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Photos: Sculpture Sells For $141M, Picasso Painting For $179M, Both Records

Mon, 2015-05-11 19:35

The modern works were part of a $706 million sale by the auction house Christie's. Two other works, by Claude Monet and by Mark Rothko, brought in $40.5 million each.

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Texas Police Were Warned About Gunmen At Muhammad Cartoon Event — And They Weren't

Mon, 2015-05-11 16:18

The FBI sent a bulletin that key people never saw, and police say they were already guarding the event as they'd have done if they had seen it.

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FBI: 51 Law Enforcement Officers 'Feloniously Killed' In 2014

Mon, 2015-05-11 15:36

After a sharp drop in 2013, the number of police and other law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty as a result of felonious incidents rose in 2014, from 27 to 51, the FBI says.

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Exotic Vinegar Flies Invade California After World Tour

Mon, 2015-05-11 14:39

One critter traveled around the globe from Australia on a eucalyptus tree. The other hitched a ride on a Central American flower. These flies are the tip of the invasive insect iceberg in California.

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Why Food Companies Should Be More Afraid Of Water Scarcity

Mon, 2015-05-11 14:10

An environmental sustainability group assessed how 37 U.S. food companies are responding to escalating water risks. It found most have a long way to go to improve water efficiency and other practices.

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NFL Suspends Tom Brady For 4 Games Over 'Deflategate' Scandal

Mon, 2015-05-11 13:56

Days after a lengthy report found it was "more probable than not" that quarterback Tom Brady knew of rule-breaking, the NFL suspends him for four games next season and fines his team $1 million.

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U.S. Gives Conditional OK To Shell Oil For Drilling Off Alaska's Arctic Shore

Mon, 2015-05-11 13:39

The company wants to resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea off of northwestern Alaska; it broke off that effort in 2012, due to safety problems.

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It's Infrastructure Week: More Potholes Than Tax Dollars To Fill Them

Mon, 2015-05-11 13:08

Money for federally funded road and bridge improvements is running low, and as usual, Congress is spinning its wheels trying to find a solution.

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Jeb Bush Would Have Authorized Iraq War — Even Knowing What We Know Now

Mon, 2015-05-11 13:06

The Bush last name is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to Jeb Bush becoming president. He says he's his own man, but over the weekend he said he would have also authorized the Iraq war.

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Family Doctors Who Do More, Save More

Mon, 2015-05-11 13:04

A study suggests that coordinated care, led by a family doctor who is judicious about referring patients to specialists, leads to cost savings.

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Why California Farmers Are Conflicted About Using Less Water

Mon, 2015-05-11 12:42

Cities in California have been ordered to cut water use. Farms have not, yet. Inside the industry, there's a quiet debate: Does it makes sense to invest in water-conserving tech now — or later?

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Tales From 3 Louisianans Who Got Subsidized Health Insurance

Mon, 2015-05-11 12:42

About 90 percent of people in Louisiana who signed up for Obamacare got a subsidy. Some worry they won't be able to afford health insurance if the aid is overturned by the Supreme Court.

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Using Investments And Technology To Rebuild Hawaii's Koa Forests

Mon, 2015-05-11 12:42

One company is undertaking reforestation with an innovative business model. Investors can track the coveted trees using digital IDs. Their money goes to plant new trees that won't be harvested.

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Low, Middle Income Workers Most Vulnerable To Loss Of Obamacare Subsidies

Mon, 2015-05-11 12:42

The Supreme Court may soon rule Obamacare subsidies illegal in about three dozen states. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Linda Blumberg of the Urban Institute about the options those states would have.

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Preschool By State: Who's Spending And What's It Buying?

Mon, 2015-05-11 12:40

A new, national report on state-funded pre-K sends a few mixed messages: Enrollment and funding are up ... but in many places still remarkably low.

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Saudi Women Can't Drive To Work; So They're Flocking To The Internet

Mon, 2015-05-11 12:18

With so many restrictions on their movements, it has never been easy for Saudi women to join the workforce. But the Internet has opened up a new range of opportunities to work from home.

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Shanghai Tower: A Crown For The City's Futuristic Skyline

Mon, 2015-05-11 12:05

The 2,073-foot-tall Shanghai Tower will be the world's second-tallest building when it opens this year. More than just a skyscraper, it's a symbol of Shanghai's — and China's — soaring ambitions.

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George Zimmerman Injured After Gun Is Reportedly Fired At His Car

Mon, 2015-05-11 12:01

George Zimmerman reportedly suffered minor injuries from shattered glass from his car's passenger window. Police say the incident involves a man who previously accused Zimmerman of making threats.

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Jury: Starbucks' Free Coffee Not At Fault In Police Officer's Burn Claims

Mon, 2015-05-11 11:06

A North Carolina jury has rejected a $750,000 civil lawsuit filed by a police officer who said that a Starbucks store had given him a large cup of hot coffee with an insecure lid.

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New York Governor Pledges Action After Revelations Of Nail Salon Work Conditions

Mon, 2015-05-11 10:51

After The New York Times published a series on exploitative work conditions at nail salons, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a task force to confront the issue.

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