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Ukraine Tracks Protesters Through Cellphones Amid Clashes

Tue, 2014-01-21 09:14

People with cell phones who were in the vicinity of violent protests in Kiev reportedly received this disturbing text message from the government: "Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance."

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Workers May Be Missing, Or Maybe Just Retiring

Tue, 2014-01-21 08:14

Is the economy strengthening, or is the jobless rate falling only because so many people are dropping out of the workforce? Big policy decisions — on interest rates and unemployment benefits — hinge on the answer.

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Workers May Be Missing, Or Maybe Just Retiring

Tue, 2014-01-21 08:14

Is the economy strengthening, or is the jobless rate falling only because so many people are dropping out of the workforce? Big policy decisions — on interest rates and unemployment benefits — hinge on the answer.

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'Gut-Wrenching' Chicago Clergy Abuse Documents Go Online

Tue, 2014-01-21 08:12

Church officials have handed over thousands of pages of formerly secret papers to attorneys representing victims. The documents cover 30 of the 65 or so Chicago-area clergy who the church believes abused children in the '70s, '80s and '90s.

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Why Letting Kids Serve Themselves May Be Worth The Mess

Tue, 2014-01-21 07:57

Research shows that when kids are allowed to serve themselves, they're less likely to overeat. They also tend to be more open to trying different kinds of foods.

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Report Details Alleged 'Systematic' Killing By Syria's Assad

Tue, 2014-01-21 07:28

The report by three former war crimes prosecutors is based on what are said to be thousands of photographs of dead prisoners that allegedly were smuggled out by a Syrian defector. The revelation comes just ahead of Syrian peace talks set to begin in Switzerland.

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Hunt Is On For At Least One 'Black Widow' In Sochi

Tue, 2014-01-21 05:00

Russian security forces are reportedly searching for at least one young woman who may be intending to set off a suicide bomb. She's said to be the widow of an Islamic insurgent. Meanwhile, the U.S. will have warships in the Black Sea in case evacuations are necessary during the Winter Olympics.

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What Is This Bombogenesis And Why Is It Dumping Snow On Us?

Tue, 2014-01-21 04:15

The type of storm that's blowing up the East Coast of the U.S. on Tuesday has an explosive-sounding name. Add bombogenesis to the growing list of weather terms we're learning about this winter — a list that also includes polar vortex.

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Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed

Tue, 2014-01-21 03:07

Up a barren, narrow valley in the West Bank hills, a small community of herders raises sheep and goats. But it is also an Israeli military zone. NPR's Emily Harris visited the community one day, and returned the next to find their flimsy homes bulldozed by Israeli court order.

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Diabetes, Cost Of Care Top Health Concerns For U.S. Latinos

Tue, 2014-01-21 02:04

A poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health finds that nearly 1 in 5 Latinos say diabetes is the major health concern for themselves and their family. In East Los Angeles, where obesity and diabetes are common, community activists are committed to turning the problem around.

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Poll Focuses On Views From A Wide Array Of Latino Americans

Tue, 2014-01-21 02:03

It's a cliché and an understatement to say Latino-Americans aren't a monolithic group. But our survey of nearly 1,500 Latinos underscores the variety of different experiences collapsed into the term "Latino."

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A Union For Home Health Aides Brings New Questions To Supreme Court

Tue, 2014-01-21 00:19

An Illinois case examines whether states may recognize a union for workers who care for disabled adults in their homes instead of state institutions, and whether non-union members must pay for a contract they benefit from.

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After Tragedy At 2010 Games, Sochi Slows Down The Sled Track

Tue, 2014-01-21 00:19

The Winter Olympics bobsled, luge and skeleton track was designed with safety in mind, not just speed. It was constructed after an athlete died in a violent crash, and others complained of out-of-control speed, at the Olympics four years ago.

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Brain Games: Move Objects With Your Mind To Find Inner Calm?

Tue, 2014-01-21 00:18

"Hands-free" is taking on a new meaning. Games hitting the market use EEGs so you can move a toy helicopter with your mind or play the brain like a musical instrument. It's the stuff of sci-fi movies, but potentially with an added health benefit.

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Mild-Mannered Stingrays Can Inflict A World Of Hurt

Tue, 2014-01-21 00:17

These cousins of the shark send thousands of waders and surfers yelping for medical help each year. A powerful toxin in the barb of the ray's tail triggers a "knifelike pain" that can last for hours. Best prevention? Do the "stingray shuffle."

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2 Nabbed At Texas Border In Credit Card Fraud Case

Mon, 2014-01-20 23:03

A South Texas police chief said the 2 Mexican citizens used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise. A federal official said later there currently was no connection between the arrests and the retailer's credit card data theft.

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Wendy Davis' Story May Have Misstated Details

Mon, 2014-01-20 22:55

In Texas, Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis' rise from a teenage single mother living in a trailer park to Harvard Law School is a centerpiece of her campaign for governor. Some of the details of her personal story, however, may be fuzzier than first thought.

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Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It's A Cultural Heritage ... And Art Form

Mon, 2014-01-20 21:00

The United Nations has named traditional Japanese cuisine — known as Washoku — an intangible cultural heritage. One of the oldest foods of Washoku is the soba noodle. But what most Americans call soba is a pale comparison to the actual cuisine. One woman in Southern California is trying to keep the true traditional noodle alive in America.

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Two Killed, Others Hurt In Omaha Plant Explosion

Mon, 2014-01-20 14:29

Authorities say there have been deaths and a number of injuries at the animal feed processing plant, but haven't given specifics.

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Nuclear Inspectors Enter Iran, With Eyes Peeled For Cheating

Mon, 2014-01-20 14:02

This week in Iran, international inspectors are stepping up surveillance of the country's nuclear program. The inspections are at the heart of a landmark deal that freezes Iran's uranium enrichment in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from sanctions, but they are just a first step.

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