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Whole Foods Bans Produce Grown With Sludge. But Who Wins?

Tue, 2014-01-21 12:52

Whole Foods recently decided it would not buy produce from farmers who used treated sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, on their fields. But scientists say this is a mistake — the material is safe and benefits the environment in lots of different ways.

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Thai Government Declares State Of Emergency

Tue, 2014-01-21 12:44

It's an attempt to cope with anti-government protests that began in November. The measure, which goes into effect Wednesday, will last for 60 days. Anti-government protesters are trying to stop elections, scheduled for Feb. 2.

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'Hispanic' Or 'Latino'? Polls Say It Doesn't Matter — Usually

Tue, 2014-01-21 11:28

As more and more politicians and businesses court the Hispanic/Latino demographic, there's more and more confusion about how to refer to the people who fit into it.

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Preventive Medical Care Can Come With Unexpected Costs

Tue, 2014-01-21 11:23

Screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies are supposed to be covered under the Affordable Care Act. But some people are finding that they still end up having to pay for anesthesia and other associated services. And not all insurers are covering all forms of birth control.

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Guess Who's Singing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl?

Tue, 2014-01-21 11:05

We won't guess what her odds were, but it's superstar soprano Renee Fleming.

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Om My: Chinese Buddha Booted Over Booty

Tue, 2014-01-21 10:56

A restaurateur in the Chinese city of Jinan wanted to advertise a dish so good that the Buddha himself scaled walls for a taste, so the owner put up giant sculptures of naked Buddhas climbing over the restaurant. Not everyone was amused.

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Japanese Government Defends Dolphin Hunt As Killing Goes On

Tue, 2014-01-21 10:05

The "drive hunt" by fishermen in one village is "a form of traditional fishing," a government spokesman says. Dolphins are trapped. Some are selected for sale to marine parks. Others are killed for meat. Thirty died Tuesday. Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador, called the practice inhumane.

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Sen. Vitter Will Run For Governor In Louisiana

Tue, 2014-01-21 09:15

The Republican senator confirmed the news Tuesday. He survived a 2007 prostitution scandal to easily win re-election to the Senate three years later. If he fails in his bid to become governor, he could still keep his Senate seat and decide later whether to seek re-election to that post in 2016.

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Ukraine Tracks Protesters Through Cellphones Amid Clashes

Tue, 2014-01-21 09:14

People with cell phones who were in the vicinity of violent protests in Kiev reportedly received this disturbing text message from the government: "Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance."

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Workers May Be Missing, Or Maybe Just Retiring

Tue, 2014-01-21 08:14

Is the economy strengthening, or is the jobless rate falling only because so many people are dropping out of the workforce? Big policy decisions — on interest rates and unemployment benefits — hinge on the answer.

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Workers May Be Missing, Or Maybe Just Retiring

Tue, 2014-01-21 08:14

Is the economy strengthening, or is the jobless rate falling only because so many people are dropping out of the workforce? Big policy decisions — on interest rates and unemployment benefits — hinge on the answer.

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'Gut-Wrenching' Chicago Clergy Abuse Documents Go Online

Tue, 2014-01-21 08:12

Church officials have handed over thousands of pages of formerly secret papers to attorneys representing victims. The documents cover 30 of the 65 or so Chicago-area clergy who the church believes abused children in the '70s, '80s and '90s.

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Why Letting Kids Serve Themselves May Be Worth The Mess

Tue, 2014-01-21 07:57

Research shows that when kids are allowed to serve themselves, they're less likely to overeat. They also tend to be more open to trying different kinds of foods.

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Report Details Alleged 'Systematic' Killing By Syria's Assad

Tue, 2014-01-21 07:28

The report by three former war crimes prosecutors is based on what are said to be thousands of photographs of dead prisoners that allegedly were smuggled out by a Syrian defector. The revelation comes just ahead of Syrian peace talks set to begin in Switzerland.

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Hunt Is On For At Least One 'Black Widow' In Sochi

Tue, 2014-01-21 05:00

Russian security forces are reportedly searching for at least one young woman who may be intending to set off a suicide bomb. She's said to be the widow of an Islamic insurgent. Meanwhile, the U.S. will have warships in the Black Sea in case evacuations are necessary during the Winter Olympics.

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What Is This Bombogenesis And Why Is It Dumping Snow On Us?

Tue, 2014-01-21 04:15

The type of storm that's blowing up the East Coast of the U.S. on Tuesday has an explosive-sounding name. Add bombogenesis to the growing list of weather terms we're learning about this winter — a list that also includes polar vortex.

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Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed

Tue, 2014-01-21 03:07

Up a barren, narrow valley in the West Bank hills, a small community of herders raises sheep and goats. But it is also an Israeli military zone. NPR's Emily Harris visited the community one day, and returned the next to find their flimsy homes bulldozed by Israeli court order.

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Diabetes, Cost Of Care Top Health Concerns For U.S. Latinos

Tue, 2014-01-21 02:04

A poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health finds that nearly 1 in 5 Latinos say diabetes is the major health concern for themselves and their family. In East Los Angeles, where obesity and diabetes are common, community activists are committed to turning the problem around.

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Poll Focuses On Views From A Wide Array Of Latino Americans

Tue, 2014-01-21 02:03

It's a cliché and an understatement to say Latino-Americans aren't a monolithic group. But our survey of nearly 1,500 Latinos underscores the variety of different experiences collapsed into the term "Latino."

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A Union For Home Health Aides Brings New Questions To Supreme Court

Tue, 2014-01-21 00:19

An Illinois case examines whether states may recognize a union for workers who care for disabled adults in their homes instead of state institutions, and whether non-union members must pay for a contract they benefit from.

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