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Meet The myRA — Obama's New Retirement Plan

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

On Wednesday, President Obama directed the Treasury Department to create a new retirement plan called "myRA." The decision, a circumvention of Congress, follows through on one of the promises made by the president in his State of the Union. As Yuki Noguchi reports, the success of the plan may depend on its ability to move beyond the limitations of existing retirement plans.

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Welcome To Homs, A Syrian City Under Siege

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

Among the many issues in contention at the Syrian peace talks is the possibility of humanitarian relief for cities and villages under siege. No place is in greater need of assistance than the city of Homs in western Syria. One of the first regions to rise up against President Bashar al-Assad, Homs is now the site of an ongoing humanitarian aid crisis. Approximately two to three thousand people find themselves trapped in a disputed district and in increasingly desperate circumstances.

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Atlanta Officials May Have To Dodge Some Snowballs

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

Snow and ice continue to plague parts of the Deep South, including Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala. As Rose Scott reports from Atlanta, city and state officials were surprised by the strength of the storm, and many people found themselves stuck on interstates highways.

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A Fond Farewell To Fed Chairman Ben

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

Federal Reserve policymakers are wrapping up a two-day meeting as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke prepares to step down later this week. Investors expect the Fed to stick with its plan to "taper" bond purchases and keep short-term interest rates where they are.

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The State Of The Union Goes On Tour

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

A day after delivering his State of the Union, President Obama is beginning a four-city road trip. He plans to use the trip to push the priorities he emphasized during his address, with a focus on a raise to the federal minimum wage.

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Oil Rush A Cash Cow For Some Farmers, But Tensions Crop Up

Wed, 2014-01-29 13:00

North Dakota's oil sector is booming, but agriculture remains the state's largest industry. And while many farmers and ranchers are profiting from the oil beneath the prairie, others complain that drilling is interfering with their business — and changing rural life as they know it.

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Weather Experts: It's 'Wrong' To Call Atlanta Storm Unexpected

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:48

Meteorologists are used to people faulting their weather predictions. But when Georgia's Gov. Nathan Deal called Tuesday's crippling winter storm "unexpected," he drew responses from several forecasters. One answer came from the head of the American Meteorological Society, who lives in the state.

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Neanderthal Genes Live On In Our Hair And Skin

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:44

Scientists know that a small percentage of humans' genes came from Neanderthals. But they were surprised to find that one-fifth of Neanderthal genes are in modern humans living today. That includes genes associated with diseases including Type 2 diabetes, Crohn's disease and lupus.

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Neanderthal Genes Live On In Our Hair And Skin

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:44

Scientists know that a small percentage of humans' genes came from Neanderthals. But they were surprised to find that one fifth of Neanderthal genes are in modern humans living today. That includes genes associated with diseases including Type 2 diabetes, Crohn's disease and lupus.

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Scientist To W.Va. Lawmakers: 'I'm Not Drinking The Water'

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:29

An environmental scientist from Marshall University said water samples taken from a downtown Charleston restaurant had traces of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. "It's frightening, it really is frightening," he said.

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On A Roman Street, Graffiti Celebrates 'SuperPope'

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:21

What can't Pope Francis do? First he's Time's "Person of the Year," then he's a Rolling Stone cover story. Now, graffiti art in Rome is depicting the pontiff as a comic-book caped crusader. Even the Vatican approves.

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A Boarding Pass Design That's So Much Better Than What We Have

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:16

You're in a hurry and just want to make your connection. Unfortunately, your boarding pass doesn't make it easy to quickly see the information you need. A British designer has an answer.

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A Milk Mystery: Did Gloomy Weather Make Us Love The Stuff?

Wed, 2014-01-29 11:14

The latest twist in this evolutionary whodunnit has us questioning whether the lack of vitamin D from the sun played any role in our complicated, sometimes dangerous, love affair with milk. New DNA analysis of ancient farmers from sunny Spain suggests that this theory may have gone sour.

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Fed Will Continue To Taper Its Stimulus Program

Wed, 2014-01-29 11:12

The Federal Reserve said the economy continues to improve, so it is slowing its purchase of bonds by $10 billion a month.

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Spy Chief Says Classified Leaks 'Pose Critical Threat' To U.S.

Wed, 2014-01-29 10:51

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, listed "insider threats," alongside cyber attacks and terrorism. This marks the first time unauthorized disclosures are given such prominence in a threat assessment report.

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Brazil's Slaves Are Being Freed, But Owners Go Largely Unpunished

Wed, 2014-01-29 10:37

In the past 20 years, almost 50,000 enslaved Brazilian workers have been freed from some 2,000 worksites. But an estimated 200,000 remain trapped in slavery, due to deep-seated impunity: Slaveholders can pay hefty fines and civil damages, but criminal convictions and jail time are rare.

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How Industrial Chemical Regulation Failed West Virginia

Wed, 2014-01-29 10:36

For Charleston Gazette reporter Ken Ward, the recent chemical spill — and sometimes confusing information authorities have provided about the risks to citizens — reflects longstanding regulatory failures in the state. He says West Virginia has "basically ignored" recommendations for stricter oversight.

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A Little Acid Turns Mouse Blood Into Brain, Heart And Stem Cells

Wed, 2014-01-29 10:20

Japanese scientists say they've figured out a fast, easy way to make the most powerful cells in the world: embryonic stem cells. The magic ingredient? Something akin to lemon juice. So far it's still unknown if the method would work with human cells or could be used for medical treatments.

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Missing For 112 Years, First Porsche Is Found In Warehouse

Wed, 2014-01-29 10:08

The P1 that Ferdinand Porsche helped develop was an electric vehicle that could chug along at 22 mph. It was discovered in an Austrian warehouse and is going on display at the Porsche museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Why Red-State Kentucky Got A Shoutout From Obama

Wed, 2014-01-29 09:51

President Obama described the state as "not the most liberal part of the country." In fact, Kentucky gives him lower approval ratings than all but seven other states. Yet the state's Democratic governor has pushed Obama's priorities on health and education more successfully than most other governors.

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