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After Saying Yes, Duke Nixes Muslim Call To Prayer From Chapel Bell Tower

Thu, 2015-01-15 14:01

The school had announced it would allow the traditional call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower. The decision was excoriated, and today the private university in Durham, N.C., reversed course.

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Public Sales Of Google Glass To End Later This Month

Thu, 2015-01-15 13:55

In an announcement, the company said Glass is not dead, it's just going through a "transition.

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Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Patients In California

Thu, 2015-01-15 13:20

California is seen as an Obamacare success story. But tens of thousands of people in the northern part of the state have only one insurer available on the health plan exchange.

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Is U.S. Gaining Or Losing Ground Against ISIS?

Thu, 2015-01-15 13:12

Is the U.S. gaining or losing ground in its bombing campaign against ISIS? Audie Cornish puts the question to Jennifer Cafarella, a fellow at the Institute for the Study of War.

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Do Fictional Geniuses Hold Back Real Women?

Thu, 2015-01-15 13:08

A new study finds that the academic disciplines most associated with "geniuses" are also the fields in which women are under-represented.

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Conservative Koch Brothers' Group Puts Congressional GOP On Notice

Thu, 2015-01-15 13:04

Americans for Prosperity set out its own agenda for congressional Republicans, including a call to build the Keystone XL pipeline and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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WHO Report Details Why Ebola Hit West Africa So Hard

Thu, 2015-01-15 13:02

On Thursday, the World Health Organization released a 14-chapter analysis of the Ebola epidemic.

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Paris Attacks Bring New Attention To Free Speech Laws In France

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:58

Melissa Block speaks with French lawyer Aurélien Hamelle about the limits on free speech in France.

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14 Takeaways From The 14-Part WHO Report On Ebola

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:56

Angry mobs that targeted health workers. A single funeral that infected 365 people. No isolation wards in Liberia. These are some of the striking points in WHO's new analysis.

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Largest Unit Of Gambling Giant Caesars Files For Bankruptcy

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46

Caesars — the giant gambling company — put its largest unit into bankruptcy on Thursday. The company was acquired by private equity firms Apollo and TPG in 2008 just as the financial crisis was pushing the economy into recession. It never recovered and has more than $20 billion in debt.

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Rapping The News In West Africa

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46

In Dakar, Senegal, two rappers going by the names Keyti and Xuman offer a summary of the week's news in hip-hop format. Journal Rappé is a short TV show distributed on YouTube with a huge following, especially in West Africa where a majority of the population is under 25.

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White House Starts Chipping Away At U.S. Embargo On Cuba

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46

The Obama administration is following through on its pledge to ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba. The Treasury and Commerce Departments say the new rules they have just issued go into effect on Friday. Critics of the administration, though, are questioning the legality of the moves.

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Hundreds Of U.S. Military Trainers Headed For Iraq

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46

They are expected to head to Iraq in the coming weeks to build up an Iraqi Army that has all but fallen apart. The additional American soldiers and Marines will work out of an ever-expanding number of training sites around the country. U.S. officials expect ground operations sometime in the spring to take back territory seized by the so-called Islamic State.

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Remaking Vegas In A Tech Billionaire's Image: Will It Last?

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:46

Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh pumped $350 million into downtrodden downtown Las Vegas to make it a home for startups and a place young people want to live again. Three years in, is it working?

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Yosemite Dawn Wall Climbers Reach The Top After 19 Days

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:43

Climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson finished their historic first free climb on El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park. Melissa Block talks with the duo about their 19-day effort.

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Senate Republicans Move To Block Further Transfers From Gitmo

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:41

As part of a renewed push by the Obama administration to empty the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the transfer of five more detainees to other countries was announced on Wednesday night. All five are citizens of Yemen, where the local branch of al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for last week's attacks in Paris. Senior Republican senators introduced legislation this week blocking such transfers. They say releasing the prisoners lets them return to the battlefield.

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Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Faces Second Round Of Public Flogging

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:41

Badawi is being publicly flogged 50 times each week over 20 weeks for insulting Islam. He is set to receive 50 lashes Friday in the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

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Obama Shifts Federal Sick-Leave Rules, Urges Congress To Follow

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:21

Federal workers can take an advance of up to six weeks of sick leave, under a new policy unveiled Thursday. The White House is urging Congress to make paid sick leave mandatory.

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Carrying The Torch For London's Last Gas Lamps

Thu, 2015-01-15 11:56

British Gas still has five employees who work as lamplighters, tending to the more than 1,000 centuries-old gas lamps that still line some of London's oldest neighborhoods.

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Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

Thu, 2015-01-15 10:51

They could shoot up to 24,000 feet and maintain that altitude in a long-distance migration across the Himalayas. But it's more efficient for bar-headed geese to soar and dive, scientists find.

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