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A Pill For Grass Allergies May Replace Shots For Some

Thu, 2014-04-03 10:59

Allergy shots work, but they're inconvenient and painful. Now there are pills that can help people tolerate grass pollen. But allergies are rarely limited to grass alone.

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Washington Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 30

Thu, 2014-04-03 10:50

Authorities in Washington state's Snohomish County say all of the victims recovered so far died of blunt force trauma and not from suffocation, as some family members had feared.

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White House: Creation Of 'Cuban Twitter' Was Not Covert Program

Thu, 2014-04-03 10:30

According to a report by the Associated Press, the U.S. funded the creation of a social media platform designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba.

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Farmers Need To Get 'Climate Smart' To Prep For What's Ahead

Thu, 2014-04-03 10:14

Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.

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Smithsonian's Air And Space Museum To Get $30 Million Spiffier

Thu, 2014-04-03 09:31

Curators say they'll use the big grant from Boeing to better highlight how exploratory flight — from the Spirit of St. Louis to the Starship Enterprise — has transformed the world.

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'Oh, Hello,' Says Andrew, As He Suddenly Grabs You By The Leg Or Neck

Thu, 2014-04-03 08:55

There it is: a wild animal, lurking. Here's Andrew, darting so fast, using his bare hands — and bingo! Suddenly, he's holding the animal. He doesn't use weapons — just his lightning-quick reflexes.

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Court In Turkey Orders Twitter Service Restored

Thu, 2014-04-03 07:29

The social media site was blocked in the runup to last Sunday's local elections, but the ban was deemed a breach of free expression and ordered reversed.

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'Hot' Oregon Blueberry Fight Prompts Farm Bill Changes

Thu, 2014-04-03 07:15

A dispute between Beaver State blueberry farmers and workers spurred Congress to change an obscure provision in a 1938 labor law. Some fear it will delay pickers' paychecks.

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Thousands Of Artifacts Seized At 91-Year-Old Indiana Man's Home

Thu, 2014-04-03 06:20

The collection of items has "immeasurable" cultural value, the FBI says. Some artifacts are Native American; others are Russian and Chinese. It's unclear how many were collected legally.

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Jobless Claims Rose Last Week

Thu, 2014-04-03 04:44

The uptick to 326,000 applications still kept claims near the lower end of a range they've been in for the past year or so. On Friday, the government will report on the March unemployment rate.

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Nearly Half Of Californians Who Used Exchange May Drop Coverage

Thu, 2014-04-03 04:41

Over the next year, many of the more than 1.2 million people who used the Covered California exchange to buy health insurance are expected to switch to job-based plans or Medicaid.

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Early Evidence: Fort Hood Gunman Showed No Warning Signs

Thu, 2014-04-03 04:02

The soldier who has been identified as the man who killed three people and wounded 16 before apparently taking his own life Wednesday was an Army truck driver who was being treated for depression.

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'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain

Thu, 2014-04-03 03:03

Leslie Jamison's new book of essays, The Empathy Exams, combines the intellectual and the emotional to explore the humanizing effect of empathy. Heller McAlpin calls it a "soaring performance."

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'We Do Not Expect Any More Fatalities,' Doctor Says Of Fort Hood Victims

Thu, 2014-04-03 03:00

Also: Secretary of the Army says background checks on the soldier who killed at least three people and wounded 16 before taking his own life showed "no involvement with extremist organizations."

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First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters

Wed, 2014-04-02 23:38

You got in! But just how much money is that school offering you? Financial aid award letters can be confusing, so we've put together a sample letter — and translated it into plain English.

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NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President

Wed, 2014-04-02 23:38

After a horrendous October rollout, the ACA is viewed a little more favorably now. But the number of people who intensely oppose the law is 12 percentage points higher than those who strongly back it.

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Powerful Aftershock Hits Chilean Coast

Wed, 2014-04-02 20:11

A day after an 8.2-magnitude quake, the northern coast of Chile was struck by an aftershock that triggered a tsunami alert and caused a precautionary evacuation of low-lying areas.

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NASA Suspends Some Ties With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

Wed, 2014-04-02 16:46

The two sides will continue to work together, however, in the operation of the International Space Station.

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U.S. Troubled By Iran's Choice Of 1979 Hostage-Taker For U.N. Post

Wed, 2014-04-02 15:11

Iran wants Hamid Aboutalebi as its new United Nations ambassador. He was among a group of Muslim students who 35 years ago seized American diplomats in Tehran.

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Campaign Finance Ruling Winners: The Political Pros

Wed, 2014-04-02 14:36

In practical terms, the Supreme Court ruling could mean more money flowing to political operatives and party committees.

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