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Sure You Can Track Your Health Data, But Can Your Doctor Use It?

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 23:32

People use wearable gadgets and phone apps to monitor their health — everything from calories consumed to medication taken. But all that data doesn't necessarily translate into better health care.

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Shots Fired Near Vice President's Delaware Home, Biden Wasn't There

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 21:35

Someone fired multiple gunshots from a vehicle near Vice President Joe Biden's home in Wilmington, Del., Saturday night, according to the U.S. Secret Service.

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Smoke Got In His Eyes And Inspired A New Kind Of Lamp

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 19:59

As a boy in Kenya, Evans Wadongo struggled to do his homework by the light of kerosene and firewood. Now he has designed a solar-charged lamp made of scrap metal for sub-Saharan Africa.

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From Wax Cylinders To Records, Saving The Sounds Of History

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 16:44

Many of the items in The British Library's vast collection of recorded sound are in danger of disappearing. Some just physically won't last much longer; others are stored in long-dead formats.

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U.Va. Ushers In New Year With Updated Rules For Frat Parties

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 13:19

After Rolling Stone reported, then hedged on a story of gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house, U.Va. administrators announced new rules for parties for the upcoming year.

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Calif. Strike Highlights Larger Issues With Mental Health System

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 12:57

This past week, more than 2,000 mental health workers for health care giant Kaiser Permanente went on strike. Organizers say Kaiser's "chronic failure" to provide timely, quality care hurts patients.

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Broken Promises On Display At Native American Treaties Exhibit

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 12:57

A rare exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian explores the history of treaties between Native American nations and the U.S.

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Delegation Of Congressional Democrats Visits Cuba

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 11:26

The group of four senators and two congressional representatives will meet with members of the Cuban government in hopes of enhancing cooperation between the long-time adversaries.

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Most Experts Are Betting On A Seattle Vs. New England Super Bowl

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 10:25

Championships for the NFC and the AFC will be determined today in games pitting the Seahawks against the Green Bay Packers and the Patriots against the Indianapolis Colts.

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King's Family Builds Its Own Legacy Of Legal Battles

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 08:39

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children have feuded bitterly over his legacy for years. They're often criticized, but some believe their desire to tightly control their father's estate is fair.

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Republican Leaders Dismiss Obama's Tax Proposal As 'Not Serious'

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 08:23

House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others have rebuffed the president's plan to cut taxes for middle income earners by raising them on the wealthiest Americans.

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Prominent Irish Government Minister Comes Out As Gay

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 06:59

Leo Varadkar, speaking to Irish radio, also says he supports an upcoming referendum to approve same-sex marriage in the traditionally conservative Catholic country.

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Ukraine Launches Major Offensive To Retake Donetsk Airport

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 05:57

After a night of intense shelling by government forces, much of the airport has reportedly been retaken from Russian-backed separatists.

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Tech Program Helps Put Latinos On A Path To Silicon Valley

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 05:23

A unique class of college students from California's Salinas Valley — many the children of farmworkers and immigrants — is working toward careers in major tech companies.

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ISIS Frees 200 Elderly Yazidis; Reportedly 'Too Expensive To Feed'

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 05:07

The mostly infirm refugees from the religious minority were released by the self-declared Islamic State. Speculation is that they had become a burden to the militants.

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Obama's Trouble Articulating The State Of The Economy

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 05:05

It's easy to give a rousing State of the Union speech when the economy is doing well, but Obama has had a hard time hitting the right note in years when the country was hurting.

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Record Turnout For Pope's Sunday Mass In Manila

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 04:08

Francis concludes his four-day visit to the region's only predominately Catholic country advocating for the poor and warning against the government's "insidious" family planning program.

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Researchers Learn To Dust Feathers For Fingerprints

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

Researchers in Scotland say they have a new way to investigate the killing of large birds of prey. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to forensic scientist Dennis Gentles about dusting birds for fingerprints.

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State Of The Union Is Obama's Big Chance To Frame The Debate

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

During his State of the Union address, President Obama will announce a plan to help the middle class and raise taxes on the wealthy. NPR's Mara Liasson previews the speech with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Guards Watch Muslim, Jewish Sites As Dark Mood Descends On Paris

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

Police continue making arrests in Europe, saying they've halted terrorist plots. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston discusses the latest on the investigation into the attack in Paris with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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