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In The 1870s And '80s, Being A Pedestrian Was Anything But

Thu, 2014-04-03 12:02

Huge crowds packed arenas to watch the world's best pedestrians walk in circles for six days at a time. And trainers encouraged the athletes to drink champagne — at the time considered a stimulant.

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Time To Relax The Sodium Guidelines? Some Docs Say Not So Fast

Thu, 2014-04-03 11:39

A new study suggests that when it comes to the optimal amount of salt intake, there may be more leeway than we thought. But some doctors say we still need to lower sodium to control blood pressure.

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NPR Poll: GOP's Older Voter Advantage Slips From 4 Years Ago

Thu, 2014-04-03 11:23

The new NPR poll indicated that Republicans had a 10 percentage-point advantage over Democrats with voters over age 59. In 2010, it was 21 points.

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Should Soldiers Be Armed At Military Posts?

Thu, 2014-04-03 11:22

Away from combat, troops often can't carry firearms. The shooting at Fort Hood raises the question of whether they would be better able to protect themselves if they could.

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Senate Panel Votes To Declassify Report On CIA Interrogations

Thu, 2014-04-03 11:10

The vote does not mean the report will be made public just yet. The CIA will have a chance to flag portions it believes could compromise national security.

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Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home

Thu, 2014-04-03 11:09

More than 1 million Arabs are Israeli citizens. About 350,000 Jewish Israelis live in the West Bank. What happens to them if a formal border is ever set between Israel and the Palestinians?

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A Pill For Grass Allergies May Replace Shots For Some

Thu, 2014-04-03 10:59

Allergy shots work, but they're inconvenient and painful. Now there are pills that can help people tolerate grass pollen. But allergies are rarely limited to grass alone.

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Washington Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 30

Thu, 2014-04-03 10:50

Authorities in Washington state's Snohomish County say all of the victims recovered so far died of blunt force trauma and not from suffocation, as some family members had feared.

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White House: Creation Of 'Cuban Twitter' Was Not Covert Program

Thu, 2014-04-03 10:30

According to a report by the Associated Press, the U.S. funded the creation of a social media platform designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba.

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Farmers Need To Get 'Climate Smart' To Prep For What's Ahead

Thu, 2014-04-03 10:14

Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.

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Smithsonian's Air And Space Museum To Get $30 Million Spiffier

Thu, 2014-04-03 09:31

Curators say they'll use the big grant from Boeing to better highlight how exploratory flight — from the Spirit of St. Louis to the Starship Enterprise — has transformed the world.

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'Oh, Hello,' Says Andrew, As He Suddenly Grabs You By The Leg Or Neck

Thu, 2014-04-03 08:55

There it is: a wild animal, lurking. Here's Andrew, darting so fast, using his bare hands — and bingo! Suddenly, he's holding the animal. He doesn't use weapons — just his lightning-quick reflexes.

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Court In Turkey Orders Twitter Service Restored

Thu, 2014-04-03 07:29

The social media site was blocked in the runup to last Sunday's local elections, but the ban was deemed a breach of free expression and ordered reversed.

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'Hot' Oregon Blueberry Fight Prompts Farm Bill Changes

Thu, 2014-04-03 07:15

A dispute between Beaver State blueberry farmers and workers spurred Congress to change an obscure provision in a 1938 labor law. Some fear it will delay pickers' paychecks.

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Thousands Of Artifacts Seized At 91-Year-Old Indiana Man's Home

Thu, 2014-04-03 06:20

The collection of items has "immeasurable" cultural value, the FBI says. Some artifacts are Native American; others are Russian and Chinese. It's unclear how many were collected legally.

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Jobless Claims Rose Last Week

Thu, 2014-04-03 04:44

The uptick to 326,000 applications still kept claims near the lower end of a range they've been in for the past year or so. On Friday, the government will report on the March unemployment rate.

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Nearly Half Of Californians Who Used Exchange May Drop Coverage

Thu, 2014-04-03 04:41

Over the next year, many of the more than 1.2 million people who used the Covered California exchange to buy health insurance are expected to switch to job-based plans or Medicaid.

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Early Evidence: Fort Hood Gunman Showed No Warning Signs

Thu, 2014-04-03 04:02

The soldier who has been identified as the man who killed three people and wounded 16 before apparently taking his own life Wednesday was an Army truck driver who was being treated for depression.

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'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain

Thu, 2014-04-03 03:03

Leslie Jamison's new book of essays, The Empathy Exams, combines the intellectual and the emotional to explore the humanizing effect of empathy. Heller McAlpin calls it a "soaring performance."

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'We Do Not Expect Any More Fatalities,' Doctor Says Of Fort Hood Victims

Thu, 2014-04-03 03:00

Also: Secretary of the Army says background checks on the soldier who killed at least three people and wounded 16 before taking his own life showed "no involvement with extremist organizations."

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