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Twitter CEO Hopes To Attract Users By Clearing The Clutter

Wed, 2014-04-30 12:50

Dick Costolo calls the @ sign "scaffolding" that gets in the way of clear communication. And he says Twitter has to bridge the gap between the brand's global awareness and user engagement.

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Minimum Wage Raise: Blocked For Now, May Live Again In Campaigns

Wed, 2014-04-30 12:44

A bill to increase the federal minimum wage was blocked in the Senate on Wednesday, as Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to bypass a filibuster.

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Earth's Climate Problems

Wed, 2014-04-30 12:37

[2014-04-30 13:00:00] Our national conversation about climate change involves analyzing scientific research. But it also includes plenty of political rhetoric and emotionally-charged speech on both sides of the issue. We’ll talk this hour about the history of how we’ve talked about global warming with Emory University professor Patrick Allitt. His new book is A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism (Penguin History).

Beethoven in Dallas

Wed, 2014-04-30 12:36

[2014-04-30 12:00:00] Nearly 200 years after his death, Ludwig van Beethoven remains one of the towering figures of classical music. And this spring, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the composer with three weeks of performances. We’ll talk this hour about Beethoven’s lasting impact on both classical music and pop culture with DSO music director Jaap van Zweden and concertmaster Alex Kerr.

Slow Growth For U.S. Economy, But Fed Plans Are Full Speed Ahead

Wed, 2014-04-30 12:00

The economy slowed sharply in the first quarter, but Federal Reserve policymakers voted unanimously to continue winding down their stimulus program.

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In Afghan Spring, Violence Rises — But So Do Recruiting Numbers

Wed, 2014-04-30 12:00

In Afghanistan, as the winter snows melt, Taliban violence heats up. This year, there will be even fewer foreign troops in Afghanistan to prop up Afghan forces, who suffered record casualties in 2013 as they took the lead for security. While U.S. officials feared that could hamper recruiting efforts for the Afghan Army, Afghan officials say they have a surplus of volunteers.

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Ukraine's Acting President: We've Lost Control Of East

Wed, 2014-04-30 12:00

Pro-Russian separatists have seized government buildings in another eastern Ukrainian city. After Luhansk fell, Ukraine's acting president said his troops were helpless in the face of the unrest. He said he now was working to keep the rest of eastern Ukraine under his government's control.

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Botched Oklahoma Execution Mobilizes Death Penalty Opponents

Wed, 2014-04-30 12:00

Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett's execution was botched on Tuesday, when a relatively new combination of drugs failed to work as expected.

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Against 'Dark Money,' A Star Witness Speaks In Congress

Wed, 2014-04-30 12:00

Congress held its first hearing on "dark money," the donations to tax-exempt political groups that can keep donors' names secret. The star witness at the Senate committee was former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a vocal critic of the rulings that opened the door for the secret spending.

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A Quiet Election Day In Iraq, With Some Signs For Concern

Wed, 2014-04-30 12:00

For the first time since U.S. troops withdrew in 2011, Iraqis went to the polls to vote on their leaders. As Reuters reporter Ned Parker says, the day's events paint a grim future for Iraq's future.

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U.S. Tests Teens A Lot, But Worldwide, Exam Stakes Are Higher

Wed, 2014-04-30 12:00

American students take an alphabet soup of mandatory and voluntary exams: SAT, PISA, AP. Sure it's a lot, but in places like Japan and England, tests are incredibly high-stress and life-defining.

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Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails In Downtown Lynchburg, Va.

Wed, 2014-04-30 11:55

Authorities evacuated the general area but there are reports that some of the oil has seeped into the James River.

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Mars Rover Takes A Break To Drill A Hole

Wed, 2014-04-30 11:20

Over the next few days, Curiosity will drill deeper and collect samples, telling scientists about the fluids that once flowed across the area, a point of convergence for different types of terrain.

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Smiting The Mite To Save The Bees (And The Crops They Pollinate)

Wed, 2014-04-30 11:07

A government scientist says that to help keep more bees from dying we need to focus on helping beekeepers fight the varroa mite. But some groups say pesticides are just as problematic.

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Oklahoma Governor Calls For Independent Review Of Botched Execution

Wed, 2014-04-30 11:06

Gov. Mary Fallin said she will also delay other executions until the review is complete. Oklahoma tried to execute a man using a new combination of drugs. He died after the procedure was called off.

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A Whale Of A Problem: Town Faces Threat Of Exploding Carcass

Wed, 2014-04-30 10:17

The town of Trout River in Newfoundland has a bloated, methane-filled, 80-foot blue whale carcass on its beach, and people are concerned that it might spontaneously combust.

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Cancer Plus Chemo Might Put Your Job At Risk

Wed, 2014-04-30 10:04

Four years after women with jobs were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, nearly one-third were unemployed. But it's not clear how much of that was due to illness or to a sour economy.

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Montana Supreme Court Overturns Ex-Teacher's 30-Day Rape Sentence

Wed, 2014-04-30 09:14

The court ruled that a new judge must re-sentence Stacey Dean Rambold, who was convicted of the 2007 rape of a 14-year-old student who later killed herself.

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China Could (By One Measure) Pass U.S. As No. 1 Economy This Year

Wed, 2014-04-30 08:20

A World Bank forecast was based on purchasing power parity, an estimate of the cost of living in a particular country. But that isn't the only way to measure the size of an economy.

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V. Stiviano 'Thunderously Unintelligent' In Sterling Scandal?

Wed, 2014-04-30 08:08

The NBA has banned L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for life after tapes revealed racist comments he made to girlfriend V. Stiviano. The Beautyshop ladies weigh in.

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