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Will Team USA's High-Tech Speedskating Suit Pay Off In Gold?

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:32

On Thursday, Lockheed Martin and the sporting goods company Under Armour unveiled long-awaited photos of the new U.S. speedskating uniform they're calling "Mach 39." Unlike other suits, it's not made entirely of smooth, slippery fabric to reduce air drag.

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To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:11

The rare northern spotted owl species faces habitat loss and, now, intruding barred owls. A biologist, and the federal government, have made a difficult decision — killing one owl to ward off the extinction of another.

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To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:11

The rare northern spotted owl species faces habitat loss and, now, intruding barred owls. A biologist, and the federal government, have made a difficult decision — killing one owl to ward off the extinction of another.

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3 Arrested In Southern California Fire

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:06

The fire, apparently started at a camp site, has swept through more than 1,500 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles.

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GOP's Gillespie Injects Intrigue Into Virginia Senate Race

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

Republican hopes of picking up the six seats needed to capture the U.S. Senate include a suddenly interesting race. Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and a top White House aide to President George W. Bush, announced that he'll challenge popular Democratic Sen. Mark Warner.

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Republican Strategist Enters The Senate Race In Virginia

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

Republican Party strategist Ed Gillespie announced on Thursday that he's running for the Senate. He is taking on Mark R. Warner, the freshman Democratic senator and former governor of Virginia.

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On Eve Of Obama's Recommendations, Intel Panel Member Talks NSA

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

Audie talks with Richard Clarke, a former U.S. cybersecurity adviser and member of President Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. On the day before the president is set to announce reforms to the government's surveillance activities, Clarke drops by to discuss the group's recommendations.

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The Obamas Hope To Ease Path For Low-Income Students

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a meeting with college presidents and organizations involved in raising the number of low-income students who pursue a college degree. No more than half of low income high school graduates apply to college right after graduation, compared to 82 percent for high-income students. The administration says it's intent on closing that gap.

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When It Comes To Cuts, Pentagon Claims An Eye On The Future

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

The Pentagon responds to backlash about the veterans pension cuts included in the proposed congressional budget deal. The cuts, which extend to survivors' benefits and special compensation for combat, have riled veterans groups and several lawmakers.

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Veterans Groups Speak Out Against Pension Cuts

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

Veterans groups are upset about the cut to military pensions in the proposed budget deal. They see it as a broken promise and a sign that veterans are considered politically expendable.

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An Unusual Twist In Recent West Bank Clash

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, near-daily incidents between Jewish settlers and Palestinians keep tensions at a constant simmer. Olive trees are destroyed, tires are slashed, mosques are defaced. But Palestinians defused further violence in a confrontation last week when they protected Jewish settlers.

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Lawmakers Roll Out Voting Rights Act Fix

Thu, 2014-01-16 12:52

A bipartisan group of lawmakers took the first step Thursday to patch a gaping hole in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In June, the Supreme Court eviscerated a key part of the law that allowed for federal oversight of states with a history of discrimination at the ballot box.

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ln A Global Economy, Why's It So Expensive To Transfer My Money?

Thu, 2014-01-16 12:48

NPR's Ari Shapiro, who recently arrived in London, reports that all the wonders of modern technology have somehow not managed to reduce the time or the maddeningly high costs of transferring money across national borders.

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Good News: Americans Are Eating 78 Fewer Calories Every Day

Thu, 2014-01-16 12:46

Americans' eating habits are changing — and so are our attitudes about food, a new USDA report finds. We're dining out less, eating at home more, cutting back on the saturated fat and consuming more fiber.

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State Health Coverage Sign-Ups Paint A Complex Obamacare Picture

Thu, 2014-01-16 12:30

Health insurance markets vary across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each one is implementing the health law with varying degrees of failure, success, enthusiasm and hostility. The differences in sign-ups tell the tale.

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Oscar Nods Go To 'American Hustle,' 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave'

Thu, 2014-01-16 12:07

Nominations for the 86th annual Academy Awards were announced Thursday. American Hustle and Gravity got 10 nominations each, including nods for best picture, best director and best actress.

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In London, The Case Of The Purloined Water Lily

Thu, 2014-01-16 11:44

An exceptionally rare flower that is virtually extinct has been stolen from London's Kew Gardens, in a crime experts say could be the work of an obsessed collector. aA British newspaper says that stealing the precious water lily "is like an old master theft."

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New Drug Combination Takes 24 Minutes To Execute Ohio Killer

Thu, 2014-01-16 11:29

The state has run out of the drug used in past executions. The drugs administered to killer and rapist Dennis McGuire had not been used in Ohio before. He was treated "far more humanely" than the woman he killed, her family said Thursday.

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Doctors Say Reid Request For Bowel Research Money No Joke

Thu, 2014-01-16 10:29

In his new book, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates jabs Sen. Harry Reid for urging Defense Department research on irritable bowel syndrome. But the illness has been a plague on many Gulf War veterans.

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Obama's NSA Speech: Just What Eisenhower Warned About?

Thu, 2014-01-16 09:43

VIDEO: On Jan. 17, 1961, Ike spoke to the nation about a military-industrial complex. He said "an alert and knowledgeable citizenry" must help safeguard security and liberty. Friday, exactly 53 years later, Obama will speak about surveillance programs that critics say threaten civil liberties.

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