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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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Poo And You: A Journey Into The Guts Of A Microbiome

Fri, 2014-12-12 06:24

Quick and inexpensive genetic sequencing is offering a glimpse of the microbes inhabiting our bodies. One woman volunteered to have her microbes catalogued. Her mom, husband and dog did, too.

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Climate Sticking Point: Who Cuts And By How Much?

Fri, 2014-12-12 05:27

With the talks in their final day, rich and poor nations meeting in Lima, Peru, have yet to a agree on the central issue of emissions targets.

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What Does It Take To Bring Transparency To Medicine?

Fri, 2014-12-12 05:06

Doctors in the U.S. don't have to tell patients about conflicts of interest. When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was frightening.

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Remembering Michel du Cille: Photos Of Sorrow And Triumph In Liberia

Fri, 2014-12-12 05:04

The three-time Pulitzer winner died on Thursday while on assignment in Liberia for The Washington Post. About those tough assignments, du Cille always emphasized compassion and dignity.

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'Pineapple Express' Pounds West Coast, Sparking Floods, Power Outages

Fri, 2014-12-12 03:10

The region is expected to get rain through Friday. Meteorologist say this is the biggest storm the region has experienced since 2009. Twitter users dubbed it #hellastorm.

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Born In The U.S. But Turned Back At The Border, Time After Time

Fri, 2014-12-12 01:01

Maria Isabel de la Paz is an American citizen who grew up in Mexico, but her birth certificate was dismissed at border checkpoints. The ACLU says too few of these cases see the inside of a courtroom.

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Please Touch! Cooper Hewitt Creates A Museum For The Internet Age

Fri, 2014-12-12 01:01

The design museum is housed in a historic building, but it has been remade into one of the country's most technologically advanced museums. Officials hope it attracts younger visitors — and donors.

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