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Postal Workers Protest At Staples Over Shift In Jobs

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:48

U.S. Postal Service workers picketed in front of Staples stores on Thursday. They were protesting USPS plans to provide mail services inside Staples stores, using nonunion Staples employees.

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Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:46

Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.

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California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:36

Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry for year-round production. But some fig lovers say they can hold out for summer fruit.

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Tech Giants Pony Up Cash To Help Prevent Another Heartbleed

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:30

Google, Intel and others say they will now financially support the open-source software that encrypts much of the traffic on the Internet. The effort follows the discovery of a key security flaw.

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Internet Freedom Debate Stokes Rivalry Between Turkey's Top Two

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

Turkey has been roiled by street protests, a Twitter ban controversy and, most recently, a growing rivalry between the ruling party's top two figures, the president and prime minister.

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NCAA Directors Decide To Allow More Freedom To Wealthier Schools

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

Major changes are expected for the NCAA, whose board meets Thursday. Directors will consider giving the five power conferences more autonomy, as well as changing the way scholarships are administered.

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With New E-Cigarette Rules, FDA Hopes To Tame A 'Wild, Wild West'

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to expand its regulatory powers to e-cigarettes and other popular products containing nicotine.

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Report Decries A Cozy Relationship Shared By DHS And Watchdog

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

A Senate panel released a report Thursday that criticizes the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security. It accuses him of repeatedly compromising his independence.

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Firefights And Fallen Separatists, As Ukraine Offensive Advances

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

Early Thursday morning, the Ukrainian military moved into towns held by militants. Firefights and casualties have been reported at a number of different locations.

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In Answer To Palestinian Unity, Israelis Step Away From Peace Talks

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

The Israeli government suspended peace talks with Palestinians, citing a unity agreement announced Wednesday by Palestinian leadership. The Israeli security cabinet came to the decision unanimously, angered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's decision to end a seven-year schism with the Hamas movement.

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CIA Acts In Syria, Slipping Weapons To Rebels In Secret

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

As diplomatic talks in Geneva have failed to resolve the three-year-old civil war in Syria, the U.S. is undertaking a new covert program to send weapons in support of rebel forces there.

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Chemical Weapons Deadline May Be Met, But Results In Syria Are Mixed

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

Syria will likely meet an upcoming deadline to hand over its declared chemical weapons. But the agreement seems to have emboldened the Syrian regime to use other brutal tactics, including a chemical not covered by the deal.

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Pacific Island Nation Sues U.S., Others For Violating Nuclear Treaty

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:12

The Marshall Islands, the site of 66 U.S. nuclear weapons tests between 1946 and 1958, says the Non-Proliferation Treaty requires nuclear states to disarm.

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Inside 'The Outsiders'

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:04

[2014-04-24 13:00:00] S.E. Hinton became a literary star while still a teenager when her novel The Outsiders was published in 1967. It’s remained a popular title over the years and has been chosen as the focus of the 2014 Big D Reads program. This hour, Hinton joins us to talk about the origins of the book and the role it’s played in her life. 

Caring For Torture Victims

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:04

[2014-04-24 12:00:00] More than 54,000 survivors of torture call Texas home. They come from Nepal, Myanmar, Iraq and other places around the world. We’ll talk this hour about how they are cared for locally with Celia VanDeGraff, executive director of the Center for Survivors of Torture.

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens: Marijuana Should Be Legal

Thu, 2014-04-24 11:37

In an interview with NPR's Scott Simon, Stevens compares making pot illegal to the attempt to prohibit alcohol. Like alcohol, he said, there will soon be a consensus that it is not worth the cost.

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Using Technology To Fix The Texting While Driving Problem

Thu, 2014-04-24 11:25

Parents, cities and software companies have advocated or developed apps that block texts and calls when you're driving. But an Apple patent for locking phone functions could make a big impact.

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Tyler Hicks Tells The Story Behind His Pulitzer-Winning Nairobi Mall Photos

Thu, 2014-04-24 11:16

The New York Times photojournalist happened to be nearby when Islamist militants launched an attack on shoppers inside an upscale Kenyan mall — he rushed inside and took photos as the event unfolded.

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Pope OKs Communion For The Divorced? Not So Fast, Vatican Says

Thu, 2014-04-24 09:51

Word about what the pope reportedly said when he called a woman in Argentina set off speculation that he wants to reverse church teachings. His spokesman says that's reading too much into the story.

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A Measles Outbreak In The Philippines Travels To The U.S.

Thu, 2014-04-24 09:48

International travel is one reason why the number of measles cases in the U.S. has spiked this year. But the number of people who refuse to get their children vaccinated is a factor, too.

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