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5:24 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Free-Climbers Reach Summit Of Yosemite's El Capitan

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 11:07 am

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Politics
5:24 am
Thu January 15, 2015

House Rule On Social Security Funding Causes Controversy

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 3:24 pm

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Politics
5:21 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Republicans In Congress To Talk Strategy At 2-Day Retreat

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 3:07 pm

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Now that Republicans control both chambers of Congress, the pressure is on to convey a clear message and to get things done. GOP lawmakers have decided to spend a couple days in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It's known as the sweetest place on Earth.

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Business
5:12 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Federal Watchdog To Let Teamsters Union Off Its Leash

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 3:31 pm

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Business
3:21 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Businesses Try To Stave Off Brain Drain As Boomers Retire

Dave Tobelmann worked for 33 years at General Mills before retiring five years ago. Not long after, he returned to the company, this time through a staffing firm specializing in retiree placement.
Courtesy of Dave Tobelmann

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 8:02 pm

In the U.S., roughly 10,000 people reach retirement age every day. And though not everyone who turns 62 or 65 retires right away, enough do that some companies are trying to head off the problem.

Dave Tobelmann, who for 33 years developed new products for General Mills, retired five years ago at age 57 β€” around the same time as a number of other colleagues. "Yeah, I went to a lot of retirement parties," Tobelmann says.

Losing veteran workers is a challenge, even for big companies like General Mills.

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Back At Base
3:20 am
Thu January 15, 2015

In Remote Washington, Veterans Services Are Ferry Ride Away

The ferry pulls in to Friday Harbor, the only incorporated city in San Juan County, Wash. Veterans will often travel the hourlong ferry ride to reach VA services here.
Patricia Murphy KUOW

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 1:45 pm

NPR β€” along with seven public radio stations around the country β€” is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This story is part of a three-part series about veteran benefits (Part 1 / Part 2).

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The Two-Way
8:34 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

After Foie Gras Ban Lifted In California, Some Chefs Face Threats

Karlene Bley of Los Angeles spreads her torchon of foie gras onto bread during lunch at the Presidio Social Club restaurant in San Francisco. Last week, a federal judge overturned California's ban on the dish.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 12:59 pm

Last Wednesday, a federal judge overturned California's ban on the sale of foie gras, the delicacy made from the livers of fatty ducks and geese that have often been force-fed. The ban was approved by California voters in 2004, and went into effect in 2012.

Since the ban was overturned, some chefs using foie gras in their menus have been receiving threats.

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The Salt
6:34 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

We Lie About What We Eat, And It's Messing Up Science

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 4:15 pm

How many peanuts did you snack on last week? If you don't remember, you're not alone. We humans are notoriously bad at remembering exactly what and how much we ate. And if there's one pattern to our errors, it's that we underestimate β€” unintentionally and otherwise.

And yet, for decades, researchers who want to amass large quantities of data about how much Americans eat and exercise have had to rely on individuals to self-report this information.

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Goats and Soda
5:43 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Control, Eliminate, Eradicate A Disease: What's The Difference?

A comic book captures the attention
 of Guinea worm patients Sadia Mesuna (right) and Fatawu Yakubu at a center for patients in Ghana.
Louise Gubb Courtesy of The Carter Center

Control, eliminate, eradicate: A thesaurus might tell you the words are similar, the last two even interchangeable. But as the American Museum of Natural History's newly opened exhibition Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease makes clear, when it comes to fighting disease the difference can be as stark as life and death.

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The Great Plains Oil Rush
5:27 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Falling Oil Prices Have North Dakota Migrants Rethinking The Boom

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 6:33 pm

A year ago, as part of our series on the Great Plains oil rush, we brought you the story of a 36-year-old father who had recently lost his job when one of the last major timber mills in the Northwest shut down. After several years struggling to find steady work and even after going back to school, Rory Richardson decided to commute 550 miles from his home in far western Montana, to a place where jobs are plentiful - the oil fields of North Dakota. But after a little more than a year, he and his family have decided the toll is just too great.

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Around the Nation
4:51 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Threatened By Liability, Iowa City Bans Sledding

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 6:33 pm

The city of Dubuque, Iowa, is the latest city to pass a ban on sledding. It affects all but two hills in town. City Council members say they've passed the ban to protect tax payers from lawsuits and are now asking local legislators to add sledding to the list of activities that cities are protected from being sued for, like skateboarding and biking accidents.

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Technology
4:51 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Obama Spotlights High-Speed Internet Success In Iowa

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 6:33 pm

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Law
4:51 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Another Shooting Puts Albuquerque Police Back In The Spotlight

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 6:33 pm

On Tuesday night, officers shot and killed a suspect who they say fired at them. Earlier this week, the county district attorney said she would seek murder charges against two other officers in the shooting of a homeless man last year.

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Around the Nation
4:51 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Chicago Scrambles To Remain Top Contender For Obama Library

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:31 am

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The Two-Way
4:43 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

In Wake Of Lapses, Top Secret Service Officials Are Told To Leave

There's a management shakeup at the Secret Service in the wake of several security lapses: The Washington Post is reporting that four of the Secret Service's senior-most officials have been removed and a fifth is retiring.

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Shots - Health News
4:33 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

Tilda the orangutan, relaxing between gabfests at the Cologne Zoo.
Cologne Zoo

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 8:56 am

An orangutan named Tilda is providing scientists with fresh evidence that even early human ancestors had the ability to make speechlike vocalizations.

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The Salt
3:58 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Philadelphia Pizza Lovers Pay It Forward One Slice At A Time

Slices of pizza on the counter of Rosa's Fresh Pizza, where customers are encouraged to pay it forward.
Elizabeth Fiedler/WHYY

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 3:11 pm

Some pizza restaurants decorate the walls with signed photos of minor local celebrities who once stopped by for a slice.

At Rosa's Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, the shop is adorned with Post-it notes and letters. The messages are from customers who gave $1 so homeless members in the community could get a slice, which costs $1.

"The homeless, they come in and say, 'I hear you give out free pizza to homeless people,' " owner Mason Wartman tells The Salt.

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The Two-Way
3:49 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Free-Climbers Make It To Summit Of Yosemite's El Capitan

Tommy Caldwell (top) climbs what is known as Pitch 17 and Kevin Jorgeson handles the line as they free-climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan.
Tom Evans AP

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 2:02 pm

Update at 6:46pm ET:

On their 19th day of climbing, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson reached the top of El Capitan in California's Yosemite National Park at 3:25 p.m. PT. The Los Angeles Times reports the climbers' families were waiting for them at the summit. From The New York Times:

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Television
2:09 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

In 'Broad City,' Two Women Make Comedy From The 'Muck' Of New York Living

On Broad City, Abbi Jacobson (left) and Ilana Glazer play two single, 20-somethings living in New York City with dead-end jobs. They spend a lot of time hanging out, smoking weed and making each other laugh.
Walter Thompson Courtesy of Comedy Central

Comedy Central's television show Broad City has been compared to Girls and Sex and the City, but when co-creators, co-writers and co-stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer were creating the web series that ended up being a prototype of their TV show, they were actually channeling Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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Shots - Health News
1:21 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Early Test Of An Obamacare Experiment Posts Little Progress

Obama administration officials have warned that ambitious experiments run by the health law's $10 billion innovation lab wouldn't always be successful. Now there is evidence their caution was well placed.

Only a small minority of community groups getting federal reimbursement to reduce expensive hospital readmissions produced significant results compared with sites that weren't part of the $300 million program, according to partial, early results.

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Shots - Health News
10:33 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Working Longer Hours Can Mean Drinking More

It's been a long day. Time to unwind.
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Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 12:21 pm

People who try to reduce the stress of a long work day with a drink or two, or three, may be causing more health problems for themselves.

Around the world, people working long hours are more likely to drink too much, according to a study that analyzed data from 61 studies involving 333,693 people in 14 countries.

They found that people who worked more than 48 hours a week were 13 percent more likely to engage in risky drinking than people working 35 to 40 hours a week.

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Politics
10:27 am
Wed January 14, 2015

What If Mitt And Jeb Really Do Go At It, Hammer And Tongs?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (right) talks with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Romney's campaign plane in 2012.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 3:44 pm

Pity the poor guys who are trying to run for president while still serving as governors.

All the media attention this week went to former Govs. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, because Romney suddenly decided to call in his chits and get back in the presidential conversation for 2016. Virtually every news organization in North America instantly got wide-eyed about it.

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The Salt
9:24 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Gluten-Free Craze Is Boon And Bane For Those With Celiac Disease

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 12:28 pm

Gluten is the dietary boogeyman du jour.

And for people with celiac disease, a serious autoimmune disorder, gluten β€” a protein found in wheat, rye and barley β€” really is the boogeyman, triggering painful gastrointestinal inflammation and other symptoms. For these people, the phenomenal popularity of gluten-free diets has been both a blessing and a curse.

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Race
6:19 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Far From North Africa, Berbers In The U.S. Ring In A New Year

At this Yennayer celebration in Portland, Ore., several groups take to the stage, playing traditional songs, as well as the songs of more recent artists like Idir and Moh Alileche.
Mustapha Akebdan

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 3:29 pm

For most Americans, New Year's is fairly personal. It's a time to make resolutions and down some champagne β€” and it was also a couple of weeks ago. But for Berbers β€” the indigenous people of Northern Africa β€” the New Year starts this week, and it's an occasion to celebrate their heritage.

In Portland, Ore., some residents are celebrating Yennayer, the Berber New Year. It's a holiday that's not traditionally a big deal, but it's an opportunity to celebrate Berber culture, which hasn't always been easy to do.

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Politics
6:18 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Harris Opens Bid For Boxer's Senate Seat, But Others May Follow

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 6:53 pm

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Around the Nation
5:21 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Seattle Public Transportation Has Gone to The Dogs β€” Well, One Dog

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 7:48 am

For once, here's a positive commuting story: Jeff Young's dog, Eclipse, often rides the bus with him in Seattle. But if the bus pulls up to the stop and Jeff isn't quite done with his cigarette yet, Eclipse will hop on it without him.

The drivers let her on, and she leaps over the other passengers to grab a window seat. Young gets on the next bus, and they meet up a few stops later.

So, where does the canine commuter disembark? (Heh.) A dog park, of course.

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U.S.
5:05 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Miami Rejects Hosting Cuban Consulate, But Tampa Wants It

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 7:48 am

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Back At Base
3:18 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Without Help, Navigating Benefits Can Be Overwhelming For Veterans

Grant County VSO Bob Kelley makes calls in his office at the Grant County Government Building in Marion, Ind.
Aaron P. Bernstein for NPR

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 2:11 pm

NPR β€” along with seven public radio stations around the country β€” is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live.

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NPR Ed
3:17 am
Wed January 14, 2015

North Carolina Rethinks The Common Core

Math scores at McMichael High School have improved.
Courtesy of McMichael High School

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 4:49 pm

It's shaping up to be an interesting year for the Common Core, barely five years after 45 governors embraced it. A few states have already repealed the new math and reading standards. Others are pushing ahead with new tests, curriculum and teaching methods aligned to the Core.

And in some states, its future hangs in the balance. North Carolina is one of them.

It was one of the first states that quietly adopted the Common Core, and it moved quickly to put the standards in place.

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Sports
3:16 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Ads Say 'No More' To Domestic Violence, But Will Audience Listen?

NFL commentator and former strong safety John Lynch appears in new public service announcements from the "No More" project.
Timothy White nomore.org

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 10:43 am

NFL games remain among the most popular television programs in America, but this has been a disastrous season for the league's brand.

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