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Virginia's Governor Orders Inquiry Into Black Student's Bloody Arrest

Thu, 2015-03-19 09:04

The case created an uproar after photos emerged showing a member of UVA's Honor Committee bleeding as he lay on the sidewalk with a uniformed ABC agent crouching over him.

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For A Good Snooze, Take One Melatonin, Add Eye Mask And Earplugs

Thu, 2015-03-19 08:40

Hospitals are notoriously difficult places to sleep, despite efforts to make them less noisy. Cheap, simple workarounds can help, a study says. Taking the sleep hormone melatonin helped the most.

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Botched Ritual Circumcision Leads To World's First Penile Transplant

Thu, 2015-03-19 08:35

The recipient is a 21-year-old from a tribe in South Africa, whose organ was amputated due to complications from the circumcision. The hope is that transplants could be one way to aid other victims.

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Cramped Chicken Cages Are Going Away. What Comes Next?

Thu, 2015-03-19 07:31

The results are in from a long-running study of three different ways to house egg-laying chickens. It found that more hens survive in cages, and cages are cheaper. But consumers prefer cage-free eggs.

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NPR Appoints Michael Oreskes As New News Chief

Thu, 2015-03-19 07:00

Oreskes is a top Associated Press executive and former New York Times editor who has led newsrooms in such global centers as New York, Washington and Paris.

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Japan, China Hold Security Talks, Hoping To Defuse Tensions

Thu, 2015-03-19 06:54

The meeting between foreign ministers on both sides is the first such dialogue in four years after relations were frozen by Beijing in 2011 over a disputed island chain in the East China Sea.

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The Chinese Tourism Boom Has South Koreans Cramming

Thu, 2015-03-19 05:50

South Korea is the top foreign destination for Chinese tourists, which means Koreans are scrambling to adjust to the hordes of travelers from the mainland.

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Thai Court Charges Ex-Premier Yingluck With Negligence

Thu, 2015-03-19 05:38

Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was ousted in a military coup in May, will be tried for her role in overseeing a failed policy to boost the price of rice paid to mostly poor, rural farmers.

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Tunisian Museum Attack: 'I Thought It Was A Game,' Witness Says

Thu, 2015-03-19 05:22

Tunisia's president says his country is "in a merciless war against terrorism." The victims reportedly include travelers from Japan, France, Poland, Italy, Colombia, Australia, Britain and Spain.

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When The KKK Was Mainstream

Thu, 2015-03-19 05:08

In 1920s America the insidious Invisible Empire was not only visible, it participated in otherwise polite society.

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Questions To Ask About Ed-Tech At Your Kids' School

Thu, 2015-03-19 04:03

America's schools are rocketing into the digital age. But parents are often in the dark as to how or, more importantly, why.

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A First For Joe: Biden Could Break Tie For Attorney General

Thu, 2015-03-19 04:01

Vice presidents have cast 244 tie-breakers in the Senate, but if Biden rescues Loretta Lynch's nomination it will be the first time it has been used for a Cabinet nomination.

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Australian Leader Raises Furor In Parliament With Goebbels Comment

Thu, 2015-03-19 03:38

Roars of disapproval rang out in Australia's Parliament Thursday, after Prime Minister Tony Abbott called Labor leader Bill Shorten "the Dr. Goebbels of economic policy."

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Scientists Catch Up On The Sex Life Of Coral To Help Reefs Survive

Wed, 2015-03-18 23:35

It's all in the timing. Biologists haven't been able to breed embryos of the rare, pillar coral in the lab because it's been tough to catch the creatures in the act.

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More Americans Opt For Risky Long-Term Car Loans

Wed, 2015-03-18 23:33

The length of the average car loan isn't just creeping up, it's leaping up. Nearly 40 percent of people secure car loans that take more than five years to pay off. The trend has some analysts alarmed.

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One Year After Mudslide, First Responders Tackle Emotional Damage

Wed, 2015-03-18 23:29

This weekend, residents of Washington state will mark one year since a massive mudslide devastated a small community, killing 43 people and destroying dozens of homes in a matter of minutes.

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As Women Try Out For Armor Units, 'If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It'

Wed, 2015-03-18 23:24

As part of an experiment, the men and women of a Marine armor unit are being assessed on difficult physical tasks, such as hooking up heavy towing gear. The women are keeping up, but it's a struggle.

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Obama Says Critics Making 'The Same Argument' Despite Better Economy

Wed, 2015-03-18 23:22

President Obama defends his economic track record, even as Republicans are trying to change the government's fiscal course. House and Senate committees unveiled draft budgets that would cut spending.

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Why Is Insulin So Expensive In The U.S.?

Wed, 2015-03-18 23:06

The hormone that controls blood sugar among diabetics is one of the oldest medicines used today. But more than 90 years after its discovery, a low-cost version is no longer available in the U.S.

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Microsoft Is Phasing Out Internet Explorer

Wed, 2015-03-18 17:39

The web browser will be replaced in Windows 10, with what's currently being called Project Spartan.

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