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Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote

Tue, 2014-04-01 12:55

A former prime minister and a candy billionaire lead the pack of presidential contenders for the May election. One big question is whether voters in Crimea, which Russia now controls, will have a say.

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It's Official: Americans Are Floating In A Pool Of Ranch Dressing

Tue, 2014-04-01 12:52

What the heck did we put on salad, wings, chips and pizza crust before ranch flavor was invented? If you were born after the 1970s, you probably don't remember.

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Review Finds Mammography's Benefits Overplayed, Harms Dismissed

Tue, 2014-04-01 12:42

Mammograms can prevent breast cancer deaths, but each woman's benefit or harm will vary based on her age and underlying cancer risks, a study finds. More individualized advice would help.

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Chicago Mayor Could Face Tough Re-Election Challenge

Tue, 2014-04-01 12:02

Will Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former top aide to President Obama, find himself facing a challenge from another politician who was once close to Obama?

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Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship

Tue, 2014-04-01 12:00

In 2012, nearly a quarter of all new businesses were started by people between the ages of 55 and 64. What makes older adults choose starting businesses over retirement?

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GM Ignition Switch Controversy Comes To Capitol Hill

Tue, 2014-04-01 12:00

General Motors CEO Mary T. Barra testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday, speaking before a House panel that is investigating how the company handled problems with its vehicles' ignition switch.

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American-Made, Haven-Kept? Congress Looks At Caterpillar's Tax Returns

Tue, 2014-04-01 12:00

Caterpillar executives are on Capitol Hill answering questions about the company's tax returns. Caterpillar is accused of shifting money abroad to avoid billions in taxes.

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As Texas Gets More Diverse, Educators Grab The Bull By The Horns

Tue, 2014-04-01 12:00

Hispanics now make up 38 percent of Texas residents. One demographer says the state's future is tied to the success of its growing minority population. Schools may be part of the solution.

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Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes

Tue, 2014-04-01 12:00

NPR examines previously undisclosed financial records from Daystar Television. Those files raise issues as basic as the definition of "church" and as a grand as the role of government in religion.

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Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back

Tue, 2014-04-01 11:27

After Crimea, is Alaska next? A petition on the White House website calling for just that has more than 37,000 signatures.

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Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59

Tue, 2014-04-01 11:18

The iconic DJ is credited with helping popularize the style of mixes and remixes known as house music. The cause of death is still unknown, but he suffered from diabetes.

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Conservative Media Watchdog: Univision, Telemundo Favor Liberals

Tue, 2014-04-01 11:02

The Media Research Center says its survey shows that news stories on the nation's Spanish-language television networks are dominated by partisans on the left — and conservatives should be concerned.

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As Peace Talks Falter, Kerry Cancels Meeting With Abbas

Tue, 2014-04-01 10:30

John Kerry made the announcement after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asked to join international organizations, a move that is opposed by the U.S. and Israel.

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Obama: The Affordable Care Act Is Working, 'Helping People... Coast To Coast'

Tue, 2014-04-01 09:58

President Obama gave an impassioned defense of his signature legislation after announcing 7.1 million Americans had signed up by the end of the law's first open enrollment.

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GM CEO Barra Is Grilled Over Handling Of Ignition Switch Defect

Tue, 2014-04-01 09:39

Hinting at lawmakers' frustration and the grilling that awaited GM CEO Mary Barra, the event is titled, "The GM Ignition Switch Recall: Why Did It Take So Long?"

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The List Of Animals Who Can Truly, Really Dance Is Very Short. Who's On It?

Tue, 2014-04-01 09:36

YouTube is chock full of cats, gophers, dogs and chimps who are supposed to be dancing. But they're not. Biologists say the list of "true" dancers is extremely small. We're on it. But guess who else?

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Fraud Found In Study Claiming Fast, Easy Stem Cells

Tue, 2014-04-01 09:20

The lead author of a recent "breakthrough study" fabricated the data and is guilty of scientific misconduct, according to a Japanese research panel. The scientist says she will appeal the judgment.

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Global Airlines Call For Better Tracking Method After Flight 370

Tue, 2014-04-01 09:14

"We cannot let another aircraft simply vanish," the head of the International Air Travel Association says.

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Red Sox Rock The White House With Flag Jacket And Presidential Selfie

Tue, 2014-04-01 09:02

When the team was honored by President Obama on Tuesday, colorful outfielder Jonny Gomes came decked out in a red, white and blue flag jacket. The Sox gave the commander in chief a matching jacket.

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The Arguments For And Against Releasing Jonathan Pollard

Tue, 2014-04-01 08:51

The formal naval intelligence analyst is serving a life term for spying for Israel. This is not the first time his case has cropped up in the larger context of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

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