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University President Takes A Chunk Out Of His Pay To Give Others A Boost

Fri, 2014-08-08 12:05

The president of Kentucky State University, Raymond Burse, has given himself a $90,000 pay cut in order to increase the wages of the university's lowest-paid employees. He tells Melissa Block why.

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Over 900 Authors Lend Their Names To A Letter Backing Hachette

Fri, 2014-08-08 12:05

Douglas Preston wrote an open letter supporting book publisher Hachette in its dispute with Amazon, which has since spread among his readers and throughout the literary community. More than 900 other writers have signed on, including John Grisham and Stephen King.

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Pistorius Trial Nears A Verdict

Fri, 2014-08-08 12:05

The murder trial of Olympian Oscar Pistorius is nearing its conclusion in South Africa. To hear more about the closing arguments, Audie Cornish speaks with BBC correspondent Milton Ngozi, who has been covering the trial in Pretoria.

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U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against Iraqi Militants, With Narrow Aims

Fri, 2014-08-08 12:05

U.S. jet fighters have commenced airstrikes against the Islamist militant group known as the Islamic State. Meanwhile, American cargo planes have also begun humanitarian airdrops to support a minority religious community now surrounded by the group in the mountains of northern Iraq.

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Tea Party Losing Every Senate Battle And Winning The War

Fri, 2014-08-08 11:55

Meaningful as this rightward shift has been for the GOP and the Senate, the insurgent elements would have preferred to actually knock off a few of their targets.

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Dry Western U.S. May Not Get Help From El Niño, Forecasters Say

Fri, 2014-08-08 11:17

Some Californians had been hoping El Niño would break the state out of a drought. But a government expert says of the prospect of a strong El Niño, "It's a flop."

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In Chicago, Neighborhoods That Are More Black Don't Gentrify

Fri, 2014-08-08 09:52

A recent study reviewed places in Chicago that seemed to be undergoing gentrification two decades ago and found that the process had slowed or stopped for those that were at least 40 percent black.

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A Group Of 29 State Attorneys General Ask FDA To Strengthen E-Cig Regulations

Fri, 2014-08-08 09:51

The attorneys recommend that the FDA ban flavored electronic cigarettes and restrict advertising in the same way it does for traditional cigarettes.

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Shazam! Now You Look Like A Better Borrower

Fri, 2014-08-08 09:35

The company that controls the FICO credit score says it is changing the way the scores are calculated, making it easier for millions of borrowers to look better on paper.

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Playing Video Games Can Help Or Hurt, Depending On Whom You Ask

Fri, 2014-08-08 09:19

Playing video games for an hour a day may make children happier and more satisfied, one study says. But another finds that playing violent games is associated with risky behaviors.

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This Isn't The First U.S. Rescue Operation In Northern Iraq

Fri, 2014-08-08 09:01

The last time was 1991, when the U.S. rushed to the aid of the Kurds. That mission offers several lessons as the U.S. embarks on a new operation to help the besieged Yazidi religious sect.

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Investors Pump Prospects Of Unproven Ebola Treatments

Fri, 2014-08-08 08:37

Drugs in development to treat Ebola virus are far from being ready for general use, but that hasn't stopped investors from rushing to talk up companies that are trying to develop the drugs.

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Malaysia's Money-Losing Airline Will Become National Property

Fri, 2014-08-08 08:25

Malaysia plans to nationalize its flag carrier Malaysia Airlines after back-to-back disasters and a 12-year stretch that saw the company restructured four times.

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White House Goes On Lockdown After Sneaky Toddler Breaches Fence

Fri, 2014-08-08 07:09

The toddler had no comment because he can't talk yet. But the Secret Service handed the little guy a time out and then sent him on his way.

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State Abortion Laws Face A New Round Of Legal Challenges

Fri, 2014-08-08 06:24

State legislatures have passed laws that require doctors to have hospital admitting privileges to perform abortions. Some courts are now saying these laws are unconstitutional.

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Chermoula: From North Africa To The White House To Your Table

Fri, 2014-08-08 05:51

Guests at the U.S.-Africa Summit were served beef with a Moroccan spice blend. We asked food mavens Marcus Samuelsson and Paula Wolfert to share their recipes. So now you can dine like a diplomat!

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Dueling Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Resolve Election Dispute

Fri, 2014-08-08 05:46

The two men, who agreed to cooperate on forming a new, national unity government, made the announcement after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Pentagon Says U.S. Aircraft Strike Sunni Militant Artillery In Iraq

Fri, 2014-08-08 04:21

President Obama has authorized humanitarian drops and airstrikes against militants in the country. But administration officials say this does not signal a broader war against the Islamic extremists.

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China's President Says His Anti-Corruption Drive Is Deadlocked

Fri, 2014-08-08 04:20

Ordinary Chinese rejoiced when a powerful ex-security czar came under investigation. But recent remarks by President Xi Jinping hint at internal strife that challenges his anti-graft campaign.

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Education Reform Is Becoming A Celebrity Cause

Fri, 2014-08-08 04:03

"I don't like bad teachers, so I don't think bad teachers should be given the gift of teaching forever — badly," Whoopi Goldberg says.

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