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Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Is Killed By Beetles

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:43

A pine tree planted in Los Angeles in memory of George Harrison is one of several brought down in Griffith Park by an infestation.

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Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:29

If inflation were to flare up, Fed policymakers would have to push up interest rates. Tuesday's consumer price report suggests inflation is low, but some say the data isn't capturing asset "bubbles."

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Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:14

Two different U.S. appeals courts issued opposing verdicts on the Affordable Care Act, one striking down a crucial component of the law while another upheld the same component. NPR's Mara Liasson unravels the political consequences of the conflicting decisions.

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In Cairo, First Steps Taken On Gnarled Path To Gaza Cease-Fire

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:14

Secretary of State John Kerry has finished his first full day in Cairo, where he's trying to help forge a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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As Rockets Encroach, Israel's Main Airport Sees Canceled U.S. Flights

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:14

U.S. airlines have canceled flights to Israel after reports of Hamas rockets landing near Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv.

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Obama's Health Care Law Has A Confusing Day In Court

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:14

One U.S. appeals court panel tossed out federal subsidies for low-income insurance buyers, while another three-judge panel affirmed them. The issue has the potential to gut the health care overhaul.

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Newark Police Placed Under Federal Microscope For Rampant Misconduct

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:14

After a lengthy investigation, the U.S. Justice Department has found that the Newark Police Department, the largest in New Jersey, has frequently violated residents' civil rights and engaged in unreasonable use of force. Sarah Gonzalez of WNYC reports that the department will be placed under federal oversight.

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Amid CAR's Bloodshed, Thousands Dead And Little Help For The Living

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:14

Sectarian violence erupted between Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic just over a year ago. According to Sylvain Groulx of Doctors Without Borders, the conflict's casualty count is staggering: One in three families there have lost at least one family member.

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In A Crowded Gaza, A Growing Sense That Nowhere Is Safe

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:14

Two weeks into the conflict in the Gaza Strip, more than 600 Palestinians — mostly civilians — and 29 Israelis have been killed. Two recent Israeli strikes, on a school and a hospital, reflect the scope of Israel's offensive.

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Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:06

Pensions have long enjoyed strong legal protections, but recent bankruptcy cases suggest this might be changing. As a result, cities and states might ask more workers to accept a little less.

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9/11 Commission Issues An Update On Anniversary Of Report

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 12:06

Saying that the world has changed "dramatically," the report's authors write that al-Qaida groups have spread, and the threat for cyberterrorism has grown.

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Charters, Money And Test Scores

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:38

The University of Arkansas says charters produce a better return on investment. Let's take a closer look.

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Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:31

Researchers have stumbled on an ingenious idea: Use bubble wrap as a cheap test tube and petri dish. They've even run tests on blood that's sitting inside the poppable packaging. So how does it work?

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As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:19

Kids who play lacrosse will tell you there's lots of action. Now, there's an analysis of injuries sustained by high school lacrosse players that quantifies the risks.

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Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:17

The largest outbreak in history is giving birth to what may be the largest outbreak of Ebola rumors. It's a curse! It's carried by mosquitoes. Or ... a snake. Here's a look at what people are saying.

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Montana Judge Is Publicly Censured Over 30-Day Sentence For Rape

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 11:12

Last year, District Judge G. Todd Baugh said that a teacher's victim, a student, seemed older than her age of 14. The girl had committed suicide before the trial began.

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A new and faster way of buying concert tickets

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-22 10:59

Buying concert tickets these days requires a lot of planning and speed.

You have to be on the dot when tickets go on sale, and even if you are, page loading, internet speed and the always-annoying captcha code can slow you down. Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson may have a trick up his sleeve to get tickets faster and with less hassle.

Ticketmaster now has an app for buying tickets. Ben says the things that usually make people nervous about ticket buying — like giving out personal information — can be strengths when purchasing through an app.

"It knows your location, it knows your identity and that means you might get tickets faster and score better seats if you use the app," Johnson says.

Your smartphone can also help you find closer seats even when you've already purchased a ticket. iBeacon uses its technology to pinpoint your location using your mobile phone and ticketing apps use this feature to help you move up. Unfortnately if this option doesn't suit you, there isn't really an alternative, save for standing in line.

A new and faster way of buying concert tickets

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-22 10:59

Buying concert tickets these days requires a lot of planning and speed.

You have to be on the dot when tickets go on sale, and even if you are, page loading, internet speed and the always-annoying captcha code can slow you down. Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson may have a trick up his sleeve to get tickets faster and with less hassle.

Ticketmaster now has an app for buying tickets. Ben says the things that usually make people nervous about ticket buying — like giving out personal information — can be strengths when purchasing through an app.

"It knows your location, it knows your identity and that means you might get tickets faster and score better seats if you use the app," Johnson says.

Your smartphone can also help you find closer seats even when you've already purchased a ticket. iBeacon uses its technology to pinpoint your location using your mobile phone and ticketing apps use this feature to help you move up. Unfortnately if this option doesn't suit you, there isn't really an alternative, save for standing in line.

How A Tiny Fly's Ears Could Help You Hear Better

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 10:05

The Ormia ochracea fly has sophisticated little ears — it can locate crickets by calculating their chirps. Those super-ears are inspiring the next generation of microphones for human hearing aids.

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What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-22 09:55

This may be the most heart-rending, most beautiful eclipse in our solar system. But you can't travel to see it. Not yet.

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