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It's All Politics

Justices Deeply Divided Over Same-Sex-Marriage Arguments

Apr 28, 2015
Justice Kennedy, seen as the determinative vote in the same-sex-marriage cases before the Supreme Court, was very tough on gay-marriage advocates.
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Deceptive Cadence

The World Music Education of Philip Glass

Apr 25, 2015
In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.
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Shots - Health News

CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users

Apr 24, 2015
The U.S. epidemic of injected-opioid use could lead to more severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C, like those now occurring in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention says.
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The Salt

How Texas Ranchers Try To Clinch The Perfect Rib-Eye

Apr 23, 2015
The rib-eye is the bestselling cut of beef in America both at the supermarket and the steakhouse. Once a year, breeders bring their stock into the barn to take a peek at the steak using ultrasound.
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Business

Comcast, Time Warner Push For Merger Approval Amid Opposition

Apr 22, 2015
Company officials met with regulators who are considering whether to back the proposed $45 billion merger. A group of U.S. senators say the deal should be rejected, calling it anti-competitive.
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Environment

Five Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem

Apr 21, 2015
An effort is underway to figure out how the BP oil spill harmed the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The damage may not be as dire as feared, but researchers say it's too soon to know the long-term impacts.
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Law

Meet The 'Accidental Activists' Of The Supreme Court's Same-Sex-Marriage Case

Apr 20, 2015
The legal battle over same-sex marriage hits the Supreme Court next week. It's an extraordinarily high-stakes clash, but the men and women at the center of it see themselves as incredibly ordinary.
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Pop Culture

After Fan Pressure, Netflix Makes 'Daredevil' Accessible To The Blind

Apr 18, 2015
The series stars a blind superhero — but at first, it lacked audio descriptions for the visually impaired. Netflix has added that option, but the issue raises larger questions of online accessibility.
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Around the Nation

As Lake Mead Levels Drop, The West Braces For Bigger Drought Impact

Apr 17, 2015
Near Las Vegas, levels in the nation's largest reservoir have dropped 140 feet since 2000. Water deliveries to Nevada, Arizona and California may soon be rationed — and farmers would feel it first.
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Shots - Health News

Scientists Probe Puppy Love

Apr 16, 2015
Research shows the mutual gazing between pooches and people spurs release of a "trust hormone" in both. The results suggest dogs really may love us back.
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Law

Former FBI Agent Speaks Out: 'I Was Not Protected'

Apr 15, 2015
Robyn Gritz investigated major national security threats, but says the FBI drummed her out of a job after she fell out of favor with her supervisors. She went on to sell cosmetics and answer phones.
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Shots - Health News

No Rest For Your Sleeping Brain

Apr 14, 2015
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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History

Discovery Gives New Ending To A Death At The Civil War's Close

Apr 12, 2015
Hannah Reynolds, a slave, was the only civilian killed in the Battle of Appomattox Court House during the Civil War. A new discovery suggests, contrary to earlier belief, that she died a free woman.
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Middle East

Trapped In Yemen's 'Armageddon,' An American Made A Dangerous Escape

Apr 11, 2015
Shortly after Saudi airstrikes began in Yemen, an American importer realized he was stuck in a war zone. Only with some quick thinking — and a tiny boat — did he narrowly escape back to the U.S.
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Shots - Health News

Medical Schools Reboot For 21st Century

Apr 09, 2015

Medicine has changed a lot in the past 100 years. But medical training has stayed much the same. Many schools are now retooling — focusing on teamwork — to train a different kind of doctor.

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Shots - Health News

Link Between Heart Disease And Height Hidden In Our Genes

Apr 08, 2015
Doctors long ago noticed that, beyond the usual influences of diet and smoking, short people seem to get heart disease more often than tall people. But why?
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The Salt

California Farmers Gulp Most Of State's Water, But Say They've Cut Back

Apr 07, 2015
Farms in California use as much as four times the water consumed by cities and towns. Now farmers are on defense after the governor decided to mostly exempt them from new, sweeping water cutbacks.
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Shots - Health News

Will A Transplanted Hand Feel Like His Own? Surgery Raises Questions

Apr 06, 2015
A 20-year-old man born without fingers on one hand hopes a transplanted hand will give him more confidence. He knows the risks of such a visible transplant, but says, "It's something I always wanted."
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Environment

Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

Apr 05, 2015
During its last major drought, Santa Barbara built a desalination plant. It was never used. Now it's being reopened, but critics say desalination is costly, energy-intensive and may harm marine life.
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Deceptive Cadence

Violinist Hilary Hahn Remembers Her Earliest Influences

Apr 04, 2015
The internationally celebrated soloist convinced violinist Klara Berkovich to teach her when she was just five years old. Student and teacher join NPR's Arun Rath to reflect on their relationship.
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The Two-Way

Energy Secretary: Iran Deal Blocks All Paths Toward Nuclear Bomb

Apr 03, 2015
In an interview with NPR, Ernest Moniz says the deal has expanded the time it would take Iran to make a bomb significantly — from two months to a year.
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The Salt

Mourning The Matzo: Iconic N.Y. Factory To Leave Former Jewish Hub

Apr 02, 2015
It's the end of an era: After nearly a century, the Streit's matzo factory is leaving Manhattan's Lower East Side. This Passover will be its last there. Streit's plans to move to a new factory.
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U.S.

Mass Tax Foreclosure Threatens Detroit Homeowners

Mar 30, 2015
Tuesday is the deadline to begin what many call the largest U.S. mass tax foreclosure. With the city counting on tax revenue, the owners behind on payments may be forced out of their homes.
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Shots - Health News

Medical Bills Linger, Long After Cancer Treatment Ends

Mar 27, 2015
A woman's family is stuck with medical charges for care she received after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Negotiating relief from the bills has become a part-time job for her daughter.
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Science

Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

Mar 26, 2015
The rate at which the ice is shrinking at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite measurements suggests.

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