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U.S. Air Force Helicopter Crashes In England, Killing 4 Service Members

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 15:24

The Air Force said the Pave Hawk helicopter was on a training mission on the east coast of England.

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Senate Unexpectedly Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 14:43

After a procedural vote in the Senate on a bill that would temporarily extend emergency insurance for the jobless, President Obama held a White House press conference to pressure Congress to keep the momentum going. But Republican leaders say they need spending cuts or job-creation plans in return.

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Tech Fit For The Showroom, But The Runway Might Have To Wait

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 14:25

Wearable technology is often said to look dorky. "Stylish" and "fashionable" are not words anyone would associate with devices like Google Glass or smart watches. But companies are now working to embed technology into clothing so that it's unobtrusive or even attractive.

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50 Years After Landmark Warning, 8 Million Fewer Smoking Deaths

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 14:22

Back in 1964, people smoked cigarettes at work, in restaurants and in grocery stores. Few would have predicted that a report from the U.S. surgeon general would spark a public health revolution that has increased life expectancy in this country by 30 percent.

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Cold Weather Tips To Keep Your Pets In Good Health

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:54

Keep the dog away when you're shoveling snow. Some can't resist jumping toward the flying flakes, and a dog is no match for a shovel blade. The sweet taste of antifreeze can be enticing for pets, but ethylene glycol, the main antifreeze, is also quite toxic. Clean up spills and drips.

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With Department Steeped In Scandal, L.A. County Sheriff Will Retire

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:48

Lee Baca announced his retirement a month after more than a dozen of his deputies were charged with beating inmates and jail visitors.

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Ex-Defense Secretary Gates Takes Aim At Obama In New Book

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:40

In Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert Gates says the president was unsure the Afghan surge would work and was openly distrustful of military leaders. "I never doubted Obama's support for the troops, only his support for their mission," he writes. The book is scheduled for release Jan. 14.

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Meditation Can Help Manage Anxiety, Depression And Pain

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 12:47

Hospitals now offer meditation classes, but doctors have questioned whether this ancient discipline has any medical benefits. It can help with symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, an analysis says. But there's no evidence it helps with sleep or weight issues.

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GOP's 2014 Resolution: Keep Pounding Democrats On Obamacare

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 11:54

As far as Republicans are concerned, the ACA is the gift that keeps giving. That's why the RNC announced a series of hard-hitting radio ads aimed at various House and Senate Democrats.

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Venezuelan Beauty Queen, Telenovela Star Killed In Robbery

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 11:26

The 29-year-old Mónica Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004 and went on to star in many soap operas aired in the United States by the Telemundo network.

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It's So Cold That You Might Need A Sweater To Read This

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 11:22

It's too cold to ski in parts of Minnesota, your favorite pizza place in Chicago might not be delivering, and schools are closing even in central Georgia. The polar vortex is throwing off everyday life around the nation.

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Extreme Cold Convinces Escaped Convict To Give Up: VIDEO

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 11:18

How cold is it? It's so cold that at least one escapee from prison asked to be put back behind bars. Robert Vick walked away from a minimum security facility in Kentucky on Sunday. By Monday evening, he'd had enough. So he turned himself in.

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Drinking Too Much? Don't Count On Your Doctor To Ask

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 11:11

Alcohol uses causes a lot of health problems, and most of the trouble strikes drinkers who aren't alcoholics. Something as simple as a five-question screening test and a brief chat about cutting back can help people change course. But more than 80 percent of adults say they've never discussed alcohol use with a health professional.

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Skiing Siblings Hope To Make It To Sochi, Together

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 11:09

Four years ago, cross-country skiers Erik and Sadie Bjornsen tried to make the Olympic team but came up short. This year, one has earned a spot; the other is waiting to find out.

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Scores Of NYC Officers, Firefighters Charged In Fraud Case

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 10:00

Authorities say many falsely claimed they were disabled by their response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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Frolicking Fido, Cozy Cats: How Your Pets Are Chilling Out

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 09:09

Some pets enjoyed playing outside in the snow, while others preferred curling up near the fireplace. We asked you for photos of how your pets are dealing with the weather — and you folks delivered.

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What Is The Polar Vortex And Why Is It Doing This To Us?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 09:00

This super cold air is usually whirling around the Arctic. But a big piece has plunged further south than normal. One way to think about what's happening: If a spinning ice skater extends her arms, she slows down. Sometimes, she wobbles and falls. The polar vortex has sort of stretched out an arm.

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Smithfield Prods Its Pork Suppliers To Dump Pig Crates

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:57

The world's largest hog and pork buyer wants its contract farmers to move pregnant sows out of constrictive crates and into group houses, generally considered more humane, by 2022. The move is significant because independent farmers supply about 40 percent of the company's sows.

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Fallujah Veterans Ask Hard Questions About Their Sacrifices

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:55

A radical group with links to al-Qaida has taken intermittent control of key parts of Fallujah in western Iraq. It's the same area where U.S. troops saw some of their bloodiest fights during the Iraq war a decade ago, costing the U.S. more lives than in any other region in Iraq.

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New Law Allows Transgender Students To Choose Bathrooms And Sports Teams

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 08:40

A new California law allows transgender students to choose restrooms and sport teams based on the gender they identify with. Host Michel Martin speaks with a parenting roundtable about the pros and cons.

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