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Yosemite Dawn Wall Climbers Reach The Top After 19 Days

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:43

Climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson finished their historic first free climb on El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park. Melissa Block talks with the duo about their 19-day effort.

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Senate Republicans Move To Block Further Transfers From Gitmo

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:41

As part of a renewed push by the Obama administration to empty the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the transfer of five more detainees to other countries was announced on Wednesday night. All five are citizens of Yemen, where the local branch of al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for last week's attacks in Paris. Senior Republican senators introduced legislation this week blocking such transfers. They say releasing the prisoners lets them return to the battlefield.

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Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Faces Second Round Of Public Flogging

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:41

Badawi is being publicly flogged 50 times each week over 20 weeks for insulting Islam. He is set to receive 50 lashes Friday in the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

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Obama Shifts Federal Sick-Leave Rules, Urges Congress To Follow

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:21

Federal workers can take an advance of up to six weeks of sick leave, under a new policy unveiled Thursday. The White House is urging Congress to make paid sick leave mandatory.

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Carrying The Torch For London's Last Gas Lamps

Thu, 2015-01-15 11:56

British Gas still has five employees who work as lamplighters, tending to the more than 1,000 centuries-old gas lamps that still line some of London's oldest neighborhoods.

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Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

Thu, 2015-01-15 10:51

They could shoot up to 24,000 feet and maintain that altitude in a long-distance migration across the Himalayas. But it's more efficient for bar-headed geese to soar and dive, scientists find.

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Pope Francis Backs Freedom Of Speech — But Within Limits

Thu, 2015-01-15 10:14

Francis said there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it concerns religion. He was answering a question about the deadly attack last week on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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This Year's Flu Vaccine Is Pretty Wimpy, But Can Still Help

Thu, 2015-01-15 09:42

The vaccine is only about 23 percent effective against the dominant flu strain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's because the strain mutated slightly.

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Why I Left The ER To Run Baltimore's Health Department

Thu, 2015-01-15 09:22

Dr. Leana Wen decided to leave frontline medical care to tend to the city of Baltimore's health needs. Geography and circumstance shouldn't determine someone's health destiny, she says.

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Hawaii As 'Racial Paradise'? Bid For Obama Library Invokes A Complex Past

Thu, 2015-01-15 08:30

Professor Ellen Wu writes about how the mythology — and the history — of Hawaii as a multicultural melting pot may affect its chances of hosting the Obama Presidential Library.

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Mojito Diplomacy: Chefs Plan Culinary Tours To Cuba

Thu, 2015-01-15 07:53

Several Miami-area chefs are leading tours for Americans to experience the tastes — and farm scene — of the communist island nation. They hope to foster cross-cultural dialogue through food and drink.

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Army OKs Female Soldiers For Ranger Training Program

Thu, 2015-01-15 07:44

For the first time ever, 60 women will participate in the grueling program. It's part of an effort by Pentagon officials to determine whether women can be assigned to ground combat units.

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Prediction: All Predictions About Ebola Are Unpredictable

Thu, 2015-01-15 06:55

A million cases by the end of 2014. On the wane in Guinea in August. Coming soon to every major U.S. city. Predictions about Ebola frequently don't come true — and there's a reason for that.

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4 Guantanamo Detainees Transferred To Oman, 1 To Estonia

Thu, 2015-01-15 06:23

The transfers, announced late Wednesday, bring to 122 the number of detainees who remain at Guantanamo Bay. The move comes amid GOP opposition, citing security, to freeing prisoners from the facility.

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U.S. Eases Travel, Financial Restrictions On Cuba

Thu, 2015-01-15 05:32

The regulations have been in place for decades. The new regulations, which let some Americans travel to the island without a license, go into effect Friday.

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At The Oscar Nominations, It's A Good Year To Be An Idiosyncratic Man

Thu, 2015-01-15 05:20

It was a good day for complicated male leads and the movies that feature them and a rough day for just about everybody else at the Oscar nominations.

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Satellite Images Show Vast Destruction Of Boko Haram Attack In Nigeria

Thu, 2015-01-15 05:14

The government has downplayed the severity of the attack, but Amnesty International, which released the images, say they prove the attack was on a "horrific scale."

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Health Insurance Prices: Highest In Alaska, Lowest In Sun Belt

Thu, 2015-01-15 05:09

A look at the 10 least and 10 most expensive places for health insurance shows a wide gap in prices for the same level of coverage.

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'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Lead Oscar Nominations With 9 Each

Thu, 2015-01-15 05:07

They were followed by The Imitation Game with eight Oscar nominations and American Sniper and Boyhood, with six each.

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Tens Of Thousands Welcome Pope Francis In The Philippines

Thu, 2015-01-15 04:01

Security for the visit is intense, because the last two pontiffs to tour the country were targeted for assassination.

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