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Japanese School Says It Won't Be Kinki Anymore

Wed, 2014-05-21 06:29

Osaka's Kinki University is named for its home region in south-central Japan. But school officials say the name is distracting to foreigners.

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GM Announces Its 30th Recall Of The Year Thus Far

Wed, 2014-05-21 06:14

A day after recalling 2.42 million vehicles, General Motors says it's recalling an additional 218,000 Chevrolet model cars. All told, the company has recalled nearly 14 million vehicles this year.

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Medicare May Be Overpaying Hospitals For Patients Who Don't Stay Long

Wed, 2014-05-21 05:29

Medicare told doctors to admit patients expected to stay in the hospital through two midnights or longer. Then Medicare said it wouldn't enforce the rules, adding to the controversy.

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Alito Halts Missouri Execution; Supreme Court To Look At Case

Wed, 2014-05-21 05:06

Justice Samuel Alito granted a stay of Russell Bucklew's execution Tuesday night. The inmate has a rare medical condition that his attorneys say makes it likely that a lethal injection could go wrong.

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Where Are The World's Positive Vibes?

Wed, 2014-05-21 04:20

The newly released "positive experience index" of 138 countries finds that people in Paraguay had the rosiest outlook (again). The U.S. made the top 20 in the annual Gallup index.

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Book News: Ray Bradbury's House Is Up For Sale

Wed, 2014-05-21 03:08

"Everyone must leave something behind," the author once wrote. Also: Philip Roth retires from sandwich eating. And Jane Fonda is writing a novel.

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So What If It's Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going ...

Wed, 2014-05-21 03:03

Thank heavens it's not pretty, not thirsty, not useful, not a bother, not nearby. It looks like a mess of rope. But, oh my, is this plant old. Really, really old.

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Egyptian Court Sentences Mubarak To 3 Years In Prison For Corruption

Wed, 2014-05-21 02:54

Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his sons were charged with embezzling millions of dollars in public funds.

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Supreme Court Ruling Not Enough To Prevent Debtors' Prisons

Wed, 2014-05-21 01:01

In 1983, the high court ruled judges can't jail someone because they're too poor to pay their fines and fees. But an NPR investigation found judges still use jail time as punishment for non-payment.

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Should HPV Testing Replace The Pap Smear?

Tue, 2014-05-20 23:24

The recent FDA approval of an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer has ignited debate among doctors. Some say the viral test will catch cancers earlier. Others warn it increases needless biopsies.

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Without A Marijuana Breathalyzer, How To Curb Stoned Driving?

Tue, 2014-05-20 23:21

Legal pot sales are growing in Colorado, and the state has a marijuana DUI blood standard for drivers. But without a pot breathalyzer, it's hard to measure how high someone is.

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For N.J. Mayor, The Time To Adapt To Rising Sea Levels Is Now

Tue, 2014-05-20 23:20

Hoboken, N.J., has experienced several major floods since Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Dawn Zimmer says her city isn't waiting to prepare for the effects of climate change.

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Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes

Tue, 2014-05-20 23:20

The plastic beads in some face soaps look a lot like fish food when they end up in the water. Two states are close to banning the beads, which researchers say can spread toxins through the food chain.

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Double Trouble For Coffee: Drought And Disease Send Prices Up

Tue, 2014-05-20 23:18

Coffee prices have spiked this year because of drought in Brazil and a disease that's crippling coffee production in parts of Central America. Coffee traders says prices could rise to $3 a pound.

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Don't Judge Exceptional Players By The Company They Keep

Tue, 2014-05-20 23:17

Many of sports history's greatest athletes never led their teams to a championship victory. So why should it be a requirement for basketball stars today?

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Relatives Of Kidnapped Girls: Bring Them Back — But Alive

Tue, 2014-05-20 23:16

Now that the Nigerian military seems to be serious about rescuing girls kidnapped by Islamist extremists, relatives worry that firepower alone won't save them. They want the government to negotiate.

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McConnell Wins Big Over Tea Party Challenger In Kentucky

Tue, 2014-05-20 16:57

Sen. Mitch McConnell's large victory in Kentucky suggested that he could have a fairly unified party behind him come November.

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White House To Release Secret Memo On Drone Strikes

Tue, 2014-05-20 16:36

The document written by David Barron lays out the legal justification for the overseas targeting of American-born terrorist suspects. Its release could clear Barron's nomination to the federal bench.

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Federal Court Stays Execution Of Missouri Inmate

Tue, 2014-05-20 15:43

The appeals court granted a stay hours before Russell Bucklew was scheduled for lethal injection.

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Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania's Gay-Marriage Ban

Tue, 2014-05-20 15:25

The ruling is the latest in a growing cascade of federal and state court decisions declaring a right to marry for gay couples.

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