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When And How To Die: Germany Debates Whose Choice It Is

Wed, 2014-08-06 23:22

German courts have supported some types of assisted suicide, but the ruling party has vowed to stop doctors and organizations it says are profiting from the practice.

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Army Asks Bergdahl About Incident That Led To Taliban Capture

Wed, 2014-08-06 21:37

The U.S. Army has begun interviewing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban, his attorney and an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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2 Top Khmer Rouge Leaders Sentenced To Life In Prison

Wed, 2014-08-06 21:14

A U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal on Thursday sentenced two top leaders of the former regime to life in prison on war crimes charges for their roles during the country's 1970s terror.

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Federal Judges Weigh Gay Marriage Cases From 4 States

Wed, 2014-08-06 20:46

The outcome of the hearing could put more pressure on the Supreme Court to make a decision on states' same-sex marriage bans.

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Bank Of America 'Close' To Settlement With Justice Department

Wed, 2014-08-06 15:32

The bank would pay between $16 billion and $17 billion for alleged mortgage-related abuses, according to a source familiar with the talks. A final announcement could come next week.

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Obama: 'I Have No Green Light' To Act Without Congress

Wed, 2014-08-06 15:21

At a news conference Wednesday, the president said he would act when he can without Congress but said there are limits to his authority. He also spoke about a range of foreign policy issues.

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Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill

Wed, 2014-08-06 15:06

By October, the state will have the most ambitious commercial food waste ban in the U.S. Institutions that produce more than a ton of waste a week will have to find new uses for their scraps.

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Do You Want To Be Happy? Don't Set Your Expectations Too High

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:47

Pretty much everyone thinks that rewards bring happiness, but it's not the size of the payoff that matters, researchers say. Rather it's whether the reward exceeds your immediate expectations.

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Is Your Watch Or Thermostat A Spy? Cybersecurity Firms Are On It

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:44

The Internet can reside in almost anything inside your home, which heightens opportunities for hacking your personal privacy. Cybersecurity firms face the tall task of keeping you protected.

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Carroll, Iowa: Where The Childhood Paper Route Is Alive And Well

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:44

Most newspapers today are delivered by adults in cars, not kids on bikes. But in Carroll, young people who want to make some money on a paper route are growing up in the right place.

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Donald Trump Sues To Remove His Name From Atlantic City Casinos

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:34

The real estate mogul was a pioneer of the New Jersey shore town's gambling industry. Its decline is hurting his name by association, Trump claims in a court filing.

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Truth In Labeling: Celiac Community Cheers FDA Rule For Gluten Free

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:22

The Food and Drug Administration now requires all food manufacturers to be in compliance with a labeling standard for gluten-free food. Advocates for people with celiac disease say it's about time.

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As Ebola Spreads in Nigeria, Debate About Experimental Drugs Grows

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:21

The death toll in the Ebola outbreak has climbed above 900. In response, the World Health Organization will look into whether it's ethical to use experimental medicines in the outbreak.

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Construction Industry Missing Key Tool: Skilled Workers

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:02

Construction is booming once again in the Gulf Coast, Midwest and Rocky Mountain states. But there are about 20 percent fewer skilled workers in construction than there were in 2008.

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Ukraine Faces Buildup Outside The Border And Fatigue Within

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

Anton Troianovski of The Wall Street Journal just left Ukraine and is now in Moscow. He speaks to Audie Cornish about continued clashes in Ukraine and reports that Russia is amassing troops along the border.

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George W. Bush Steals Show In Africa Summit's Finale

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

President Obama, leaders from Africa and even former President Bush all took part in a busy final day for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. NPR's Tamara Keith joins Melissa Block to discuss the gathering's conclusion.

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Ebola Casts A Shadow Over Obama's Africa Press Conference

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

President Obama delivered remarks to conclude a summit that invited leaders from Africa to meet with U.S. businesses. NPR's Tamara Keith joins Melissa Block to discuss the gathering's last day.

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Uncertainty Stalls Recruiting Efforts For Deportation Relief

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

Two years ago, the Obama administration began granting relief from deportations with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Yet half of the unauthorized immigrants who are eligible still haven't applied.

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Plotting The American Role In Fighting The AIDS Epidemic

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

To learn about the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Melissa Block talks with Deborah Birx, the U.S. Global AIDS coordinator. Birx talks about combating complacency in the fight against the AIDS epidemic.

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Who's The Boss? Labor Board Says It's McDonald's, As Much As Franchisee

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

In a preliminary finding, the National Labor Relations Board said McDonald's could be held responsible for its franchisees' mistreatment of workers on wage and firing issues. It's an early step, but it's already sending tremors through the fast-food industry and other areas of the economy that depend on contracted or franchised workers.

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