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Congress Approves Longer-Term Fix For Medicare Reimbursements

Tue, 2015-04-14 20:41

Eight senators, all Republicans, voted against the bill because funding has not been fully allocated for its $214 billion cost. President Obama says he will sign it.

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SpaceX Launches Successfully, But Rocket Doesn't Survive

Tue, 2015-04-14 14:37

The Dragon spacecraft heads to the International Space Station on a routine resupply mission. What wasn't routine was the attempt to land the spent rocket on a floating barge in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Iraqi Leader Visits Washington Looking For Help In Fight Against Islamic State

Tue, 2015-04-14 14:09

Iraq's prime minister is trying to drum up military support against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which controls parts of his country. He is also looking for billions of dollars in loans.

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Drone Strike Reportedly Kills Al-Qaida Leader In Yemen

Tue, 2015-04-14 13:53

Ibrahim al-Rubaish was a prominent al-Qaida cleric who was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2006. He had a $5 million bounty on his head.

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How AeroPress Fans Are Hacking Their Way To A Better Cup Of Coffee

Tue, 2015-04-14 13:38

Coffee aficionados say the simple, syringe-like device makes exceptional espresso and allows for countless variations on the perfect cup. Not surprising, given that its inventor is a serial tinkerer.

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When Rates Turn Negative, Banks Pay Customers To Borrow

Tue, 2015-04-14 13:26

European interest rates are being pushed so low — to less than zero — that some banks are paying borrowers to take loans. Such low rates are aimed at boosting Europe's economy, but there are risks.

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Thousands Of Young Women In U.S. Forced Into Marriage

Tue, 2015-04-14 12:51

Sometimes the women aren't allowed to leave their homes. Some commit suicide. Many have little recourse, advocates say, because current laws are ill-equipped to address this hidden crisis.

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Advocates Fight to Keep Sheltered Workshops For Disabled Workers

Tue, 2015-04-14 12:21

Such workshops are being closed across the U.S., more than 15 years after the Supreme Court said separate work settings constitute discrimination. But advocates say clients have nowhere else to go.

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No Rest For Your Sleeping Brain

Tue, 2015-04-14 11:43

No wonder the brain needs so much energy. The same coordinated activity that allows you to retrieve a specific memory, like what you had for breakfast, continues at rest and even during sleep.

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White House Says It Will Remove Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

Tue, 2015-04-14 11:41

The move is just one part of the Obama administration's push to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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Why The FDA Is Clueless About Some Of The Additives In Our Food

Tue, 2015-04-14 11:29

In recent decades, the number of food additives has skyrocketed from about 800 to more than 10,000. A legal loophole in food safety law means companies can add them to foods with no government review.

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Tea Tuesdays: Evolution Of Tea Sets From Ancient Legend To Modern Biometrics

Tue, 2015-04-14 11:23

Legend has it that a Chinese emperor first discovered tea more than 4,700 years ago. As the culture surrounding tea has changed through the centuries, so, too, have the tools we use to drink it.

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Chicago Plans Reparations Fund For Victims Of Police Torture In '70s, '80s

Tue, 2015-04-14 09:30

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is supporting the proposed $5.5 million package. More than 100 people are eligible for reparations for their treatment at the hands of a former police commander.

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End Of FX's Excellent 'Justified' Highlights TV's Vanishing Westerns

Tue, 2015-04-14 09:18

FX's powerful modern-day Western 'Justified' airs its series finale tonight. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says its end underscores the decline of a once-powerful TV genre.

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Cheap Oil Fueling Global Growth. Now If We Just Had Roads And Bridges

Tue, 2015-04-14 09:05

The World Economic Outlook released by the International Monetary Fund says the pace of economic growth in 2015 will tick up to 3.5 percent, helped along by lower energy costs and weaker currencies.

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How A Candidate Announces Can Say A Lot About His Or Her Campaign

Tue, 2015-04-14 08:46

From a place of significance to what message they want to convey, where and how presidential candidates announce their campaigns matters.

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Is That Corporate Wellness Program Doing Your Heart Any Good?

Tue, 2015-04-14 08:31

Most employers have a wellness program, but who knows if it's actually improving your health. The American Heart Association is proposing its own standards for improving cardiovascular health at work.

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Soul Singer Percy Sledge Dies

Tue, 2015-04-14 07:44

Sledge is perhaps best known for his hit "When A Man Loves A Woman." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Disease Detection Gets A Boost With Plans For A CDC In Africa

Tue, 2015-04-14 07:12

African health officials are partnering with the U.S. to build a continent-wide Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is a more rapid response to health emergencies, such as Ebola.

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Digital Tools For Health Come With 'Hope, Hype And Harm'

Tue, 2015-04-14 06:51

Medicine's move into the computer age has great potential for improving care. But patients and doctors still face serious challenges in adapting to the rush of new technology.

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