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Jet Fuel Is Down, But Not Enough For A Thanksgiving Fare War

Thu, 2014-11-06 13:31

Airlines say they expect an uptick in Thanksgiving travel. This November, jet fuel prices are down, but carriers are using the saved money to upgrade equipment and software rather than cut fares.

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Flu Season Brings Stronger Vaccines And Revised Advice

Thu, 2014-11-06 13:20

Health officials estimate that every flu season, 1 in 5 Americans will get the bug. This year, changes in flu vaccines and in federal guidelines could help those most susceptible to the virus.

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Amazon Wants To Put A Listening Speaker In Your Home

Thu, 2014-11-06 13:18

Are you ready to bring an eavesdropping device that's connected to the cloud into the privacy of your abode? Amazon thinks so, as it introduces Echo, a speaker that takes your questions and commands.

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Harvard Secretly Photographed Classrooms To Monitor Attendance

Thu, 2014-11-06 12:31

Some students and faculty are upset about the surveillance, but lots of colleges do this kind of thing all the time.

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Brooklyn Prosecutor Could Be Nominated Attorney General In Coming Days

Thu, 2014-11-06 12:20

Loretta Lynch, the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, could be nominated to lead the Justice Department in the coming days. She'd be the first African-American woman to hold the post.

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Astronomers Glimpse Distant Planetary Nursery

Thu, 2014-11-06 12:01

Images produced by a giant radio telescope array in Chile's Atacama desert show a nascent star and what's thought to be its solar system in the process of being born.

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Catalonia's President Makes His Case For Independence From Spain

Thu, 2014-11-06 11:57

Catalonia's President Artur Mas is seen as a savvy leader who has appealed far beyond his home borders for Catalan independence. But Spain says there's no way it will cut Catalonia free.

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New Star Wars Movie Is Called 'The Force Awakens,' Disney Says

Thu, 2014-11-06 11:41

Before today, it was known only as Episode VII. Set decades after Return of the Jedi, the new installment will feature some of the same cast as the 1983 film.

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How Boy Bits First Came To Be

Thu, 2014-11-06 11:34

Certain birth defects in male children are on the rise, and nobody knows why. Scientists say basic research into how external genitalia evolved in reptiles and rodents might offer a few clues.

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Chevron Spends Big, And Loses Big, In A City Council Race

Wed, 2014-11-05 17:06

Tuesday's elections weren't just bad news for Democrats. Oil giant Chevron got clobbered in a city election in Richmond, Calif., that was widely seen as a referendum on the company itself.

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Ebola Cases Seen Declining In Liberia, WHO Says In New Update

Wed, 2014-11-05 15:25

There are currently 13,042 confirmed or suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus in six countries, the World Health Organization says.

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49ers Running Back Retires From NFL, Without Playing A Snap

Wed, 2014-11-05 14:28

Running back Marcus Lattimore, 23, retired from the NFL Wednesday. He says he chose a higher quality of life, citing a lingering knee injury. Lattimore reportedly has a $1.7 million insurance policy.

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How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax? Bloomberg's Cash Didn't Hurt

Wed, 2014-11-05 13:50

The American Beverage Association poured tons of cash into the effort to defeat the penny-per-ounce sugary-drink tax. But the effort to pass the tax also got cash infusions from some big-name donors.

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A Veteran AIDS Activist Has Déjà Vu From Ebola Panic

Wed, 2014-11-05 13:41

Activist Gregg Gonsalves issues a call to action in an essay in this week's New England Journal of Medicine: "Panic, Paranoia, and Public Health — The AIDS Epidemic's Lessons for Ebola."

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U.S. Military Response To Ebola Gains Momentum In Liberia

Wed, 2014-11-05 12:48

The number of U.S. troops fighting Ebola in West Africa is set to increase dramatically this month, and the first two field hospitals erected by U.S. troops in Liberia will open in the coming days.

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Banks Reluctant To Use 'White Hat' Hackers To Spot Security Flaws

Wed, 2014-11-05 12:47

High-tech firms have been offering bounties to security researchers to find holes and bugs in their software, but these reward programs haven't drawn much interest from major banks.

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How Does Destroying Fish Compare To Shredding Documents, Legally?

Wed, 2014-11-05 12:20

A Supreme Court case argued Wednesday is about obstruction of justice — and fish. The prosecution says the law used to convict its client only bars document destruction. The justices aren't so sure.

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How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

Wed, 2014-11-05 12:20

A state law now requires insurers to reveal prices of their medical tests, and the variation is amazing, bargain hunters say. An MRI of the back is $614 at one place; $1,800 at another.

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Prison Dairy Gives Inmates Job Skills — And A Sense Of Purpose

Wed, 2014-11-05 11:21

California's high-security Corcoran prison is home to a dairy that provides milk to almost every prison in the state system. For inmates who staff it, it's more than a job: It's a refuge and a future.

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'Daily Show,' 'Colbert' Strain To Lampoon Democratic Losses

Wed, 2014-11-05 11:11

Both comedy shows aired live, election-themed episodes Tuesday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the broadcasts showed the limits of news-tinged satire on the political scene.

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