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Many Big Employers Plan To Offer Skimpy Health Options Despite Law

Wed, 2014-08-13 07:23

These low-benefit plans are part of a strategy that lets workers and employers avoid health law penalties but may not provide substantial coverage.

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Math's Highest Honor Is Given To A Woman For The First Time

Wed, 2014-08-13 07:16

Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford, was among four winners of the Fields Medal. She said she hopes the win "encourages young female scientists and mathematicians."

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At Niger's School For Husbands, The Lesson Is 'Space Your Children'

Wed, 2014-08-13 06:56

Its birthrate is the world's highest: seven kids per woman. There's not enough fertile land to feed everyone. So Niger is telling its men that a big family is not the only way to be a Big Man.

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And Now For Something Completely Different: Spider Invades BBC Telecast

Wed, 2014-08-13 06:31

The arachnid made quick work of the bug and retreated back off-camera — but not before it surprised viewers and entertained many on Twitter and elsewhere.

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Palestinians Consider Egyptian Proposal As Cease-Fire's End Looms

Wed, 2014-08-13 06:06

Egypt's proposal calls for, among other things, a partial easing of the blockade of the Gaza Strip. But significant gaps remain between Hamas and Israel. Their three-day cease-fire ends at midnight.

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In A Shift, China Allows Pope Francis To Use Its Airspace For Asia Trip

Wed, 2014-08-13 05:55

The Vatican hasn't had formal relations with China since 1949, when the communists took charge. Pope Francis is flying to South Korea today for a five-day visit.

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Another Police Shooting Reported In St. Louis Suburb

Wed, 2014-08-13 04:34

News of the shooting follows another night of protests over the killing of Michael Brown, 18, who was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday afternoon.

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Iraq Update: France Will Arm Kurds; More Refugees Leave Mountain

Wed, 2014-08-13 03:41

France says it will deliver weapons to Iraq's Kurds "in the coming hours," moving quickly after the European Union voted to allow such operations.

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Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens

Tue, 2014-08-12 23:25

The debate about whether it's OK to engineer and study microbes that could prompt a human pandemic has reignited. Each side now has a website and its own list of Nobelists and superstar supporters.

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In Stockton, Calif., Punks Are The New Mall Rats

Tue, 2014-08-12 23:24

Abandoned storefronts in strip malls are common here in one of the largest cities to file for bankruptcy. But one abandoned storefront plays host to a thriving punk indie music scene.

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Sultry Film Star Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

Tue, 2014-08-12 16:21

Actress Lauren Bacall, who paired with spouse Humphrey Bogart in films including The Big Sleep and Key Largo, has died at 89, according to the Bogart estate. NPR has not confirmed the report.

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130 U.S. Personnel Sent To Iraq, Defense Secretary Hagel Says

Tue, 2014-08-12 15:49

The troops, who have arrived in northern Iraq, are in addition to advisers already in the country. This "is not a combat boots on the ground kind of operation," Chuck Hagel said.

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The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Overnight

Tue, 2014-08-12 15:22

The best time to see the shower, which comes every August, is between 3 and 4 a.m. in your local time zone.

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Uber And Lyft Spar Over Alleged Ride Cancellations

Tue, 2014-08-12 14:03

The companies, which help customers request car rides on demand, both say their competitor has intentionally requested and then canceled rides on drivers.

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How Campus Sexual Assaults Came To Command New Attention

Tue, 2014-08-12 13:53

In just a few years, the issue has gone from mostly whispers to receiving the attention of the White House. Now, colleges throughout the country are trying to increase awareness about the issue.

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Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes

Tue, 2014-08-12 13:17

Studies warn that climate change will threaten corn production in coming decades. Meanwhile, farmers are experimenting with new planting methods in hopes of slowing soil erosion from torrential rains.

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Unlocking France's Secrets To Safer Raw Milk Cheese

Tue, 2014-08-12 12:58

A British cheesemonger wants to translate a French guide to raw milk microbiology into English. She says it has the potential to revolutionize our approach to cheese flavor and safety.

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Ebola Shuts Down The Oldest Hospital In Liberia

Tue, 2014-08-12 12:50

Ebola has claimed another victim. Reeling from the loss of staff and unable to cope with the deadly virus, St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital has closed its gates.

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Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test

Tue, 2014-08-12 12:32

The urine test employers typically use to detect marijuana picks up cannabis smoked or swallowed days or weeks earlier. Should firms be allowed to fire workers who legally use marijuana at home?

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Glossary: Marbles Edition

Tue, 2014-08-12 12:28

Everything you need to know to talk like a mibster.

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