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For Dyslexics, A Font And A Dictionary That Are Meant To Help

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:16

A designer who has dyslexia has created a font to avoid confusion and add clarity. And two English researchers are making a dictionary that favors meaning over the alphabet.

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On Armistice Day In U.K., A Sea Of Red Poppies Remembers The Fallen

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:14

The first of 888,246 ceramic poppies — one for each soldier from Britain and its colonies who died — was planted Aug. 5 at the Tower of London; the last today. The site has had 4 million visitors.

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The Burden Of Colon Cancer Shifts From Rich To Poor

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:40

Rates of colorectal cancer have dropped nation, thanks largely to better screening. But people who don't have access to health care are more likely to miss out on screening, and face increased risk.

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Former Secretary Robert Gates on recruiting veterans

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:38

Unemployment rates for veterans, both men and women, who have recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan is still relatively high. But companies like Wal-Mart, Uber, and Starbucks are putting great effort into their recruiting and hiring vets.  

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is no stranger to the military's training programs. Having served as Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011, he's now on the Starbucks board.

"There’s transition training that the troops have to go through," Gates says. "More and more employers are actually going on to bases to meet with military people who are facing transition out of the military."

There are many steps the military is taking to help give young people a smooth transition over to the civilian workforce, Gates says, and many employers are being a lot more aggressive in providing guidance for vets, as well.

"I know that the ideas at Starbucks came from a couple of people in the management chain who had been in the military," he says. "I think it’s actually been self-generated often in these companies by young veterans who have been hired and then are telling their own management 'you guys need to get more involved.'"

 

Putin Puts Shawl On China's First Lady, And Censors Leap

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:08

When Russian President Vladimir Putin moved to place a shawl over the shoulders of Peng Liyuan, the wife of China's President Xi Jinping, he set off alarm bells.

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How 'The Hot Zone' Got It Wrong And Other Tales Of Ebola's History

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 07:04

Do people with Ebola actually cry tears of blood? What happens if the U.S. Army thinks you might have Ebola? We catch up with science writer David Quammen to discuss truths and myths about the virus.

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Pay Attention To The Health Insurance Calendar To Avoid Surprises

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 06:48

Consumers can sign up for health insurance through the online marketplaces anytime from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15. But waiting can trigger medical bills and the health law's penalties.

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In China, Dreaded Process Of Getting A Visa To The U.S. May Get Easier

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 06:45

The first impression most Chinese have of the U.S. government comes when they apply for a visa. A deal announced this week between the U.S. and China may spare people from having to apply every year.

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Sterilization Operations In India Reportedly Kill 9 Women

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 05:56

More than 80 surgeries were performed on women at a government-run camp Saturday; the first death was reported Monday morning.

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Anthony Bourdain And Carla Hill Turbo-Charge D.C.'s Hunger Fighters

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-11 05:46

Celebrity chefs haven't just made us aware of the latest noshing fashions; they have also spread the word about anti-hunger initiatives like those at the innovative DC Central Kitchen.

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