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Disease, War And Terrorism Are Dimming Economic Prospects, Especially In Africa

Tue, 2014-10-07 13:51

The International Monetary Fund issued a gloomy forecast and stock investors reacted. By the market's close, the Dow Jones industrial average had tumbled 272.58 points, or 1.6 percent

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So A Global Economist Walks Into A Comedy Club ...

Tue, 2014-10-07 13:51

Yoram Bauman is an economist. And a stand-up comic. Who makes jokes about climate change and global development, among other topics. At the Inter-American Development Bank this week, he killed!

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Detergent Pods Can Cause Eye Injuries In Children

Tue, 2014-10-07 13:22

Detergent pods are convenient, sure, but small children continue to have dangerous encounters with them, sustaining injuries to the eyes and other body parts when the pods are squeezed or chomped.

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Singer Morrisey Says He Has Had Cancer Treatment

Tue, 2014-10-07 13:12

"I have had four cancer-scrapings, but so what. If I die, I die," the English musician and former leader of The Smiths wrote in an email interview with a Spanish-language newspaper.

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A Smuggler Explains How He Helped Fighters Along 'Jihadi Highway'

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:59

Thousands of international recruits have crossed into Syria from Turkey to join the Islamic State. A Syrian man who helped smuggle those jihadis in explains how it worked, but says he's stopped now.

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Appellate Court Strikes Down Gay-Marriage Bans In Idaho, Nevada

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:56

The 9th Circuit Court issued its ruling after the Supreme Court gave tacit approval to three other circuit court decisions that overturned gay-marriage bans.

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In His Final Appearance, Landon Donovan Will Be U.S. Captain

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:25

Donovan holds the U.S. men's national team record with 57 goals. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann famously left him off the World Cup roster, but this is a nod of appreciation.

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Voters Will Get Their Say On GMO Labeling In Colorado And Oregon

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:24

Similar measures calling for labeling genetically modified foods have failed in recent years in California and Washington, and Vermont is being sued for the labeling law it enacted earlier this year.

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Justices Skeptical Of Beard Rule In Inmate Religious Rights Case

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:20

The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of an Arkansas prisoner who says he must be allowed to wear a beard as part of his religious practice.

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'The Flash' And 'Gotham' Succeed By Taking Comic Book Stories Seriously

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:20

As The CW's new superhero series The Flash debuts tonight, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes the best new broadcast dramas of the fall season are based on comic book stories.

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LED Lights Shine In Nobel Prize; Now How About Your Home?

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:20

The time has never been better to invest in LED lighting, with the price of LED bulbs — which use the Nobel-winning blue LEDs — now below $10 each.

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After Clogging The Streets, Hong Kong Protests Dwindle

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:10

The demonstrators still have widespread support, but many students have returned to class and businesses have grown weary of daily disruptions that have hampered their operations.

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Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All

Tue, 2014-10-07 11:04

It's tempting to seek out the mac and cheese or a pint of ice cream after a terrible, horrible, no good day. But fresh research suggests such comfort foods might not be mood boosters after all.

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Debate: Does U.S. Military Intervention In The Middle East Help Or Hurt?

Tue, 2014-10-07 09:31

As the U.S. presses on with airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, two teams tackled the motion "Flexing American Muscles In The Middle East Will Make Things Worse," in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.

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Reviewing The Four Gay Marriage Cases The High Court Tacitly Endorsed

Mon, 2014-10-06 16:39

All four cases relied on the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause to invalidate state bans on gay marriage. For now, the Supreme Court gave a tacit nod to the legal reasoning.

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Did The Supreme Court Just Legalize Gay Marriage?

Mon, 2014-10-06 14:54

As thousands more same-sex couples marry all over the country, this legal climate change becomes a kind of fait accompli.

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5 Questions About The Supreme Court And Gay Marriage In The U.S.

Mon, 2014-10-06 14:27

The Supreme Court surprised many by refusing to weigh in on gay marriage Monday. And it prompted a question: What does this mean for same-sex couples in 20 states that still have a ban?

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Female Heads Of Household (And Hair) Reveal Afghanistan's Drug Use

Mon, 2014-10-06 13:58

A new study of drug use in Afghanistan, relying on information from female heads of households and confirmed by lab tests, shows that 1 in 20 Afghans are using prescription or illicit drugs.

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USA Swimming Suspends Michael Phelps Over DUI Arrest

Mon, 2014-10-06 13:40

The 18-time gold medalist said that he was going to attend a program to "better understand myself." USA Swimming said Phelps will be excluded from 2015 FINA World Championships.

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Some Americans Boosted Charitable Giving In Recession; The Rich Did Not

Mon, 2014-10-06 13:39

As times got tough, America's less-wealthy citizens grew more generous, according to a new study. But people making at least $200,000 a year cut the portion of their incomes they gave to charity.

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