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Apple Buys Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics For $3 Billion

Wed, 2014-05-28 13:34

Apple's acquisition of the audio equipment and subscription streaming music service co-founded by Dre and record-producer Jimmy Iovine is the computer-maker's largest-ever such purchase.

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Pakistani Taliban Reportedly Split Over 'Un-Islamic' Practices

Wed, 2014-05-28 13:07

After months of bloody clashes between the two factions, one group says it has left because bombings of public places, extortion and kidnappings are "un-Islamic."

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Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:32

The worm causes a debilitating intestinal disease called schistosomiasis. And the parasite is spreading rapidly because of an economic boom along the shores of East Africa's Lake Malawi.

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Texas Tea Party Gives GOP Establishment The Blues

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:26

This was starting to look like a bad year for the Tea Party, with primary losses to GOP establishment candidates beginning to pile up. Then came Texas.

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Study Questions Need For Employer Health Care Requirement

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:19

The component of Obamacare that requires employers to provide health insurance has been delayed twice. Now, groups on both sides of the political spectrum are arguing to get rid of it altogether.

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Obama Calls For Further Support Of Syrian Rebels: What's Changed?

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:13

Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition spoke with President Obama shortly after the president's speech to West Point graduates. He offers a brief preview of that conversation.

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Today's Heroin Addict Is Young, White And Suburban

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:08

Heroin became notorious in the 1960s as an urban drug of abuse, but its resurgence is fueled by young people in rural and suburban areas, a study finds. Most first used prescription opioids.

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A Peat Bog As Big As England, And A Rare Glimpse At Earth's History

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:06

Dr. Simon Lewis of the University of Leeds has discovered a vast peatland in a remote part of the Republic of Congo. The bog covers an area the size of England and is thought to contain billions of tons of peat. Scientists say that investigating the carbon-rich material could shed light on 10,000 years of environmental change in this little-studied region.

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Finding The Fine Line Between Isolation And The 'Allure Of Normalcy'

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:06

Robert Siegel speaks to Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution and Michele Flournoy, the former undersecretary of defense, about President Obama's commencement speech to West Point graduates.

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Force And Fear In The Air, As Syrian Refugees Go To Polls In Lebanon

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:06

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are already voting in an election that's seen as Bashar Assad's rigged bid for legitimacy. Many refugees believe that if they don't vote, they'll never be allowed back home.

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Report Finds Systemic Problems With VA Wait Lists

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:06

In a new report released Wednesday, the inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs says that the department has frequently manipulated records to hide medical care delays. Investigators focused their probe on a hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Obama Auditions Foreign Policy Speech Before Graduating Cadets

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:06

President Obama visited the U.S. Military Academy Wednesday, delivering a commencement speech to West Point cadets. He used the occasion to lay out a foreign policy vision based in pragmatism.

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Church Group Announces Boycott Of NPR Over 'Tell Me More' Cancellation

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:03

The National Black Church Initiative is calling for its members not to give money to NPR, telling the network it "has abandoned the African American community, and we must turn a deaf ear to you."

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Newtown Dad Posts Open Letter To Father Of UCSB Victim

Wed, 2014-05-28 11:48

Mark Barden, whose son was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, said he and Richard Martinez are now "part of a family born from horrible circumstance."

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SnapChat CEO's Emails Didn't Disappear, Come Back To Shame Him

Wed, 2014-05-28 11:34

The CEO of the self-destructing messaging platform Snapchat says he's "mortified" his misogynistic fraternity emails were made public.

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55 Convicted In Public Trial In China's Northwest

Wed, 2014-05-28 11:09

The "sentencing rally," which occurred in a sports stadium before a crowd of 7,000, is reminiscent of the open-air trials of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and '70s.

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Report Finds Evidence Of Secret Wait Lists At VA Hospital

Wed, 2014-05-28 10:27

The inspector general's interim report said some 1,700 patients at the Phoenix VA hospital were put on unofficial wait lists and subjected to treatment delays of up to 115 days.

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Rumors Of An Intergalactic Explosion Are Greatly Exaggerated

Wed, 2014-05-28 09:18

For a few hours Tuesday, cosmic storm chasers thought they'd detected a huge explosion in the Andromeda galaxy.

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American Teens Are Becoming Even Wimpier Than Before

Wed, 2014-05-28 09:13

Children tend to become less physically active as they move into their teenage years. But less than half of those ages 12 to 15 are meeting even minimal standards for aerobic fitness, the CDC reports.

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Big Breweries Move Into Small Beer Town — And Business Is Hopping

Wed, 2014-05-28 09:06

With 18 craft breweries, Asheville, N.C., has become a sort of Napa Valley of beer. Now the city is getting an infusion of new suds and cash as large, out-of-state breweries build facilities nearby.

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