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American Legion Calls For VA Secretary's Resignation

Tue, 2014-05-06 13:24

For the first time in decades, the American Legion is calling for the resignation of a secretary of Veterans Affairs, citing a string of scandals at VA facilities around the country.

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Despite Warnings On Warming, Public Response Remains Lukewarm

Tue, 2014-05-06 13:24

The National Climate Assessment was released today. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, about the report.

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With U.N. Chief In South Sudan, Warring Sides Agree To Talk

Tue, 2014-05-06 13:24

Who should send peacekeepers to South Sudan: the United Nations or the African Union? As violence continues, the U.S. is pushing for African troops to step in where the U.N. has failed.

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From Humble Beginnings, A Powerhouse Fundraising Class Emerges

Tue, 2014-05-06 13:12

Women are far less likely than men to run for Congress. But when it comes to the hardest, most miserable part of campaigning — fundraising — women do just as well as men.

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China's Alibaba Files To Go Public In The U.S.

Tue, 2014-05-06 13:02

Alibaba is the largest online and mobile commerce site in the world, controlling a huge portion of the Chinese market.

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White House Will Let Senators Read Secret Drone Memo

Tue, 2014-05-06 12:20

The memo makes the legal case for the government's ability to target Americans abroad using a drone strike. The White House is hoping the decision will head off a confirmation battle.

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As States Vote In Primaries, Voter ID Laws Come Under Scrutiny

Tue, 2014-05-06 12:03

Voters in eight states are required to show photo IDs. Some experts say the tide is turning toward striking down ID requirements. Others say not so fast.

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20 Years After Apartheid, South Africa Asks 'How Are We Doing?'

Tue, 2014-05-06 11:49

The African National Congress should cruise to victory in Wednesday's election. But a party that once represented the new South Africa faces growing criticism for corruption and complacency.

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Most Fitness Apps Don't Use Proven Motivational Techniques

Tue, 2014-05-06 11:33

I downloaded the app. So why don't I feel motivated to get out there and run? Researchers say the problem's not entirely me. Many fitness apps don't use behavioral change methods that could help.

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No More Bromine: Coke, Pepsi Drop Controversial Ingredient

Tue, 2014-05-06 10:43

Chemistry is complicated; that includes ingredients in artificially flavored fizzy drinks. Soda makers bowed to pressure to drop brominated vegetable oil, but its safety hasn't been very well studied.

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U.S. Sending Team To Help With Search For Abducted Nigerian Girls

Tue, 2014-05-06 10:16

The team can help with intelligence and hostage negotiations, the State Department said. Nigeria has been criticized for its inability to find the 276 girls abducted from a school last month.

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Big Ambitions And Flawed Technology Tripped Up State Exchanges

Tue, 2014-05-06 10:08

Massachusetts is the latest state that was gung-ho on health care overhaul to concede it had failed to make it easy for people to enroll. Oregon and Maryland also scrapped their online exchanges.

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A Faster Human: Are We Unique In Our Ability To Get Better?

Tue, 2014-05-06 09:41

For decades, the speed of racehorses and dogs has stagnated. But humans keep getting faster. On the 60th anniversary of the first time a human ran a mile in under four minutes, we ponder why.

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Portland, Ore., Police Criticized Over 2013 Arrest Of Girl, 9

Tue, 2014-05-06 09:02

The girl's mother is now telling the story of how uniformed officers arrested her daughter last year, sparking a debate in the city.

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Boko Haram's Local Fight Suddenly Gets International Scrutiny

Tue, 2014-05-06 07:53

The group has been around for more than a decade, and the U.S. says it has links to al-Qaida. Boko Haram has now achieved international notoriety by kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls.

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The Lost Village In New York City

Tue, 2014-05-06 07:11

Razed to make way for Central Park, Seneca Village was a vibrant neighborhood in 19th century Manhattan. Now researchers are looking for descendants.

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Bayer Will Buy Merck Consumer Unit For $14.2 Billion

Tue, 2014-05-06 07:04

German drug company Bayer makes a deal with U.S.-based Merck & Co. The purchase includes brands such as Claritin, Coppertone and Dr. Scholl's.

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Medicare Pays For Alzheimer's Screening, But Do You Want To Know?

Tue, 2014-05-06 06:24

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says there's not enough evidence to know if routine testing for cognitive impairment in older people helps or hurts. So patients have to decide on their own.

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Kidnappers In Nigeria Wore Uniforms, Escaped Girl Says

Tue, 2014-05-06 05:44

She says the gunmen claimed to be soldiers who had come to help girls abducted last month. It wasn't until the men stole food and set fire to a school that the girls were certain they were in trouble.

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This Could Be The Year Iowa Sends Its First Woman To Congress

Tue, 2014-05-06 04:39

Iowa and Mississippi share a dubious distinction: They're the only two states that have never sent a woman to Congress or elected one as governor.

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