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Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data?

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:45

Farmers can now deliver data from their fields, minute by minute, to big agribusiness companies like Monsanto or John Deere. Those companies promise to use the data to help farmers make money. But some farmers worry that it could threaten their privacy and give the big companies too much power.

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How A Little Chill In The Air Could Help You Lose Weight

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:34

Researchers in the Netherlands suggest that something as simple as lowering temperatures in the office or at home can help people burn calories as they keep their body temperatures steady. Chilling out to shed pounds works best in combination with diet and exercise.

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Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:29

Many cars can now track where we are, how fast we go and lots of other nuggets of information that can be accessed and mined. Some lawmakers and at least one car company say it's time to set some rules on driver privacy.

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Wrestling Fans Mourn Mae Young, 90 — A Pioneer Of The Ring

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:10

For years, she was known simply as The Great Mae Young. She started out in high school, wrestling boys and challenging top female wrestlers. Decades later, she took on far younger opponents and demanded to be "powerbombed" into folding tables by huge men.

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A Growth Factor Heals The Damage To A Preemie's Brain — In Mice

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

Scientists have shown that damage to the brain's "white matter" is responsible for many of the developmental problems that very premature infants often face. Now researchers have also demonstrated that it's possible to prevent that sort of damage in mice.

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English Only? For Mainland Puerto Ricans, The Answer Is Often 'Yes'

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

Puerto Ricans are less likely to speak Spanish at home, compared with other Latinos living in the U.S. According to an NPR poll, only 20 percent of Puerto Ricans speak Spanish at home — less than half the percentage for respondents overall.

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Shorter Lines? For Elections Commission, It's Common Sense

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

President Obama last year appointed a commission to recommend ways that local election officials can shorten lines at the polls. On Wednesday, that commission is releasing its final report, offering suggestions on how to make improvements in the voting experience.

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Ahead Of World Cup, Brazil's Delays Have FIFA Concerned

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

Months before Brazil hosts the World Cup, preparations are going at breakneck speed to host the hundreds of thousands of tourists who will pour in to watch the extravaganza. Still, construction on several of the proposed stadiums is behind schedule, and infrastructure upgrades have been delayed, as well. Will Brazil be ready for the games?

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Turkish Opposition Eyes Its Oppurtinity In March

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

Voters in Turkey go to the polls on March 30 to elect local officials, and the election is seen as the first chance for Turks to weigh in on a number of major controversies. These include Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly autocratic governing style, the growing repression of free speech and a corruption scandal that has claimed the jobs of three cabinet ministers thus far. The race for Istanbul mayor is seen as the best hope for Turkey's secular opposition to lift itself off the political mat and become a contender again.

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Pentagon, White House Are At Odds Over Afghanistan

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

The Pentagon is saying that it needs to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 to train Afghans and maintain a counterterror mission. But military officials are once again running into interference from Vice President Joe Biden. That's nothing new: Biden in particular has for years pushed for a counterterror option of only several thousand troops, though the military says that number is far too small. The Pentagon argues that Biden's proposal would mean the U.S. forces would be largely consigned to their bases.

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Obama Launches Task Force To Combat Sexual Assault

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

At the White House on Wednesday, President Obama's Council on Women and Girls presented its report on sexual assault, calling it an epidemic especially on college campuses. The report claims that one in five women will experience a sexual assault in their lifetimes. Only 12 percent of victims actually report it, though.

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In Syrian Conference, Former Diplomat Hears Echoes Of The Balkans

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

As the peace conference on Syria begins in the Swiss city of Montreaux, Robert Siegel talks to Lord David Owen, the former British foreign secretary. They discuss Owen's experience with a similarly fraught peace process, when he sought to broker a peace plan between the Serbians and Bosnians in the 1990s.

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Syrian Peace Talks Open With Bitterness And A Bit Of Hope

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

The long-anticipated Syrian peace conference commenced on Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland. The opening day marked the first time Syrian government and opposition members came together in the same room. Each side blamed the other for the three years of bloodshed in Syria. NPR's Deborah Amos offers a recap and analysis of the day's events from Switzerland.

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In North Carolina, Workarounds Help The Poor Find Health Coverage

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

Because North Carolina didn't expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, many low-income people who could otherwise benefit from the law don't. But there are often ways to bump up their incomes just enough to help them qualify for subsidized coverage.

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Debate: Is The Affordable Care Act Beyond Repair?

Wed, 2014-01-22 12:07

Two teams of medical doctors and political columnists face off over the hot-button health care law in the latest Intelligence Squared debate. Is Obamacare fundamentally flawed or poised to transform the health care system for the better?

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Warren Buffett's $1 Billion Basketball Bet Is A Very Long Shot

Wed, 2014-01-22 11:37

Quicken Loans and Buffett have teamed up to offer $1 billion to anyone who correctly picks the winners of all 63 games in this year's NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. But the odds of winning are sky-high.

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Scheduled Execution Of Mexican National Revives Diplomatic Row

Wed, 2014-01-22 11:31

An international court ruled that the arrests of some Mexican nationals violated international law. Texas has refused to abide by those findings and that has caused strain between the U.S. and its southern neighbor.

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Failing To Get Off The Couch May Contribute To Heart Failure

Wed, 2014-01-22 10:28

Researchers focused on the activities outside business hours. And they found that your behavior beyond whatever you're doing to make a living appears to affect your chances of heart failure. To minimize the risk, walk when you can and sit only when you must.

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8-Year-Old Dies Trying To Save Relatives From Burning Trailer

Wed, 2014-01-22 10:23

A local school official said Tyler J. Doohan died a hero. He alerted six people to the fire and died trying to wake up his uncle and grandfather.

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Think You Know Richard Sherman After His 'Rant'? Maybe Not

Wed, 2014-01-22 09:39

The Seattle Seahawks player's post-game interview set off another national discussion about race because of the way many reacted to it with not-so-veiled slurs. He tells CNN that it's those who posted racial comments about him afterward who "showed their true character."

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