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Free Wi-Fi On Buses Offers A Link To Future Of 'Smart Cities'

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:58

A new service in a Portuguese city not only provides commuters with free Internet connections but it also helps collect data that makes the municipality run more efficiently.

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How 'Flower Beds' Give Love And Lentils To Moms And Babies

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:51

When mothers need day care for their children, the best person to turn to might be another mother. That's the lesson of the new cooperative nurseries in an Indian state.

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Supreme Court Seems Divided Over Independent Redistricting Commissions

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:41

Arizona voters approved a bipartisan commission to draw lines between congressional districts. Now the Supreme Court has been asked to put the legislators back in charge.

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Sen. Mikulski, 'Ground-Breaker' For Women Legislators, Won't Seek Re-Election

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:15

"Do I spend my time raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell?" the Maryland Democrat asked, announcing she will not seek a sixth term in the Senate.

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GAO Report Urges Fewer Antipyschotic Drugs For Dementia Patients

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:15

Strong drugs are rarely warranted to control the behavior of dementia patients, specialists say. But antipsychotic medicine is being overprescribed, and not just among residents of nursing homes.

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Judge Reduces Sentences For Amish Involved In Beard-Cutting Attacks

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:02

Last summer, a court overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 men. Today, their leader, Sam Mullet, and the 15 others received reduced sentences ranging from 10 years to seven months.

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The Time Nature And Racism Teamed Up To Wipe Out A Whole Town

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:01

Built in 110 days and destroyed in one, Vanport, Ore. was a symbol of a booming World War II-era economy, but one built on a shaky foundation.

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Science-Based Artist Gives Celebrity Tortoise A Second Life

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:01

Lonesome George was was the last surviving member of his species and a conservation icon. When he died, taxidermist George Dante set out to preserve the tortoise's body, and his legacy.

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Task Force Calls For Independent Probes Of Police-Involved Shootings

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 11:22

The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing also emphasized the need for better training and equipment, including bulletproof vests. But it stopped short of insisting police wear body cameras.

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Tinder's Premium Dating App Will Cost You More If You're Older

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 11:18

Tinder launches a new version with added features, including the ability to have another look at a potential match you swiped away. But there's a catch: Your age will determine how much you pay.

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Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 11:02

Few doctors — and few patients — realize just how profoundly early abuse, neglect and other childhood traumas can damage an adult's physical health.

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Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn't Mean

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:57

First developed in the 1990s, the 10 questions of the Adverse Childhood Experiences test are designed to take a rough measure of a difficult childhood. Finding out your score is easy. Now what?

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Your Grandparents Spent More Of Their Money On Food Than You Do

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:55

Shelling out dough at the grocery store can often feel painful. But Americans on average actually spend far less on food relative to their income than they did 50 years ago.

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Cuteness Break: The Genial Quokka Steals Scenes And Hearts

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:53

In many photos from an Australian island, the marsupial appears front and center, adding its enigmatic smile to an image of happy tourists.

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Elephant On The Menu? It's Not Just A Birthday Dish For Robert Mugabe

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:45

The Zimbabwean ruler reportedly served pachyderm at his 91st birthday party. Does anyone else do that? Turns out, yes.

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Spirit Air: slashing prices at 30,000 feet

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:19

Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza isn't worried about providing passengers with free peanuts and complimentary hot towels. 

"When you talk to a lot of customers what you find is that most of them, when they think about what airline they want to fly, want the lowest price," he says.

Instead of pampering passengers with free drinks, Spirit charges customers for almost everything, including printing a boarding pass at the airport

How does Baldanza respond to criticism that his airline gets for being the only 'two star' rated carrier? "Economists call airlines an intermediate good, which means that you're not buying an airline trip because you want to be on the airplane, you want to be somewhere," says Baldanza. 

According to Baldanza, many of Spirit's customers are buying plane tickets for themselves, not for a business trip, so they're more worried about airfare. 

"We believe we have a totally different customer base than a Delta or an American or a United. The difference is that we target at Spirit customers who are paying for tickets themselves," he says.

But Baldanza says it's a pleasure to try to get his customers the lowest possible airfare.

"At Spirit it's really mind-opening and it's really rewarding to think about how can we make it cheaper to go tomorrow than today."

Toronto Police Say Riddle Of Mysterious Tunnel Solved

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 10:04

Police say two men claimed they dug the tunnel for "personal reasons." The case has since been closed.

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A New Front In The Ukrainian Conflict: Russian Gas Imports

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:34

Russia has cut off Ukraine's gas supplies in the past and is threatening to do it again. The latest payment dispute comes at a sensitive moment in the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

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Clinton's Portrait Has Hint Of Lewinsky's Blue Dress, Artist Says

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:29

Nelson Shanks tells the Philadelphia Daily News a shadow on the left side of the painting represents not only the infamous dress, but also "a shadow on the office he held, or on" President Clinton.

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Wages And Prices: A Welcome Breakup

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-02 09:15

A Commerce Department report shows paychecks are fatter, prices are leaner and Americans are saving more. Meanwhile, prices fell by 0.5 percent. That's helping consumers on the rebound from recession.

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