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A Blind Woman Gains New Freedom, Click By Click By Click

Thu, 2015-01-22 23:37

Blind since birth, Julee-anne Bell wasn't comfortable heading out on her own. And when she learned an echolocation technique that gave her more independence, she discovered that it came with costs.

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To Keep Planes From Disappearing, NTSB Urges Constant Tracking

Thu, 2015-01-22 18:42

The agency wants every-minute updates on the locations of planes that fly over water, as well as longer-lasting batteries for black-box beacons, following the disappearance of a Malaysian jet.

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Former WWE Fighters Suing Over Alleged Brain Damage

Thu, 2015-01-22 17:44

The wrestlers say World Wrestling Entertainment downplayed dangers in the ring.

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Ancient Egyptian Relic Broken, Repaired With Glue

Thu, 2015-01-22 17:20

Anonymous officials say the beard of the golden mask of King Tutankamun broke off during a cleaning last year, and was glued back on in a hurry.

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Goosebumps And Gas: New Data From Rosetta Probe Describes Comet

Thu, 2015-01-22 17:16

We're learning more about the comet that a European Space Agency paired up with its Rosetta probe last fall. For one thing, it has "goosebumps" on steep cliff faces. It's also highly porous.

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The Doomsday Clock Moves 2 Minutes Closer To Midnight

Thu, 2015-01-22 15:40

A group of prominent scientists use the clock as a symbol of imminent disaster for humanity.

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Saudi King Abdullah, Who Laid Foundation For Reform, Dies

Thu, 2015-01-22 15:28

Abdullah put forward the Arab Peace Initiative for a deal with Israel, cracked down on al-Qaida within the kingdom, and became known as a ruler committed to reform. But the moves were limited.

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Police Departments Issuing Body Cameras Discover Drawbacks

Thu, 2015-01-22 14:57

They are being hailed as a technological solution to bad police-community relationships, but research on the cameras' impact is thin, and some departments are dealing with unintended consequences.

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Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

Thu, 2015-01-22 14:43

Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Dies; Witnessed A New Era

Thu, 2015-01-22 14:28

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died, according to his state TV. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was 90 years old; when he was born, Saudi Arabia was not a country, let alone an oil-producing power.

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Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Takeover By Dollar Tree

Thu, 2015-01-22 14:03

Two of the biggest dollar stores are merging. Family Dollar shareholders agreed to an $8.7 billion takeover Thursday, choosing not to accept a bigger offer from Dollar General due to antitrust fears.

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French Prisons Prove To Be Effective Incubators For Islamic Extremism

Thu, 2015-01-22 13:54

Two of the men involved in the Paris attacks met in prison, where they transformed from small-time criminals to jihadists. France is now redoubling its effort to prevent radicalization in its prisons.

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30-Year Sentence Lifted For Woman In El Salvador Abortion Case

Thu, 2015-01-22 13:40

Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez Aldana had steadfastly denied having an abortion. She said her unborn baby had died due to medical complications. This week, Congress pardoned her after seven years in jail.

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For Many French Jews, Anti-Semitism Has A Clear Source

Thu, 2015-01-22 13:32

French Jews say anti-Semitism, an issue for generations, is now coming largely from radical Muslmis. Jewish emigration has been rising, but many Jews also say they're determined to stay in France.

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Fighting Spikes Again In Ukraine

Thu, 2015-01-22 13:00

Audie Cornish talks to Kiev-based journalist David Stern about the ongoing fighting in Ukraine.

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'I Have No Idea' Of Footballs' Condition, The Patriots' Brady Says

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:56

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he didn't give the game balls a thought during Sunday's win over the Indianapolis Colts. "I didn't alter the ball in any way," he said.

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States Continue Push To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:33

Although the Republican-led House decided not to vote to ban abortions after 20 weeks, 10 states already have such measures and more states are considering them.

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Patriots' Coach 'Shocked' At Allegations Of Deflated Footballs

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

The New England Patriots' coach and quarterback are weighing in on the controversy surrounding the deflated footballs used in the playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Obama Takes His State Of The Union Messages To YouTube

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

President Obama is pitching his State of the Union proposals on a campaign-like trip and on YouTube.

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Yemen In Chaos Amid Reports Of Government's Collapse

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

U.S. military advisers are keeping a low profile in Yemen after Huthi rebels staged a near coup. Sources tell NPR that U.S. special operations forces are still doing operations, but nothing to antagonize the Huthis. Meanwhile, White House officials are meeting to see what the changes mean for the counter-terror fight that President Obama lauded as a success only five months ago.

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