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Shots - Health News
2:35 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

U.Va. Looks At Ways To Curb Drinking At Its Frat Houses

The University of Virginia is trying to crack down on excessive and underage drinking at fraternities.
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Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 11:58 am

The University of Virginia is renegotiating its contract with fraternities, which were suspended after a Rolling Stone article described a frat house gang rape. Even though that article has been called into question, U.Va.

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Politics
2:35 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Black Congressional Staffers Stage Walk Out Over Grand Jury Decisions

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 4:39 pm

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Law
2:35 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Justice Department Numbers Paint Different Picture Of Sexual Assault

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 4:39 pm

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All Tech Considered
2:34 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Weekly Innovation: A Smart Power Outlet That Can't Shock You

Normal outlets are always live at 120 volts, but the Brio Safe uses embedded sensors to accurately identify a plug before delivering a current.
Brio

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 12:21 pm

If you're a parent, you know the aggravation that comes with baby-proofing an entire house. Probably one of your biggest fears is that your child might stick her finger or a foreign object into an electrical outlet.

More than 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents occur annually, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, and each day, nearly seven children are treated in a hospital due to injuries from tampering with an outlet.

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The Two-Way
2:31 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Kentucky Says Noah's Ark Theme Park Won't Get Tax Breaks

This July 7, 2011, photo shows plans for a proposed religious theme park called Ark Encounter, at the Ark Encounter headquarters in Hebron, Ky. Kentucky says that the project is ineligible for tax incentives
Dylan Lovan AP

A Christian group in Kentucky that is building a Noah's Ark theme park says it will legally challenge the state's decision to withdraw its offer of tax breaks for the project.

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Shots - Health News
2:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Unexpected Joint Pain Seen In Test Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine

A shipment of experimental Ebola vaccine is opened at a hospital in Geneva.
Mathilde Missioneiro AP

Two potential Ebola vaccines are currently being tested in people, to see if they're safe and to figure out the best dose.

Both trials have encountered some of the typical travails of vaccine research.

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The Two-Way
1:37 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Study: Just 20 Percent Of Female Campus Sexual Assault Victims Go To Police

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 3:52 pm

Young women who are sexually assaulted are vastly unlikely to report those crimes to police, according to a newly released Justice Department report.

Even more striking, women ages 18 to 24 who are in college or trade school are less likely to report such incidents than those who aren't in school, despite the increasing number of sexual assault advocates and counselors on campus in recent years.

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The Two-Way
1:35 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Greenpeace Apologizes For Stunt At Peru's Sacred Nazca Lines

Greenpeace activists stand next to massive cloth letters next to the hummingbird geoglyph at Peru's sacred Nazca lines. The Peruvian government is pursuing criminal charges against the activists.
Rodrigo Abd AP

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 11:12 am

Greenpeace has apologized to the people of Peru after activists entered a highly restricted area to leave a message on ancient, sacred desert land.

Activists placed giant, yellow letters spelling out, "Time for change! The future is renewable. Greenpeace," near markings in the earth known as the Nazca lines.

Reuters reports that:

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The Two-Way
1:09 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

'Cromnibus' Spending Bill Passes, Just Hours Before Deadline

The U.S. Capitol is seen at dusk Thursday. The House approved a massive spending bill just hours before a midnight deadline to fund the federal government.
Shawn Thew EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 6:08 am

Post updated at 9:38 p.m. ET.

A massive federal spending bill finally won the House's approval Thursday night, less than three hours before a midnight deadline that threatened a federal shutdown. The measure's fate had been in doubt after it narrowly survived a rules vote earlier in the day. The final tally was 219-206.

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NPR Story
1:09 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

CIA Chief: Results Of Harsh Interrogation Unknown

Did the CIA’s harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects yield crucial information that could not have been obtained another way? CIA chief John Brennan says the answer cannot be known.

The Senate torture report this week asserted that none of the CIA’s techniques used against captives provided critical, life-saving intelligence. Brennan told a news conference that valuable intelligence did come from the interrogations.

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NPR Story
12:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

‘Water Stories’: A Conversation In Paint And Sound

"Spill" by Anne Neely, part of the "Water Stories" exhibit at Boston's Museum of Science. (Courtesy of Ann Neely)

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:56 am

Nationally acclaimed artist Anne Neely has produced an exhibit exploring the phenomena of water — not only how hit relates to nature, but also to memory and imagination.

Her paintings, currently on display at Boston’s Museum of Science, explore the beauty of water, but also raise a cautionary flag about issues that threaten the world’s water, including pollution and climate change.

The exhibit is accompanied by an audio composition by sound artist Halsey Burgund, whose water-themed compositions play throughout the gallery.

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NPR Story
12:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

'Birdman' Tops Golden Globes With 7 Nominations

“Birdman” squawked loudest in the Golden Globes nominations, flying away with a leading seven nods including best picture in the comedy or musical category.

In nominations for the 72 annual Golden Globes announced Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, “Boyhood” and “The Imitation Game” trailed with five nods apiece. Those two films led a best drama category that also included “Foxcatcher,” “Selma” and “The Theory of Everything.”

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Postcard From Mexico: Mother Clings To Hope That Students Are Still Alive

Natividad de la Cruz Bartolo shows a picture of her son, Emiliano, one of 43 university students who went missing months ago.
Carrie Kahn NPR

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 2:01 pm

The parents of 43 students who went missing more than two months ago in Mexico say they don't believe the government's account of what happened to their loved ones and they will continue to protest and demand justice.

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Music
12:21 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Three Jazz Box Sets For Stocking Stuffers

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews three box sets featuring memorable pianists: the Chick Corea Trio's Trilogy, Herbie Hancock's Warner Bros. Years (1969-1972), and The Rosemary Clooney CBS Radio Recordings 1955-1961.

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The Two-Way
12:13 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

'Unknowable' If CIA Methods Elicited Useful Information, Agency's Chief Says

CIA Director John Brennan
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 5:57 am

CIA Director John Brennan defended his agency's actions after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and said while it is "unknowable" whether the CIA's interrogation techniques against terrorism suspects provided useful information, the agency did not mislead the Bush White House about its activities.

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The Two-Way
10:21 am
Thu December 11, 2014

'Pineapple Express' Brings Winds, Rain To Northern California

A weather map showing a rain forecast for the next seven days.
NOAA

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:58 am

Power outages, canceled ferry services, flight delays: Those are some of the effects of one of the windiest and rainiest storms in recent years to make its way across Northern California.

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The Two-Way
9:14 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Fidel Castro Awarded China's Confucius Peace Prize

Fidel Castro, seen here in July, was awarded the Confucius Peace Prize, China's version of the Nobel Prize. He was not on hand to receive the award at a ceremony in Beijing on Tuesday.
Alex Castro AP

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has been awarded the Confucius Peace Prize, China's version of the Nobel Prize.

The Global Times, an official newspaper, said Castro, 88, was selected for the prize because he did not use force while dealing with international disputes, especially against the U.S. The newspaper also reported that Castro had made important contributions to eliminating nuclear weapons upon his retirement from the presidency in 2008.

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Shots - Health News
8:54 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Does Snoring Leave Tots More Vulnerable To Childhood Obesity?

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:36 am

A solid night's sleep does more than recharge a growing brain — it may also help keep a growing body lean.

Breathing problems or a chronic lack of sleep early in life may double the risk that a child will be obese by age 15, according to research published Thursday in The Journal of Pediatrics.

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Goats and Soda
8:47 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Wilbur Goes To Work: New, Very First-Class Video On Village Life

Wilbur Sargunaraj introduces us a barber in his father's home village in India.
Wilbur Sargunaraj for NPR

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 12:18 pm

Last week, Wilbur Sargunaraj took NPR by storm with not one, but two video premieres. The YouTube star was taking pump baths, drinking Goli soda and — to the dismay of some readers — dunking a chicken in water.

If you missed that wild ride, no worries. Wilbur is back!

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Monkey See
7:51 am
Thu December 11, 2014

A Prediction For How Serial Is Going To End

Serial producers Sarah Koenig (left) and Dana Chivvis in the recording studio.
Elise Bergeron Courtesy of Serial

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 3:06 pm

As The Conversation About Serial reaches a fever pitch in certain circles, those of us behind Code Switch and Monkey See have been talking quite a bit about the show. Here's the first part of our exchange, from Code Switch editor Matt Thompson:

Hi Linda, Kat and Gene,

I think we're still far enough away from the conclusion of Serial (ostensibly next Thursday) that predicting its ending is both brave and foolhardy, so let me lay it on you.

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The Two-Way
6:49 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Dick Cheney On Senate Torture Investigation: 'The Report Is Full Of Crap'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:53 am

"The report is full of crap."

That's what former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News in an interview about a Senate investigation that found the Central Intelligence Agency used brutal techniques to interrogate terrorism suspects and then misled lawmakers, the White House and Congress about what they were doing.

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The Two-Way
5:54 am
Thu December 11, 2014

U.S. Says It Has Closed Its Final Detention Center In Afghanistan

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:05 am

The United States says that with the closing of its detention center at Bagram, it is no longer holding any prisoners in Afghanistan.

As Reuters puts it, the announcement was made late Wednesday and marks the end of a controversial chapter in U.S. history.

NBC News reports the U.S. gave up custody of its two final prisoners:

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Shots - Health News
5:37 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Debunking Vaccine Myths Can Have An Unintended Effect

Would it help you to know that your worries about the flu shot are unfounded? Perhaps not.
Darron Cummings AP

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:35 am

Remember back in October when I debunked 32 myths about the flu vaccine here?

Research published since then suggests my efforts might have been in vain, at least in part.

The post might have changed some minds, but it seems unlikely to have led legions of people to race to get vaccinated.

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The Two-Way
4:42 am
Thu December 11, 2014

In Hong Kong, Police Clear Final 'Occupy' Protest Site

Hong Kong police arrest lawmaker and pro-democracy activist Leung Kwok-Hung during a sit-in Thursday as police clear the main protest site in the Admiralty district.
Alex Ogle AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:02 am

After months of acts of civil disobedience that at some points paralyzed Hong Kong, police cleared the final encampment of what's come to be known as the Umbrella Revolution.

Demonstrators had gathered on the streets of Hong Kong for two months. The protest site at Admiralty was, symbolically, the most important because it was closest to the government offices. In the end, it was also the last one standing.

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Latin America
3:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Walk In The Steps, If Not In The Image, Of A Communist Hero

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 6:13 am

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Strange News
3:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

For The Sophisticated Souse, Fabric Infused With A Whiff Of Whiskey

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 6:13 am

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Politics
3:04 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Congressional Plan To Fund Military Comes With A Side Of 'Land Grab'

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 6:13 am

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National Security
2:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Talking Point Or Proof Of Value: CIA Tactics And The 'Second Wave' Plot

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 12:15 pm

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National Security
2:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

ISIS Used Predatory Tools And Tactics To Convince U.S. Teens To Join

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 8:19 am

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Race
2:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

First The Protest, Then The Storm: Bay Area's 5 Straight Nights Of Clashes

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:45 am

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