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Watson, IBM's 'Jeopardy!' Champ, Gets Its Own Business Division

Thu, 2014-01-09 10:49

Big Blue hopes the computer that beat out two human rivals in 2011 can use its "cognitive computing" abilities to turn a tidy profit.

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How To Make Your Face (Digitally) Unforgettable

Thu, 2014-01-09 10:20

MIT researchers found that there are certain components of memorability that are universal. And they're trying to figure out how to apply those attributes to any portrait, using subtle changes to facial features.

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Is Sugar Addiction Why So Many January Diets Fail?

Thu, 2014-01-09 10:13

Over the last few years, scientists who study the way food influences our brains and bodies have been moving toward a consensus that sugar is addictive. We've rounded up their tips on how to conquer cravings for one of nature's most pleasurable substances.

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How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:42

An unlikely alliance of Tea Party and liberal senators is working on legislation that could cut controversial federal sentencing minimums in half.

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How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:42

An unlikely alliance of Tea Party and liberal senators is working on legislation that could cut controversial federal sentencing minimums in half.

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French Court Rules Controversial Comedian's Show Can Go Ahead

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:29

Authorities want to ban Dieudonne M'bala M'bala's performances because of perceived anti-Semitism. They say his trademark straight-arm gesture, known as a "quenelle," is a reverse Nazi salute. He denies the charge, calling it anti-Zionist and anti-establishment. But Dieudonne has seven prior convictions for anti-Semitic hate speech.

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Aurora Watchers 'May Be In Luck' As Solar Flare Reaches Earth

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:10

NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center says the Earth-bound coronal mass ejection from Tuesday's X-class solar flare was "slightly overdue."

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Rare Horses Released In Spain As Part Of 'Rewilding' Effort

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:02

Two-dozen endangered horses were brought to an unfenced area of western Spain that's believed to have once been native territory for them.

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After 2,000 Years, Wild Horses Again Roam Western Spain

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:02

The Retuerta horses are part of a broader effort to 'rewild' parts of Europe. Spain is considered prime territory as Spaniards abandon rural life for the city.

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While U.S. Shivers, Australia And Brazil Sizzle

Thu, 2014-01-09 08:01

While it's been extremely cold in the U.S., it's been extremely hot in some parts of the Southern Hemisphere. So hot, in fact, that bats are dropping out of trees Down Under.

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Pakistani Teen Dies Stopping Bomber From Striking School

Thu, 2014-01-09 07:40

Fifteen-year-old Aitizaz Hasan is being hailed as a hero for his action earlier this week. A militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted a Shiite-dominated part of Hangu town.

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How Medigap Coverage Turns Medicare Into A Health Care Buffet

Thu, 2014-01-09 06:58

Supplemental insurance plans shield millions of people from Medicare's deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. Some health economists have criticized these so-called Medigap plans for inflating health care spending by encouraging people to seek care they don't really need.

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The Case Against Clemency: Expert Says Snowden's Leaks Hurt Security

Thu, 2014-01-09 06:41

Former NSA general counsel Stewart Baker tells Morning Edition that Edward Snowden "did the crime — he should do the time" for leaking classified material to the media.

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More Slow-But-Steady News: Fewer Jobless Claims Filed

Thu, 2014-01-09 06:04

It's the last bit of employment news before Friday's report about job growth and the jobless rate in December. Economists expect to hear that the unemployment rate stayed at 7 percent and that 195,000 jobs were added to payrolls.

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An 'Embarrassed And Humiliated' Gov. Christie Apologizes

Thu, 2014-01-09 05:00

The New Jersey governor and potential 2016 GOP presidential contender says he was lied to by a top aide, whom he now has fired, about a dirty trick. Aides sought to punish a Democratic mayor by causing traffic problems in his city. The U.S. attorney in New Jersey is looking into what happened.

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A Rain Forest Begins With Rain, Right? Is This A Trick Question?

Thu, 2014-01-09 04:08

This is a "Which came first?" riddle. Not chicken vs. egg. This one is about rain forests. When rain forests begin, do they start with rain ("Yes!" say I) or trees ("No! That's ridiculous!" say I)? I should warn you: Sometimes nature has a sense of humor.

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'I Had Been Drinking,' Rodman Says In Apology For Comments

Thu, 2014-01-09 03:45

The former basketball player, during his latest trip to the communist country, unleashed an obscenity-laced rant on CNN when asked about an American who is imprisoned in North Korea. He implied that the man deserved his punishment. Now Rodman is saying he's sorry for what he said.

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Legal Loopholes Leave Some Kids Without Dental Insurance

Thu, 2014-01-09 00:40

Dental coverage is a required benefit for children under the Affordable Care Act. But it's not turning out to be quite that simple. For one thing, there are no federal subsidies to help pay for stand-alone dental policies.

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There She Blew! Volcanic Evidence Of The World's First Map

Thu, 2014-01-09 00:38

Some archaeologists have long suspected that a faded painting from the ruins of the 9,000-year-old village known as Catalhoyuk might be a map — of a settlement at the foot of an erupting volcano. Others said no. Now geologists have evidence that the volcano indeed erupted around that time.

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The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

Thu, 2014-01-09 00:37

Signed 20 years ago this month, the landmark trade agreement radically altered the way we get our fruits and vegetables, encouraging year-round imports from Mexican farms. That's why it's now no big deal to find, say, raspberries in winter. But critics say it also has trained consumers to value convenience over flavor and has dulled knowledge of where food comes from.

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