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Even Penguins Get The Flu

Mon, 2014-05-05 20:03

Adelie penguins, which breed in huge colonies on the rocky Antarctic Peninsula, harbor a version of the avian influenza virus. But this strain doesn't make humans or the birds sick.

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USGS: Okla. Fracking Has Increased Chance Of 'Damaging Quake'

Mon, 2014-05-05 16:42

The U.S. Geological Survey and its state counterpart issued a joint statement saying magnitude 3.0 temblors had increased by 50 percent since October.

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Vatican Tells U.N. Committee That Abuse Claims Have Dropped

Mon, 2014-05-05 14:52

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said there had been a "stabilization and even decline of cases of pedophilia."

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The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency

Mon, 2014-05-05 14:09

The paralyzing virus had seemed on the verge of disappearing. But this year cases are being reported in 10 countries. The World Health Organization has responded with strict vaccination rules.

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More Health Insurance Equals Fewer Deaths In Massachusetts

Mon, 2014-05-05 13:08

The state's death rate declined in the four years after Massachusetts passed a law requiring health insurance. The state's minority residents posted the biggest gains in life expectancy.

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Yeezy Or The Bard: Who's The Best Wordsmith In Hip-Hop?

Mon, 2014-05-05 13:01

A data scientist pitted rappers against Shakespeare to see who had the more extensive vocabulary. But he says he isn't trying to make some sweeping statement about the lyrical prowess of hip-hop.

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Failure Of Steel D-Ring May Have Caused Circus Accident

Mon, 2014-05-05 12:49

Eleven people, including nine acrobats, were injured on Sunday in Providence, R.I., when support equipment failed and the performers fell to the ground.

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Sinn Fein Leader's Questioning Dredges Memories Of 'Troubles'

Mon, 2014-05-05 12:25

Gerry Adams, a leader of Sinn Fein, was questioned in Northern Ireland in connection with an infamous murder 42 years ago. The investigation threatens to impact the fragile peace agreement there.

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Max Planck Goes To Florida, Invites Brain Scientists To Join

Mon, 2014-05-05 12:25

Germany's famous Max Planck Society has opened a brain research institute in Jupiter, Fla. It's another move in the international competition to attract the best brain researchers.

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Boats Carrying Migrants Capsize Off Greece; At Least 22 Dead

Mon, 2014-05-05 12:05

The two boats, one a 6-foot dinghy, were carrying dozens of illegal migrants hoping to reach the Greek coast. Four of the dead are children.

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In Venezuela Protests, Report Condemns Police's 'Pattern Of Abuse'

Mon, 2014-05-05 12:02

A Human Rights Watch report documents brutal force used by Venezuelan security forces against peaceful demonstrators — including beatings, shootings and, in some cases, torture. The report also shows how security forces work in cahoots with pro-government armed gangs, calling the abuses the worst they have seen in years.

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Remembering Economist Gary Becker, Who Described 'Marriage Market'

Mon, 2014-05-05 12:02

The University of Chicago economist won the Nobel Prize in 1992 for broadening the horizons of economics, using economic analysis to explore social issues. Becker died Saturday at the age of 83.

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To Fight Polio Outbreaks, WHO Lays Down New Rules

Mon, 2014-05-05 12:02

The World Health Organization is warning that recent outbreaks of polio in the Middle East, Africa and Asia mark a setback to the decades-long effort to eradicate the disease. In response, the WHO has declared a world health emergency. It's asking Syria, Pakistan and Cameroon — current polio hotspots — to require all travelers leaving those countries to show proof of vaccination.

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A Narrow High Court Win For Prayer Before Government Meetings

Mon, 2014-05-05 12:02

The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the government can use Christian prayers to start town meetings, so long as legislators don't discriminate against non-Christians. It's a new chapter in the long-running fight over prayer in public places and on public occasions. NPR's Carrie Johnson explains what happened in the town of Greece, New York.

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Target's Top Executive Steps Down, Brought Low By Data Breach

Mon, 2014-05-05 12:02

Target is ousting its CEO, months after a massive data breach and amid some other business issues.

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The Intra-Party Landscape, Seen From The Edge Of Primary Season

Mon, 2014-05-05 12:02

Three states go to the polls Tuesday, starting what will be an eight-week stretch of primaries in the U.S. For a look at the intra-party political landscape, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian has this overview.

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Extremist Group Claims Credit For Mass Kidnapping In Nigeria

Mon, 2014-05-05 12:02

Nigerian Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram claimed credit for abducting more than 200 schoolgirls. The girls remain missing, and parents are pressing the government to find and bring them home.

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Drone Journalism Can't Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act

Mon, 2014-05-05 12:02

Unmanned aircraft offer spectacular bird's-eye views, and news organizations are eager to deploy them to get that perspective. But U.S. regulators currently prohibit drone use for commercial purposes.

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Colorado Redraws Insurance Map To Cut Sky-High Ski-Town Rates

Mon, 2014-05-05 11:47

The Affordable Care Act sets a lot of limits on what insurers can do. They can't charge sick people more, for instance. But one thing that still counts is location, location, location.

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Iranian Activist Says Her Release Is A Gesture, Not A New Era

Mon, 2014-05-05 11:44

Nasrin Sotoudeh, one of Iran's most prominent human rights lawyers, says President Hassan Rouhani has opened a space for dissident voices, but the country is still a "big prison."

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