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White House Says It Supports Efforts To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 16:47

Responding to an online petition seeking the ban, the White House said that science overwhelmingly demonstrates that conversion therapy hurts gay and transgender minors.

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Man Who Filmed S.C. Shooting: 'You Pay For Your Decisions In This Life'

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 15:50

Feidin Santana said he was walking to work when he witnessed the confrontation. He turned over the video because Walter Scott's family deserved the truth.

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Poll: Obama More Popular Than Fidel And Raúl Castro In Cuba

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 15:06

The poll, based on 1,200 in-person interviews, found that while Cubans are optimistic about future change, they are unhappy about the present.

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Icy Traffic Jam On Lake Superior Has 18 Ships Stuck

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 14:14

Pickup truck-sized ice chunks have left the freight ships stuck in Lake Superior. The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have sent in "ice breakers" to help the ships get through.

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Sushi Science: A 3-D View Of The Body's Wasabi Receptor

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 14:12

The same receptor on nerve endings that makes sinuses tingle when we eat wasabi plays an important role in the pain of inflammation. The first 3-D view of the receptor could lead to better pain drugs.

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Link Between Heart Disease And Height Hidden In Our Genes

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 13:43

Doctors long ago noticed that, beyond the usual influences of diet and smoking, short people seem to get heart disease more often than tall people. But why?

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Homeless Families Wait Longer For Shelter Under Seattle's System

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 13:32

Even with vacancies, most Seattle shelters don't let families stay right away. A system designed to alleviate homelessness has resulted in a bottleneck that leaves families on the streets for longer.

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From Pet To Pest, Goldfish Tip Scales Of Survival In Lake's Ecosystem

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 13:20

Colorado wildlife officials believe someone released four or five pet goldfish into Teller Lake #5 a few years ago. Now, the fish number in the thousands and threaten the lake's ecosystem.

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More Body Cameras Are On The Way For North Charleston Police

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 13:01

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-S.C., discusses the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by a police officer in North Charleston, S.C.

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The Latest Item On McDonald's Shifting Menu: A $5 Burger

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:49

McDonald's is trying to hold down menu prices and keep options simple to speed up service while at the same time create pricier premium burgers and more sophisticated dining options.

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In North Charleston, Video Of Police Shooting 'Sickens' City Leaders

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:42

The mayor and police chief of the South Carolina town met relatives of Walter Scott, the man who was shot in the back as he ran from a policeman. Video of the shooting contradicts the officer's story.

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Tom Cotton: Military Action Against Iran Would Only Take 'Several Days'

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:40

The senator accused President Obama of holding up a "false choice" between his framework on Iran's nuclear program and war. He also seemed to diminish what military action against Iran would entail.

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With Discounts For Healthy Behavior, John Hancock Courts Privacy Concerns

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:35

John Hancock announced a new program promising discounts for policyholders who wear a fitness tracker, exercise more and go to the doctor. But privacy advocates worry about the electronic monitoring.

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Sidewalk Touts Trade Tips on Shanghai's Booming Bull Market

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:07

The Shanghai exchange is on a tear, hitting its highest level in seven years — but it's perceptions, not fundamentals, that are driving the surge. That could mean trouble for ill-informed investors.

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In Shanghai, Stocks Are Booming — But Growth Is Bogged Down. What Gives?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:07

The Shanghai stock market is on a tear, hitting its highest level in seven years — which is curious because economic growth in China continues to slow.

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Maya Angelou's 'Forever' Stamp Forever In Error

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:07

A limited-edition stamp intended to honor the late poet bears a quote that was actually written by a different author.

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Shell's Big Deal Could Shift Global Landscape Of Gas Business

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

Royal Dutch Shell plans to spend nearly $70 billion to acquire natural gas giant BG Group. The deal, if approved, would create the world's largest independent producer of liquefied natural gas.

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Convictions Come Down For Boston Marathon Bomber; Death Penalty Still Possible

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing case has handed down its verdicts against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Jurors found Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts, 17 of which can carry the death penalty.

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After Some Delay Of Game, NFL Gets Its First Female Ref

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

Audie Cornish talks to commentator Rick Cleveland about the first female referee in the NFL — and why the news is long overdue.

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USPS Finds Perfect Line For Maya Angelou Stamp — If Only It Were Hers

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:04

The U.S. Postal Service has put the late poet Maya Angelou's face and name, together with a choice quotation, on a special edition stamp. Trouble is, that quotation didn't start with her.

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