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To Protect His Son, Father Pushes School To Bar Unimmunized Kids

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Melissa Block talks to Carl Krawitt, whose son Rhett is in remission from leukemia but still cannot be vaccinated for measles. Rhett attends school in Marin County Calif., where nearly seven percent of students are not vaccinated. Mr. Krawitt has asked the local superintendent of schools to "require immunization as a condition of attendance."

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Prosecutor's Murky Death Could Impact Argentina's Elections

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Argentina is focused on the funeral of a prosecutor who died mysteriously. And the nation's politics — with elections this fall — reverberate over the 20-year-old bombing he was investigating.

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The Spicy History Of Short Selling Stocks

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

David Kestenbaum of NPR's Planet Money tells the story of the first stock ever shorted. It's a tale of intrigue, lies, sabotage and a life of exile.

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Mormon LGBT Announcement Met With Cheers, Skepticism

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Robert Siegel talks to Mormon leader Elder Dallin Oaks about the press conference this week where the church announced it would support LGBT anti-discrimination legislation in return for laws that protect religious freedom.

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Senators Work To Open Up Travel For Americans To Cuba

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Several members of Congress — recently back from Cuba — are taking steps to further ease a decades old embargo on the communist island. But even as they announced new legislation to open up travel for Americans, Cuba's president is talking tough about what it will take to ultimately normalize ties.

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Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States' oldest overseas base. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History Professor Paul Kramer.

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Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:56

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.

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Pro-ISIS Messages Create Dilemma For Social Media Companies

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:54

Facebook, YouTube and other sites are being asked to do more to stop terrorists. Yet they are also being asked to let some of the propaganda remain to help officials track jihadis.

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U.S. Report On Spending In Afghanistan Classified For First Time

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:51

The latest quarterly report on U.S. spending in Afghanistan was released on Thursday. Conspicuously missing were figures on how more than $50 billion is being spent on training and equipping Afghan military and police forces. Those figures have been classified for the first time in years of such reporting and the general who ordered keeping them secret says it's to keep enemies from sharpening their attacks. Key senators disagree.

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Woman Held By Jordan Has Close Ties To Islamic State

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:51

Jordan has indicated that it is willing to swap a convicted terrorist for a Jordanian pilot held captive by the so-called Islamic State. The terrorist is a woman named Sajida al-Rishawi. She and her husband conducted a suicide attack at a Jordanian hotel. Her belt did not detonate but dozens of people were killed. ISIS has demanded her release in part because she has longstanding ties to the group.

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US Congress passes Keystone approval

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:46
The US Senate passes a bill to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, sending it to President Barack Obama's desk for a likely veto.

Portugal gives Jews 'return rights'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:41
The Portuguese government grants citizenship rights to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from the country five centuries ago.

Sleeping driver caused fatal crash

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:36
A man admits falling asleep at the wheel seconds before his car crashed into another, killing the driver.

Google profits up nearly 30%

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:31
Internet giant Google reports fourth-quarter profits of $4.76bn, up nearly 30% from the same period a year before, but revenue misses Wall Street expectations.

VIDEO: Gunman arrested at Dutch TV station

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:30
A gunman has been arrested in a studio of Dutch news broadcaster NOS after disrupting the main evening news, reportedly demanding airtime.

Arrests in £50m laundering probe

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 11:49
Eleven men are arrested on suspicion of laundering the proceeds of a multimillion-pound alcohol and VAT fraud.

Girls Get Good Grades But Still Need Help. As For Boys ... SOS!

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 11:42

A study shows that girls do better in math, science and reading than boys in just about every country. So boys clearly need help to success in school. But so do girls.

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Fraudster will serve time 'at home'

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 10:53
A woman who admitted conspiring to commit wire fraud after being extradited to America is ordered to spend 18 days in home confinement.

British Fighters 'Escort' Russian Bombers Near U.K. Airspace

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 10:35

A pair of Russian "Bear" bombers flew alarmingly close to British airspace on Wednesday. London has asked Moscow to explain the incident.

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Armed man disrupts Dutch broadcast

BBC - Thu, 2015-01-29 10:34
Armed man disrupts Dutch national TV news broadcast, before being arrested, reports say.

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