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House Approves Bill That Would Bar Federal Funding For Abortions

Thu, 2015-01-22 09:42

A bill that would prohibit using federal money to pay for "any abortion" or for "health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion" has been approved by the House.

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Disneyland Measles Outbreak Hits 59 Cases And Counting

Thu, 2015-01-22 08:24

People from 7 months to 70 years old have fallen ill, and one quarter of the victims have been hospitalized. California officials say it's proof yet again of how easily measles spreads.

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Israel's Netanyahu Accepts Invitation To Address Congress

Thu, 2015-01-22 07:32

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint meeting of Congress on March 3, three weeks later than he was originally scheduled to speak after an invitation by House Speaker John Boehner.

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Hello, I Must Be Squatting

Thu, 2015-01-22 07:00

You're a new Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana. A villager comes by. Do you a) give a high five b) nod your head respectfully or c) squat and say "n naa."

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Patriots Coach Bill Belichick Denies Knowledge Of Deflated Footballs

Thu, 2015-01-22 06:18

His comments come amid reports that 11 of 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game were underinflated — an apparent advantage. The NFL is investigating the matter.

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ECB Unveils Massive Bond-Buying Stimulus Program For Eurozone

Thu, 2015-01-22 05:44

Its chief said the European Central Bank will buy 60 billion euros worth of bonds each month until either September 2016 or when inflation reaches about 2 percent.

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Newtown, Conn., Council Votes To Raze Sandy Hook Shooter's Home

Thu, 2015-01-22 05:11

The Newtown Legislative Council voted to tear down the 3,100-square foot home. The house is where gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother before his shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

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London Mayor Boris Johnson Settles U.S. Tax Bill Ahead Of Visit

Thu, 2015-01-22 04:13

Johnson, who holds dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship, had called the IRS bill "outrageous" and said he wouldn't pay it. But the Financial Times reports he has settled the approximately $44,000 bill.

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Hospitals' Medicare Quality Bonuses Get Wiped Out By Penalties

Thu, 2015-01-22 03:30

Medicare is giving hospitals financial incentives to provide better care. But so far about half of the hospitals that got incentive payments found them canceled out by other quality programs.

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Houthi Rebels Remain In Place In Yemen's Capital Despite Deal

Thu, 2015-01-22 03:28

The Shiite rebels remain positioned outside the residence of Yemen's president despite agreeing to withdraw from there and other position in exchange for major concessions.

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At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs

Thu, 2015-01-22 00:55

Along California's central coast, the city of Monterey and the Army's Defense Language Institute have formed a partnership, saving about $2 million a year by sharing costs.

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The Past, Present, And Future of High-Stakes Testing

Wed, 2015-01-21 23:39

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why are Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.

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X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

Wed, 2015-01-21 23:38

Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.

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Police Fire Tear Gas On Kenyan Kids Protecting A Soccer Field

Wed, 2015-01-21 23:34

Hundreds of kids in Nairobi protested the loss of their playground to a developer Monday. In the end, the children did what ordinary Kenyans are rarely are able to do: Defend a public space.

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Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

Wed, 2015-01-21 23:34

NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the Affordable Care Act.

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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Wed, 2015-01-21 23:32

In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.

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New Tools Let Police See Inside Peoples' Homes

Wed, 2015-01-21 18:19

FBI, U.S. Marshals and local police use new radar device to detect motion inside a building

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GOP-Led House Drops 20-Week Abortion Limit, Will Advance Funding Ban

Wed, 2015-01-21 18:15

Some Republican lawmakers, many of them women, felt the language of the limit was too restrictive — allowing abortions in case of rapes, but only if the attacks were reported to the police.

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Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Wed, 2015-01-21 17:32

The frilled shark's roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.

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Google Is Said To Be Preparing Its Own Mobile Wireless Service

Wed, 2015-01-21 17:22

Google plans to launch a new mobile phone service that it will sell directly to U.S. consumers, according to technology site The Information and other news outlets.

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