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California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly Development

Wed, 2015-07-29 12:38

In the state's agricultural Central Valley, planning is under way to transform peach and plum fields into Kings River Village, a solar-powered community that will send wastewater back into an aquifer.

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Politics Overshadows U.S. Tech Firms' Hopes For Entering Iran

Wed, 2015-07-29 12:38

With a young, well-educated population, Iran has the potential to be a boom market for tech. But sanctions and negative political implications for doing business there seem to limit prospects.

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The Golden Age Of Cocktails: When Americans Learned To Love Mixed Drinks

Wed, 2015-07-29 12:33

The Manhattan, the daiquiri, the martini. These classic cocktails were all born between the 1860s and Prohibition, an era when American bartending got inventive — and theatrical.

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Nobel Prize Winner Thinks No One Should Ever Retire

Wed, 2015-07-29 12:19

Muhammad Yunus — honored for loaning millions to poor women — just turned 75. And he's thrilled to keep on working: 'The word retirement is very harmful.'

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Doctors Devise A Better Way To Diagnose Shaken Baby Syndrome

Wed, 2015-07-29 12:05

Doubters have said that merely shaking a baby can't cause brain damage or death. Listing six injuries associated with shaken baby syndrome will make it easier to identify child abuse, a study says.

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Some Chinese Grandparents Are Making Their Grandkids Fat

Wed, 2015-07-29 10:55

A new study shows that children in China who are mainly cared for by grandparents instead of mom and dad are twice as likely to be overweight — contributing to the country's obesity epidemic.

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Texting While Walking: Are You Cautious Or Clueless?

Wed, 2015-07-29 10:10

People who text while walking change their pace and seem to walk more cautiously, a study says. But that doesn't mean you're not a menace to yourself and others.

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University Of Cincinnati Police Officer Charged In Killing Of Unarmed Black Man

Wed, 2015-07-29 09:21

The Hamilton County Prosecutor said the shooting of Sam DuBose was "asinine" and "totally unwarranted." Officer Ray Tensing, the prosecutor said, should have never been an officer.

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Windows 10 Rolls Out, Along With Concern Over Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords

Wed, 2015-07-29 08:49

The new operating system includes user-friendly features, such as a personal assistant named Cortana. But its Wi-Fi Sense feature has sparked security concerns.

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'Booker Dozen' Stirs In A Hefty Batch Of American Authors

Wed, 2015-07-29 08:28

Thirteen novels are in the hunt for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.'s biggest literary award. The Booker is open to Americans for only the second year, and this year's list pits rookies against titans.

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'Key & Peele' Is Ending. Here Are A Few Of Its Code Switch-iest Moments

Wed, 2015-07-29 07:41

From Luther the "anger translator" for President Obama to everyday situations, Key and Peele have always put code-switching from and center in their comedy show.

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U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., Of Philadelphia, Indicted On Corruption Charges

Wed, 2015-07-29 07:34

The Justice Department alleges that Fattah was involved in a wide-ranging conspiracy that included bribery, the illegal use of campaign contributions and theft of charitable funds.

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To Shed Pounds, Going Vegetarian Or Vegan May Help

Wed, 2015-07-29 07:30

A meta-analysis found that people on vegetarian diets lost around 4.4 pounds more than the control group who had no change in diet. Those who tried a vegan diet dropped 5.5 pounds more.

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The Future Of American History

Wed, 2015-07-29 07:03

Three college professors respond to questions about the evolving challenges of teaching the history of a complex nation.

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Progress For Bill To Bolster Medicare Patients' Hospital Rights

Wed, 2015-07-29 06:58

Even when some Medicare patients stay overnight in the hospital, they are are being classified as outpatients under something called observation status. It sounds innocuous but can trigger big bills.

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Migrant Dies In Calais As Thousands Try To Use Channel Tunnel

Wed, 2015-07-29 06:22

Since Jan. 1, French officials have intercepted more than 37,000 migrants who were hoping to jump on trains or trucks heading to Britain via the Channel Tunnel.

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On Wyatt Cenac, 'Key & Peele,' And Being The Only One In The Room

Wed, 2015-07-29 06:10

Wyatt Cenac's much-publicized confrontation with Jon Stewart says a lot about the pitfalls of being The Only One In The Room. But turns out there's some interesting social science behind it, too.

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Tom Brady Calls NFL's 4-Game Suspension 'Unfair'

Wed, 2015-07-29 05:17

Brady said he only destroyed his phone after his lawyers told the NFL his device would "not be subjected to investigation." Brady said he was "disappointed" in the NFL's decision.

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Afghan Government Investigates Reports That Mullah Omar Is Dead

Wed, 2015-07-29 04:02

Reports of Omar's death have swirled for years. The Afghan government is said to be investigating claims that the Taliban's spiritual leader died two or three years ago.

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Texas Authorities Release More Jailhouse Video Relating To Sandra Bland Case

Wed, 2015-07-29 02:45

Officials in Waller County, Texas, say the videos prove many of the conspiracy theories being batted around the web are not true. Bland's death is still being investigated.

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