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Even A Very Weak Signal From The Brain Might Help Paraplegics

Thu, 2014-04-10 10:09

By electrically stimulating the lower spine in men with paraplegia, researchers were able to get them to initiate movement. The big challenge is how to achieve coordinated motor control.

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How Bad Is Brazil's Crime? Watch This Mugging On Live TV

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:49

A television network was conducting a live interview with a woman about Rio's rampant street crime when a robber brazenly ripped a gold chain from the woman's neck.

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What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:42

The smartphone apps let people summon cabs and negotiate prices directly with drivers. Officials say they benefit the young and the rich. But they're also a free-market challenge to state control.

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Justice: Albuquerque Police Show 'Pattern Of Excessive Force'

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:12

After a nearly 18-month investigation, the Justice Department has concluded that the city's police department uses deadly force more often than is necessary, in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

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Is Everything More Delicious When You Eat With Your Hands?

Thu, 2014-04-10 08:30

An Indian-American reporter recalls the deep shame he felt as a kid eating Indian food with his hands. But his daughter reminds him of the true joy of hand-eating, and he decides to try it in public.

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'Gospel Of Jesus's Wife' Papyrus Not A Forgery, Harvard Says

Thu, 2014-04-10 08:25

The tiny fragment, written in Egyptian Coptic, contains a purported reference by Jesus to his wife. New evidence dates it to between the sixth and ninth centuries.

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Stephen Colbert Will Take Over 'Late Show'

Thu, 2014-04-10 08:24

The Comedy Central star will sit behind the desk after David Letterman retires next year, CBS announced Thursday.

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Wonk Week In Washington: When Briefings Are Better Than Blossoms

Thu, 2014-04-10 07:41

Let the tourists stare at the cherry blossoms. This week, with its World Bank and IMF meetings, is for the true, serious wonks who just can't get enough of lecture halls and soggy hors d'oeuvres.

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'Will I Survive, Or Will I Die?' Stabbing Survivor Wondered

Thu, 2014-04-10 07:29

Brett Hurt was one of the first students stabbed Wednesday at a high school near Pittsburgh. He credits a friend for saving his life and hopes his attacker will "forgive himself."

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Mon Dieu! No More Work Email At Home For Some French Workers

Thu, 2014-04-10 06:56

Under new rules, about 1 million tech workers and consultants will be required to switch off their work phones outside office hours.

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New Ping In Search For Flight 370 Boosts Hopes Of Finding Jet

Thu, 2014-04-10 06:53

Angus Houston, the coordinator of the search off Australia's west coast, says he's "now optimistic" that the aircraft, or what's left of it, will be found.

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The Story Flips: Burger King Says It Isn't Moving Into Crimea

Thu, 2014-04-10 05:24

A Russian franchisee had said the fast-food empire was looking to extend its rule into the disputed territory. Now, the company says stories about those comments were overdone.

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Weekly Jobless Claims Drop To Near 7-Year Low

Thu, 2014-04-10 04:48

There were 300,000 applications filed last week. That's the fewest since May 2007. Economists say the data are another sign that the labor market is gaining some strength.

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'Stay With Me, Bud,' Mom Told Baby After Mudslide Trapped Them

Thu, 2014-04-10 04:00

Amanda Skorjanc's home in Oso, Wash., was among those engulfed in mud and debris on March 22. But she managed to hold on to her 6-month-old son, Duke. "I thought I was losing him," she says.

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School Stabbing Suspect Was 'Nice Young Boy,' Attorney Says

Thu, 2014-04-10 03:00

Until Wednesday, the Pennsylvania teen was a well-liked student with no known mental health problems, his lawyer says. Now the 16-year-old is charged in a stabbing attack that injured more than 20.

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2 Pakistani Musicians Gain Fame Singing Political Satire

Thu, 2014-04-10 01:16

In Pakistan, it's too dangerous to print your opinion. So it may be surprising that 2 Pakistani musicians are Internet celebrities after releasing songs lambasting the nation's mullahs and military.

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No Plows, Cows, Sows: Not Your (Grand)Father's Youth Farm Group

Thu, 2014-04-10 00:29

A record number of kids are joining the FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America. Many are from urban and suburban areas, and they're shifting the group's focus from agriculture to food science.

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In Ukraine's Rust Belt, A Mix Of Nostalgia And Nationalism

Wed, 2014-04-09 23:37

People in the region cling to the decaying world they're familiar with — and think they would have a more secure future with post-Soviet Russia than with Ukraine in the "capitalist" EU.

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A Reporter Reflects On Rwanda: 'It's Like A Madness Took Over'

Wed, 2014-04-09 23:36

NPR's Jackie Northam was a freelance reporter based in Kenya when the Rwandan genocide erupted. In this essay, she recalls covering those terrible events and trying to make sense of them afterward.

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Doctors' Billing System Stays Stuck In The 1970s For Now

Wed, 2014-04-09 23:33

Last week Congress delayed an upgrade of codes that govern the U.S. health system. Some say this will waste millions of dollars and make cost-saving and life-saving research more difficult.

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