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#NPRReads: Considering The Language Of Wine And What's In A Toddler's Mouth

Fri, 2015-07-31 09:16

Also, we explore a piece that argues that you should want robots to take your job. No. Seriously.

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Marine Version Of F-35 Reportedly Deemed 'Combat Ready'

Fri, 2015-07-31 09:10

With a total program cost estimated at $400 billion and a per-plane price tag of $135 million, the Joint Strike Fighter program is considered the most expensive in U.S. history.

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She Owes Her Activism To A Brave Mom, The ADA And Chocolate Cake

Fri, 2015-07-31 08:54

Born deaf and blind to a refugee mother, Haben Girma has had opportunities in the U.S. she'd never have had in Eritrea. But it was an urge for dessert that led her to advocate for the disabled.

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Toxic Lead Contaminates Some Traditional Ayurvedic Medicines

Fri, 2015-07-31 08:49

Traditional Ayurvedic treatments are popular in India and the United States, but some can be contaminated with high levels of lead and other toxic metals. People continue to be harmed.

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Despite High Expectations, Sentencing Reform Proposals Still On Ice

Fri, 2015-07-31 08:43

Sen. John Cornyn suggested a hearing and markup on reform proposals could be imminent. But multiple sources tell NPR that concrete language is still being hotly debated behind closed doors.

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Arson Attack That Killed Toddler In West Bank Is Called Terrorism

Fri, 2015-07-31 07:33

An 18-month old died in the fire. The perpetrators scrawled slogans in Hebrew on an outside wall of the house. Palestinian leaders blamed the Israeli government.

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New Ebola Vaccine Has '100 Percent' Effectiveness In Early Results

Fri, 2015-07-31 07:22

The trial of the VSV-EBOV vaccine was called Ebola ça Suffit – French for "Ebola that's enough." Researchers say it's both effective and quick, with no new Ebola cases 6 days after vaccination.

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Summer Olympics 2008 Host Beijing Awarded 2022 Winter Games

Fri, 2015-07-31 07:18

The International Olympic Committee has selected Beijing as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics. It's the first city ever to host both summer and winter games.

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Death Of Beloved Lion Heats Up Criticism Of Big Game Hunting

Fri, 2015-07-31 07:05

The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has highlighted big game hunting. Hunters legally kill more than 600 African lions every year. More than half the tourists hunting in Africa are American.

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In Report, Justice Accuses St. Louis County Family Court Of Racial Bias

Fri, 2015-07-31 06:03

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division found that the court fails to provide children adequate representation. In addition, it says the court treats black kids harsher than white ones.

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More Previously Uninsured Californians Got Coverage Under Obamacare

Fri, 2015-07-31 05:56

More than two-thirds of Californians who didn't have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act took full effect in 2014 have it now. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey documents the changes.

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Tonight, Look For A Rare (But Not Quite Blue) Moon

Fri, 2015-07-31 05:22

The modern definition of a "blue moon" has nothing to do with its color.

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Measuring The Power Of A Prison Education

Fri, 2015-07-31 05:03

Inmates who took college-level courses while in prison saw a 16 percent drop in their risk of re-incarceration.

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WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

Fri, 2015-07-31 04:27

The documents also allege that the U.S. targeted Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.

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Beijing Awarded The 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Fri, 2015-07-31 02:18

With the selection, Beijing will become the first city to host both winter and summer games. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games.

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Democratic Candidates Stumble Over Black Lives Matter Movement

Fri, 2015-07-31 01:08

"Nobody got the messaging right at the beginning," an activist in the movement said. "They should have known better." Three Democratic candidates are speaking to the National Urban League today.

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Are Donald Trump's Pockets Deep Enough To Fund His Campaign?

Fri, 2015-07-31 01:00

Trump says he's rich enough to pay for his own White House bid. But the billion-dollar-plus price tag might be tough, even for him.

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In Cambodia, Rats Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Land Mines And Save Lives

Fri, 2015-07-31 00:55

An estimated 4 to 6 million land mines are scattered throughout Cambodia, one of the world's worst-affected places. Rats possessing an exceptional sense of smell are being trained to detect the mines.

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In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Fri, 2015-07-31 00:50

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

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To Get Big Rig Drivers, Senate Bill Would Give Keys To Teens

Thu, 2015-07-30 23:58

Some trucking companies are having trouble finding enough interstate drivers. They say cutting the minimum driving age from 21 to 18 is a fix, but critics worry such a move would be a safety disaster.

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