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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions

Fri, 2014-08-29 15:10

Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, have been blocked by a federal judge, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion.

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Chinese High-Rise Worker Left Dangling After Annoyed Boy Cuts Rope

Fri, 2014-08-29 13:08

The 10-year-old watching cartoons reportedly became annoyed at the construction racket outside his window, so he took a knife and sliced through the worker's rappelling apparatus.

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'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential'

Fri, 2014-08-29 12:28

Many of the 2 million men serving time in the U.S. have formed their sense of manhood while incarcerated. And becoming a different kind of man isn't easy — either behind bars, or beyond them.

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NFL Commissioner On Controversial Suspension: 'I Didn't Get It Right'

Fri, 2014-08-29 12:07

Robert Siegel talks with ESPN sportswriter Jane McManus about the NFL's new domestic violence initiative under its personal conduct policy. The plan comes the league leveled what some called a lenient penalty for running back Ray Rice's alleged domestic abuse.

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The Spectacle Of The Beheading: A Grisly Act With A Long History

Fri, 2014-08-29 12:07

Videos and other images of beheadings have appeared with increasing frequency in recent weeks. Dawn Perlmutter, director of the Symbol Intelligence Group, discusses the symbolism of this grim ritual.

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Residents Join Soldiers In Shoring Up Defenses Of Key Ukrainian Port

Fri, 2014-08-29 12:07

In Ukraine, civilian volunteers are digging trenches outside the port city of Mariupol in an effort to defend their city from assault by separatist forces.

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Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case

Fri, 2014-08-29 12:07

For the first time, the department wades into a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together.

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The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This

Fri, 2014-08-29 11:30

In 1976, scientist Peter Piot was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus. The epidemic today in West Africa, he says, is "absolutely unexpected and unprecedented."

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Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years

Fri, 2014-08-29 11:29

The national average for regular is $3.45 per gallon, down from an all-time high of $3.83 per gallon over the Labor Day 2012 holiday.

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An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real

Fri, 2014-08-29 11:20

You probably haven't thought about whether your phone could help diagnose alcohol withdrawal. Well, it can. An app for doctors measures tremors and may help tell if someone's faking it to get drugs.

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Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care

Fri, 2014-08-29 11:13

Policymakers worldwide have been calling for countries to get rid of institutions for orphans and abandoned children. A study out of Duke University offers a different perspective.

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Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

Fri, 2014-08-29 11:02

There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether it's from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.

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Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial

Fri, 2014-08-29 10:46

A federal court will hear a challenge to the controversial law next week. It's an important and closely watched voting rights case that could end up before the Supreme Court.

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With Homegrown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter

Fri, 2014-08-29 09:22

Israel's recurring wars with its Arab neighbors have resulted in a weapons industry that keeps coming up with new technologies, which can then be sold abroad.

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Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola

Fri, 2014-08-29 09:09

Even when monkeys were near death, an Ebola treatment called ZMapp was able to save them. The drug has been used in a few people, but the limited supply has been exhausted.

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The Most Bizarre Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor

Fri, 2014-08-29 09:02

At issue are serious allegations of corruption, but the trial has also unveiled some unfortunate details of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's personal life.

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Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses

Fri, 2014-08-29 08:29

The disappearance of MH370 and the shooting down of MH17 in recent months have compounded the hit to the carrier's already shaky bottom line.

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A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla

Fri, 2014-08-29 07:28

The top source of vanilla beans sends its fragrant crop abroad for processing into extract. Now a former Peace Corps volunteer aims to boost Madagascar's economy by building a bean-to-bottle business.

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Britain Raises Terror Alert Level, But Cites No Specific Threat

Fri, 2014-08-29 07:00

The warning was raised to "severe," the second-highest level, as British Prime Minister David Cameron said Islamic extremism poses a "greater and deeper" threat to the U.K. than ever before.

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California Lawmakers Pass 'Affirmative Consent' Sexual Assault Bill

Fri, 2014-08-29 06:19

The bill states that students on college campuses would need "affirmative consent" before engaging in sexual activity. Silence or a lack of resistance would not constitute consent.

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