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Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving

Mon, 2014-04-21 15:38

A rash of infections in Saudi Arabia could be a warning signal that the deadly virus has reached a tipping point and is ready to spread out of the Middle East, scientists worry.

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Alaska OKs Bill Making Native Languages Official

Mon, 2014-04-21 14:05

If you're inclined, you could soon speak Tlingit, Inupiaq, or Siberian Yupik in Alaska with the knowledge that those and 18 other languages (including English) are officially recognized by the state.

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U.S. Marshal Fatally Shoots Defendant In Utah Courtroom

Mon, 2014-04-21 13:52

The alleged gang member was killed when he reportedly lunged at a witness and was shot several times in the federal courtroom in Salt Lake City.

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The Tawdry Ballad Of A Man, A Casino And A Game Of Chance

Mon, 2014-04-21 13:28

The Ballad of a Small Player is set in the murky underworld of Macau's casinos. Reviewer Tash Aw calls the novel a masterful and thrilling collision of old Asia and 21st century glamour.

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Searching The Planet To Find Power For The Cloud

Mon, 2014-04-21 13:26

The quest for cheap, reliable electricity to power enormous cloud computing facilities is sending tech companies to the ends of the earth.

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Powdered Liquor: Now Legal But Won't Be In Your Margarita Soon

Mon, 2014-04-21 13:09

The feds have approved dehydrated versions of vodka and even mojitos. Simply add water and voila! You've got a cocktail. But red tape will likely keep the high-proof powder off the market for a while.

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To Keep Business Growing, Vendors Rebrand Pot's Stoner Image

Mon, 2014-04-21 12:54

In Colorado, where recreational pot is now legal, stores are working hard to stand out — marketing to fans of organic, locally grown produce and trying to liken using pot to enjoying a glass of wine.

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Teen Stowaway Somehow Survives Flight To Hawaii In Wheel Well

Mon, 2014-04-21 12:05

The FBI is saying that a 16-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after he hid in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose to Maui. Severe temperatures and low oxygen would make survival difficult. Investigators are examining the case.

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A Year From Tragedy, Boston Marathon Laurels Go To American

Mon, 2014-04-21 12:05

The Boston Marathon is back, over one year since bombs rocked its finish line. NPR's Jeff Brady discusses the race, its heightened security and Meb Keflezighi, the first American to win it since 1983.

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Eastern Ukraine Town Sent Reeling After Checkpoint Killings

Mon, 2014-04-21 12:05

The killing of three people at a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk has increased tension in the town, where a government building is being occupied by pro-Moscow militants.

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Tennessee Bill Could Send Addicted Moms To Jail

Mon, 2014-04-21 11:58

The proposal awaiting the governor's signature has bipartisan support, despite doctors' opposition. Critics say it could deter expectant mothers from seeking help, or even encourage more abortions.

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Made In The USA: Childless Chinese Turn To American Surrogates

Mon, 2014-04-21 11:45

Growing numbers of Chinese have hired American surrogates, allowing a couple to get around China's ban on the procedure and its birth limits. It also guarantees a coveted U.S. passport.

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Oso, Wash., Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 41; 4 Still Missing

Mon, 2014-04-21 11:18

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says two more people have been added to the list of the dead from last month's disaster in Washington state.

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U.N. Reports Hundreds Killed In Ethnic Violence In South Sudan

Mon, 2014-04-21 10:32

The U.N. Mission in South Sudan says it has confirmed the killings of more than 400 people who were singled out for their ethnicity after rebels seized the oil hub of Bentiu.

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You Can Survive A Flight In A Jet's Wheel Well, But Probably Won't

Mon, 2014-04-21 10:31

A California teen, the FBI says, flew from San Jose to Maui inside the landing gear bay of a Boeing 767. He is said to be OK. He's also very lucky. Nearly everyone else who's tried has died.

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For Extremists In Syria, Extortion Brings Piles Of Cash From Iraq

Mon, 2014-04-21 09:45

Radical rebel groups in Syria and Iraq have gained the upper hand over moderates with Mafia-style protection rackets that force ordinary Iraqis to hand over millions across the border.

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America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet

Mon, 2014-04-21 09:19

A computer scientist used statistical modeling to prove how America is losing its religion. Other factors: A drop in religious upbringing and an increase in college-level education.

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Parents Say 234 Girls Are Missing From School In Nigeria

Mon, 2014-04-21 08:42

Accounts have varied widely about what has happened to girls and young women presumed kidnapped by Islamist extremists. Authorities say 85 are unaccounted for. Families say the number is much higher.

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Lead Poisoning Nightmare In Nigeria May Be Easing

Mon, 2014-04-21 08:41

Four years ago, hundreds of children died, exposed to lead dust that was everywhere, created in a rush to process ore for gold. Nigeria is finding its own path to curb that dust — and save kids.

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Hunger Games: College Athletes Make Play For Collective Bargaining

Mon, 2014-04-21 08:37

The NCAA council approved new rules allowing student athletes unlimited snacks and meals after a star athlete complained about his hunger. But student advocates say they're still waiting to unionize.

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