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Weekly Innovation: A Smart Power Outlet That Can't Shock You

Thu, 2014-12-11 12:13

Kids often hurt themselves when they put their fingers into electrical outlets, but the Brio Smart outlet prevents injury by using sensors to differentiate between human touch and an electric plug.

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Staffers Walk Out Of Congress In Protest Over Brown And Garner Cases

Thu, 2014-12-11 12:06

Dozens of congressional staff walked out of the Capitol Thursday, gathering on the steps to make the hands-up gesture that has come to symbolize frustration with the deaths of two unarmed black men.

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Unexpected Joint Pain Seen In Test Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine

Thu, 2014-12-11 11:59

A major donor has pledged $300 million to distribute an Ebola vaccine in Africa, as soon as one is available. Vaccine development is proceeding, but there have been hiccups.

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Study: Just 20 Percent Of Female Campus Sexual Assault Victims Go To Police

Thu, 2014-12-11 11:36

Justice Department research finds that women ages 18-24 who aren't enrolled in college are more likely than those who are in school to report having been assaulted.

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Greenpeace Apologizes For Stunt At Peru's Sacred Nazca Lines

Thu, 2014-12-11 11:34

Members of the activist group trespassed on the site of giant earth markings estimated to be more than 1,500 years old. Peru says it will pursue criminal charges against those responsible.

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House Poised To Vote On Controversial 'Cromnibus' Spending Bill

Thu, 2014-12-11 10:29

The House narrowly moved a massive spending bill forward Thursday, setting up a potentially close final vote. The bill has been criticized for easing rules on campaign finance and banks.

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Postcard From Mexico: Mother Clings To Hope That Students Are Still Alive

Thu, 2014-12-11 10:25

Mexican authorities recently identified the remains of one of the 43 students believed killed by drug traffickers working with police. Families are having a tough time believing the official story.

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CIA Chief Brennan Defends Agency After Senate's 'Torture Report'

Thu, 2014-12-11 10:13

His comments come two days after the Senate Intelligence Committee released the executive summary of its report on the agency's interrogation practices.

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'Pineapple Express' Brings Winds, Rain To Northern California

Thu, 2014-12-11 08:09

There are power outages and school closures, as well as flight and transit delays. But the system will provide some relief to farmers affected by a three-year drought.

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Fidel Castro Awarded China's Confucius Peace Prize

Thu, 2014-12-11 07:08

The award was set up in 2010 after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a Chinese dissident. Chinese media said the former Cuban leader was honored because he didn't use force in foreign relations.

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Does Snoring Leave Tots More Vulnerable To Childhood Obesity?

Thu, 2014-12-11 06:54

Young kids who don't get enough shut-eye, or who are noisy breathers when they doze, are more likely to have weight issues as adolescents, a British study suggests.

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Wilbur Goes To Work: New, Very First-Class Video On Village Life

Thu, 2014-12-11 06:47

In his last video, he dunked a chicken. Now Wilbur tests his workaday skills: balancing a water jug on his head, climbing a coconut tree, doing laundry the very old-fashioned way.

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A Prediction For How 'Serial' Is Going To End

Thu, 2014-12-11 05:51

In part one of a roundtable on the Podcast Everyone's Talking About, Matt Thompson makes the brave and foolhardy decision to predict the conclusion.

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Dick Cheney On Senate Torture Investigation: 'The Report Is Full Of Crap'

Thu, 2014-12-11 04:40

The former vice president defended the brutal interrogation of terrorism suspects and said he would "do it again in a minute."

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U.S. Says It Has Closed Its Final Detention Center In Afghanistan

Thu, 2014-12-11 03:54

The U.S. said it closed its detention center at Bagram, ending a controversial chapter in the country's history. The U.S. said it no longer holds any prisoners in Afghanistan.

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Debunking Vaccine Myths Can Have A Surprising Effect

Thu, 2014-12-11 03:37

People concerned about potential flu vaccine side effects may be less likely to get the shot after learning that their worries are misplaced than they were to start with.

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In Hong Kong, Police Clear Final 'Occupy' Protest Site

Thu, 2014-12-11 02:37

After months of acts of civil disobedience to demand democratic reforms, police cleared the final bastion of what's come to be known as the Umbrella Revolution.

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Talking Point Or Proof Of Value: CIA Tactics And The 'Second Wave' Plot

Thu, 2014-12-11 00:55

The CIA and its defenders disagree with the Senate Intelligence Committee report on whether enhanced interrogations prevented a group of 17 Pakistanis from attacking the U.S. just after Sept. 11.

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ISIS Used Predatory Tools And Tactics To Convince U.S. Teens To Join

Thu, 2014-12-11 00:55

It began with messages sent through an anonymous app. Slowly, the Denver-area girls were lured in, until one day they weren't at school. One girl's dad quickly realized why: They were flying to Syria.

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NFL Owners OK Stiffer Penalties For Domestic Violence, Other Crimes

Thu, 2014-12-11 00:55

Any NFL player involved in an assault or in domestic or sexual violence would be suspended for at least six games under rules approved Wednesday. The players' union is reviewing the updates.

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