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Old Senate Tradition Lies Behind Controversial Judge's Nomination

Thu, 2014-05-29 12:27

President Obama nominated a controversial Georgia judge — one who once supported the display of the Confederate flag — for the federal bench. The White House says there's a particular reason for that.

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Pope Invites Israeli, Palestinian Leaders For Joint Prayer Session

Thu, 2014-05-29 12:23

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, have agreed to attend the joint prayer meeting at the Vatican, set for next week.

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Texas Takes A Hard Right Turn

Thu, 2014-05-29 12:23

In most states this year, the Republican establishment has managed to hold off Tea Party challengers. In Texas, the opposite was true.

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Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles For Various Defects

Thu, 2014-05-29 11:30

The recalls include 1.1 million SUVs with power steering defects, 200,000 Taurus sedans with a corrosion issue and 82,500 vehicles with floor mats that might interfere with the accelerator.

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No Surprise Here: Sisi Rolls To Victory In Egypt's Election

Thu, 2014-05-29 10:58

Less than a year after a coup, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won the presidential election with more than 90 percent of the vote.

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Measles Hits Amish Communities, And U.S. Cases Reach 20-Year High

Thu, 2014-05-29 10:28

Because more people are refusing vaccines, measles can spread when people bring it to the U.S. from abroad. That's what's behind the high number of cases this year, with 288 so far.

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Teenage Sisters Allegedly Gang-Raped, Murdered In India

Thu, 2014-05-29 10:28

The bodies of the girls were found hanging from a mango tree. Authorities have arrested seven men, including two police constables, in connection with the assault.

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U.S. Teacher: I Did 7 Months Of Forced Labor In A Chinese Jail

Thu, 2014-05-29 09:30

Stuart Foster of South Carolina was jailed last year in Guangzhou for theft. He says he was forced to assemble Christmas lights, some of them exported to the U.S.

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ACLU Sues California For 'Equal Learning Time'

Thu, 2014-05-29 09:24

At high poverty schools, "students rarely experience a normal school day, let alone semester or year."

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The Future Of Online Ed Isn't Heading Where You Expect

Thu, 2014-05-29 09:03

A workforce-based initiative on a twin island nation shows the true potential of free online education.

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Medicare Frequently Overpays Doctors For Patients' Visits

Thu, 2014-05-29 08:34

The agency that runs Medicare said it doesn't plan to review the billings of doctors who almost always charge for the most expensive visits because it isn't cost-effective to do so.

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LeBron James And Lance Stephenson Share Odd And Quiet Moment In NBA Game

Thu, 2014-05-29 08:33

There are many ways to psych out an opponent. The Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson went the unconventional route last night, softly blowing into LeBron James' ear.

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With Swift, Quiet Moves, Nigerian Group Limits Religious Violence

Thu, 2014-05-29 08:29

The town of Jos has been the scene of widespread Muslim-Christian killings for years. One group is now working — with some apparent success — to keep the violence from spiraling out of control.

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Google's White Male-Heavy Staff Underlines Tech's Diversity Problem

Thu, 2014-05-29 08:28

After years of stalling, Google released a demographic breakdown of its staff that shows the company as 70 percent male and 61 percent white.

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'Belle': Romance, Race And Slavery With Jane Austen Style

Thu, 2014-05-29 08:17

After the success of movies about the brutality of slavery, the film Belle brings a whole new perspective. Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw talks about her role as a mixed-race 18th century heroine.

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Doctors Say They Would Shun Aggressive Treatment When Near Death

Thu, 2014-05-29 07:22

There's a big difference between the kind of death doctors say they want and the care the average person receives at the end of life. Doctors want less rather than more.

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Former Army Chief Cruises To Win In Egypt's Presidential Election

Thu, 2014-05-29 06:52

Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi "won by more than a landslide, taking at least 93 percent of the vote," reports NPR's Leila Fadel from Cairo.

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Downed Ukraine Helicopter Had General On Board; 14 Die In Attack

Thu, 2014-05-29 06:15

Militants in Ukraine shot down a military helicopter near the eastern city of Slovyansk Wednesday, killing 14 soldiers that included an Army general.

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U.S. GDP Fell 1 Percent; First Drop In 3 Years

Thu, 2014-05-29 05:40

Government analysts blame the first-quarter slump on "a significant decline in inventory investment," especially among car dealerships. Jobless claims fell by 27,000 last week, to 300,000.

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You Can Thank 150 Different Compounds For The Sweet Smell Of Bacon

Thu, 2014-05-29 05:22

The smell of frying bacon can rouse us from the deepest sleep. If you've ever wondered why, and how that works chemically, the American Chemical Society has a video for you.

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