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Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians

Wed, 2014-02-05 13:30

Internal disagreements among Israelis and Palestinians can be just as sharp as disputes between the two sides. NPR's Emily Harris heard these conflicting views as she traveled through the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank.

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U.S. HVAC Firm Reportedly Linked To Target's Data Security Breach

Wed, 2014-02-05 13:29

Hackers who broke into Target's computer network and stole customers' financial and personal data used credentials that were stolen from a heating and air conditioning subcontractor in Pennsylvania, according to digital security journalist Brian Krebs.

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What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft

Wed, 2014-02-05 13:10

In recent years, the Microsoft co-founder has pulled back from his work at the company to focus on his foundation — improving global health and reducing poverty. But his hands-on days at Microsoft are not over. Gates is stepping down as chairman but moving into a part-time role as technology adviser.

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California Is So Dry, Some Diners Won't Get Water Unless They Ask

Wed, 2014-02-05 13:06

Across the state, towns and cities now see waste in the the full water glasses left on diners' tables. Santa Cruz is one of the first California towns to bar restaurants from serving drinking water unless diners request it.

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Under A Hail Of Barrel Bombs, An Exodus Departs From Aleppo

Wed, 2014-02-05 13:00

For the last two weeks, the barrel bombing of the rebel-held area of Aleppo in Syria has intensified. Warplanes drop leaflets on neighborhoods warning civilians to flee — and it seems they're listening. Residents of Aleppo districts held by the regime say they are seeing an influx of families, while aid agencies working in Turkey say hundreds of thousands of the displaced are trying to get in.

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UN Report Raises Scathing Criticisms Of Vatican

Wed, 2014-02-05 13:00

The United Nations watchdog for children's rights has accused the Vatican of caring more about its own reputation and members of the clergy than the victims of sexual abuse. The group is calling for the Vatican to immediately remove any priests suspected of sexually abusing children.

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Drug Store Plans To Rid Its Shelves Of Tobacco Products

Wed, 2014-02-05 13:00

The pharmacy giant CVS plans to eliminate cigarettes and other tobacco products from its stores by October. The company says it made the decision because the drug store business is changing and that selling cigarettes is no longer consistent with its mission. Medical experts and the White House hailed the move. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports.

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White House Creates 'Climate Hubs' To Help Rural Towns, Farmers

Wed, 2014-02-05 12:57

President Obama used an executive order to create seven "climate hubs" across the nation to help farmers and ranchers cope with weather changes that have begun to alter growing seasons and crop health.

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Which Way For Stocks? Investors Watch 'Worry Index' For Clues

Wed, 2014-02-05 12:39

The new year has brought much higher volatility to the market, with stocks bouncing up or down almost daily amid doubts about the global economic outlook. The closely watched Volatility Index has signaled uncertainty about the market's direction in recent weeks.

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Rethinking The 17th Amendment: An Old Idea Gets Fresh Opposition

Wed, 2014-02-05 12:25

For more than 100 years, voters have been able to pick U.S. senators themselves. Some conservatives think the country would be better off if state legislators made the choice.

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Letters From An Egyptian Prison

Wed, 2014-02-05 12:18

Detained journalists and activists have been writing about the harsh conditions and remain sharply critical of the government despite the risk that they could face additional punishment.

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Letters From An Egyptian Prison

Wed, 2014-02-05 12:18

Detained journalists and activists have been writing about the harsh conditions and remain sharply critical of the government despite the risk that they could face additional punishment.

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MLS And Beckham Will Create A New Soccer Team In Miami

Wed, 2014-02-05 12:15

England's David Beckham left Major League Soccer after the L.A. Galaxy's 2012 season. His time with the Galaxy reportedly helped him purchase an expansion team at a below-market $25 million.

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Electronic Tongues Are The Beer Snobs Of The Future

Wed, 2014-02-05 11:36

Researchers in Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue that really knows the difference between a pilsner, a lager and a bock. It's still a prototype, but its creators say it could some day replace human taste-testers.

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An Artificial Arm Gives One Man The Chance To Feel Again

Wed, 2014-02-05 11:05

Many scientists have been trying to create neural implants that will let amputees regain a sense of touch and control. One version has let a Danish man feel the texture of things he's touching. But it's an experimental model that's not yet ready for use outside the laboratory.

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Ladies: Good Bacteria In Yogurt May Be Good For Waistlines, Too

Wed, 2014-02-05 10:52

Women who took a probiotic commonly found in yogurts daily while on a diet regime lost significantly more weight and fat than their counterparts who received a placebo. The findings offer interesting hints about how probiotics might be interacting with the tiny microbes that live in our guts.

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In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business

Wed, 2014-02-05 10:33

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had a coming out party of sorts over the weekend. At 25, he belongs to the next generation of Bhuttos, the family that has dominated the country's politics for decades. And in an interview, he says he does not fear the turbulent politics that claimed the life of his mother and grandfather.

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Our Brains Rewrite Our Memories, Putting Present In The Past

Wed, 2014-02-05 10:20

Even people with good memories can have a hard time remembering the past accurately. That may be because the brain is constantly editing memories,updating them with current information. This may make good evolutionary sense. But it also means that some of your cherished memories may be wrong.

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White House Says There Are No Plans To Bail Out Puerto Rico

Wed, 2014-02-05 10:13

The island's credit rating was pushed to junk territory on Tuesday. The downgrade could affect Puerto Rico's bond offerings.

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By Dropping Cigarettes, CVS Gives Its Reputation A Boost

Wed, 2014-02-05 09:55

The drugstore chain says halting the sale of tobacco products could reduce revenue by $2 billion a year. CVS says it's looking for ways to make up for the lost business. But the value of the good public relations from the move could easily surpass the costs.

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