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Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

Wed, 2014-09-03 13:40

Perdue Farms, one of the country's largest suppliers of chicken meat, says its hatcheries are working better now without antibiotics. Public health advocates call it "a big step" forward.

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You Can Buy Happiness, If It's An Experience

Wed, 2014-09-03 13:20

Experiences tend to make people happier than material possessions, research shows. And looking forward to an experience like a concert can feel much better than awaiting the latest smartphone release.

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CVS Quits Cigarettes, Adjusting To New Health Care Landscape

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:55

CVS has changed its corporate name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health. On the very same day, the company has also fulfilled a promise it made earlier this year: No more cigarettes on its store shelves.

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Residents Worry Urban Drilling Will Turn Downtowns Into Oil Towns

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:42

Drilling for oil and gas in rural and suburban areas isn't new. But energy extraction companies are now moving into more densely populated areas, raising a new set of concerns for city residents.

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Sen. Kaine: Strikes On Islamic State Must Be Approved By Congress

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:42

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., discusses the need for President Obama to seek Congressional approval before moving ahead with military actions against the Islamic State.

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Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:31

The decision is the first break in a string of more than two dozen federal court rulings that have struck down same-sex-marriage bans in other states over the past year.

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Federal Regulators Impose Tough New Rules For Banks

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

Federal banking regulators vote Wednesday on new rules that will require banks to increase their holdings of highly liquid assets. The new rules stem directly from problems experienced during the financial crisis, when banks found they couldn't quickly convert assets into cash.

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When NATO Comes To Wales, The Welsh Plan To Relish The Spotlight

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

Foreign leaders are descending on Wales for this week's NATO summit, and the influx is a big deal for the small country on the western edge of the UK. Roy Noble of BBC Radio Wales explains just what this means for the region.

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Ukrainian Strife Takes A Turn Toward Peace, In A Confusing Way

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

There's some confusion in Ukraine, as conflicting reports surface about Moscow and Kiev's conversations on ways to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, President Obama is in Estonia, ahead of this week's NATO meeting.

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From Estonia, Obama Talks Tough On Islamic State And Russia

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

President Obama visited Estonia, in an attempt to reassure Estonians of the support of the U.S. and NATO. Estonia and its neighbors Latvia and Lithuania are all NATO members, but they have grown increasing concerned about a potential security threat from Russia.

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North Carolina District Breaks Ties With Teach For America

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

The school board in Durham, N.C., voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America, after the current crop of teachers finish out their stints. Board members cited the lack of experience and the limited commitment of these young teachers in the district's "high-needs" schools. Education reporter Reema Khrais of WUNC explains the situation.

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Hong Kong's Drive For Open Elections Runs Low On Steam

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

Earlier this week, China insisted that the people of Hong Kong would not be allowed to nominate candidates for the territory's next leader. Occupy Central, a local democracy movement, is threatening to shut down the city's financial district in protest — but organizers acknowledge that only 3,000 people have signed pledges to participate.

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Health Officials Warn Ebola Is Spreading Faster Than Efforts To Contain It

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

A high-level delegation from the World Health Organization is in D.C. this week for talks with U.S. leaders about the Ebola outbreak. The United Nations group is seeking commitments from donor countries to meet a projected need of $600 million to control the epidemic. Meanwhile, the outbreak shows no signs of slowing in West Africa.

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U.S. Airstrikes Might Narrow Aims Of Somalia's Leading Jihadi Group

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

U.S. airstrikes in Somalia this week targeted leaders of the al-Shabaab Islamist militant group. The group has claimed responsibility for many bombings in Somalia, as well as the 2013 attack on neighboring Kenya's Westgate mall. What could the death of al-Shabaab's leader mean for the group?

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Months After Atrocities In Tikrit, Iraqi Parents Demand Answers

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

Iraq's parliament was overrun Wednesday by men whose sons disappeared and were likely killed when the Islamic State captured Tikrit in June. They brandished sticks as they burst through security, assaulted people and staged a sit-in at the meeting hall. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch is saying that nearly 800 men were killed in the attack on Tikrit.

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Federal Court Deals A Victory For Opponents Of Same-Sex Marriage

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

A federal judge has upheld Louisiana's ban on gay marriage, ruling that the ban is constitutional. The decision marks a break from a series of victories in court for proponents of same-sex marriage.

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A $1 Microscope Folds From Paper With A Drop Of Glue

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:17

Engineers at Stanford University have designed a microscope that fits in your pocket and costs less than a dollar to make. Here's the best part: You put the microscope together yourself.

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Michael Sam Added To Dallas Cowboys Practice Squad

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:05

The NFL's first openly gay player was released by the St. Louis Rams last week. Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett said the decision to add Sam to the practice roster "is about football."

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U.S. Doctor Didn't Treat Ebola Patients Yet Still Caught The Virus

Wed, 2014-09-03 11:49

Dr. Rick Sacra cared for pregnant women and for children in the obstetrics ward of ELWA Hospital in Liberia, run by the Christian Aid group SIM. He is the third American diagnosed with the disease.

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Calm After Ebola Storm: Quarantined Neighborhood Opens Up

Wed, 2014-09-03 11:17

They were angry about the treatment center. They didn't all believe the virus was real. But after protests, violence and a quarantine, many residents of West Point are no longer Ebola doubters.

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