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Why Hospitals And Families Still Struggle To Define Death

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 09:28

If a person loses all brain function, he or she is considered legally dead. But the cases of Jahi McMath and Marlise Muñoz have shown that even though doctors can declare someone dead, families and the courts might not always agree with that definition.

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A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 09:19

If you're confused by the fight over genetically modified food — and even more if your mind is already made up — you might want to turn to an investigation of the topic carried out by the environmental website Grist. Instead of preaching to the deep-green choir, Grist's in-depth series questioned its faith.

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Gates Says His Points About Obama Have Been Mischaracterized

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 09:06

Reports this week about former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book have implied that he thinks President Obama approved a 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan believing the strategy would fail. But Gates tells NPR that's not right. He believes Obama became skeptical about the "troop surge" later on.

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Central African Republic's President Resigns At Regional Summit

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 08:55

Michel Djotodia, who took power in a coup last year, was unable to quell the violence that has engulfed his country, and was under pressure from regional leaders to quit. A bloody conflict has pit the country's majority Christian population against Muslims.

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Franklin McCain, One Of 'Greensboro Four,' Dies

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 08:09

In February 1960, four young black men sat down at a whites-only lunch counter in North Carolina. Their protest would be followed by others across the nation and become a key moment in the civil rights movement. McCain once said that he wasn't scared. He was angry.

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Maryland's Bold Plan To Curb Hospital Costs Gets Federal Blessing

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 06:58

Hospitals in Maryland would be financially rewarded for keeping people healthy and out of the hospital. The arrangement, once unimaginable, could serve as a model for containing hospital costs elsewhere in the country.

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Cuba, Land Of The $250,000 Family Sedan

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 06:35

For the first time in five decades, the Cuban government has begun selling new and used vehicles to anyone who can afford them. But with used Volkswagen Passats priced at $70,000 and a 2013 Peugeot sedan priced at $250,000, it's pretty clear the Castro government doesn't really want to sell them. Why?

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Cuba, Land Of The $250,000 Family Sedan

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 06:35

For the first time in five decades, the Cuban government has begun selling new and used vehicles to anyone who can afford them. But with used Volkswagen Passats priced at $70,000 and a 2013 Peugeot sedan priced at $250,000, it's pretty clear the Castro government doesn't really want to sell them. Why?

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Target Says 70 Million Individuals' Data May Have Been Stolen

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 05:28

The number of people affected by a data breach during the holiday shopping season has increased dramatically. Target says customers names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses were taken. It's offering free credit monitoring and "zero liability" for any fraudulent charges.

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Economy Adds Only 74,000 Jobs In December; Jobless Rate At 6.7 Percent

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 05:15

The unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since late 2008, but the labor force has shrunk. That could be a sign that many Americans still think there just aren't that many job openings out there.

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Chemical Leak Causes Water Emergency In West Virginia

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 04:00

A chemical used to wash coal seeped into the Elk River near Charleston on Thursday. Customers in more than 100,000 homes and businesses that get their water from one local company have been advised not to drink, wash or bathe with what's coming from their taps. More than 480,000 people live in the affected area.

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Bitcoin Takes Stage In Texas Senate Campaign

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 04:00

A congressman vying for Sen. John Cornyn's seat announced that he'll accept campaign donations in bitcoin, raising questions about the value of the virtual currency in politics.

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