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The Number 6 Says It All About The HealthCare.gov Rollout

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:25

Just six people managed to sign up for health insurance through the federal website the day it opened for business. The numbers are better now, but the botched rollout may have not only inconvenienced people, but also permanently changed people's perceptions of the Affordable Care Act.

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Marines: Most Female Recruits Don't Meet New Pullup Standard

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:24

Women are supposed to do three pullups, part of the new physical test intended to determine whether women are ready for ground combat. The pullup test has been put on hold because most female recruits have been unable to meet the standard.

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Can A Fruit Fly Help Explain Autism?

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 00:23

Scientists hope to solve mysteries of the human brain by studying much simpler neural networks — like the brain circuits of fruit flies and mice. Already such research is turning up clues to why many people with autism are easily overwhelmed by bright lights and loud sound.

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'Booty Call,' 'Above The Rim' Director Dies At 54

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:41

Police say Jeffrey Ian Pollack was found collapsed early Monday morning in the Greenbelt jogging area of Hermosa Beach, about 20 miles southwest of Los Angeles. Authorities said Thursday they do not suspect foul play.

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Icebound Ship In Antarctica Edges Closer To Rescue

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:38

A ship that has been trapped in thick Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve was nearing rescue on Friday. A Chinese icebreaker named the Snow Dragon draws close to the icebound vessel.

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Police File To Be Released On Newtown Shooting

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:25

The planned release of thousands of pages of state police documents from the investigation into last year's Newtown school massacre could shed light on the world of the gunman Adam Lanza.

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