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If A Picture's Worth 1,000 Words, Could It Help You Floss?

Sun, 2014-04-06 01:17

It's hard to get people to change their health behaviors for the better. Would putting drawings of simple health truisms on a pack of cards help? One creative tech geek wants to find out.

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Signal Detected By Chinese Ship Consistent With Aircraft Black Box

Sat, 2014-04-05 20:56

Officials on Sunday were trying to confirm whether a "pulse signal" reportedly picked up by a Chinese ship in the Indian Ocean came from the missing Malaysian jetliner.

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Author, Environmentalist Peter Matthiessen Has Died

Sat, 2014-04-05 17:04

Peter Matthiessen's publisher says he died Saturday after being ill "for some months." He had been diagnosed with leukemia. Matthiesen was 86.

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Kentucky To Play UConn In NCAA Final

Sat, 2014-04-05 16:50

The eighth-seeded Wildcats will face the seventh-seeded Huskies in an unlikely NCAA title matchup Monday with the highest combined rankings in tournament history.

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Americans Are On The Move, But In The Wrong Direction

Sat, 2014-04-05 15:05

People are having a harder time moving toward the places with the most economic opportunity. High cost of living is driving them to cheaper places, where job options are more limited.

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An Astronaut Asks: What Does This Cloud Look Like?

Sat, 2014-04-05 12:26

The image comes from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who gained fans last year when he tweeted photos and messages about his stint on the International Space Station.

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Dispute Came Before Fort Hood Shooting, Witnesses Say

Sat, 2014-04-05 11:35

The soldier who is believed to have killed three others in a shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, reportedly argued with fellow soldiers over paperwork shortly before violence erupted.

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NCAA Men's Final Four: Showdown In Texas

Sat, 2014-04-05 09:46

There are only four teams left in the men's NCAA bracket, as Kentucky, Connecticut, Florida, and Wisconsin vie for spots in Monday night's title game.

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Emergency Docs More Likely To Miss Signs Of Stroke In The Young

Sat, 2014-04-05 09:10

About 13 percent of people admitted to hospitals with a stroke diagnosis had visited the ER weeks earlier with complaints of headaches and dizziness that doctors mistakenly thought benign.

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Ban On Stores' Late Hours Is Lawful, French Court Says

Sat, 2014-04-05 08:29

Cosmetics retailer Sephora had hoped to keep its top Paris store open until midnight. Instead, the shop must observe the traditional closing time of 9 p.m.

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With Enrollee Goal Met, Obamacare Still Faces Political Trial

Sat, 2014-04-05 08:24

The Affordable Care Act's poll numbers may rise now that seven million more Americans have a stake in its survival. Yet even a small number of people can still make trouble for the law.

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Chinese Ship Reportedly Detects 'Pulse Signal' In Search For Airliner

Sat, 2014-04-05 04:35

A search ship has detected an ultrasonic pulse on a frequency used by black box recorders, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency.

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Newbie Urban Gardeners May Not Be Aware Of Soil's Dirty Legacy

Sat, 2014-04-05 04:18

More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, a report finds, but they're clueless about how to avoid other types of contaminants.

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'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

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For Syrian Refugees, 'Life Has Stopped'

Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Syrian refugees have flooded into Lebanon since the war began. The UN said this week that 1 million refugees are now in the country. NPR's Scott Simon and Alice Fordham discuss the impact.

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With Modern Election, Voters Make A Break From Old Afghanistan

Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Afghans voted for a new president Saturday, with only scattered violence. NPR'S Renee Montagne tells NPR's Scott Simon that the vote reflects the country's tug between tradition and modernity.

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'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's

Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush go on exhibit in Dallas on Saturday. He took up the hobby after he read Winston Churchill's essay, "Painting as Pastime."

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Argument May Have Led To Fort Hood Shooting

Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Officials at Fort Hood, Texas, are investigating an argument that may have led to a shooting spree there this week. They are moving away from a focus on the suspect's mental health issues.

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Bringing Death To The Shopping Mall: Selling Caskets At The Kiosk

Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Malls have long been the place to "shop till you drop." In Southern California, Forest Lawn, a funeral industry leader, has made them places to shop before you drop.

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Afghans Vote In Large Numbers Despite Risks

Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

After a campaign marred by violence, Afghans voted Saturday in presidential elections for what's to be the first ever democratic transfer of power. Results are not expected for some time.

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