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N.J. Bridge Scandal: New Emails And Documents Are Released

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 14:44

A New Jersey committee released a trove of documents Friday that shed more light on the bridge lane-closure scandal that is embroiling Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration. The panel is seeking details on what's seen as an act of political retribution.

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American Beer Fans, Praise The Heavens: A Trappist Brewery In U.S.

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 13:54

Trappist monks are known for producing some of the world's finest beers. But until recently, all of them were brewed in Europe. Next week, Spencer Trappist Ale, made by the monks of St. Joseph's Abbey in Massachusetts, hits retail shelves.

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Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 13:51

A potent, syrupy extract of marijuana has become a popular way to ingest pot among young people, particularly in places where pot use has been liberalized. That has public safety officials worried, in part because making the substance can have explosive side effects.

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A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 13:42

Figure skater Ross Miner hopes to qualify for the Winter Olympics, and the final competition starts Friday night in Boston, where Miner will perform his experience of last year's bombing, through moves and music.

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How A Community Bank Tripped On Footnote 1,861 Of The Volcker Rule

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 13:00

An obscure provision in the finance overhaul is causing problems for small banks. It turns out, it's hard to figure out which risks banks should be allowed to take.

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Dying Stars Write Their Own Swan Songs

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 12:59

Astronomy professor Alicia Soderberg is turning the final moments of stars into music. In doing so, she's learning just how different the supernova explosions can be.

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An Execution In North Korea Has A Chilling Effect In China

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 12:52

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's execution of his uncle was about more than an internal power struggle. Jang Song Thaek oversaw economic ties with China and was accused of selling North Korean resources to its main ally on the cheap.

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Tech Week That Was: CES, T-Mobile CEO And Predictions For 2014

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 12:11

In this first full week of 2014, tech headlines came fast and furiously out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, and beyond.

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What's Behind The Drop In Unemployment

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 11:43

The unexpected dip to 6.7 percent may seem like good news, but the rate slid in December in part because the country found itself with a smaller workforce as people retired or just dropped out. At the same time, most of the jobs being created are in low-wage industries.

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Half Of A Drug's Power Comes From Thinking It Will Work

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 11:38

Words matter when it comes to medicine. By comparing placebo pills labeled as migraine medicine with medicine labeled placebos, doctors figured out that half of the pain relief of medication comes from a person's belief in its effectiveness.

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Same-Sex Couples In Utah Made Eligible For Federal Benefits

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 09:30

The marriages of more than 900 couples have been put on hold as courts weigh in. But "those families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds," Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday.

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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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