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Pope 'Considering' Cuba Visit, Vatican Says

Fri, 2015-04-17 05:37

The Holy See is in talks for Francis to make a trip to the island-nation in September. The pontiff helped forge a breakthrough in relations between Havana and Washington.

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Bloomberg Terminals Go Dark For Hours, Sending Ripples Through Markets

Fri, 2015-04-17 04:48

The financial "screens" went dark for several hours during trading in London and Asia causing, among other disruptions, a delay in a British government debt issue.

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Espresso In Orbit: SpaceX Craft Brings Coffee Machine To Space Station

Fri, 2015-04-17 04:00

The coffee on the International Space Station is about to get much better. The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule linked up with the station Friday morning, bringing a long-awaited ISSpresso machine.

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Former IMF Head Rato Is Arrested For Tax Fraud In Spain

Fri, 2015-04-17 03:07

An influential figure in Spanish banking and politics, Rodrigo Rato was the predecessor of Dominique Strauss-Khan, who has also had extensive legal troubles.

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Anniversary Of Oklahoma City Bombing Reopens Wounds For Survivors

Fri, 2015-04-17 00:54

When the truck bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, there were 21 kids in the building's day care. Six survived, including Chris Nguyen and PJ Allen.

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Clone Drama 'Orphan Black' Returns As Complex And Complicated As Ever

Fri, 2015-04-17 00:39

BBC America's Orphan Black, returns for a third season on Saturday. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show's dense stories are one of its coolest traits and biggest weaknesses.

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When The World Bank Does More Harm Than Good

Thu, 2015-04-16 23:43

Large projects funded by the bank have left millions of poor people worse off, an investigation found. The bank says the vast majority of its projects don't fall into this category.

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Turkish Educator Pledges $10M To Set Up Universities For Syrian Refugees

Thu, 2015-04-16 23:42

The war has put dreams of college on hold for some 40,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey. Enver Yucel hopes to create a higher ed system to meet their needs, with coursework in English, Arabic and Turkish.

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Boston Marathon Surveillance Raises Privacy Concerns Long After Bombing

Thu, 2015-04-16 23:41

Boston jurors in the marathon bombing trial watched a nine-minute-long video pieced together from different surveillance cameras — some with surprisingly high resolution.

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Deaths Of Unarmed Black Men Revive 'Anti-Lynching Plays'

Thu, 2015-04-16 23:40

The recent killings of unarmed black men by police have inspired a Brooklyn theater company to stage new readings of dramas written in the early 1900s about the lynching of African-Americans.

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Feds Cancel Commercial Sardine Fishing After Stocks Crash

Thu, 2015-04-16 16:42

Federal regulators close commercial sardine fishing in an effort to rebuild the depleted populations of the fish. Sardine shortages are blamed for the high rates of starvation deaths of sea lion pups

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WikiLeaks Makes It Easy to Access Hacked Sony Pictures Information

Thu, 2015-04-16 16:33

Sony reacted angrily to the news that the leaked emails and private documents are now available in a searchable archive. WikiLeaks says they belong in the public domain.

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The Hidden FM Radio Inside Your Pocket, And Why You Can't Use It

Thu, 2015-04-16 15:39

Most smartphones have a built-in FM chip. But whether or not it's activated is in the hands of the mobile carriers, who profit when you stream radio. The broadcast industry is pushing to change this.

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Use Of E-Cigarettes Triples Among U.S. Teens

Thu, 2015-04-16 14:19

Even as the use of traditional cigarettes and most other tobacco products dipped or stayed the same from 2013 to 2014, the use of e-cigarettes climbed among students in high school and middle school.

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Florida Mailman Who Flew Gyrocopter Onto Capitol Lawn Charged

Thu, 2015-04-16 14:02

Douglas Mark Hughes, 61, made his initial appearance in court Thursday. He was released on his own recognizance. He says his flight was a political protest.

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Iraq's Leader Finds Friends In Washington, But Faces Battles At Home

Thu, 2015-04-16 13:50

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has a much better relationship with the U.S. than his predecessor. But he's still struggling to entrench his position in Iraq and defeat the Islamic State.

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Mad Cow Disease In Texas Man Has Mysterious Origin

Thu, 2015-04-16 13:20

It's only the fourth case of the deadly disease in the U.S. And it has doctors on an international hunt. How did a disease linked to contaminated beef in the U.K. more than a decade ago get to Texas?

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We Might Welcome Robot Lawn Mowers, But Astronomers Aren't So Happy

Thu, 2015-04-16 13:12

The company that makes the Roomba vacuum is developing a lawn mower robot. But the frequency on which it would work is also used by radio telescopes. A mini-battle is being played out in FCC filings.

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The Most Corrupt State In The Country Is ...

Thu, 2015-04-16 13:11

A new poll says Americans think New York is the most corrupt state in the country. But is it? There are lots of ways to calculate it.

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L.A. Schools To Apple: You Owe Us

Thu, 2015-04-16 12:37

The Los Angeles Unified School District wants Apple to pay up for poorly performing software on its iPads.

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