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Measles + Low Vaccination Rates = Big Headaches For Schools

Wed, 2015-02-04 15:30

California allows parents to opt out of vaccination requirements. Amid Southern California's measles outbreak, many schools are struggling with how best to deal with students who aren't vaccinated.

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Harper Lee's Friend Says Author Is Hard Of Hearing, Sound Of Mind

Wed, 2015-02-04 14:26

News of a second novel has raised concerns that the To Kill a Mockingbird author is being taken advantage of in her old age. But friend Wayne Flynt says Lee, 88, can "understand what's going on."

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Toll In Taiwan's TransAsia Crash Rises To 25

Wed, 2015-02-04 14:09

TransAsia Flight 235 was carrying 58 people, 31 of them from China, when it crashed into the shallow Keelung River in Taipei shortly after takeoff on Wednesday.

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NBC's Brian Williams Admits His Helicopter Took No Fire In Iraq

Wed, 2015-02-04 13:46

The NBC Nightly News anchor and his network have for years claimed he was aboard the chopper that was hit and forced down by enemy fire in 2003. Williams now says he made a mistake.

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In Detroit, Jeb Bush Makes A Campaign Must-Stop

Wed, 2015-02-04 13:43

While he hasn't declared his 2016 candidacy yet, the former Florida governor spoke Wednesday at a preferred venue for presidential candidates.

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FCC Proposal Would Regulate Internet Like A Public Utility

Wed, 2015-02-04 13:27

Supporters of the move say it's the best way to guarantee so-called net neutrality. Opponents believe meddlesome regulators will impose intrusive new rules on Internet service.

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Scientists Want To Trick The Gut Into Burning Fat Without Food

Wed, 2015-02-04 13:11

Researchers say they've discovered a way to jump-start fat burning by switching on the digestion process without the presence of food. So far, it has only been tested in mice.

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Pediatricians Pressured To Drop Parents Who Won't Vaccinate

Wed, 2015-02-04 13:08

The pressure, doctors say, is mostly coming from other parents who don't want their infants exposed to measles, whooping cough or other serious illness in the pediatric waiting room.

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CDC Director: 'Unfortunately, I'm Not Surprised' By Measles' Rise

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:58

Robert Siegel talks to Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the current measles outbreak in the U.S. and the government's response.

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Ross Ulbricht, Accused Of Operating Silk Road, Is Convicted Of Drug Charges

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:52

A New York jury took a little more than three hours today to convict the San Francisco man linked to the shadowy online marketplace that had been labeled the eBay of the drugs trade.

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Remote-Controlled Airport A Reality In Sweden

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:51

Sweden is the first country in the world to get a remote-controlled airport. That means flights are guided by operators sitting miles away.

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'Deflate This': Patriots Fans Welcome Super Bowl Champs Home

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Thousands of people turned out to welcome the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots back to Boston on Wednesday. Fans braved cold temperatures and stood in piles of snow along the parade route. Some held up posters saying "Deflate This" in reference to allegations that the team had deflated game balls to gain an advantage in the playoff game that landed them in the Super Bowl. Team members waved to the crowd from duck boats as confetti flew.

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Secretary Of Defense Nominee Appears Headed For Easy Confirmation

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Theoretical physicist and former high-ranking Pentagon insider Ashton Carter is fully expected to be the next Secretary of Defense. His confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee is less about him and more about President Obama's defense record, which Republicans consider feckless.

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Jeb Bush Continues To Test Campaign Waters In Detroit

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush isn't an official candidate for president yet. But his speech Wednesday to the Detroit Economic Club got his feet wet.

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Staples Takes Another Shot At Buying Rival Office Depot

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Staples is trying, for the second time, to buy its rival Office Depot. This time the landscape has changed and the company says joining forces will make for a stronger company.

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Thaw In U.S.-Cuba Relations Comes To Baseball

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

This week Major League Baseball smoothed the path for Cubans to play professional ball in the United States. The change in policy follows the recent decision by the U.S. and Cuba to normalize diplomatic relations.

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Jeb Bush Continues To Test Campaign Waters With Detroit Speech

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush isn't an official candidate for president yet. But his speech to the Detroit Economic Club is being closely watched.

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As Jets Roar Overhead, Jordan Remembers Its Fallen Pilot

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:32

Many Jordanians opposed joining the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS. But at a funeral ceremony for the country's fallen pilot, mourners honored his sacrifice and called for the destruction of ISIS.

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Would You Eat At A Restaurant That Skipped The Hand-Washing?

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:28

Apparently, making restaurant workers wash their hands before exiting the bathroom is a sign of regulation gone overboard. At least that's what Republican Sen. Thom Tillis suggested on Monday.

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Hospitals Fail To Protect Nursing Staff From Becoming Patients

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:27

Nursing employees suffer 35,000 back and other injuries nearly every year. But many career-ending injuries could be prevented if hospitals brought in new technology and taught "safe patient handling."

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