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Facebook Courts News Giants Into A Deal To Share Viewers, And Profits

Wed, 2015-05-13 13:56

Nine media organizations, including The New York Times and National Geographic, have signed a deal to distribute their content through a new Facebook feature called "Instant Articles."

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Charities, Locals And Bikers Help Repair Nepal After New Quake

Wed, 2015-05-13 13:56

Nepal was just recovering from the first earthquake when a second one hit on Tuesday. People are fearful but more determined than ever to rebuild their country.

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Smokers More Likely To Quit If Their Own Cash Is On The Line

Wed, 2015-05-13 13:50

A carrot isn't enough — bring on the stick. A study finds smokers are more likely to quit tobacco if they lose some of their own money after a relapse, than if they get a bonus for quitting the habit.

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House Approves USA Freedom Act, Extending And Revising The Patriot Act

Wed, 2015-05-13 13:18

The USA Freedom Act would extend many parts of the surveillance legislation while also barring the NSA's massive collection of Americans' phone data. The measure's fate in the Senate is uncertain.

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Train Derailment Highlights Amtrak's Infrastructure Needs

Wed, 2015-05-13 13:15

Amtrak was created in the 1970s to allow several private railroads to get out of the passenger business. Experts say that while its safety record is generally good, it needs upgrading.

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Standards For Child Migrants Could Force Detention Centers To Close

Wed, 2015-05-13 13:00

The Obama administration has detained thousands of immigrant women and children, but that could soon change. A court case is challenging whether it is ever legal to hold children for long periods.

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The Morning After: Lawmakers Vote to Reduce Amtrak Funding

Wed, 2015-05-13 12:48

In Philadelphia, an Amtrak train derailed on Tuesday. But in Washington on Wednesday, transportation supporters still could not get the House on track for providing more funding.

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Senate Reaches Deal To Vote On 'Fast-Track' Trade Bill Thursday

Wed, 2015-05-13 11:22

The deal calls for separate votes on bills that Democrats had wanted to move as a single package, with a vote on a customs bill that includes safeguards championed by Sen. Charles Schumer.

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Why Would A Fish Make Its Own Sunscreen?

Wed, 2015-05-13 11:16

Research suggests that genes that make a natural sunscreen jumped from algae to an ancestor of vertebrates hundreds of millions of years ago. Some animals kept the ability. Others didn't.

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How To Feed A Numbat: Zoo Cookery Aids Endangered Species

Wed, 2015-05-13 10:29

Zoo nutritionists these days have to do more than try to keep displayed animals happy and healthy. Sometimes the goal is to bring endangered wildlife back from the brink.

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Vatican Officially Recognizes State Of Palestine

Wed, 2015-05-13 10:02

In a treaty between the two sides, the Holy See switches its diplomatic relations from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the State of Palestine. Israel said it was "disappointed."

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Nothing More To Say On Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw Says

Wed, 2015-05-13 08:40

The former NBC Nightly News anchor's comments came on Fresh Air. Williams, the man who succeeded him, is serving a six-month suspension for exaggerating his experiences in the Iraq War.

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Harriet Tubman Wins Unofficial Contest To Be On $20 Bill

Wed, 2015-05-13 08:16

The Women on 20s campaign is petitioning President Obama to put the face of Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave who led others to freedom, on the $20 bill. She edged Eleanor Roosevelt in a close vote.

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What It's Like Living On The Block That Philadelphia Bombed 30 Years Ago

Wed, 2015-05-13 08:01

Long-time Philly resident Gerald Renfrow wants you to know that there's more to his block than what happened on May 13, 1985.

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I'm From Philly. 30 Years Later, I'm Still Trying To Make Sense Of The MOVE Bombing

Wed, 2015-05-13 07:55

Philly native Gene Demby was four years old when city police dropped a bomb on a house of black activists in his hometown. Thirty years later, he's still trying to make sense of it all.

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One Woman's Struggle To Survive 'Too Much Vacation' In France

Wed, 2015-05-13 07:18

NPR Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley doesn't expect a ton of sympathy when she complains about unending holidays in France. But when you have a kid who's always off school, it's tough. Really.

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Military General In Burundi Claims Coup Against Its President

Wed, 2015-05-13 06:55

The country has been the scene of mass protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term. It's unclear whether the coup has the support of the full military.

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Nepal Update: Quake's Death Toll Rises; U.S. Chopper Still Missing

Wed, 2015-05-13 06:35

Emergency officials in Nepal say at least 76 people have died in Tuesday's earthquake, which hit as the small country is still coping with a prior quake that killed more than 8,000.

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Here's A Radical Approach To Big Hospital Bills: Set Your Own Price

Wed, 2015-05-13 06:09

Some companies are refusing to pay employee hospital bills that they think are out of line. Instead, they pay what they think is reasonable. So far the gambit appears to be working.

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Bill Endorsing Illegal Immigrants To Serve In Military Splits GOP

Wed, 2015-05-13 05:03

Some members of Congress would like to allow immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally to serve in the armed forces. But some Republicans are threatening to hold up a key defense bill over it.

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