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Hacking The Brain With Electricity — Don't Try This At Home

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 2:24am

Small jolts of electricity to the brain can treat diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson's. But some healthy people are trying electrical stimulation to make the brain sharper. And it may not be safe.

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'Silver Tsunami,' And Other Terms That Can Irk The Over-65 Set

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 2:23am

Reporter Ina Jaffe covers aging for NPR. But many common terms for people formerly known as senior citizens have become stigmatized, she says — leaving her at a loss for words.

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If You Want To Teach Kids History, Try Grossing Them Out First

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 2:22am

Grownups might not "get it," but subjects like bugs and poop can make history lessons a little more palatable for middle schoolers. Author Sarah Albee says she writes books for her inner 12 year old.

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Six Words: 'You've Got To Be Taught' Intolerance

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 2:21am

A huge hit upon its release, the 1949 musical South Pacific still resonates with contributors to The Race Card Project — particularly a song about how prejudice is learned, not innate.

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GM To Pay Record Fine Over Safety Recall

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 11:06am

The Department of Transportation on Friday announced that it's ordering General Motors to pay a $35 million civil penalty for the handling of its ignition switch problems.

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S.C. Lawmakers Reconsider Old-School Cursive Writing

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 6:10am

Many schools dropped cursive writing as computer use spread, and South Carolina hasn't required it since 2008. A state Senate panel approved a requirement to bring it back but the cost is $27 million.

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Couch Produces More Than Loose Change

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 6:03am

Three roommates bought an old couch at Salvation Army, and in between the cushions found envelopes filled with cash. They tracked down the original owner and gave back $40,000.

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U.S. Men's Soccer Team Tries To Jell Before World Cup

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:58am

In one month, the U.S. Men's national soccer team plays Ghana, in the first of three tough opening round games at the World Cup. Until that contest in Brazil, the U.S. men will be, in the words of their head coach, playing catch up with their opponents. A pre-World Cup camp opened this week at Stanford University.

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Mine Accident Has Political Ramifications For Turkey's Prime Minister

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:58am

Hope is fading that any more workers will be rescued from a mine in western Turkey, where more than 280 miners died after an explosion. Anger toward the country's ruling party is growing.

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Opposition Party Wins, India's Congress Party Concedes Defeat

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:58am

Early results indicate the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party would earn enough parliamentary seats to create a government without forming a coalition with regional leaders.

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The Last Word In Business

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:58am

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

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Chipotle Shareholders Reject Executives' Compensation Plan

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:58am

Chipotle is one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country and its stock price has exploded in recent years. But on Thursday, shareholders gave a thumbs down to the company's executive compensation plan. The vote is technically non-binding which means the board can still override it.

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Shinseki Pressed By Senate Panel On VA Hospital Delays

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:58am

Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is trying to get to the bottom of claims that veterans are waiting months for medical appointments. VA hospitals say everyone is being seen within 14 days. Shinseki had to explain what's happening to a congressional panel on Thursday.

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Big Sunday Encourages Baby Steps To Volunteerism

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:58am

Sixteen years ago, a Hollywood writer decided he was fed up with endless rounds of script revisions. So he channeled his frustration into a day of volunteerism. From its simple roots in a synagogue, his action has grown into a nonprofit called Big Sunday.

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Propublica: Doctors Overcharge Medicare For Office Visit

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:58am

A new investigation suggests hundreds, if not thousands, of doctors are overcharging Medicare for office visits. Steve Inskeep talks to Charles Ornstein of the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.

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Contractors Have A Tough Time Finding Experienced Workers

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:58am

States like Texas are enjoying a boom in commercial construction but there aren't enough skilled workers. Companies have little choice but to offer higher pay and bonuses to attract and keep workers.

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'Million Dollar Arm' Delivers Ball-Park Size Enjoyment

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:58am

Lots of films are based on true stories, but film critic Kenneth Turan says Million Dollar Arm is especially endearing. The film stars Jon Hamm of Mad Men and is directed by Craig Gillespie.

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Brazilians Use Lead Up To World Cup To Protest Grievances

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:58am

Protests against June's World Cup — soccer's biggest tournament — swept across host country Brazil on Thursday. Twelve Brazilian cities saw demonstrations as well as many labor strikes.

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Flattened Syrian City Of Homs Is Scene Of Devastation

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:58am

In the Syrian city of Homs, things are quieter than they have been after rebels retreated in a U.N.-brokered ceasefire. Steve Inskeep talks to Time magazine's Ayrn Baker, who was recently in Homs.

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Corruption In Ukraine Robs HIV Patients Of Crucial Medicine

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 2:43am

Corruption is a daily fact of life in Ukraine, and that's killing people infected with HIV, say activists. As funds for medicine stray, there is only enough to treat half of all HIV-infected patients.

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