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ABC Tones Down Author's 'Fresh Off The Boat' For Sitcom Audience

Wed, 2015-02-04 01:12

ABC will break an important boundary in television Wednesday night with the debut of Fresh Off the Boat. It's the first network sitcom in two decades to star an Asian-American family.

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Once A Vaccine Skeptic, This Mom Changed Her Mind

Tue, 2015-02-03 23:39

Juniper Russo wants what is best for her daughter Vivian, and she sometimes questions mainstream medicine. But after three years of soul searching, she decided what was best was vaccination.

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TransAsia Plane Crashes Into Taiwan River; At Least 12 Dead

Tue, 2015-02-03 21:25

Many of the 58 people on board remain unaccounted for after the twin-engine turboprop plane rolled and clipped an elevated roadway just after takeoff.

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Several Killed On NYC Commuter Train, 1 In Car After Collision On Tracks

Tue, 2015-02-03 18:26

Twelve more passengers were seriously injured in the accident 15 miles north of New York City. It's the second major accident in 15 months for the rail line, which serves 280,000 passengers a day.

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Mexican President Orders Investigation Into His Own Potential Conflict Of Interest

Tue, 2015-02-03 15:58

Enrique Peña Nieto asked a watchdog agency to look into the purchase of homes by himself, his wife, and his finance minister from contractors who were then awarded lucrative construction projects.

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Conservative Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Says Vaccines Are A Must

Tue, 2015-02-03 14:28

Carson, who is considering a run for president, tells NPR that science has proven the efficacy of vaccines, so "why would you even think about not doing it?"

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Alberta Premier Says Keystone XL Pipeline Benefits U.S. And Canada

Tue, 2015-02-03 14:26

Alberta's leader is in Washington to lobby Congress and the administration to push ahead with the controversial pipeline.

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White Potato Redux: Experts Say Spuds Are Not Nutritional Duds

Tue, 2015-02-03 14:19

An expert panel says white potatoes "contribute useful quantities of potassium and fiber" to our diets. Reversing itself, the panel says spuds should be included in WIC, a food aid program.

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Science Of Vaccines Is Settled — But Politics Are More Complicated

Tue, 2015-02-03 14:18

Should kids get the measles vaccine or should parents be given a choice? Potential 2016 presidential candidates weigh in, and their views are all over the place.

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EPA Push For Massive Munitions Burn Ignites Opposition In Louisiana

Tue, 2015-02-03 14:16

Bayou State residents are upset about the health risks of EPA's plan, while government leaders are running against the clock to dispose of the unsafe and deteriorating artillery propellant.

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Looking For Even Cheaper Gas? Go Generic At An Indie Station

Tue, 2015-02-03 14:09

The prices that gas stations charge for fuel can vary widely. Smaller, independent stations are able to sell the cheapest gas because they undercut competitors by buying unbranded gasoline.

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House Votes To Repeal Affordable Care Act

Tue, 2015-02-03 13:30

The vote was 239-186. The bill would repeal the health care law and direct panels to come up with a replacement. The measure, which is unlikely to pass the Senate, faces a presidential veto threat.

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Lots Of Confusion Over Teacher Firings At Howard University Middle School

Tue, 2015-02-03 12:52

Parents and students say the teachers were fired for teaching black history. The NAACP says otherwise.

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Jordan May Execute Would-Be Bomber After ISIS Kills Pilot

Tue, 2015-02-03 12:22

Audie Cornish speaks with Daoud Kuttab, director of Radio al Balad in Amman, Jordan. He talks about how Jordanians are reacting to the death of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kasaesbeh.

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Nebraska Says Colorado Pot Isn't Staying On Its Side Of The Border

Tue, 2015-02-03 12:21

Law enforcement in Nebraska towns near the Colorado border are reporting a jump in pot-related offenses. Legalization next door, they say, is creating burdensome consequences they never asked for.

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Duo Smashes World Distance Record In Gas Balloon

Tue, 2015-02-03 12:13

It took six days, 16 hours and 38 minutes and an unexpected detour down the California coast. Audie Cornish talks to Troy Bradley about his trans-Pacific journey with Leonid Tiukhtyaev.

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Beyond Rash And Fever: How Measles Can Kill

Tue, 2015-02-03 12:09

It happened to Roald Dahl's daughter in 1962. It still happens today, in the U.S. and around the world. In rare cases, measles becomes an incurable disease.

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Marco Rubio Challenges Obama Administration's New Approach To Cuba

Tue, 2015-02-03 12:06

Florida Republican Marco Rubio is using his new role as chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee to rail against what he sees as U.S. concessions to Cuba. He's particularly concerned about plans to reopen the U.S. embassy in Havana.

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House Votes To Repeal ACA, Though Bill Unlikely To Pass Senate

Tue, 2015-02-03 12:06

The House has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the first such full repeal vote in two nearly two years. Some 19 million Americans would lose health coverage under the legislation. The bill, though, is not likely to pass the Senate, where a half dozen Democrats would have to go along with it. President Obama has also promised to veto legislation that undoes his signature achievement.

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ISIS Video Purports To Show Killing Of Jordanian Pilot

Tue, 2015-02-03 12:06

A gruesome video from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, released on Tuesday purports to show the killing of the Jordanian pilot who was captured in Syria in December.

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