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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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Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services

Fri, 2014-08-29 06:17

News from Mosul has been scarce since the Islamic State took power. Speaking by phone, Iraqis say the group has imposed strict controls that are alienating residents and are providing few services.

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Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea Keep Residents On Edge

Fri, 2014-08-29 05:09

Two eruptions a half a world apart have caused evacuations and aviation warnings, but so far no injuries.

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Plea To Ferguson's Leaders: To Help Heal, Acknowledge Our Hurt

Fri, 2014-08-29 04:53

NPR's Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate an intensely emotional community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership.

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U.N.: Syrian Refugee Crisis Is 'Biggest Humanitarian Emergency Of Our Era'

Fri, 2014-08-29 04:09

The number of refugees from the Syrian civil war is on the verge of surpassing 3 million, the United Nations said. Almost half of all Syrians have been forced out of their homes.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Says Government Will Seek NATO Membership

Fri, 2014-08-29 02:58

Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Kiev was sending a bill to parliament to get the process rolling. Meanwhile, NATO held an emergency meeting to discuss further Russian incursion into Ukrainian territory.

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As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash

Thu, 2014-08-28 23:38

The oil giant is paying billions of dollars to businesses hurt by the 2010 spill. But BP refuses to pay business owners hurt by a government drilling moratorium that was put in place after the spill.

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For Islamic State, Hitting The U.S. May Not Be A Top Priority

Thu, 2014-08-28 23:29

Experts say the well-funded militant group is focused on gaining power in the Middle East, not attacking America. The bigger risk is of an opportunistic attack, locally or in Europe.

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Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs'

Thu, 2014-08-28 23:29

Health officials want to reduce the rat population, so they're hiring extra exterminators, sealing up holes and teaching regular New Yorkers how to make homes and gardens less rat-friendly.

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NFL Lays Out New Penalty For Domestic Violence: 6-Game Suspension

Thu, 2014-08-28 15:19

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described the change in a letter to team owners. The league was criticized for suspending Ray Rice for only two games after his arrest on domestic violence charges.

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