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Car Safety Improves: Study Lists Those With Most, And Least, Driver Deaths

Thu, 2015-01-29 16:54

For 2011 models through the 2012 calendar year, driver deaths per million registered vehicle years fell to 28 from 48 just three years earlier, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.

Thu, 2015-01-29 15:21

The latest wave of measles cases and potential infections is in Arizona, where 1,000 people may have been exposed to measles from seven people confirmed to have been infected.

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Ebola Cases Plummet In West Africa, As Endgame Begins

Thu, 2015-01-29 15:00

Only 99 Ebola cases were reported worldwide last week. That's the lowest weekly count since June. But getting down to zero cases is still a long way off.

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'Female Husbands' In The 19th Century

Thu, 2015-01-29 14:15

In newspapers, magazines and novels, the 'female husband' was a person of great interest.

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Some Businesses Say Immigrant Workers Are Harder To Find

Thu, 2015-01-29 14:10

The president's recent executive actions will allow millions of immigrants to stay in the U.S. But many businesses say those changes aren't enough to help them find and keep all the workers they need.

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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Tackles Assisted Living Center

Thu, 2015-01-29 14:10

Canton, Ohio, has launched an ambitious expansion plan, including assisted living for Hall of Famers. The concept is part business, part nostalgia and part a sense of responsibility to ballplayers.

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Study Finds Court Fees Also Punish The Families Of Those Who Owe

Thu, 2015-01-29 13:51

The Center for Community Alternatives says that formerly incarcerated men and women rely heavily upon family, almost always receiving cash from them.

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Dartmouth Bans Hard Liquor On Campus

Thu, 2015-01-29 13:44

The Ivy League school is also introducing a mandatory four-year sexual violence prevention and education program for students. The steps are part of efforts to reform social life at the college.

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Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

Thu, 2015-01-29 13:26

A Pew Research Center study shows that the two groups disagree most strongly on the safety of GM foods, the use of animals in research, climate change and human evolution.

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With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News

Thu, 2015-01-29 13:16

Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.

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NBC's 'Parenthood' Ends As A Family Drama Built On Small Moments

Thu, 2015-01-29 13:10

NBC's Parenthood airs its final episode, wrapping after six seasons. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's a rare gem; a family drama centered on the small, emotional moments between relatives.

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To Protect His Son, Father Pushes School To Bar Unimmunized Kids

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Melissa Block talks to Carl Krawitt, whose son Rhett is in remission from leukemia but still cannot be vaccinated for measles. Rhett attends school in Marin County Calif., where nearly seven percent of students are not vaccinated. Mr. Krawitt has asked the local superintendent of schools to "require immunization as a condition of attendance."

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Prosecutor's Murky Death Could Impact Argentina's Elections

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Argentina is focused on the funeral of a prosecutor who died mysteriously. And the nation's politics — with elections this fall — reverberate over the 20-year-old bombing he was investigating.

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The Spicy History Of Short Selling Stocks

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

David Kestenbaum of NPR's Planet Money tells the story of the first stock ever shorted. It's a tale of intrigue, lies, sabotage and a life of exile.

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Mormon LGBT Announcement Met With Cheers, Skepticism

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Robert Siegel talks to Mormon leader Elder Dallin Oaks about the press conference this week where the church announced it would support LGBT anti-discrimination legislation in return for laws that protect religious freedom.

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Senators Work To Open Up Travel For Americans To Cuba

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Several members of Congress — recently back from Cuba — are taking steps to further ease a decades old embargo on the communist island. But even as they announced new legislation to open up travel for Americans, Cuba's president is talking tough about what it will take to ultimately normalize ties.

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Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States' oldest overseas base. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History Professor Paul Kramer.

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Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:56

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.

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Pro-ISIS Messages Create Dilemma For Social Media Companies

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:54

Facebook, YouTube and other sites are being asked to do more to stop terrorists. Yet they are also being asked to let some of the propaganda remain to help officials track jihadis.

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U.S. Report On Spending In Afghanistan Classified For First Time

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:51

The latest quarterly report on U.S. spending in Afghanistan was released on Thursday. Conspicuously missing were figures on how more than $50 billion is being spent on training and equipping Afghan military and police forces. Those figures have been classified for the first time in years of such reporting and the general who ordered keeping them secret says it's to keep enemies from sharpening their attacks. Key senators disagree.

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