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London Mayor Boris Johnson Settles U.S. Tax Bill Ahead Of Visit

Thu, 2015-01-22 04:13

Johnson, who holds dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship, had called the IRS bill "outrageous" and said he wouldn't pay it. But the Financial Times reports he has settled the approximately $44,000 bill.

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Hospitals' Medicare Quality Bonuses Get Wiped Out By Penalties

Thu, 2015-01-22 03:30

Medicare is giving hospitals financial incentives to provide better care. But so far about half of the hospitals that got incentive payments found them canceled out by other quality programs.

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Houthi Rebels Remain In Place In Yemen's Capital Despite Deal

Thu, 2015-01-22 03:28

The Shiite rebels remain positioned outside the residence of Yemen's president despite agreeing to withdraw from there and other position in exchange for major concessions.

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At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs

Thu, 2015-01-22 00:55

Along California's central coast, the city of Monterey and the Army's Defense Language Institute have formed a partnership, saving about $2 million a year by sharing costs.

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The Past, Present, And Future of High-Stakes Testing

Wed, 2015-01-21 23:39

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why are Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.

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X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

Wed, 2015-01-21 23:38

Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.

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Police Fire Tear Gas On Kenyan Kids Protecting A Soccer Field

Wed, 2015-01-21 23:34

Hundreds of kids in Nairobi protested the loss of their playground to a developer Monday. In the end, the children did what ordinary Kenyans are rarely are able to do: Defend a public space.

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Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

Wed, 2015-01-21 23:34

NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the Affordable Care Act.

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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Wed, 2015-01-21 23:32

In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.

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New Tools Let Police See Inside Peoples' Homes

Wed, 2015-01-21 18:19

FBI, U.S. Marshals and local police use new radar device to detect motion inside a building

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GOP-Led House Drops 20-Week Abortion Limit, Will Advance Funding Ban

Wed, 2015-01-21 18:15

Some Republican lawmakers, many of them women, felt the language of the limit was too restrictive — allowing abortions in case of rapes, but only if the attacks were reported to the police.

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Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Wed, 2015-01-21 17:32

The frilled shark's roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.

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Google Is Said To Be Preparing Its Own Mobile Wireless Service

Wed, 2015-01-21 17:22

Google plans to launch a new mobile phone service that it will sell directly to U.S. consumers, according to technology site The Information and other news outlets.

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California Prisons Aim To Keep Sex Between Inmates Safe, If Illegal

Wed, 2015-01-21 14:53

A new state law requires that condoms be made available to all inmates in all jails and prisons — even though state law also forbids sex between prisoners.

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Shouts Of Protest At Supreme Court On Citizens United Anniversary

Wed, 2015-01-21 14:48

The day's session had just begun when protesters in the back of the chamber began yelling things like, "One person, one vote" and "We are the 99 percent."

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Why Some GMO Foods Don't Have Genetically Modified DNA

Wed, 2015-01-21 14:13

It may surprise you to learn that some processed foods made from GMOs — say, canola oil, for example — don't actually contain any genetically modified DNA or proteins.

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The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

Wed, 2015-01-21 14:06

President Obama is urging the Federal Communications Commission to protect the principle of net neutrality. But Republicans presented their own set of rules at a subcommittee hearing Wednesday.

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Meet The YouTube Stars Who Will Interview The President

Wed, 2015-01-21 13:40

On Thursday, President Obama will sit down for a round of unconventional interviews with some unconventional questioners.

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Justice Dept. Will Reportedly Clear Ferguson Police Officer In Brown Case

Wed, 2015-01-21 13:17

The Justice Department is poised to declare that former police officer Darren Wilson should not face civil rights charges over the death of Michael Brown, sources tell NPR.

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E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

Wed, 2015-01-21 13:03

Unexpectedly high levels of the carcinogen were found in an analysis of the vapor from e-cigarettes, researchers say.

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