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Despite Recent Measles Outbreak, Resistance To Vaccinations Persists

Fri, 2015-05-08 07:51

Childhood vaccination remains a potent public health weapon against the spread of many illnesses, including measles. But an NPR poll finds objections and worries about vaccination remain, too.

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Justice Department Opens Civil Rights Investigation Of Baltimore Police

Fri, 2015-05-08 06:13

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked for the investigation after her city was beset by protests and riots. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the investigation will focus on use of force.

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What The Best College Teachers Do

Fri, 2015-05-08 05:34

Ken Bain has been studying teaching and great college teachers for years. He says they need to tailor their lessons and their teaching to individual students.

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People Have Misconceptions About Miscarriage, And That Hurts

Fri, 2015-05-08 05:05

Miscarriages are common but people think they're rare, a survey finds. And they often blame the woman. Readers tell us that those mistaken beliefs make the experience even more painful.

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223,000 Jobs Added In April; Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.4 Percent

Fri, 2015-05-08 04:42

The figures for last month were in line with expectations and could signal that disappointing results in March were just a hiccup.

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Envoys From Norway, Philippines Die In Helicopter Crash In Pakistan

Fri, 2015-05-08 04:37

The incident happened in northern Pakistan and it wasn't immediately clear what had caused the crash, but authorities suspect it was a technical fault. The helicopter was carrying 17 passengers.

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Conservatives Pull Off A Surprisingly Big Win In The U.K.

Fri, 2015-05-08 02:40

Prime Minister David Cameron will keep his seat and will likely score a majority once all the votes are counted. After his loss, Ed Miliband is expected to resign as the leader of the Labour Party.

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2 Ambassadors Killed In Pakistani Army Helicopter Crash

Fri, 2015-05-08 01:10

Pakistan's military says ambassadors of the Philippines and Norway were killed in helicopter crash along with two pilots.

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Whole Foods Tries To Shake 'Whole Paycheck' Rep With Cheaper Spinoff

Fri, 2015-05-08 01:04

Whole Foods hopes to attract millennials to the new chain. The company says the yet-to-be-named stores will "feature a modern streamlined design, innovative technology and a curated selection."

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What Eye Contact — and Dogs — Can Teach Us About Civility In Politics

Fri, 2015-05-08 01:00

Don't look at me! In Minnesota, lawmakers are banned from making eye contact during debate. The idea is it leads to more civility. But does it? And what can animal science teach us about it?

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The Unlikely Stars Of Americans' Favorite Video Games

Fri, 2015-05-08 00:41

More than a third of Americans play video games three or more hours a week. Part of the appeal is the richly developed characters in the games.

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Cancer Spawns A Construction Boom In Cleveland

Fri, 2015-05-08 00:39

The famed Cleveland Clinic is building a new cancer center right around the corner from a competing cancer hospital. Both institutions are confident there will be plenty of patients.

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Once Philip Morris Workers, Now They Clamp Down On Uruguay's Smokers

Fri, 2015-05-08 00:38

The men worked at the tobacco company for years. But after they were laid off, the only jobs they could find were as anti-smoking inspectors for the government. They do their new job with gusto.

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17 Months Before Election Day, One Campaign Aims For $100 Million

Fri, 2015-05-08 00:37

The lofty target for the superPAC of not-quite-a-candidate Jeb Bush is one more sign of the cash gusher — and legal gray areas — opened up by recent campaign finance decisions.

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Being A Loyal Auto Insurance Customer Can Cost You

Thu, 2015-05-07 23:51

Businesses often reward their customers with discounts for sticking with them. But some auto insurance companies may raise your premiums if they think you're unlikely to shop for a better rate.

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Landmark Conservation Deal Offers A First Glimpse Of New Wilderness

Thu, 2015-05-07 23:49

Once closed to the public, adventure seekers can now explore a wild stretch of New York state's Hudson and Opalescent Rivers.

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Baltimore Police Will Be Target Of Broad Justice Department Inquiry

Thu, 2015-05-07 18:34

Following the death of Freddie Gray, the city's mayor and Maryland's congressional delegations had asked the federal agency to look for possible discriminatory practices by local law enforcement.

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Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine

Thu, 2015-05-07 16:58

When the U.S. introduced the measles vaccine, childhood deaths from all infections plummeted. Scientists think they might know why: Benefits of the measles vaccine go way beyond the measles.

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No Regrets For Organizer Of Muhammad Cartoon Contest

Thu, 2015-05-07 16:21

"I will continue to speak in defense of freedom until the day I die," Pamela Geller told the AP. Her cartoon contest was attacked last weekend by Islamist militants.

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Canadian Judge Grants Former Guantanamo Inmate Bail

Thu, 2015-05-07 15:31

Omar Khadr, who served more than a decade at Guantanamo Bay, has been released on bail while he waits out an appeal for war crimes' convictions. The Canadian government criticized the judge's ruling.

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