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Obama Ratchets Up Sanctions Against Putin's Personal Allies

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:00

The Obama administration is widening the scope of economic sanctions aimed at Russia. The White House hopes to penalize its annexation of Crimea and discourage any further incursion into Ukraine.

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Off Australia, Searchers Find Possible Clues To Airliner Mystery

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:00

Two weeks into the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the focus has turned to two large objects in the waters southwest of Australia. Officials believe these might be debris from the aircraft.

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On Streets In Senegal, Thousands Of Boys Are Forced To Beg

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:00

Human Rights Watch is urging Senegal to implement a law criminalizing forced begging. People acting as Islamic teachers have been exploiting thousands of young boys.

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Following Plea Deal, General's Misconduct Gets Fine And Reprimand

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:00

An Army general accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate, was sentenced today by a military judge. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was fined $20,000 and received a letter of reprimand. He could have received up to 25 years in jail for the initial charges. The case fell apart because of credibility problems with the accuser; a plea deal dropped the more serious charges. Now, the sentence has infuriated membesr of Congress and victims advocates. NPR's Tom Bowman has the latest.

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Crimean Tatars Fear History May Repeat Itself

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:00

As Russia's takeover of Crimea goes unchecked, the region's minority Muslim population is growing anxious. After a similar trauma not long ago, Crimean Tatars bear little trust toward Russian leaders.

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As Russia And The West Trade Shots Across The Bow, Kiev Looks On

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:00

As the White House widens sanctions against Vladimir Putin's inner circle, Russia's retaliating with some of its own. Meanwhile, Ukrainians are looking on, concerned about further Russian incursion.

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Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits

Thu, 2014-03-20 11:39

Drug lords face a recurring problem: what to do with all that cash? Time and again, they have managed to launder their fortunes through some of the world's leading banks.

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Robert Strauss, Former Party Chairman And Power Broker, Dies At 95

Thu, 2014-03-20 11:17

Strauss, a well-connected Texas lawyer who served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, advised presidents from both parties.

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Google Says It's Beefed Up Encryption Because Of NSA Revelations

Thu, 2014-03-20 11:08

Google says it is now encrypting data as it moves between its servers and every session of Gmail will use a secure connection. The government has said tech companies knew the NSA was collecting data.

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Reds Pitcher Expected To Recover After Line Drive To Face

Thu, 2014-03-20 10:23

Aroldis Chapman suffered fractures above his eye and nose, but only a mild concussion and no brain injury. The All-Star will have a plate inserted into his head and should return this season.

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Sub-Hunting Planes Use High-Tech Gear To Search For Flight 370

Thu, 2014-03-20 09:43

Two of the most advanced maritime surveillance aircraft — Australian P-3 Orions and U.S. P-8A Poseidons — are scouring a stretch of the Indian Ocean for signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

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Screening Immigrants For TB Pays Dividends In U.S.

Thu, 2014-03-20 09:01

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says millions of dollars have been saved by testing immigrants and refugees for tuberculosis before they enter the U.S.

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Top Stories: Search For Missing Jet Narrows; Westboro Baptist Founder Dies

Thu, 2014-03-20 08:43

Also: U.S. aims more sanctions at Russian officials; Army general gets no jail time in sexual misconduct case.

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Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Sr. Dies

Thu, 2014-03-20 08:20

He led a tiny congregation in Topeka, Kan., that drew national attention for its protests at funerals of soldiers and celebrities. Phelps wanted to spread his views about homosexuality and abortion.

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Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk For All Women Everywhere

Thu, 2014-03-20 07:57

Evidence has long suggested that exercise may help prevent breast cancer. After looking at cancer risk in 4 million women, French researchers concluded any type of exercise is beneficial.

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Gender Disparities In Tech Flare Up Again: A Reading Guide

Thu, 2014-03-20 07:55

A female developer at GitHub resigns, saying the company has a clubby, intimidating culture, and debate brews over whether geeks can lead unwelcoming environments. Get caught up with these reads.

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U.S. To Impose Sanctions On More Russian Officials

Thu, 2014-03-20 07:27

By choosing to intervene in Ukraine and annex Crimea, Russia has isolated itself and violated international law, President Obama says. The U.S. is seeking to penalize 20 additional people and a bank.

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Reprimand, $20K Fine, No Jail Time For General's Sexual Misconduct

Thu, 2014-03-20 06:52

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair had been accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate. He struck a deal to plead guilty to lesser charges. He was not demoted.

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French-Fry Conspiracy: Genes Can Make Fried Foods More Fattening

Thu, 2014-03-20 06:33

Some people are more likely than others to gain weight from frequently indulging in fried foods, scientists say. You can blame Mom and Dad for passing on the obesity risk genes.

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Persian New Year's Table Celebrates Nature's Rebirth Deliciously

Thu, 2014-03-20 06:17

Around the world, millions of families of Iranian descent will gather around a ceremonial table to mark the start of spring. This ancient Persian festival has a lot to do with fresh, green foods.

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