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Stuck In Traffic? It's Likely To Be Worse In 30 Years, Report Says

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-05 00:03

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx talks about the challenges facing America's transportation system, and why he says the country needs to invest much more in it.

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Supporters Say Imprisioned Nun Is Being Held In 'Unfair' Conditions

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-05 00:03

Megan Rice, an 85-year-old Catholic nun and anti-nuclear activist, is at a crowded facility in Brooklyn. Her friends warn of deplorable conditions there including a lack of health care.

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Gotcha: Satellites Help Strip Seafood Pirates Of Their Booty

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 23:51

Most of the seafood Americans eat is imported; a lot of that is illegally caught. Now, environmentalists are using satellites to track pirate vessels on the high seas and help crack down on the trade.

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A Chicago Community Puts Mixed-Income Housing To The Test

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 23:51

Chicago plans to replace its Lathrop Homes public housing project with a mix of condos and affordable housing. Residents say it doesn't need a revamp — and that the overhaul will displace too many.

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New Standards For Tracking Aircraft In Flight

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 23:05

After Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished over the Indian Ocean, air safety authorities have argued for more frequent contact in order to better locate aircraft in the event of tragedy.

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Hackers Strike Health Insurer Anthem, Inc.

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 22:26

The country's second-biggest health insurer says hackers obtained personal information such as names, birthdates and social security numbers of policyholders. No credit card data was compromised.

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Measles + Low Vaccination Rates = Big Headaches For Schools

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 15:30

California allows parents to opt out of vaccination requirements. Amid Southern California's measles outbreak, many schools are struggling with how best to deal with students who aren't vaccinated.

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Harper Lee's Friend Says Author Is Hard Of Hearing, Sound Of Mind

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 14:26

News of a second novel has raised concerns that the To Kill a Mockingbird author is being taken advantage of in her old age. But friend Wayne Flynt says Lee, 88, can "understand what's going on."

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Toll In Taiwan's TransAsia Crash Rises To 25

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 14:09

TransAsia Flight 235 was carrying 58 people, 31 of them from China, when it crashed into the shallow Keelung River in Taipei shortly after takeoff on Wednesday.

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NBC's Brian Williams Admits His Helicopter Took No Fire In Iraq

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:46

The NBC Nightly News anchor and his network have for years claimed he was aboard the chopper that was hit and forced down by enemy fire in 2003. Williams now says he made a mistake.

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In Detroit, Jeb Bush Makes A Campaign Must-Stop

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:43

While he hasn't declared his 2016 candidacy yet, the former Florida governor spoke Wednesday at a preferred venue for presidential candidates.

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FCC Proposal Would Regulate Internet Like A Public Utility

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:27

Supporters of the move say it's the best way to guarantee so-called net neutrality. Opponents believe meddlesome regulators will impose intrusive new rules on Internet service.

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Scientists Want To Trick The Gut Into Burning Fat Without Food

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:11

Researchers say they've discovered a way to jump-start fat burning by switching on the digestion process without the presence of food. So far, it has only been tested in mice.

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Pediatricians Pressured To Drop Parents Who Won't Vaccinate

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:08

The pressure, doctors say, is mostly coming from other parents who don't want their infants exposed to measles, whooping cough or other serious illness in the pediatric waiting room.

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One man's mission to get 'comprised of' off Wikipedia

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-04 13:07

I guess everyone has their pet peeves.

Medium profiled the Wikipedia editor "Giraffedata" on Tuesday. The prolific wiki-contributor — real name Bryan Henderson — has made over 47,000 edits, almost always to remove the common but erroneous phrase "comprised of."

For example: "The monthly jobs report is comprised of two surveys" should read: "The monthly jobs report consists of two surveys."

Henderson has the editing process down to a science, and most take seconds. Fellow editors and Wikipedia higher-ups have praised Giraffedata's commitment to his noble task.

CDC Director: 'Unfortunately, I'm Not Surprised' By Measles' Rise

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:58

Robert Siegel talks to Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the current measles outbreak in the U.S. and the government's response.

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Ross Ulbricht, Accused Of Operating Silk Road, Is Convicted Of Drug Charges

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:52

A New York jury took a little more than three hours today to convict the San Francisco man linked to the shadowy online marketplace that had been labeled the eBay of the drugs trade.

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Remote-Controlled Airport A Reality In Sweden

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:51

Sweden is the first country in the world to get a remote-controlled airport. That means flights are guided by operators sitting miles away.

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'Deflate This': Patriots Fans Welcome Super Bowl Champs Home

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Thousands of people turned out to welcome the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots back to Boston on Wednesday. Fans braved cold temperatures and stood in piles of snow along the parade route. Some held up posters saying "Deflate This" in reference to allegations that the team had deflated game balls to gain an advantage in the playoff game that landed them in the Super Bowl. Team members waved to the crowd from duck boats as confetti flew.

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Secretary Of Defense Nominee Appears Headed For Easy Confirmation

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-04 12:36

Theoretical physicist and former high-ranking Pentagon insider Ashton Carter is fully expected to be the next Secretary of Defense. His confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee is less about him and more about President Obama's defense record, which Republicans consider feckless.

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