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Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do

Thu, 2014-02-06 04:06

Apparently, just imagining what's happening on the written page isn't enough. A new wearable device uses temperature controls and lighting to mimic the experiences of a story's protagonist.

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No Jail For Teen With 'Affluenza' Who Killed 4 In Crash

Thu, 2014-02-06 04:00

The 16-year-old was legally drunk last June when he lost control of the truck he was driving. The crash left four people dead and two others severely wounded. His attorneys argued that a coddled upbringing contributed to the boy's problems.

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Reining In Health Care Costs Key To Trimming Deficit

Thu, 2014-02-06 01:24

The Congressional Budget Office said this year's deficit is likely to be about a third the size it was in 2009 when the Great Recession bottomed out. A better economy is the main reason for the improving deficit but moderating health care costs help.

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Woolly Mammoths' Taste For Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing

Thu, 2014-02-06 00:27

New research shows a big part of the woolly mammoth's diet was made up of tiny flowers rather than grass. When the flowers disappeared, the mammoths did, too.

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Woolly Mammoths' Taste For Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing

Thu, 2014-02-06 00:27

New research shows a big part of the woolly mammoth's diet was made up of tiny flowers, rather than grass. And when the flowers disappeared, so too, did the mammoths.

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Chinese Flock To The Countryside For A More Authentic New Year

Thu, 2014-02-06 00:25

As New Year's celebrations in China grow increasingly commercialized, many city dwellers are seeking a return to tradition. Some head to an ancient town outside Beijing where poor but ingenious blacksmiths created their own fireworks. But even centuries-old customs aren't immune to change.

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Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails

Thu, 2014-02-06 00:23

Because of an influx of trains hauling crude oil and other freight across the Northern Plains, Amtrak is facing problems with unreliability, long delays, lost revenue and stranded passengers. An advocacy group wants the government to intervene.

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Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego

Thu, 2014-02-06 00:22

The man says he was one of 17 kidnapped by a cartel and forced to build drug-smuggling tunnels. Now he might be in prison for the rest of his life.

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Lawmaker Says Snowden Leaks Will Cost Country 'Billions To Repair'

Wed, 2014-02-05 16:27

During a classified briefing, the lawmakers were told most of the information taken by Edward Snowden had nothing to do with U.S. surveillance programs. Instead, his leaks "specifically [work] to compromise the military capability and defense of the country."

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Police Officer Arrests Firefighter At Accident Scene In California

Wed, 2014-02-05 16:27

Authorities are still discussing an incident that took place Tuesday night on California's I-805, where a firefighter was arrested by a police officer at the scene of an accident. The reason? They disagreed over where the fire truck should be.

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A Venture Capitalist Is Betting A Pair Of Socks (And $50 Million) On Bitcoin's Future

Wed, 2014-02-05 15:32

A leading investor thinks bitcoin is going to change the world. A prominent writer disagrees. They make a bet about what we'll be using for money in 2019.

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Black Openly Gay Judge Would Be Federal Bench's First

Wed, 2014-02-05 15:30

President Obama nominated Florida Judge Darrin Gayles to serve on the U.S. District Court bench. GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who blocked the president's last nominee for the position, says he doesn't plan to object.

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U.S. Warns Airlines Over Potential Explosives In Toothpaste Tubes

Wed, 2014-02-05 15:28

Officials said they issued the warning for Russian-bound planes out of an abundance of caution. A Homeland Security official said the warning was borne out of new intelligence.

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Scientists Help Western States Prepare For Drought As New Norm

Wed, 2014-02-05 15:27

In a warming world, extreme droughts are predicted to become more common. Amid the historic drought gripping California and much of the West Coast, scientists are studying how states can manage with a lot less water in the future.

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'Almost Otherwordly': The Sea Caves Of Lake Superior, On Ice

Wed, 2014-02-05 15:16

Thousands of people have walked out to the caves in recent weeks to inspect beautiful ice formations. It's the first time Lake Superior's ice has been thick enough to walk on in the area since 2009.

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Celebrities Turn Star Power Toward Political Stage

Wed, 2014-02-05 15:11

Clay Aiken is the latest in a long line of actors, singers, reality TV stars and athletes to seek second careers in politics. But fame is no guarantee of success at the ballot box.

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More Than 80,000 Tons Of Coal Ash Flow Into N.C. River

Wed, 2014-02-05 15:09

A broken stormwater pipe in North Carolina has sent the waste into the Dan River, which flows through Virginia and out into the Atlantic. Officials say the drinking water is safe, but environmental questions linger.

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Antitrust Settlement With EU Calls For Google To Tweak Results

Wed, 2014-02-05 14:27

In Europe, Google will now show results from its competitors. The agreement allows the search giant to dodge billions in fines.

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Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians

Wed, 2014-02-05 13:30

Internal disagreements among Israelis and Palestinians can be just as sharp as disputes between the two sides. NPR's Emily Harris heard these conflicting views as she traveled through the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank.

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U.S. HVAC Firm Reportedly Linked To Target's Data Security Breach

Wed, 2014-02-05 13:29

Hackers who broke into Target's computer network and stole customers' financial and personal data used credentials that were stolen from a heating and air conditioning subcontractor in Pennsylvania, according to digital security journalist Brian Krebs.

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