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Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 09:29

Sure, we all forget stuff. But federal researchers apparently forgot vials of smallpox virus, perhaps for 60 years. The vials were rushed to a secure lab in Atlanta.

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Obama Seeks $3.7B To Handle Immigration Crisis

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 09:25

The money is almost twice the amount that officials had previously suggested would be requested from Congress. It comes amid a surge of children and teenagers who have crossed the border illegally.

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GOP Selects Cleveland Over Dallas As 2016 GOP Convention City

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 09:22

A Cleveland convention would continue a dry spell for red states, which haven't hosted a Republican convention since delegates gathered in Texas in 1992.

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For Residents, Chicago Violence Is 'Very Personal'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 09:00

More than 80 people were shot in Chicago over the July 4th weekend. Host Michel Martin learns more about the violence and what is being done to prevent it.

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Is Age The New Frontier Of Voting Rights?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 08:54

College students in North Carolina say the state's new voter ID law violates their right to vote based on age. They're challenging the law in court. Host Michel Martin learns more about the case.

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Police Use Dog To Find Memory And Hard Drives In Search

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 08:47

Using food as a reward, a Lab named Thoreau has been trained to detect the scent of flash drives and other devices that can hold illegal images and video.

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Meet The Musicians And Storytellers Of Kenya

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 08:32

This summer, Kenya came to Washington, D.C. Artists, runners and Maasai elders were part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. They spoke with us about music, goats and fusing tradition and modernity.

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What's In Our Name: Why Goats? Why Soda?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 08:27

We'll cover malaria and micro-loans. Ebola and education. We'll look at efforts to lift families out of poverty — and provide clean drinking water and electricity. So what should we call ourselves?

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Senator Asks U.S. To Investigate Possible Cuban Plot Against Him

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 08:26

Did fake accusations that Sen. Robert Menendez had visited underage prostitutes come from Cuba's intelligence agency? That's the question the senator wants the Justice Department to look into.

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Australia Won't Return Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Without Notice

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 08:01

The government told a court hearing that it would give 72 hours' notice before transferring the 153 asylum seekers to their home country. Australia said Monday it had transferred 41 others at sea.

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Complaint Says Insurance Plans Discriminate Against HIV Patients

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 07:04

Some insurance companies charge the highest copays for HIV/AIDS drugs, even generics, the civil rights complaint alleges. This could discourage high-cost patients from enrolling in the plans.

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Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:34

A new banana enhanced with vitamin A is intended to address diet deficiencies in Uganda. But if the past history of "biofortified" crops is prologue, it faces a tough road ahead.

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Why a guy with 15 mobile phones still has a landline

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:30

A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 41% of American homes are mobile phone only. That number is on the rise, but not climbing nearly as fast as it once was. Landline cord cutting seems to be at a plateau.

“For most of the past decade, the rate has been increasing by 4 or 5 percentage points,” explains Stephen Blumberg, lead author of the report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “In the past year, that rate of increase has slowed. The increase was only 2.8 percentage points.”

Nobody is predicting a landline renaissance. Weston Henderek, who tracks wireless use for market research firm Current Analysis, thinks cord-cutting will march on, but probably not as fast as it had been going.

“We’ve picked all the low-hanging fruit, if you will,” Henderek says. “A large percentage of the people that wanted to cut the cord already have.”

It’s not just nostalgia that keeps some people hanging on. Many homes need a landline because of poor cell phone reception in their area. Others have home phones bundled with their cable and Internet packages.

Even some mobile phone analysts still have landlines. Alongside some 15 mobile phones in his home, Henderek has a trusty old landline. His home security system requires it.

Rollercoaster Stops Rolling, Traps Riders High In The Air

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 06:10

The Ninja ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain is a "suspended swinging roller coaster" that speeds customers around the track at up to 55 mph. A tree blocked its path Monday.

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U.N. Urges U.S. To Treat Migrants As Refugees

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 05:59

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are subject to persecution and should not be forced to return home.

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Ukraine And Militants Continue A Standoff In Donetsk

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 05:07

Coming off of two victories this weekend, Ukraine is calling for pro-Russian separatists to lay down their arms in Donetsk.

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How A Text Message Could Revolutionize Student Aid

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 04:03

New research suggests that text messages would nudge students to fill out the dreaded FAFSA.

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The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 03:58

Referee Mark Geiger is making history with his selection as the fourth official in the game between Brazil and Germany. It's the first time a U.S. referee has been used this late in a World Cup.

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Powerful Typhoon Whips Japan's Okinawa Islands

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-08 03:50

When it arrives at the main island of Okinawa, Typhoon Neoguri could bring waves that are 45 feet tall and wind gusts of more than 100 mph.

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