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What's Wrong With Getting Help On A 'Personal' Essay?

Fri, 2014-02-07 05:18

The organization that hands out Rhodes Scholarships says application essays — which are often heavily edited by family, advisers and universities — no longer reflect a student's true "values and aspirations." In a new rule, the organization says that help is no longer allowed.

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Dogs Do Their Doodies And Salmon Swim Home Magnetically

Fri, 2014-02-07 04:45

Last month, there was word that dogs use the magnetic field to decide which way to face when they do their business. Now there's research that indicates Chinook salmon have an "inherited magnetic map" that lets them navigate thousands of miles of ocean waters and rivers.

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Job Growth Less Than Expected, But Unemployment Hits 5-Year Low

Fri, 2014-02-07 03:45

While the jobless rate edged down to 6.6 percent in January from December's 6.7 percent, only 113,000 jobs were added to payrolls. That's well below what was anticipated.

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Last Native Klallam Speaker Dies In Washington State At 103

Fri, 2014-02-07 01:29

The last person to have spoken the Klallam language from birth and the eldest member among the Klallam American Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest has died in Port Angeles, family and tribal members said. Hazel M. Sampson was 103.

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Behind The Movie, Tales From The Real-Life 'Monuments Men'

Fri, 2014-02-07 00:27

George Clooney anchors a thriller about a celebrated military unit that worked to recover and protect precious art and artifacts during the chaos at the end of World War II. NPR's Joel Rose reports on the mission — and some of the surviving members.

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Escaping Forced Prostitution And Leaving The Shame Behind

Fri, 2014-02-07 00:26

Barbara Amaya was 12 when she ran away and ended up in the hands of a sex trafficker. When she escaped, she went years without speaking about her ordeal — until her daughter ran away, too.

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Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services

Fri, 2014-02-07 00:26

As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money, a new report suggests a way to add to its bottom line: offer banklike services, such as a cash card that would allow customers to load their paychecks and pay bills online. The idea is to provide services that are now unavailable in many communities.

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In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other

Fri, 2014-02-07 00:24

This is the first Olympics where figure skaters from each country are competing as teams. It's twice the skating, which is great for ratings, but it also means athletes in this individualized sport now have to work together.

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U.S. Still Working For Syria Resolution, Envoy To U.N. Says

Fri, 2014-02-07 00:23

Samantha Power tells NPR the U.S. is enlisting the help of Russia in particular to secure humanitarian access to civilians trapped in the fighting.

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TSA Temporarily Bans Liquids, Gels On Flights To And From Russia

Thu, 2014-02-06 15:53

The ban follows Wednesday's warning over explosives potentially hidden in toothpaste. Delta, which flies directly to Russia, said passengers have to check in for their flights with an airline representative, not through their mobile phone or a kiosk.

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A Legend At The Plate And In The Booth: Ralph Kiner Dies At 91

Thu, 2014-02-06 15:47

Ralph Kiner, a home run-hitting Hall of Famer who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates and later helped define the New York Mets' broadcasts, has died at 91. He was a frequent all-star who later became a favorite of Mets fans and players.

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In Sochi, An Olympic Artist Sees The 'Possible'

Thu, 2014-02-06 15:30

Artist Marc Ahr has been drawing the Olympics for 22 years. For him, it doesn't matter what the press narrative is, how the countries are preparing, or even who wins or loses. Asked about negative news surrounding Sochi, he says that here, "everything is impossible, but everything is possible."

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Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court

Thu, 2014-02-06 14:52

In a courtroom in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, prosecutors and the defense laid out different versions of how 47-year-old Michael Dunn, who is white, came to shoot and kill Jordan Davis, a black 17-year-old.

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As Deficit Anxiety Fades, Debt Rears Its Ugly Head

Thu, 2014-02-06 14:28

Cutting the national debt and deficit used to be the most divisive political debate in Washington. These days, not so much. Both parties have agreed to move on and focus on issues they largely agree on: income inequality and social mobility. But there's not much they can do without a sustainable budget.

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Sochi's Stray Dogs Melt Hearts, And Put Officials On Defensive

Thu, 2014-02-06 14:13

The stray dogs roaming Russia's Olympics venues have already become the unofficial mascots of the Winter Games. Olympics officials say no healthy dogs will be destroyed, but animal rights groups worried about the fate of the dogs are taking in as many as they can.

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Senate Fails To Advance Unemployment Bill, Again

Thu, 2014-02-06 14:10

The bill would have restored unemployment benefits to 1.7 million Americans, who have been out of work for the long term.

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Food Industry Groups Say They'll Label GMOs, On Their Terms

Thu, 2014-02-06 13:57

In an open acknowledgement that many consumers are annoyed that GMO ingredients aren't labeled, a coalition announced Thursday that it does support labeling. But it wants a federal standard to be voluntary, and it wants to keep states from passing any more mandatory labeling measures.

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Italian Navy Rescues Some 1,100 Migrants In Mediterranean

Thu, 2014-02-06 13:47

The people, including pregnant women and about 50 children, were fleeing sub-Saharan Africa when they were intercepted near the island of Lampedusa.

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Who 'Won' The Creation Vs. Evolution Debate?

Thu, 2014-02-06 13:27

Days after a wide-ranging debate on creationism and evolution between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, the topic is driving an online conversation about points raised in the debate. Themes of belief and literalism, logic and faith — and, for some, relevance — are being debated online.

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Start Early To Cut Women's Stroke Risk

Thu, 2014-02-06 13:06

Women face a higher risk of stroke than men. But until now there haven't been guidelines specific to women for managing the risk. New recommendations say women should start thinking about reducing their stroke risk early on, when they're thinking about getting pregnant or avoiding pregnancy.

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