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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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Hard Sell For 'Hard Choices' Says Hillary's Running In 2016

Wed, 2014-05-28 08:55

The media blitz underway for Hillary Clinton's upcoming book is "as subtle as a bugle call," says NPR's Ron Elving.

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A Little Bird Either Learns Its Name Or Dies

Wed, 2014-05-28 08:29

Names are useful. We use them to catch someone's attention, to talk about them. Do animals create names for each other like we do? Yes, turns out. Here's a crazy example, with a dastardly back story.

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To Win, Wear Red: Physicist Hawking Advises England's World Cup Squad

Wed, 2014-05-28 08:12

Soccer fan Stephen Hawking turns sports pundit and applies general logistic regression to England's odds in the World Cup. On penalty kicks: "England couldn't hit a cow's arse with a banjo."

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Obama Emphasizes Importance Of Alliances In Foreign Policy Address

Wed, 2014-05-28 07:33

Speaking at West Point, Obama suggested the nation's "long season of war" was drawing to a close. Although the U.S. will continue to lead, it will seek partners when not under direct military threat.

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Book News: Amazon Defends Tough Negotiating Tactics

Wed, 2014-05-28 07:06

The retailer has been in a spat with the publisher Hachette. Also: Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn is writing an adaptation of Hamlet; Hillary Clinton released the "author's note" to her memoir.

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Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?

Wed, 2014-05-28 06:41

A new study funded by the beverage industry suggests that diet drinks might be more effective than water alone in helping dieters shed pounds. Researchers speculate that soda made people less hungry.

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Son Of Late Snake-Handling Pastor Is Bitten By Rattlesnake

Wed, 2014-05-28 06:37

Months after taking over for his father as the leader of a Pentecostal church, Cody Coots was bitten this week. His father, Jamie, died of a poisonous snake bite in February.

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Can Employers Dump Workers On Health Exchanges? Yes, For A Price

Wed, 2014-05-28 06:20

A recent IRS rule bars employers from offering workers tax-free subsidies to buy policies. But a company could still cancel its plan and leave workers to buy individual policies on the marketplaces.

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Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86

Wed, 2014-05-28 05:41

Angelou refused to speak for much of her childhood and revealed the scars of her past in her groundbreaking memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She opened doors for black and female writers.

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Snowden Says He Was 'Trained As A Spy' In NBC Interview

Wed, 2014-05-28 05:08

Targeting what he calls "misleading" statements about his work for the U.S., former NSA contractor Edward Snowden tells NBC's Brian Williams he "was trained as a spy" and lived under a false name.

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