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Coal Mines Keep Operating Despite Injuries, Violations And Millions In Fines

Wed, 2014-11-12 11:35

An NPR investigation found thousands of American mine owners fail to pay penalties for safety violations, even as they continue to manage dangerous — and sometimes deadly — operations.

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Who's That Lebanese Man With A Beard: Hipster Or Jihadi?

Wed, 2014-11-12 11:26

Hipsters in Beirut have a problem. Their long, lustrous beards are getting them mistaken for Islamist extremists and drawing unwanted scrutiny from the security forces.

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Mali Is Worried About Ebola, Quarantines Nearly 100

Wed, 2014-11-12 11:22

The virus appears to have taken two new victims in the West African country. The government is stepping up its quarantines and contact tracing to prevent an outbreak.

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Innovation: Smart Yoga Mat Could Help You Find Your Zen

Wed, 2014-11-12 11:02

The SmartMat is an intelligent yoga mat that records the user's movements and makes adjustments to improve yoga practice. The creators have a prototype and plan to ship the final product in July.

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Turning Weapons Into High-End Watches

Wed, 2014-11-12 10:27

A high-end jewelry company recycles the components of assault rifles into watches, rings and other luxe jewelry items. Each sale then funds the destruction of weapons in Africa.

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Big Banks Will Pay $4.25 Billion In Fines Over Currency Charges

Wed, 2014-11-12 10:25

U.S. firms Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase will pay the largest fines, around $1 billion each, to settle civil charges that they colluded to manipulate the foreign exchange market.

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Obamacare Architect Apologizes For Remarks On The Law's Passage

Wed, 2014-11-12 09:45

In a video, economist Jonathan Gruber says "the stupidity of the American voter" was key to the law's passage. He has apologized, but critics say his remarks are an admission of intentional deceit.

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Afghanistan's Opium Harvest Sets New Record

Wed, 2014-11-12 09:36

An annual U.N. report finds that more than 550,000 acres were cultivated with opium poppies this year — that's approaching the total land area of Rhode Island.

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S.C. Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Overturned

Wed, 2014-11-12 09:23

Rejecting the state's argument that it, not the U.S. government, has the authority to define marriage, a federal judge overturned South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday.

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Golden State Joe: California Makes A Play For Coffee's Future

Wed, 2014-11-12 09:15

California's coffee crop is new and small, but farmers are optimistic about its potential. Scientists hope that by growing coffee here they can learn more about how to help the crop resist disease.

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Training The Next Generation Of Doctors To Get LGBT Health Right

Wed, 2014-11-12 09:01

People who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender often have a hard time getting appropriate health care. Med schools need to integrate LGBT health throughout training, a key group says.

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The Data You're OK Sharing And What You Don't Want Others To See

Wed, 2014-11-12 06:13

People consider their personal health information to be more sensitive than their religious views or purchasing habits, according to a survey on privacy by the Pew Research Center.

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In Alaska's Senate Race, Republican Sullivan Upsets Incumbent

Wed, 2014-11-12 05:13

The late call in Alaska's vote is due to a close margin on Election Day and the time required to collect all the ballots from the state's far-flung polling places.

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Comet Landing: European Craft Due To Make Contact Today

Wed, 2014-11-12 04:25

As it hopes to learn the Philae robotic lander successfully settled onto the comet's surface, the European Space Agency says it is in contact with the spacecraft.

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China And U.S., Titans Of Carbon Pollution, Move To Cut Gases

Wed, 2014-11-12 03:08

China and the U.S. account for more than a third of greenhouse gases — making it vital that any broad climate plans include the pair.

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Famous Paintings Sell For Millions At Auction, But The Artist Gets Zero

Tue, 2014-11-11 23:49

Unlike novelists and musicians, visual artists don't get royalties for their work. New legislation aims to fix this by taxing public sales, but auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's oppose the idea.

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How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Tue, 2014-11-11 23:47

There's more than one way to make color, nature tells us. And more than one way to use it to your own advantage.

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Actress Who Played Mrs. Wolowitz On 'Big Bang Theory' Dies At 62

Tue, 2014-11-11 22:49

Carol Ann Susi died on Tuesday after a brief battle with cancer, said her agent Pam Ellis-Evenas.

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China Agrees To Greenhouse Gas Cap; U.S. Will Accelerate Cuts

Tue, 2014-11-11 20:25

The unexpected breakthrough by the world's two largest polluters reflected both nations' desire to display a united front, and could inspire other reluctant developing countries to follow suit.

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Supreme Court Case Seeks Source Of Alabama Gerrymandering

Tue, 2014-11-11 20:03

The Court is being asked to decide whether a 2010 state legislative redistricting in Alabama overloaded some districts with black Democrats on the basis of race or party.

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