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How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax? Bloomberg's Cash Didn't Hurt

Wed, 2014-11-05 13:50

The American Beverage Association poured tons of cash into the effort to defeat the penny-per-ounce sugary-drink tax. But the effort to pass the tax also got cash infusions from some big-name donors.

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A Veteran AIDS Activist Has Déjà Vu From Ebola Panic

Wed, 2014-11-05 13:41

Activist Gregg Gonsalves issues a call to action in an essay in this week's New England Journal of Medicine: "Panic, Paranoia, and Public Health — The AIDS Epidemic's Lessons for Ebola."

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U.S. Military Response To Ebola Gains Momentum In Liberia

Wed, 2014-11-05 12:48

The number of U.S. troops fighting Ebola in West Africa is set to increase dramatically this month, and the first two field hospitals erected by U.S. troops in Liberia will open in the coming days.

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Banks Reluctant To Use 'White Hat' Hackers To Spot Security Flaws

Wed, 2014-11-05 12:47

High-tech firms have been offering bounties to security researchers to find holes and bugs in their software, but these reward programs haven't drawn much interest from major banks.

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How Does Destroying Fish Compare To Shredding Documents, Legally?

Wed, 2014-11-05 12:20

A Supreme Court case argued Wednesday is about obstruction of justice — and fish. The prosecution says the law used to convict its client only bars document destruction. The justices aren't so sure.

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How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

Wed, 2014-11-05 12:20

A state law now requires insurers to reveal prices of their medical tests, and the variation is amazing, bargain hunters say. An MRI of the back is $614 at one place; $1,800 at another.

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Prison Dairy Gives Inmates Job Skills — And A Sense Of Purpose

Wed, 2014-11-05 11:21

California's high-security Corcoran prison is home to a dairy that provides milk to almost every prison in the state system. For inmates who staff it, it's more than a job: It's a refuge and a future.

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'Daily Show,' 'Colbert' Strain To Lampoon Democratic Losses

Wed, 2014-11-05 11:11

Both comedy shows aired live, election-themed episodes Tuesday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the broadcasts showed the limits of news-tinged satire on the political scene.

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Obama Cites 'A Moment For Reflection' In Election Results

Wed, 2014-11-05 10:55

Speaking one day after his party lost control of the Senate to the Republican Party, President Obama says he's not "mopey" over the trouncing Democrats endured but rather energized.

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From Blue Bleach To Hazmat Hacks, Students Take On Ebola Challenges

Wed, 2014-11-05 10:39

College students excel at thinking creatively under pressure. Now they're designing tools to confront the challenges of Ebola, including friendlier-looking protective gear and diagnostic aids.

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Have You Broken A Wrist? Men Are At Risk Of Osteoporosis, Too

Wed, 2014-11-05 10:30

A broken wrist may not seem like much, but it can be the first sign that you're headed for a broken hip or spinal fracture. Men often don't realize they are at risk of osteoporosis as they age.

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Brazil: The Land Of Many Lawyers And Very Slow Justice

Wed, 2014-11-05 10:15

Brazil has more law schools the rest of the world combined and more lawyers per capita than the U.S. But there's a huge legal backlog: One department of five judges is now handling 1.6 million cases.

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Newly Released 'Fast And Furious' Documents Include A Slam On Issa

Tue, 2014-11-04 20:43

Several details already have become the center of conversations, including one email in which outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder criticizes Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and his "idiot cronies."

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Governors' Races: Scott Beats Crist; Quinn Loses In Illinois

Tue, 2014-11-04 18:38

In Illinois, Republican Bruce Rauner is projected to beat Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn. And in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has won re-election, defeating Democrat Mary Burke.

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Marijuana Votes: Oregon And D.C. Legalize; Florida Says No To Medical

Tue, 2014-11-04 17:16

Florida's medical marijuana ballot measure fell short of the 60 percent approval required. Oregon voters approved Measure 91, allowing legalization. Alaska also has a legalization ballot measure.

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Fight For The Senate: Republicans Take Control, Adding 7 Seats

Tue, 2014-11-04 17:00

The Republicans will control both chambers of Congress next year. And in Virginia, a race between Democratic incumbent Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie is coming down to the wire.

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Incumbents Who Lost Seats Tonight

Tue, 2014-11-04 16:07

We track all the incumbent candidates who lost the midterm election

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How To Follow NPR's Coverage Of Tonight's Midterm Elections

Tue, 2014-11-04 15:40

Here's a guide to keeping up to date on the night's events, on NPR and its member stations.

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2015 Emoji Update Will Include More Diverse Skin-Tones

Tue, 2014-11-04 15:00

The Unicode Consortium had previously backed only one skin color, a yellow-orange tone it considered generic. But the group threw away that approach after a wide call for more variety.

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Federal Judge Overturns Kansas Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Tue, 2014-11-04 14:30

Today's injunction takes effect in one week, depending on whether the state appeals. The judge in the case said the state's ban on marriage between people of the same sex violates the 14th Amendment.

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