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NCAA Directors Decide To Allow More Freedom To Wealthier Schools

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

Major changes are expected for the NCAA, whose board meets Thursday. Directors will consider giving the five power conferences more autonomy, as well as changing the way scholarships are administered.

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With New E-Cigarette Rules, FDA Hopes To Tame A 'Wild, Wild West'

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to expand its regulatory powers to e-cigarettes and other popular products containing nicotine.

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Report Decries A Cozy Relationship Shared By DHS And Watchdog

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

A Senate panel released a report Thursday that criticizes the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security. It accuses him of repeatedly compromising his independence.

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Firefights And Fallen Separatists, As Ukraine Offensive Advances

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

Early Thursday morning, the Ukrainian military moved into towns held by militants. Firefights and casualties have been reported at a number of different locations.

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In Answer To Palestinian Unity, Israelis Step Away From Peace Talks

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

The Israeli government suspended peace talks with Palestinians, citing a unity agreement announced Wednesday by Palestinian leadership. The Israeli security cabinet came to the decision unanimously, angered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's decision to end a seven-year schism with the Hamas movement.

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CIA Acts In Syria, Slipping Weapons To Rebels In Secret

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

As diplomatic talks in Geneva have failed to resolve the three-year-old civil war in Syria, the U.S. is undertaking a new covert program to send weapons in support of rebel forces there.

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Chemical Weapons Deadline May Be Met, But Results In Syria Are Mixed

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:15

Syria will likely meet an upcoming deadline to hand over its declared chemical weapons. But the agreement seems to have emboldened the Syrian regime to use other brutal tactics, including a chemical not covered by the deal.

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Pacific Island Nation Sues U.S., Others For Violating Nuclear Treaty

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:12

The Marshall Islands, the site of 66 U.S. nuclear weapons tests between 1946 and 1958, says the Non-Proliferation Treaty requires nuclear states to disarm.

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Retired Justice John Paul Stevens: Marijuana Should Be Legal

Thu, 2014-04-24 11:37

In an interview with NPR's Scott Simon, Stevens compares making pot illegal to the attempt to prohibit alcohol. Like alcohol, he said, there will soon be a consensus that it is not worth the cost.

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Using Technology To Fix The Texting While Driving Problem

Thu, 2014-04-24 11:25

Parents, cities and software companies have advocated or developed apps that block texts and calls when you're driving. But an Apple patent for locking phone functions could make a big impact.

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Tyler Hicks Tells The Story Behind His Pulitzer-Winning Nairobi Mall Photos

Thu, 2014-04-24 11:16

The New York Times photojournalist happened to be nearby when Islamist militants launched an attack on shoppers inside an upscale Kenyan mall — he rushed inside and took photos as the event unfolded.

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Pope OKs Communion For The Divorced? Not So Fast, Vatican Says

Thu, 2014-04-24 09:51

Word about what the pope reportedly said when he called a woman in Argentina set off speculation that he wants to reverse church teachings. His spokesman says that's reading too much into the story.

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A Measles Outbreak In The Philippines Travels To The U.S.

Thu, 2014-04-24 09:48

International travel is one reason why the number of measles cases in the U.S. has spiked this year. But the number of people who refuse to get their children vaccinated is a factor, too.

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American Journalist Freed By Kidnappers In Eastern Ukraine

Thu, 2014-04-24 09:14

Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for Vice News, was seized at gunpoint by masked men in the city of Slovyansk earlier this week. Vice says he is now safe and in good health.

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Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill

Thu, 2014-04-24 09:04

The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require GMO labeling. But a federal lawmaker recently introduced a bill that would outlaw state rules like Vermont's.

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Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History

Thu, 2014-04-24 08:34

The City of Chester, which sank in 1888 after colliding with the liner Oceanic, has been found. At the time, false reports that the other ship's Chinese crew failed to assist stoked racial hatred.

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Israel Halts Peace Talks After Palestinian Unity Move

Thu, 2014-04-24 07:54

The Israeli Cabinet on Thursday endorsed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to suspend talks because the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas are moving to form a unity government.

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Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law

Thu, 2014-04-24 07:13

In this age of social media, is every negative experience a possible class action?

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Lawyers Use High Court Petition To Highlight Prosecutorial Misconduct

Thu, 2014-04-24 07:05

A computer support technician convicted of possessing ricin to use as a weapon wants the Supreme Court to hear his appeal. He says prosecutors denied him due process by failing to disclose evidence.

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Obama: Japan's Administration Of Disputed Islands Shouldn't Change

Thu, 2014-04-24 06:50

A standoff over sovereignty of an island chain that Japan calls Senkaku and China calls Diaoyu has been a source of deep tension between the two countries in recent years.

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