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Are Men Idiots Who Do Stupid Things? Study Says Yes

Fri, 2014-12-12 14:25

It looked at winners of the Darwin Awards, given to people who die in such an idiotic manner their action ensures the species' long-term survival. Nearly 90 percent of the winners were male.

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Mortgage Giants Ease Down Payments For First-Time Homebuyers

Fri, 2014-12-12 14:21

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will begin allowing first-time homebuyers to put down as little as 3 percent. But critics say the move is risky and could create another housing crisis.

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Do Guns On The Premises Leave Workers More Safe Or Less?

Fri, 2014-12-12 13:41

Private companies used to make their own rules about guns on their property. But a growing number of states have adopted laws allowing workers to keep guns in their cars in the workplace parking lot.

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The Ethics Of Torture, Explored In A Painful Fable

Fri, 2014-12-12 13:17

This week, the Senate released a report that details the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after Sept. 11. Author Laila Lalami grapples with the questions it raises by turning to literature.

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Dingell Admitted To Hospital, One Day After Casting Last Vote In House

Fri, 2014-12-12 12:48

The long-serving Democrat's office didn't give details on Rep. John Dingell's condition, other than to say he was under observation and "resting comfortably."

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Tamir Rice's Death Ruled A Homicide By Medical Examiner

Fri, 2014-12-12 12:32

The 12-year-old boy was carrying a replica gun when he was shot by a rookie police officer on Nov. 23. He died a day later. A grand jury will now consider whether to bring charges against the officer.

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3 Wounded In Shooting Outside Portland High School

Fri, 2014-12-12 12:31

Police said that the shooter had fled the scene and that the victims were "alive and breathing" when they were taken to an area hospital.

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Even If Torture Doesn't Work In The Real World, TV Has Us Convinced It Does

Fri, 2014-12-12 11:07

Interrogation experts have tried to get shows like 24 to tone down the torture. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says that may not be as easy as it sounds.

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NOAA Team Finds Shipwreck From The 'Titanic of the Golden Gate'

Fri, 2014-12-12 10:36

In 1901, the SS City of Rio de Janeiro went down in thick fog at the entrance to San Francisco Bay, killing 128 people — most immigrants from China and Japan.

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Vatican, Citing 'Delicate Situation,' Rejects Dalai Lama Meeting With Pope

Fri, 2014-12-12 09:46

It's an apparent reference to the Holy See's relations with Beijing. They haven't had diplomatic ties since 1949. Tibet's spiritual leader is in Rome for a meeting of Nobel Peace Prize winners.

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Confusion Over Job-Based Insurance Can Shortchange Consumers

Fri, 2014-12-12 09:35

Some consumers mistakenly think that having access to skimpy coverage at work means they won't qualify for subsidies if they are interested in a more complete policy on the health care exchanges.

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Fla. Tomato Pickers' Wins Could Extend To Dairy, Berry Workers

Fri, 2014-12-12 09:13

In the last four years, 30,000 tomato pickers covered by a "fair food" program got a 50-to-70 percent pay raise. Advocates are now working with retailers and other industries to duplicate the model.

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Coming Soon To Iowa: Driver's License On A Smartphone App

Fri, 2014-12-12 09:03

The new app license will be available in 2015 at no additional cost to drivers, said Paul Trombino, director of the state's Department of Transportation.

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Wealth Gap Between Races Widened During Recession, Study Says

Fri, 2014-12-12 08:45

According to the Pew Research Center, white, black and Hispanic households all lost wealth during the recession, but non-whites saw the disappearance of a much greater percentage of their net worth.

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Aerial Photos Are New Weapon In Organic Civil War

Fri, 2014-12-12 07:43

An organic watchdog organization says big organic egg and milk producers are violating organic rules. As evidence, it offers aerial photos — but some photos may not be of organic operations.

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Lost Disney Film, Featuring Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, Found In Norway

Fri, 2014-12-12 07:40

Archivists at Norway's National Library, at its vault in the Arctic Circle, found an almost complete version of Empty Socks, featuring the character who came before Mickey Mouse.

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Big Drop In Students Being Held Back, But Why?

Fri, 2014-12-12 07:32

The number of students being held back has been cut nearly in half, and researchers have no idea why.

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Chicago's Orphaned Otter 'Pup 681' Gets A Real Name

Fri, 2014-12-12 06:46

The southern sea pup, now known as Luna, was found on a beach in California in October and later transferred to the Shedd Aquarium, where a naming contest was held this month.

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'Computer Failure' Restricts Airspace Over London

Fri, 2014-12-12 06:42

The UK's National Air Traffic Control Center experienced a mid-afternoon power failure that has grounded most of the air traffic over London.

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SeaWorld CEO Steps Down, Amid Controversy, Drop In Attendance

Fri, 2014-12-12 06:30

SeaWorld has be under fire for years, over its treatment of Orcas. A critical documentary suggested the treatment led to the death of a trainer in 2010.

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