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Anti-Muslim Rallies Grow In Germany

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

A movement tinged with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment has been growing in the German city of Dresden since the fall. The city's weekly rally grew to some 18,000 people on Monday. Robert Siegel speaks with Melanie Amann, who covers German national politics for the newspaper Der Spiegel, about the so-called "PEGIDA" movement.

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From Paleo To Plant-Based, New Report Ranks Top Diets Of 2015

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:19

The caveman way of eating ranked near the bottom of a list of 35 diets ranked by medical and nutrition experts. The winners? The Mediterranean-like DASH and the plant-centric Ornish eating plan.

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Free-Climbing Yosemite's El Capitan Takes A Team — And Time

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:14

Two rock climbers are close to finishing a hugely ambitious project on El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley — free-climbing the Dawn Wall. They talked to NPR's Melissa Block from the rock face.

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Johnson, Smoltz, Martinez And Biggio Voted To Baseball's Hall

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:02

Three dominating pitchers and one resilient fan favorite are heading to Cooperstown, as Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were named to Baseball's Hall of Fame Tuesday.

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Tight Control Of Type 1 Diabetes Saves Lives, But It's Tough

Tue, 2015-01-06 11:10

Keeping blood sugar under control reduces the risk of early death for people with Type 1 diabetes, a study finds. But keeping that tight control can be hard, even for people with good health care.

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Rewatching 'The Wire': Classic Crime Drama Seems Written For Today

Tue, 2015-01-06 11:02

As HBO releases the high-definition version of The Wire, NPR's Eric Deggans says that binge-watching the show feels more like reading today's headlines — especially on issues of race and class.

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Many Insurers Don't Cover Drugs For Weight Loss

Tue, 2015-01-06 11:01

Despite the intensifying efforts to turn back the obesity epidemic, Medicare and many private health plans are reluctant to pay for four medicines approved to help people shed pounds.

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Teaching Nurses How To Speak Up — And Speak Gently

Tue, 2015-01-06 10:59

In all parts of the world, nurses deliver most of a patient's care — especially in countries with limited medical resources. But who will train these nurses? Partners in Health has a plan.

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With The Saudi King Ailing, The Speculation Begins

Tue, 2015-01-06 10:41

King Abdullah, who's at least 90, was hospitalized last week and Crown Prince Salman delivered an annual televised speech Tuesday. One analyst says the kingdom is stable, perhaps too much so.

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Obama Will Veto Keystone XL Legislation, White House Says

Tue, 2015-01-06 10:34

The House, which has a Republican majority, is expected to vote on the controversial pipeline this week. The GOP-dominated Senate is considering a similar measure, which has bipartisan support.

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In Reversal, Belgium Denies Inmate's Request To Die

Tue, 2015-01-06 10:21

Days before he was scheduled to die, inmate Frank Van Den Bleeken has been told he won't be allowed to die from an assisted suicide. His request had been granted last September.

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John Boehner Is Re-Elected House Speaker

Tue, 2015-01-06 10:05

The Ohio Republican received 216 votes. At least two dozen fellow Republicans voted against him.

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Dubuque, Iowa, City Council Bans Sledding In Most City Parks

Tue, 2015-01-06 09:51

The City Council passed the law because it was concerned about possible lawsuits. Other municipalities have passed similar ordinances. A repeat offender could face a $750 fine.

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Bariatric Surgery Cuts The Risk Of Death Years Later

Tue, 2015-01-06 09:50

People considering weight-loss surgery haven't had much evidence on long terms risks or benefits. A study finds lower death rates after surgery, even for people who were older and less healthy.

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In Class It's 'Ms. Smalls,' Onstage She's 'Miss Houston'

Tue, 2015-01-06 09:33

Our Secret Lives of Teachers series continues with Isis Smalls, who teaches English and coaches volleyball at a Houston middle school. She's also a beauty pageant winner.

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Medicaid's Western Push Hits Montana

Tue, 2015-01-06 08:43

After sitting out the first full year of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, lawmakers in Montana are now talking about a limited expansion.

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Going Dry: The Benefits Of A Month Without Booze

Tue, 2015-01-06 08:15

Even a brief breakup with alcohol can impart measurable health rewards, a small but intriguing experiment suggests. Indeed, the concept of a dry January is gaining traction in the U.K.

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Germany Turns Off The Lights To Protest Growing Anti-Islam Movement

Tue, 2015-01-06 08:05

A group calling itself Pegida has protested since October against Germany's asylum and immigration policies. The German political and public mainstream has responded sharply.

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Palestinian Sentenced To Three-Life Terms Over Murder Of Israeli Teens

Tue, 2015-01-06 07:59

The killing preceded a 50-day war in Gaza last summer. Hussam Qawasmeh was sentenced by a military court and also ordered to pay $63,000 to the victims family.

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How A Too-Strong Dollar Might Lead To A Too-Weak World

Tue, 2015-01-06 06:57

There are upsides to having global investors stash their savings in the United States. But their embrace of the dollar can start to feel like a death grip if it goes too far and chokes off exports.

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