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Latest 'Rising Stars' Highlight GOP's Outreach To Women

Thu, 2014-01-23 16:38

As if to underscore GOP efforts at outreach to women voters, a breakout session of the Republican National Committee's latest "rising stars" at the group's winter meeting Thursday in Washington, D.C., entirely comprised young women.

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Welcome To The Edge: NPR's Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Blog

Thu, 2014-01-23 15:47

During the 17 days of the Olympics, we'll bring you the most interesting things we see and learn from the Sochi Games. We hope you tell us what you're seeing, too.

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A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition

Thu, 2014-01-23 15:39

Not that long ago, female elite athletes thought they had to retire if they wanted to have kids. Now, they're competing throughout pregnancies and getting right back to training once they deliver. In some cases, they're even making the most out of sponsorship deals they might have once lost.

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Study: Upward Mobility No Tougher In U.S. Than Two Decades Ago

Thu, 2014-01-23 15:20

Contrary to widespread belief, it's no harder to climb the economic ladder now than a generation ago. But the study did find that moving up that ladder is still a lot harder in the United States than in other developed countries.

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In Seattle, No Simple Answers For A Stalled Tunneling Machine

Thu, 2014-01-23 15:05

Bertha, the world's largest underground boring tool, ground to a halt late last year as it was tunneling under the city. Authorities still aren't sure what happened.

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How To Follow The Sochi Olympics On Twitter

Thu, 2014-01-23 15:04

Have a favorite Olympic team? We've made it easy to follow all of the athletes on Twitter.

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The Edge: NPR's Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Blog

Thu, 2014-01-23 14:52

During the 17 days of the Olympics, we'll bring you the most interesting things we see and learn – and we hope you tell us what you're seeing, too.

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Rat-Infested Ghost Ship Might Be Heading For U.K.

Thu, 2014-01-23 14:49

The 300-foot Lyubov Orlova snapped its towline a year ago while en route to the scrapyard. The ship could contain hundreds of rats that have been eating themselves to survive.

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Virginia Gay Marriage Shift Generates Sharp Response

Thu, 2014-01-23 14:04

Less than two weeks after taking office, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced he won't defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Critics contend he's ignoring the will of a majority of state voters who passed the ban in 2006.

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Snowden: Coming Home 'Not Possible' Under Whistle-Blower Laws

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:46

Current laws, Edward Snowden said in an Internet chat, mean he would not receive a fair trial. Unless they change, he will stay in exile, the former contractor for the National Security Agency said.

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Potential Carcinogen In Colas Has FDA Reviewing Data

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:46

A new study from Consumer Reports finds varying levels of 4-MEI –listed as a carcinogen in California — in popular sodas. The chemical is created during the manufacturing of caramel color used to dye sodas brown. Coke has reformulated its sodas to bring down levels, but Pepsi is still transitioning.

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Raised In The U.S. And Coming Out To Immigrant Parents

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:34

Latin American immigrants have different attitudes toward homosexuality than do their U.S.-born children, according to a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:27

The data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus raised questions over how quickly companies are required to disclose that customer information was hacked. The rules around when a retailer is required to tell you that your data got into the hands of fraudsters vary state by state.

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Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:22

A series of horrific cases have focused international attention on gang rapes in India. The latest case has a particularly sinister twist because it was allegedly punishment for a woman involved with a man from another community.

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Texas Issues Tough Rules For Insurance Navigators

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:14

The insurance commissioner in Texas has toughened regulations covering the workers helping people sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Texas officials say the regulations are needed to protect consumer privacy. Supporters of the health law say they're an attempt to thwart Obamacare.

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After 20 Years, Transgender Inmate Is A Step Closer To Surgery

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

Last week, a federal appeals court in Massachusetts ruled that convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek has a right to gender reassignment surgery "even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox." State officials are weighing whether to keep fighting a battle that critics say has gone too far.

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At The Barricades In Kiev, A City Seethes

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

Robert Siegel interviews journalist David Stern, who reports from the barricades created by protesters in Kiev. He describes the scene, as well as what the protesters are demanding from the Ukrainian government.

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Weed Grows On The White House — And Many Americans, Too

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

Weed has grown on President Obama. In a recent New Yorker profile, he described marijuana as a bad habit, a personal vice but no more dangerous than alcohol. This marks a shift from the stance that he had once held and the position voiced previously by the U.S. drug czar. The president's current ambivalence on marijuana may mirror the feelings held by many Americans.

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Privacy Board Recommends Eliminating NSA Phone Record Program

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

A report released Thursday by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board recommends that the National Security Administration's bulk phone record program be eliminated. The report finds that not only is the program illegal, it's also ineffective. These findings come less than a week after President Obama called for keeping the program, but only after making some changes.

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China Sends 500 Million Users On An Internet Detour

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

For up to eight hours on Wednesday, some 500 million people in China could not get web pages to load. It was an outage of epic proportions, which immediately spawned chatter and headlines wondering what exactly happened. The working theory right now? Rather than blocking websites, as intended, Chinese Internet restrictions actually redirected users to those same sites. For more information on the outage, Melissa Block talks to New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth.

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