneyland

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 05:34

An outbreak among visitors to two California theme parks shows once again that this super-contagious virus doesn't respect borders. Most of the afflicted people had not been vaccinated.

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What's Known About The Suspects In The Paris Shooting

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 04:44

One of the men, Chérif Kouachi, was convicted on terrorism charges in 2008. He served 18 months for helping to funnel fighters from France to Iraq.

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Quiz: Where edtech money went in 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 04:25

Venture investors poured more than $640 million in the k-12 edtech market in 2014, according to NewSchools Venture Fund.

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The Unstoppable Selfie Stick Trend Is Now On American Shores

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 03:03

You can't miss them, and some folks can't resist them. Selfie sticks — monopods that help you take phone photos of yourself — are only growing in popularity.

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PODCAST: Opening borders to doctors

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 03:00

When oil prices plummet, there are winners and there are losers. More on that. Plus, it’s a classic good news/bad news story. Post Obamacare, employer health insurance premiums have declined in a majority of states, according to new figures from the Commonwealth Fund. That’s the good news. The bad news? Because wages are growing so slowly, healthcare cost is still taking up a bigger part of household budgets. And speaking of health care, we'll talk about the benefits of opening up our borders to foreign doctors.

The Latest On Paris Attack: Several Detained, But Manhunt Continues

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:36

Two brothers suspected in the attack that left 12 people dead, are still on the loose. A third suspect turned himself in. Meanwhile, Paris is on edge over reports of another shooting.

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Health care cost increases slow, but so have wages

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:00

Health insurance premium prices aren’t rising as fast as they used to, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

But thanks to lethargic wage growth and sharp spikes in out-of-pocket costs, the benefits of the slowdown are all but invisible.

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Examining the return on big-ticket civic investments

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:00

The U.S. Olympic Committee meets Thursday and may decide which American city will move forward with a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. The finalists are Boston, Los Angeles,  San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The costs of putting on an Olympiad are well known  – the Sochi Winter Games cost more than $50 billion. What kinds of civic events are actually moneymakers for cities? Super Bowls? Political conventions? What gives the best return on investment?

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Healthcare cost increases slow, but so have wages

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 02:00

Health insurance premium prices aren’t rising as fast as they used to, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

But thanks to lethargic wage growth and sharp spikes in out-of-pocket costs, the benefits of the slowdown are all but invisible.

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