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Dubuque, Iowa, City Council Bans Sledding In Most City Parks

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 09:51

The City Council passed the law because it was concerned about possible lawsuits. Other municipalities have passed similar ordinances. A repeat offender could face a $750 fine.

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Bariatric Surgery Cuts The Risk Of Death Years Later

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 09:50

People considering weight-loss surgery haven't had much evidence on long terms risks or benefits. A study finds lower death rates after surgery, even for people who were older and less healthy.

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In Class It's 'Ms. Smalls,' Onstage She's 'Miss Houston'

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 09:33

Our Secret Lives of Teachers series continues with Isis Smalls, who teaches English and coaches volleyball at a Houston middle school. She's also a beauty pageant winner.

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Cubicles: The little office space that could

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-06 09:27

Anyone who works in an office is bound to have complaints – the bad coffee, poor fluorescent lighting and rows of bland cubicles as far as the eye can see.

That’s exactly what New York Magazine contributing editor Jennifer Senior is celebrating in the magazine’s latest edition with what she calls “an ode to the cubicle.”

“No matter how you dress 'em up, even if you put volleyball pits in between them … they’re sort of the office pig, no matter how much lipstick you try to apply.” But Senior also defends the cubicle – “they’re still your nest in a larger home.” And what’s really important, is what the cubicle signifies: The experience of working in an office with co-workers instead of working alone at home or in a coffee shop.

“It has this deep psychological meaning for people,” says Senior about office work. One benefit of working alongside colleagues on a regular basis? A little friendly competition.

“Even if you compete with them, competing is not bad, right? They make you work harder and they make you see what’s possible," she says.

Yet regular office work is going away. According to Intuit, “roughly 40 percent of the workforce will be ‘gig-ing’ it in some way, unaffiliated," Senior says. Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich and others say that number is probably accurate.

Even as freelance work becomes more common, Senior says we should still be concerned about contingent workers doing blue-collar jobs. They tend to be worse off financially than their permanent counterparts who do the same job.

 

Medicaid's Western Push Hits Montana

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:43

After sitting out the first full year of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, lawmakers in Montana are now talking about a limited expansion.

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Going Dry: The Benefits Of A Month Without Booze

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:15

Even a brief breakup with alcohol can impart measurable health rewards, a small but intriguing experiment suggests. Indeed, the concept of a dry January is gaining traction in the U.K.

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Germany Turns Off The Lights To Protest Growing Anti-Islam Movement

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:05

A group calling itself Pegida has protested since October against Germany's asylum and immigration policies. The German political and public mainstream has responded sharply.

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Palestinian Sentenced To Three-Life Terms Over Murder Of Israeli Teens

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 07:59

The killing preceded a 50-day war in Gaza last summer. Hussam Qawasmeh was sentenced by a military court and also ordered to pay $63,000 to the victims family.

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How A Too-Strong Dollar Might Lead To A Too-Weak World

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 06:57

There are upsides to having global investors stash their savings in the United States. But their embrace of the dollar can start to feel like a death grip if it goes too far and chokes off exports.

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Jordanian Prince To Challenge 4-Term FIFA Chief For Presidency

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 06:27

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein said he is running against Sepp Blatter because he believes "it is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport."

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Quiz: Massive open online courses gain traction

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-06 05:40

As more institutions offer massive open online courses, analysts track the popular subjects.

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Quiz: The MOOC that was so last year

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-06 05:40

As more institutions offer massive open online courses, analysts track the popular subjects.

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From Miss America To Tabloid Fodder: Bess Myerson Dies At 90

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 05:04

In 1945, Myerson became the first Jewish Miss America. She used the win to propel her onto the national stage. Her image became tainted during embarrassing missteps in the 1980s.

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Explosion At Fireworks Warehouse In Colombia Makes For Amazing Video

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 04:51

The explosion of 24 tons of pyrotechnics was caught on video by a local news photographer who was there to check out a small fire. No one was seriously injured and video is stunning.

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Weather: Flooding Out West, Intense Cold To The East

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 03:39

The East Coast is experiencing the coldest temperatures of the year, while the Pacific Northwest saw flooding and evacuations because of heavy rain.

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What Schools Could Use Instead Of Standardized Tests

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 03:03

A bill is being drafted that would end annual testing requirements. What would schools do without them?

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PODCAST: A more secure smartphone

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-06 03:00

The price of oil is hovering around $50, at its lowest since 2009. We'll talk about the economic and geopolitical consequences of oil being so cheap. Plus, approval of the Keystone XL energy pipeline is at the top of the agenda for the new Republican-controlled Congress. We look at the energy rationale for and against the project in a period of cheap oil. We'll also explore the latest in security apps featured as part of a new super secure phone.

Two NYPD Officers Shot While Investigating Robbery

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 02:43

Both officers are expected to recover. They were shot after they apprehended a suspect at a Chinese restaurant in the Bronx.

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