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Jordan Rejects ISIS Claim That Strike Killed American Hostage

Sat, 2015-02-07 03:55

The group calling itself the Islamic State says a Jordanian airstrike killed an American hostage. U.S. officials say there's no evidence to support the claim, and Jordan calls it a "propaganda stunt."

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Rich In Oil, Venezuela Is Now Poor In Most Everything Else

Sat, 2015-02-07 03:55

Venezuela's president has responded to a worsening economic crisis by imposing even more controls. A long-time pasta producer says prices are so low, the more pasta he makes, the more money he loses.

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In Puerto Rico, Health Overhaul Gets An Incomplete

Sat, 2015-02-07 03:55

The U.S. territory implemented an unusual version of the Affordable Care Act. Insurers must offer coverage to everyone. But there's no mandate for people to buy it, and there are no subsidies to help.

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To Get To Zero Ebola Cases, It'll Cost A Lot: Roughly $1.5 Billion

Sat, 2015-02-07 03:03

A new U.N. report lays out how much money is needed and where it should go — everything from transportation for contact tracers to cash incentives for health care workers.

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Family Of U.S. Hostage Held By ISIS Hopeful She Is Alive

Sat, 2015-02-07 02:49

Kayla Jean Mueller's parents released a statement late Friday. Jordan called ISIS's claim "criminal propaganda;" U.S. officials say they can't confirm her death.

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

Sat, 2015-02-07 01:34

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

Sat, 2015-02-07 01:34

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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Brief Cease-Fire In Ukraine Lets Civilians Escape Renewed Fighting

Fri, 2015-02-06 21:14

Buses were allowed to carry people out of harm's way during a stay of hostilities, which have displaced some 1.6 million. Talks between Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are to continue Sunday.

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University Of California System Will Require Measles Vaccine For New Students

Fri, 2015-02-06 15:27

The university said the plan had been in the works for a year. But the current measles outbreak makes it more "pressing."

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Huffington Post Bets People Will Read Good News — And Share It, Too

Fri, 2015-02-06 15:02

Arianna Huffington says readers need more positive news coverage, so her site is launching an effort focused on good stories. Their shareability may make "What Works" a smart business move, too.

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Rosa Parks Collection Comes To Library Of Congress

Fri, 2015-02-06 14:14

Thousands of letters, writings and notes by civil rights icon Rosa Parks were opened to researchers this week at the Library of Congress.

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British Tribunal Rules Mass Surveillance By Spy Agencies Was Illegal

Fri, 2015-02-06 13:48

In what's being hailed as a landmark case, the tribunal found the mass surveillance of cellphone and online communications violated human rights law.

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Brian Williams Under Microscope After Recanting Helicopter Story

Fri, 2015-02-06 12:45

NBC Chief Anchor Brian Williams has been bombarded by criticism this week over his shifting accounts of a 2003 helicopter landing in the Iraqi desert.

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For Rockfish, A Tale Of Recovery, Hidden On Menus

Fri, 2015-02-06 12:38

Once depleted by decades of overfishing, rockfish have rebounded. But it's hard to tell this conservation and fishery management success story if purveyors continue to misidentify the tasty fish.

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What's So 'Cringeworthy' About Long Duk Dong in 'Sixteen Candles'?

Fri, 2015-02-06 12:19

Inquiring minds want to know: What's with the Gedde Watanabe shade in Thursday's post about Asian-Americans in TV and movies?

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European Leaders Hope To Push Putin Toward Ceasefire In Ukraine

Fri, 2015-02-06 12:13

The leaders of Germany and France held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday in a new attempt to stop the fighting in Ukraine.

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In India, Obama Speeches Spark Debate On Religious Tolerance

Fri, 2015-02-06 12:11

Twice in 10 days, President Obama referenced India and the need to safeguard against religious intolerance. That left Indian television blistering with debate.

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U.S. Jobs Picture Finally Getting Back To Normal

Fri, 2015-02-06 12:09

The Labor Department provided more evidence Friday that the U.S. job picture is finally getting back to normal — nearly six years after the great recession ended. The monthly jobs report showed an increase more than a million jobs over the past three months. The unemployment rate did tick up to a notch, but even that is a positive signal.

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Week In Politics: Prayer Breakfast, Ukraine, Measles

Fri, 2015-02-06 12:09

E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss President Obama's prayer breakfast, politicians weighing in on arming Ukraine and measles immunizations.

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Missing Your 'Breaking Bad' Fix? 'Better Call Saul' Will Hit The Spot

Fri, 2015-02-06 12:09

This Sunday, AMC debuts Better Call Saul, the backstory behind Breaking Bad drug kingpin lawyer Saul Goodman. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show's so good, TV lightning just might strike twice.

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