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Under Pressure, Google Promises To Update Android Security Regularly

Wed, 2015-08-05 09:00

Google recently came under sharp criticism after researchers found a major flaw in Android would let hackers take over smartphones. Now it's launching a new system to protect phones regularly.

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Obama Calls Iran Deal 'Most Consequential Foreign Policy Debate' Since Iraq Vote

Wed, 2015-08-05 07:20

In a speech today at American University, the president will try to convince the public that the nuclear deal is the best way to handle Iran.

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SEC To Vote On Requiring Companies To Disclose CEO Pay Ratio

Wed, 2015-08-05 05:58

More than 280,000 public comments in favor of the proposed pay ratio rule have been submitted to the SEC since the rule was formally proposed in 2013.

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Pope Francis Urges Church To Embrace Those Who Divorce And Remarry

Wed, 2015-08-05 04:03

The headline on the Vatican's official news site makes the point clearly: "Pope: divorced and remarried people not excommunicated."

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Two Trains Derail In India, Killing At Least 24; Floodwaters Blamed

Wed, 2015-08-05 03:10

More than 300 people survived, according to local media reports. Just minutes before the crashes, another train had passed safely over the same area.

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Untangling The Many Deductibles Of Health Insurance

Wed, 2015-08-05 02:08

Some people wind up having to pay hospital deductibles on top of other medical deductibles. But those do not apply to outpatient procedures.

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The New, New Framework For AP U.S. History

Wed, 2015-08-05 01:17

After its 2014 Advanced Placement U.S. history framework became a target of intense criticism, the College Board did something unusual: It agreed to a re-write.

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An 'Island Tax' Could Harm One Bright Spot In Greek Economy

Wed, 2015-08-05 01:17

The new bailout plan for Greece calls for a steep sales-tax increase on the Aegean Islands, raising fears it could harm tourism, one of the few sectors that's been doing well.

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Looking Up: Amusement Parks May Have A Record-Breaking Year

Wed, 2015-08-05 00:04

Some 260 million people spend about $10 billion annually at regional theme parks, and attendance is soaring. To attract more thrill-seekers, the parks have been adding bigger, faster rides.

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A Syrian Refugee School: Nearly 2,000 Students, 5 Shifts, 3 Languages

Wed, 2015-08-05 00:04

Many Syrian refugee children haven't been to school in years. NPR's Deborah Amos visits one school in southern Turkey that serves as a refuge for those lucky enough to attend.

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One Of The World's Most Famous Free Divers Is Missing Near Ibiza

Tue, 2015-08-04 14:56

Natalia Molchanova took a recreational dive on Sunday, didn't come back up and is feared dead. Free divers hold their breath until they surface for air, instead of using breathing equipment.

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Who's In, Who's Out: Selection Day For The GOP Presidential Debate

Tue, 2015-08-04 14:06

Donald Trump is on top, followed by Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. Chris Christie and John Kasich barely make it in, while Rick Perry misses the cutoff for the main debate stage.

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The Soy Car Seat: Are Companies Doing Enough For The Environment?

Tue, 2015-08-04 13:39

Corporate sustainability reports help measure firms' ecological footprints. Ford, for example, touts renewable materials in its cars. But some environmentalists say the reports can be misleading.

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Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

Tue, 2015-08-04 13:26

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.

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Why 'Pep' The Prison Dog Got Such A Bum Rap

Tue, 2015-08-04 12:47

He killed the Pennsylvania governor's wife's cat — or so the story went. As it turns out, the Labrador was sentenced to the grim corridors of Eastern State Penitentiary to live up to his name.

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Urban Shootings Are On The Rise, But Officials Fail To Pinpoint A Cause

Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

Law enforcement officials discussed a recent increase in shootings in several major cities at a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Monday. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Atlanta Police Chief George Turner.

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Swimmer Katie Ledecky Breaks Her Own Record, Again

Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

The 18-year-old blasted past the world record in the 1,500 freestyle — the one she set Monday, while hardly trying. Host Melissa Block talks to New York Times reporter Karen Crouse about the swimmer.

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Doctor Who Crusaded For Coal Miners' Health Dies At 87

Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

Dr. Donald L. Rasmussen worked on behalf of coal miners in Appalachia and helped create a national movement against black lung disease.

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Drought Drives California Fires To Unprecedented Speeds

Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Mark Ghilarducci with the state emergency services office about the wildfires tearing across California.

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'All You Can Do Is Pray': Wildfire Rages In Northern California

Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

The Rocky Fire continues to grow as crews struggle to protect homes and businesses. More than 10,000 have been forced to evacuate.

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