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An Unusual Twist In Recent West Bank Clash

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, near-daily incidents between Jewish settlers and Palestinians keep tensions at a constant simmer. Olive trees are destroyed, tires are slashed, mosques are defaced. But Palestinians defused further violence in a confrontation last week when they protected Jewish settlers.

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Lawmakers Roll Out Voting Rights Act Fix

Thu, 2014-01-16 12:52

A bipartisan group of lawmakers took the first step Thursday to patch a gaping hole in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In June, the Supreme Court eviscerated a key part of the law that allowed for federal oversight of states with a history of discrimination at the ballot box.

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ln A Global Economy, Why's It So Expensive To Transfer My Money?

Thu, 2014-01-16 12:48

NPR's Ari Shapiro, who recently arrived in London, reports that all the wonders of modern technology have somehow not managed to reduce the time or the maddeningly high costs of transferring money across national borders.

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Good News: Americans Are Eating 78 Fewer Calories Every Day

Thu, 2014-01-16 12:46

Americans' eating habits are changing — and so are our attitudes about food, a new USDA report finds. We're dining out less, eating at home more, cutting back on the saturated fat and consuming more fiber.

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State Health Coverage Sign-Ups Paint A Complex Obamacare Picture

Thu, 2014-01-16 12:30

Health insurance markets vary across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each one is implementing the health law with varying degrees of failure, success, enthusiasm and hostility. The differences in sign-ups tell the tale.

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Oscar Nods Go To 'American Hustle,' 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave'

Thu, 2014-01-16 12:07

Nominations for the 86th annual Academy Awards were announced Thursday. American Hustle and Gravity got 10 nominations each, including nods for best picture, best director and best actress.

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In London, The Case Of The Purloined Water Lily

Thu, 2014-01-16 11:44

An exceptionally rare flower that is virtually extinct has been stolen from London's Kew Gardens, in a crime experts say could be the work of an obsessed collector. aA British newspaper says that stealing the precious water lily "is like an old master theft."

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New Drug Combination Takes 24 Minutes To Execute Ohio Killer

Thu, 2014-01-16 11:29

The state has run out of the drug used in past executions. The drugs administered to killer and rapist Dennis McGuire had not been used in Ohio before. He was treated "far more humanely" than the woman he killed, her family said Thursday.

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Doctors Say Reid Request For Bowel Research Money No Joke

Thu, 2014-01-16 10:29

In his new book, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates jabs Sen. Harry Reid for urging Defense Department research on irritable bowel syndrome. But the illness has been a plague on many Gulf War veterans.

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Obama's NSA Speech: Just What Eisenhower Warned About?

Thu, 2014-01-16 09:43

VIDEO: On Jan. 17, 1961, Ike spoke to the nation about a military-industrial complex. He said "an alert and knowledgeable citizenry" must help safeguard security and liberty. Friday, exactly 53 years later, Obama will speak about surveillance programs that critics say threaten civil liberties.

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Trial Starts For Suspects In Ex-Lebanese Leader's Slaying

Thu, 2014-01-16 09:28

The four Hezbollah members accused of killing former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 are being tried in absentia. Prosecutors in Leidschendam, Netherlands, said Thursday they have pieced together mobile phone data allegedly used by the plotters. Hezbollah has denied any role in the killing.

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Egyptian Voters Said To Overwhelmingly Back New Constitution

Thu, 2014-01-16 08:09

Unofficial results say more than 95 percent of voters approved the document. The results are seen as a boost to the military government and Army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is widely expected to seek Egypt's presidency. The Muslim Brotherhood boycotted this week's vote.

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FDA Asks Doctors To Stop Prescribing High-Dose Acetaminophen

Thu, 2014-01-16 07:55

Acetaminophen overdoses, many of which are inadvertent, are a leading cause of acute liver failure. People taking several kinds of drugs may not realize that more than one of them can contain acetaminophen.

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Photos May Show Marines Burning Iraqis' Bodies

Thu, 2014-01-16 07:48

The Marine Corps is looking into images obtained by the entertainment website TMZ. They appear to show U.S. Marines burning the corpses of Iraqi fighters during the 2004 battles in Fallujah.

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Why Sugar Makes Us Feel So Good

Thu, 2014-01-16 06:59

Why does sugar leave our brains crying, "More! More! More!"? A neuroscientist and research psychologist who studies sugar addiction breaks it down for us in a clever new TED-Ed video.

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Why Sugar Makes Us Feel So Good

Thu, 2014-01-16 06:59

Why does sugar leave our brains crying, "More! More! More!"? A neuroscientist and research psychologist who studies sugar addiction breaks it down for us in a clever new TED-Ed video.

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Vatican Comes Under U.N. Scrutiny Over Priest Abuse Scandal

Thu, 2014-01-16 06:35

The Committee on the Rights of the Child takes church officials to task for their handling of sex abuse allegations, saying the Holy See must "take all appropriate measures" to keep children safe.

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Weekly Jobless Claims Hold Steady At Pre-Recession Level

Thu, 2014-01-16 06:26

The good news is that it appears layoffs are not piling up too rapidly. The bad news is that new jobs aren't either.

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Colleges Guide Low-Income Students From Getting In To Graduating

Thu, 2014-01-16 05:52

An education summit at the White House focuses on finding new ways to help poor students succeed. "The dirty little secret of American higher education is that universities care about racial diversity and do a good job of trying to promote that, but they completely ignore the issue of socioeconomic diversity," says one scholar.

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Oscar Nominees For Best Picture Include 'Captain Phillips,' 'Gravity'

Thu, 2014-01-16 05:46

The latest nominees for the movie industry's highest awards are out. Nine films have also been nominated for the "best picture" award. The others: American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street.

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