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How 2013 Became The 'Gayest Year Ever'

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 13:34

Utah's surprise decision to legalize same-sex marriage caps a landmark year for gay rights. The last 12 months saw a huge string of victories, from state legislatures, to Congress, to the Supreme Court.

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Experimental Tool Uses Light To Tweak The Living Brain

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 13:25

An experimental technique called optogenetics is starting to change the way researchers look at the brain. The tool allows them to switch entire brain circuits on and off using light, and may help figure out what's going wrong in brain ailments from epilepsy to depression.

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VIDEO: Swimmers attacked by biting fish

BBC - Thu, 2013-12-26 13:19
More than 70 people bathing at a popular beach in Argentina have been injured by fish related to the piranha.

Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On Its Own Terms

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 13:19

Iowa initially chose not to expand Medicaid to thousands of beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act. But it's come up with a plan that uses federal money to pay for expansion, while writing its own rules. Beneficiaries will have to pay a small premium, for instance.

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Syria's War Creates A Market For Artificial Legs

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 13:13

Before Syria's civil war, there was no real need for a clinic that could teach the disabled how to walk on artificial legs. Now there's huge demand, not only for the legs, but also for training.

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Venezualan Flights Are Dirt Cheap ... If You Can Get A Ticket

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 13:10

The good news is that air travel to and from Venezuela is dirt cheap due to the difference between the official cost of tickets and the black-market currency rate. The bad news is that many flights are booked up months in advance.

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Norfolk Island ready to roll in lawn bowls

BBC - Thu, 2013-12-26 13:08
Retired grocery store worker Carmen Anderson is her Pacific island nation's best medal hope for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Manufacturing 2.0: Old Industry Creating New High-Tech Jobs

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 13:07

As the U.S. economy continues to recover, it has been getting some help from an unexpected place. After decades of massive job losses, manufacturing firms have been steadily creating jobs — many of them well-paying. One particularly bright spot is a new generation of high-tech manufacturers.

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I am a gamble as Spurs boss - Sherwood

BBC - Thu, 2013-12-26 13:02
Tim Sherwood admits his appointment as Tottenham's new head coach is a risky decision by chairman Daniel Levy.

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