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Most Commuter Rails Won't Meet Deadline For Mandated Safety Systems

Tue, 2015-06-02 23:48

Most commuter trains are several years away from implementing Positive Train Control system to prevent derailment. With Americans taking 490 million commuter rail trips last year, the stakes are high.

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A Taxi App Aims To Build Trust Where Crime Is High

Tue, 2015-06-02 23:47

In Nairobi, people don't like getting into cabs driven by strangers. They prefer to call drivers they know or who their friends recommend. A new app assigns drivers a trust score based on social ties.

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Emergency Rooms Crack Down On Abusers Of Pain Pills

Tue, 2015-06-02 23:46

Hospitals in some states have begun tracking the names of patients who show up repeatedly seeking opioids. Denying these patients pills saves hospitals money, but some doctors question the ethics.

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Are The Vaccine Court's Requirements Too Strict?

Tue, 2015-06-02 23:45

Before awarding compensation, the court wants a "preponderance of evidence" that a vaccine caused the injury. Some years the nearly $4 billion fund earns more interest than it pays out in claims.

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Coming Soon: More Ads On Instagram, And a "Buy" Feature On Pinterest

Tue, 2015-06-02 16:04

Pinterest will launch an in-app "buy" button, and Instagram will soon target ads using demographic data from Facebook.

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Pro-Warren Group Disbands, As Senator Splits Again With Obama

Tue, 2015-06-02 15:06

A group pushing Elizabeth Warren to run for president moves on and "declares victory" in advancing her positions. But Warren is already on to new fights.

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Grass Gourmands: A Herbivore Food Mystery On The African Savanna

Tue, 2015-06-02 13:20

A new study sheds light on a longstanding ecological question: How do so many species like impalas and elephants co-exist when they're all feeding on the same limited foods?

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In Several States, Abortion Waiting Periods Grow Longer

Tue, 2015-06-02 12:33

State lawmakers passed dozens of bills to restrict abortion this session. One trend: making women wait ever longer, up to 72 hours in some states, before having the procedure.

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South Koreans Mask Up In The Face Of MERS Scare

Tue, 2015-06-02 12:19

The spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, virus has sent sales of surgical masks soaring. Do they really help?

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Indiana's HIV Outbreak Leads To Reversal On Needle Exchanges

Tue, 2015-06-02 12:15

Scott County's needle exchange program is part of a response to the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana history. After a slow start in April, the needle exchange is drawing users and community support.

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Slavery, Famine And The Politics of Pie: What Civil War Recipes Reveal

Tue, 2015-06-02 12:12

From recipes for apple pie without apples to advice on how to treat servants, the era's cookbooks hint at the turbulence outside the kitchen window. Indeed, food helped decide the war's outcome.

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Who's The Candidate Of The Future?

Tue, 2015-06-02 12:08

People always say they want change in elections, but who represents that change? A new poll sheds some light on who does — and who does not.

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Senate Approves USA Freedom Act, After Amendments Fail

Tue, 2015-06-02 12:07

The Senate has approved the USA Freedom Act, which will alter the way U.S. agencies conduct surveillance and gather data. A final vote on the bill came late Tuesday afternoon.

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Vaccine Court Aims To Protect Patients And Vaccines

Tue, 2015-06-02 11:21

It's been nearly 30 years since Congress established a special court to help keep good vaccines on the market and fairly compensate the rare person who has a severe reaction. Who wins these cases?

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Was Recent IRS Data Breach Preventable?

Tue, 2015-06-02 11:05

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was called before a Senate panel to answer questions about a data breach revealed last month involving the accounts of 104,000 taxpayers.

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Families Appeal To Congress, Call For Release Of Americans Held In Iran

Tue, 2015-06-02 10:59

The four families testify before a House committee and urge the U.S. to step up efforts. The renewed focus comes as Iran and world powers try to work out a nuclear deal ahead of a June 30 deadline.

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A Moment Of Silence After School Reopens In A Nepali Town

Tue, 2015-06-02 10:49

The homeless students now meet in tents. On day 2 of classes, they paid tribute to their country's 8,500 earthquake-related deaths.

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Edward Snowden Set To Take Questions From London Audience

Tue, 2015-06-02 10:33

Nearly two years after his information about U.S. spying caused an international uproar, former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden speaks to an audience in London Tuesday, via live video feed.

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The White House Has A New Visitor, And It's Got Feathers

Tue, 2015-06-02 10:15

Politicians in Washington currently have an actual hawk in their neighborhood.

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Amid Bribery Scandal, FIFA President Sepp Blatter Will Resign

Tue, 2015-06-02 08:58

Just days after he won an election to a fifth term, Blatter said the interests of FIFA are "very dear to me and this is why I have taken this decision."

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