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Texas Turns Away From Prosecuting Truants

Tue, 2015-06-23 07:28

Since the mid-1990s, Texas has treated truancy as a criminal offense. Now, state lawmakers say that was a mistake.

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Disputes Made Prevention Panel Stronger, Says Former Leader

Tue, 2015-06-23 07:21

Dr. Michael LeFevre, who stepped down as chairman of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in March, describes how the health law changed how the group works and communicates its findings.

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4 Forgotten Fads Of The Past

Tue, 2015-06-23 07:03

A quartet of quirky fads that faded away into the American mist.

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James Horner, A Giant Among Movie Music Composers, Is Feared Dead

Tue, 2015-06-23 06:53

A single-engine plane registered to Horner crashed on Monday in an area 60 miles from Santa Barbara, Calif. There were no survivors.

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At Long Last, Small Spanish Town Changes 'Kill The Jews' Name

Tue, 2015-06-23 05:32

The people voted in favor of the name change and it finally became official on Tuesday. The name dates back to 1627, when historians believe Jewish residents converted to Catholicism.

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Severe Storms Rake Midwest, Damaging Homes, Businesses

Tue, 2015-06-23 02:58

Tornadoes left thousands in Illinois without power. In Michigan, an EF1 tornado damaged homes and five people had to be rescued.

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Death Toll From Heatwave In Pakistan Tops 450

Tue, 2015-06-23 02:41

In Karachi, temperatures soared as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. The government has called on the military to set up heat stroke centers.

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The VA's Broken Promise To Thousands Of Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas

Tue, 2015-06-23 01:00

When the Pentagon revealed it secretly exposed enlisted men to mustard gas during WWII, VA officials promised disability benefits. But an NPR investigation finds that most were never contacted.

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How Fracking Is Fueling A Power Shift From Coal To Gas

Tue, 2015-06-23 00:49

Driven by new regulations and fracking, more coal power plants are retiring for cheaper, cleaner-burning natural gas. But scientists have yet to work out the fossil fuel's imperfect climate footprint.

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China's Island-Building Has Neighbors On Edge, But Tensions May Be Easing

Tue, 2015-06-23 00:47

In just 18 months, China has created more than 2,000 acres of new land where before there were just waves and reef, according to the U.S., which sees the work as a threat to regional stability.

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Take A Hike To Do Your Heart And Spirit Good

Tue, 2015-06-23 00:45

For many Americans, an NPR poll suggests, walking is their most consistent exercise. But how much can a moderately paced walk really help your health?

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School Scrambles To Preserve Newly Discovered Chalkboards From 1917

Tue, 2015-06-23 00:44

Behind the walls at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City, construction workers found old chalkboards with drawings and class lessons, written almost a century ago and in remarkable condition.

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Fraud Still Plagues Medicare's Prescription Drug Program

Mon, 2015-06-22 20:03

More than 1,400 pharmacies billed for questionable prescriptions last year, according to the inspector general at Health and Human Services. That includes prescriptions for commonly abused opioids.

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Pete Rose Bet On Baseball Games As A Player, ESPN Reports

Mon, 2015-06-22 14:43

After years of denial, baseball's all-time hits leader admitted in 2004 that he bet on games, but only while he was manager. But ESPN obtained documents that show the betting began in 1986.

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Painfully Skinny Jeans Land A Woman In The Hospital

Mon, 2015-06-22 14:33

It turns out jeans really can be too tight. An Australian woman suffered nerve and muscle damage after wearing super-skinny jeans. She couldn't walk and was hospitalized, but has since recovered.

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Local Food Is Still A Niche. Can It Grow Beyond That?

Mon, 2015-06-22 14:23

"Local" food makes up a small fraction of what Americans eat. But a recent study argues that 90 percent of people living in cities could be fed with food grown with 100 miles.

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The Complicated Political History Of The Confederate Flag

Mon, 2015-06-22 14:19

After a massacre at a church in Charleston, South Carolina's governor called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the grounds of the state Capitol. The flag has a long and divisive history.

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Items In N.Y. Hunting Cabin Linked To Escaped Killers, Police Say

Mon, 2015-06-22 13:43

It has been 17 days since Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. The New York Times reports the men were in the cabin within the past 48 hours.

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Gutting It Out: Tales Of Sports Heroics In The Face Of Injury, Illness

Mon, 2015-06-22 12:46

Arguably the dominating narrative of the U.S. Open was 27-year-old golfer Jason Day's ongoing struggle with benign positional vertigo.

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Sights Set On The White House, But It Started In West Miami

Mon, 2015-06-22 12:46

When Sen. Marco Rubio's parents came to the U.S., they put down roots in West Miami, a nearly all-Cuban neighborhood. That's where the senator and his family still live.

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