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A Microbe Hunter Plies Her Trade In Space

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 4:00am

Meet Kate Rubins, a virus-hunter turned astronaut. When she sequenced DNA in space for the first time, she opened the door to a new era in space biology.

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As China's Coal Mines Close, Miners Are Becoming Bolder In Voicing Demands

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 3:58am

State-run coal mines are shutting down in China's rust belt. Facing layoffs, miners are worried about their future — and in the absence of labor unions, are organizing to demand better treatment.

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Orangutan's Vocal Feats Hint At Deeper Roots of Human Speech

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 3:57am

Rocky wowed scientists when he showed he could control his vocal cords much the way people do. His abilities suggest that early humans might have spoken words 10 million years ago.

(Image credit: Mark Kaser/Courtesy of Indianapolis Zoo)

Congressional Budget Office Delves Into GOP Health Plan's Cost

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 6:55am

The CBO is expected to soon release its projections on the impact of the House Republicans' proposed health care bill on the economy, the federal budget and the health care industry.

Atlanta TV Station Pays Tribute To Rapper Biggie Smalls

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 6:05am

On the 20th anniversary of his death, members of the Atlanta news team paid tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. by working the rapper's lyrics into morning traffic reports.

Seals Return To Waters Off Cape Cod And So Do The Sharks

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 5:59am

Ecologists insist it's good news that more sharks are expected this summer. Authorities insist swimmers need not worry. The sharks are coming to eat seals.

Trump Uses Media Pool Spray To His Communication Advantage

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:16am

President Trump's twitter habits are well known, he has a tendency to make news in another way that is abbreviated. It's called a pool spray.

EPA's Chief Environmental Justice Official Steps Down

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:16am

One of the EPA programs the new administration hopes to eliminate this year — according to a budget proposal seen by "The Washington Post" — is the office of Environmental Justice. Steve Inskeep talks to Mustafa Ali, who helped found the office in 1992.

The Complications Of Living In Russia-Occupied South Ossetia

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:16am

In 2008, Russia and Georgia went to war over South Ossetia. The territory is controlled by Russia, and Russia decides where the border is. Towns have been split in half, divided by barbed wire.

American Hospital Association Opposes GOP's Health Care Overhaul

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:16am

Steve Inskeep talks to Tom Nickels, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association, about his concerns about the overhaul of the Affordable Care Act.

'My Cousin Vinny' Turns 25

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:16am

The 1992 film comedy My Cousin Vinny was anticipated to be a likeable low-budget effort when it premiered. Somewhere along the line, it became a courtroom classic.

Congressional Budget Office To Estimate Cost Of GOP Health Care Bill

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:16am

Steve Inskeep talks to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who looks ahead to another week of tumultuous politics as President Trump and GOP leaders try to sell their health care plan to the party.

Dutch Election Expected To Be Another Test For Anti-Immigrant Stance

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:16am

Riots by Turkish immigrants raised tensions before Wednesday's general election in the Netherlands. After Brexit and the Trump win, will the fiery anti-Muslim Geert Wilders continue the populist roll?

How Will People Who Are Already Sick Be Treated Under A New Health Law?

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:00am

People withe pre-existing conditions would still be protected from insurance discrimination under the new House GOP bill, but it remains to be seen how that benefit would be paid for.

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In Their Search For Asylum, Central Americans Find The U.S. Is Closing Its Doors

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 3:52am

Immigrants and human rights advocates complain that federal authorities under President Trump are discouraging asylum requests and turning away immigrants fleeing persecution.

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Old-Style Chemo Is Still A Mainstay In The Age Of Targeted Cancer Therapy

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 3:51am

Scientists hunting cures for cancer hope to find targeted therapies with fewer side effects. But there's also new evidence that old-style chemo sometimes helps gentler treatments work better.

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Kentucky Community Hopes Trump Infrastructure Plan Will Fix Water System

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 3:50am

In Martin County, the drinking water comes from a river contaminated by sewage and years of coal and gas extraction. Residents hope a new federal focus on infrastructure will help them fix the system.

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Cheech Marin On How His Famed Comic Collaboration Was Like Chicano Art

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 3:45am

Marin (who has been collecting Chicano art for years) writes about the art of Cheech and Chong's comedy in Cheech Is Not My Real Name ... But Don't Call Me Chong!

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Selection Sunday: 2017 Men's College Basketball Tournament Bracket Set

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:21am

On Sunday, the selection committee set the field for the annual descent into March Madness. The four No. 1 seeds are defending champion Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas and Gonzaga.

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Unruly Passenger Causes Plane Bound For Hawaii To Be Diverted

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 5:40am

A passenger was asked to pay $12 for a blanket. His argument: Your plane is cold — help me out. After things got testy, the pilots took the plane and everyone on board to Los Angeles.




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