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'Some Indication' That NY Escapees Might Have Headed To Vermont

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 12:18

More than 450 personnel are going door-to-door, conducting car searches and gathering information to try to find escaped killers David Sweat and Richard Matt.

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Saturn's Dark And Mysterious Outer Ring Is Even Bigger Than Expected

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 12:07

Scientists say the Phoebe ring is more than 200 times as big across as Saturn itself. They used a special infrared space telescope to get the best look yet at the massive ring of black dust.

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Jeb Bush And Florida's 'Scarlet Letter Law,' Explained

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 11:56

While Jeb Bush was governor, Florida had a law requiring some women to list their sexual encounters in the newspaper. What's the controversy all about, and what did Bush have to do with it, exactly?

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'His Emotions Got The Best Of Him' At Pool, Officer's Attorney Says

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 11:32

The lawyer representing resigned Cpl. Eric Casebolt says that last Friday, "His first call was a suicide at an apartment complex." That incident added to "an emotional toll," his attorney says.

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Nobel Laureate In Hot Water For 'Trouble With Girls' In Labs

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 11:10

"Three things happen when they are in the lab," biochemist Tim Hunt said at a large conference. "You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry."

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It's Spawning Season: Are Horseshoe Crabs Down For the Count?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 11:03

Migratory birds and humans have long relied on the odd creatures, and scientists now fear they're on the decline. Based on counts along the Mid-Atlantic coast, we can learn how to set harvest limits.

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Some Insured Patients Still Skipping Care Because Of High Costs

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 10:55

Research shows that, even with health insurance, many people put off expensive surgery, medicine and tests because they can't afford the high deductibles or copays. A few states hope to change that.

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The BlackBerry story isn't over yet

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-06-10 10:24

Not long ago, the BlackBerry the smartphone of choice for businessmen, politicians, sheikhs and celebrities alike. And while there are still plenty of powerful people addicted to their 'CrackBerrys,' as the device is sometimes called, the company behind the phone and email device that once dominated the smartphone market is just barely putting along.

Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff are the authors of "Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry," which chronicles the company’s successes and failures.   

McNish says, in the '90s, BlackBerry (then known as Research in Motion) was in a race to come up with the next big mobile device.

“But no one could get email and text right,” McNish says. “Everyone was making devices that were overcomplicated.”

But when RIM founder Mike Lazaridis came up with a keyboard people could use with their opposable thumbs, BlackBerrys took off. Michael Dell, Oprah and Madonna were all early BlackBerry adopters.

Another big factor in BlackBerry’s explosive success was its BlackBerry Messenger service, or BBM as it’s known. BBM was a hit not only because it was addictive, but because it operated on a very secure platform.

“You had situations in some Middle Eastern countries where women were actually embroidering their BBM addresses inside their burkas and sort of flipping them up discretely to people they wanted to communicate with,” Silcoff says.

Even with its highly popular BBM service and streamlined devices though, RIM had trouble competing once Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone.

“The BlackBerry brought us a piece of the internet, it brought us email,” McNish says. “What Steve Jobs was offering was essentially a mini-computer in the smartphone.”

But the RIM/BlackBerry story isn’t over yet.

“It’s amazing,” Silcoff says. “I think every day we meet people who tell us, you know, ‘I still love my BlackBerry, I’m addicted to it.’”

What’s more, Silcoff believes BlackBerry now has a capable turnaround CEO in John Chen.

“He’s got the company to a point where it’s not losing money,” Silcoff says. “This book is not a eulogy for BlackBerry by any means.”  

More Evidence That Parents' Ages Could Influence Autism Risk

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 10:13

A large, international study found that kids born to older parents had higher rates of autism. Having a teen mom or parents with a large gap between their ages also increased the autism odds.

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After Nearly 30 Years, Librarian Of Congress Is Calling It Quits

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 09:41

James Billington helped usher the world's largest library into the digital age. The Library of Congress says he will step down on Jan. 1, 2016.

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Like Us, Chimps Go Bananas For Booze

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 09:39

Scientists have spotted chimpanzees routinely sipping palm wine from trees in Guinea. The study supports a theory that our common relatives evolved the ability to digest alcohol millions of years ago.

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Cleveland Officials: Police Are Being Retrained On Interacting With The Public

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 08:35

Officers are getting new training on interacting with youth and the use of force. "We are guardians of this community," Police Chief Calvin Williams said. "And we are part of this community."

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Israel-Linked Spy Virus Discovered At Hotels Used For Iran Nuclear Talks

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 08:15

The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky discovered the malware on one of their computers first. When they searched millions of computers for the virus, they found it at three key luxury hotels.

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During Amtrak Derailment, Engineer Was Not On Cellphone, According To NTSB

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 07:28

Federal investigators reported that engineer Brandon Bostian was not using his cellphone ahead of the May 12 derailment in Philadelphia. The train accident killed eight people and injured dozens more.

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Vatican Establishes Tribunal To Investigate Bishops In Abuse Cases

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 07:14

Pope Francis sets up a tribunal to hear cases against senior clergy accused of not protecting children who were abused by priests. A victims' group says the Vatican isn't going far enough.

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Amtrak Engineer Not On Cellphone Before Philadelphia Derailment, NTSB Says

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 06:23

An investigation found no evidence that the engineer was distracted by calls or texts ahead of the May 12 accident in which eight people died and some 200 others were injured.

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Amid Corruption Scandal, FIFA Delays Bidding On 2026 World Cup

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 05:47

The organization's secretary general said it would be "nonsense" to begin the bidding process amid the turmoil. FIFA said its executive committee would discuss the process at a meeting later.

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Consumers In 'Grandfathered' Health Plans Can Face Higher Costs

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 04:37

These older policies existed before the health law was enacted in 2010 and haven't change much. They cover about a quarter of insured workers, and aren't subject to the same rules as Obamacare plans.

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Putin, Pope Francis Will Meet At Vatican

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 04:24

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to bring up the crisis in Ukraine. The meeting will be the second between the two men.

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U.S. Considers Sending Hundreds More Troops To Iraq

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-10 03:02

The troops would beef up the effort to train more Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State. Some 3,000 American troops are already in Iraq to provide security or to train and advice Iraqi troops.

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