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New MLB Rule Cuts Home Plate Crashes, But Not Catcher Concussions

Sun, 2014-11-09 01:38

Major League Baseball is reviewing its controversial Rule 7.13, which bans most home plate collisions. Catchers actually face a bigger head-injury risk that the rule can't prevent.

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The Cold War 'Mole' Who Smuggled 1,000 East Germans To The West

Sun, 2014-11-09 01:32

Hasso Herschel fled East Germany in 1961 on a false passport. Over the next decade, he helped more than 1,000 East Germans flee by smuggling them through tunnels or by hiding them inside cars.

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'Chief Resilience Officers' Could Help Cities Cope With Calamity

Fri, 2014-11-07 17:00

The Rockefeller Foundation will pay 100 cities to hire people who can help them prepare for future shocks and stresses.

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Loretta Lynch To Be Nominated As Next U.S. Attorney General

Fri, 2014-11-07 14:27

A lead federal prosecutor in New York City, Lynch will be introduced by President Obama at the White House on Saturday. Her office has handled old-school Mafia busts, cutting edge cybercrime and more.

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Two Of Three States Reject Ballot Measures Restricting Abortion

Fri, 2014-11-07 14:22

North Dakota and Colorado voters struck down the "personhood" measures, which would give legal rights to fetuses. But Tennessee's Amendment 1 passed with 53 percent of the vote.

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For Political Junkies, A (Literary) Post-Election Fix

Fri, 2014-11-07 14:22

Post-elections, Molly Antopol and Jason Sheehan reflect on the results by turning to their favorite political books, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.

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Dallas Ebola Monitoring Period Ends With An All-Clear

Fri, 2014-11-07 14:13

In Texas, more than 100 people had been monitored for the 21-day period that marks Ebola's incubation period.

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As A New 'Doctor Who' Season Ends, Have Its Stories Matched The Hero?

Fri, 2014-11-07 14:03

Britain's Doctor Who series finishes its first season with new hero Peter Capaldi on Saturday. TV critic Eric Deggans says Capaldi's portrayal of the Doctor is often better than the stories he's in.

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President, Lawmakers Signal Bipartisanship In Post-Election Meeting

Fri, 2014-11-07 13:27

At a two-hour lunch meeting with leaders of both parties and both chambers, Obama said he would judge ideas not on whether they are from Democrats or Republicans but on whether they work.

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How Africa's Oldest National Park Can Benefit Both Gorillas And Locals

Fri, 2014-11-07 12:23

Virunga, a new documentary on the Congolese park, premieres Friday on Netflix. We spoke to the chief warden about endangered mountain gorillas, oil speculators and the power of tourism.

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Beyond The Unemployment Rate: Look At These 5 Labor Indicators

Fri, 2014-11-07 12:19

The unemployment rate tells only a partial story about the labor market and the state of American workers. Five other measures provide a fuller understanding of the economy and the nation's workforce.

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Saudi Council Reportedly Recommends Letting Some Women Drive

Fri, 2014-11-07 11:56

The Associated Press reports that after years of refusing to review the kingdom's ban on female drivers, a key council now says that with restrictions, women could be allowed to drive.

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Transgender Men Who Become Pregnant Face Social, Health Challenges

Fri, 2014-11-07 11:53

Getting prenatal care can be a struggle, transgender men report in what may be the first study of its kind. And their feelings on once again appearing more female varied greatly.

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Republican Ed Gillespie Concedes Virginia Senate Race

Fri, 2014-11-07 11:08

He told supporters in Springfield, Va., that the gap in the number of votes between him and the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Mark Warner, had grown and "I know that a change in outcome is not possible."

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Capitalism Is Making China Richer, But Not Democratic

Fri, 2014-11-07 11:08

The U.S. thought trade and investment would eventually make China more democratic. In fact, it's had the opposite effect: creating a rich, authoritarian leadership class that remains repressive.

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U.S. Will Send Up To 1,500 More Military Personnel To Iraq

Fri, 2014-11-07 11:01

The new personnel will serve "in a non-combat role to train, advise, and assist Iraqi Security Forces, including Kurdish forces," White House press secretary Josh Earnest says.

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In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Takes On Fate Of Obamacare Again

Fri, 2014-11-07 10:46

Is it legal for a state-sponsored health exchange to provide subsidies that help people pay insurance premiums? That's the point in question, and one that's still being considered by an appeals court.

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Donor Gives Los Angeles Museum Art Worth $500 Million

Thu, 2014-11-06 16:19

Billionaire Jerry Perenchio will donate works by masters such as Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, René Magritte and Pablo Picasso.

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Rubik's Cube, Bubbles And Green Army Men Join Toy Hall Of Fame

Thu, 2014-11-06 15:10

Four well-loved toys are inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, beating out fellow nominees such as the Operation skill game and Fisher-Price Little People.

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Drummer And Tuba Player Work To Stay Sharp For Band And College

Thu, 2014-11-06 14:06

In May, we shared the story of a New Orleans high school marching band. Two students earned scholarships to play for Jackson State University's marching band, the Sonic Boom of the South.

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