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High-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs, At Least For Now

14 hours 48 min ago

Health plans that require people to pay thousands of dollars up front cut costs in the first three years, a study finds. But no one knows if costs will rise later as people avoid preventive care.

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What's Up With Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Their Children?

15 hours 26 min ago

It could be a lack of confidence in the medicine. Maybe they don't think the risk of infection is that high. Or the clinic may be far from home. A new report looks at reasons in five countries.

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Details Emerge About Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz

15 hours 30 min ago

His flying club says Lubitz "wanted to see his dream of flying fulfilled." Investigators say he appears to have deliberately crashed Flight 4U 9525 into the French Alps, killing 150 people.

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French Prosecutor Points Toward Co-Pilot's Actions In Jet's Crash

16 hours 1 min ago

French officials believe the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that went down in the Alps intentionally crashed the plane. Steve Inskeep speaks with NPR's Eleanor Beardsley for the latest.

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Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released From Prison

16 hours 32 min ago

The son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson will serve out the remainder of his sentence for misappropriating campaign funds for personal use at a halfway house in Washington, D.C.

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A Reporter Chauffeurs A Chinese Couple 500 Miles To Their Rural Wedding

16 hours 35 min ago

NPR's Frank Langfitt, who has been driving Chinese people around Shanghai to meet a variety of people and better understand the rapidly changing country, takes his experiment to a whole new level.

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Why It's So Hard For Us To Agree About Dong From 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

17 hours 16 min ago

With a name like Dong — and so few roles for Asian-American men on TV — it's understandable that this character has been raising eyebrows. But in the context of the show, Dong makes complete sense.

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Are Women's Colleges Doomed? What Sweet Briar's Demise Tells Us

17 hours 16 min ago

Administrators say that the Virginia institution has been grappling with financial troubles for decades. And they blame an increasing lack of interest in single-sex education.

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Payday Loans — And Endless Cycles Of Debt — Targeted By Federal Watchdog

17 hours 21 min ago

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is readying new regulations on payday loans and other high-cost forms of credit. Officials with the agency say the loans can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt.

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Focus Of Crash Investigation Shifts To Pilots Of Germanwings Plane

17 hours 46 min ago

The New York Times and other news organizations are reporting that one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit before the crash. Germanwings said it could neither confirm nor deny the report.

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Saudis Target Houthi Positions In Yemen

18 hours 31 min ago

Saudi Arabia and nine other countries launched airstrikes against the Shiite rebels, who have taken control of much of the country. The U.S. is providing logistical and intelligence support.

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Why Doctors Are Trying A Skin Cancer Drug To Treat A Brain Tumor

Wed, 2015-03-25 23:52

A drug that's effective in patients with certain forms of melanoma is being tested as a treatment for other cancers whose genetic code contains an identical mutation.

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Don't Torpedo The Dam, Full Speed Ahead For Ethiopia's Nile Project

Wed, 2015-03-25 23:50

Egypt was ready to go to war over Ethiopia's planned Renaissance Dam. A new agreement has ended the tension. But that doesn't mean everyone's a winner.

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Closure Of Private Prison Forces Texas County To Plug Financial Gap

Wed, 2015-03-25 23:49

A riot at a private immigration prison in Willacy County, Texas, forced officials to close the facility and relocate 2,800 inmates. But it also left the county with a $2.3 million budget shortfall.

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Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

Wed, 2015-03-25 23:48

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. House leaders now think they fix a problem that has plagued Congress since 1997.

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Midwest Town Braces For More Steel Layoffs

Wed, 2015-03-25 18:42

U.S. Steel is shutting down its Granite City Works in southern Illinois. The plant makes flat-rolled steel for oil companies, which have been hit by lower oil prices.

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Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

Wed, 2015-03-25 13:20

Henry Heinz was big into pickles before ketchup came along. James Kraft gave the world American cheese. (Ironically, he was Canadian.) Now, two companies that revamped how we eat will become one.

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'Super Termite' Could Be Even More Destructive Than Parent Species

Wed, 2015-03-25 13:08

In South Florida, the world's two most destructive termite species could be mating because of climate change. Researchers say if the hybrids colonize, they could pose an even greater economic threat.

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Can Republicans Get Ahead In The 2016 Digital Race?

Wed, 2015-03-25 13:03

When Sen. Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring, it happened first on Twitter. Political news is breaking more and more on social media, and both sides face different challenges in reaching out.

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In Havana, A Journey Into The Forbidden With A Provocative Artist

Wed, 2015-03-25 12:41

In December, Tania Bruguera planned a performance at Revolution Square. She ended up in jail and had her passport taken. Now she returns to the scene of her alleged crime. This time for an interview.

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