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Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 11:11

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said his reputation had been damaged by an account of a fight in a book. In a split verdict, a federal jury agreed with him.

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Court Orders Seizure Of $100 Million Oil Shipment

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 10:32

A tanker carrying 1 million barrels of oil from Kurdistan was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to unload, but a judge has agreed with Iraq's central government that the oil belongs to them.

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Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 10:23

Researchers found that a class of chemicals similar to nicotine and used on corn and soy farms has run off into streams and rivers in the Midwest. There they may be harming aquatic life, like insects.

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Fist Bumps Pass Along Fewer Germs Than Handshakes

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 10:16

That strong, sturdy handshake your grandpa taught you isn't the cleanest way to greet someone, scientists say. So should doctors and nurses in hospitals start bumping fists?

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Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 10:11

About 77 million adults in the U.S. have at least one debt in the collection process, according to a study released by the Urban Institute.

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Report Says Big Changes Are Needed In How Doctors Are Trained

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 10:06

We spend $15 billion a year training doctors but end up with a medical workforce that doesn't meet the nation's health care needs, according to an Institute of Medicine Report.

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This One Is Worth Watching: New Zealand Retirees Join 'Happy' Meme

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 09:50

Yes, they've jumped on the bandwagon months after the fad peaked, but the video is still cute and will pick you up.

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White House Threatens More Russia Sanctions, As Kerry Decries Rebels In Ukraine

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 09:02

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia to use its "considerable influence" to give investigators access to the debris field of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane.

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Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 08:00

Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.

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Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 07:54

Hotels are happy to charge you $300 a night for a stay, but their Wi-Fi speeds are often too slow to stream a movie. Now, two competing sites are trying to solve the problem.

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NCAA Reaches $75 Million Settlement In Head-Injury Lawsuit

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 06:55

The settlement, which a judge has to approve, also calls for a change in the way schools handle concussions, including when players can return to play following such injuries.

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Time To 'Girl Up:' Teens Fight For The Right To School, Soccer

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 05:55

Sure, they talk about boys. But mainly they talk about girls — and how to bring better education, health care and other opportunities to their sisters in poor and sometimes prejudicial countries.

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Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 05:39

After graduation, a group of college students landed a nutty job — quite literally. For the next year, they will don the monocle of Mr. Peanut and drive the Planters Peanut Nutmobile.

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White House Says Delayed Action On Climate Change Could Cost Billions

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 04:48

The White House says the cost of inaction outweighs the cost of implementing more-stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

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Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 03:47

It's hard not to worry about heart problems when running hard in hot weather. But heatstroke is a far bigger health risk, researchers say. Marathon organizers are trying to make races safer.

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China Puts Former Top Communist Party Official Under Investigation

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 03:42

Former security czar Zhou Yongkang is accused of "serious disciplinary violation," which often implies that criminal corruption charges will follow.

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Israel's Prime Minister Says Gaza War Could Be 'Prolonged'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-29 03:15

Benjamin Netanyahu called the operation in Gaza justified and asked Israeli citizens to prepare for a long conflict.

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PODCAST: Lobbying for tech

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-29 03:00

In spite of typically slower summer months, analysts are watching today's meeting of the Fed and wondering what the content of the forthcoming announcement will signal. Plus, the white house is arguing that global warming needs to be addressed for both the environment and the economy. More on that report. Plus, as tech companies get larger, so do their voices. More on a new crop of tech lobbyists who are hoping to shape policy. 

America's coal heads overseas

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-29 02:00

America is in a slow transition to cleaner energy, which means carbon-spewing coal power plants are high on the hit list. But we still mine lots of coal in America. Energy reporter Dina Cappiello has been looking into what happens to all that coal we're not burning here.

Click the media player above to hear reporter Dina Cappiello in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report guest host Mark Garrison.

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