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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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New Va. Attorney General Declares Same-Sex Ban Unconstitutional

Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

In his second week in the job, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that his office will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Herring says he has concluded that the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional.

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Jailed In North Korea: Five Americans Who Got Out

Thu, 2014-01-23 12:40

As Kenneth Bae pleads for release, here's a look how five other Americans detained in North Korea won freedom from the Kim clan's wardens. They include another missionary, journalists, a tourist and a businessman who went on to found a university in Pyongyang.

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Incarceration In North Korea: 5 Americans Who Got Out

Thu, 2014-01-23 12:40

As Kenneth Bae pleads for release, here's a look how five other Americans detained in North Korea won freedom from the Kim clan's wardens. They include another missionary, journalists, a tourist and a businessman who went on to found a university in Pyongyang.

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Contagious Cancer In Dogs Leaves Prehistoric Paw Prints

Thu, 2014-01-23 12:31

Dogs can catch a strange type of cancer through sex. Now scientists have decoded the DNA of the tumor and found that the cancer cells are a living fossil of an ancient dog that lived thousands of years ago. This cancer doesn't affect people, but the findings may offer insights into how tumors fool the human immune system.

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South Sudan Signs Cease-Fire With Rebels

Thu, 2014-01-23 12:21

The agreement is aimed at ending five weeks of bloodshed that has claimed more than 10,000 lives. It is hoped the deal is a first step toward a broader peace agreement in the world's newest country.

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The Bit Of Sportsmanship That Led To Richard Sherman's Rant

Thu, 2014-01-23 12:02

A newly released video shows Richard Sherman was rebuffed by Michael Crabtree during the NFC Championship Game.

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Va. Gay Marriage Opponents Criticize Attorney General's Reversal

Thu, 2014-01-23 11:20

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that his office will not defend the state's ban on gay marriage. Steve Inskeep speaks with Victoria Cobb of The Family Foundation about her group's opposition to the move.

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