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A Blind Woman Gains New Freedom, Click By Click By Click

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:37am

Blind since birth, Julee-anne Bell wasn't comfortable heading out on her own. And when she learned an echolocation technique that gave her more independence, she discovered that it came with costs.

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European Central Bank Launches Stimulus Plan

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:06am

The ECB will begin buying up eurozone member government bonds in a bid to stimulate Europe's flagging economy. America's Federal Reserve had a similar program that aided recovery from its 2008 crisis.

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Pro Golfer Brooke Pancake Signs Deal With Waffle House

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:30am

When asked about details of her contract, Brooke Pancake, 24, couldn't say exactly how much Waffle House was paying her — but she's definitely bringing home the bacon.

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Police Chase Ends In Ohio Prison's Parking Lot

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:25am

Police in Toledo tried to stop a car early Wednesday but the vehicle sped away. After circling the Toledo Correctional Institution, the driver ran over a row of metal spikes — puncturing all 4 tires.

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Measles Outbreak At Disneyland Spreads To Other States

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

California health officials say more than 4 dozen cases of measles have been diagnosed in the state — a result of an outbreak that started at Disneyland. Most who got sick were not vaccinated.

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Communities Around Fort Campbell Brace For Word On Budget Cuts

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

This week, the Army held a town hall meeting at Fort Campbell. The sprawling Army post straddles Kentucky and Tennessee and is a major economic driver for the region. The base could see its military and civilian workforce cut, which would have a drastic impact on the area.

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Anti-Islamization Rally In Germany Draws Counter-Demonstrators

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

In Germany, thousands of people protested against Muslim immigration in the city of Leipzig Wednesday night. They were met by large counter-demonstrations and a massive police presence.

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'Charlie Hebdo' Gunmen Are Textbook Case Of Radicalization

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

The 2 brothers responsible for the attack on a Paris weekly went from scofflaws to violent jihadists. We trace the younger brother's history. He is thought to be the driving force behind the attack.

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Chicago Tries To Up Its Chances Of Hosting Obama's Presidential Library

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

The University of Chicago's's plan to build the library on parkland it doesn't own is a sticking point. The foundation overseeing the competition wants to pick a host university by the end of March.

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ISIS Demands $200 Million From Japan To Free Hostages

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, says it will kill the two hostages if the ransom is not paid. Renee Montagne talks to Anna Fifield, Tokyo bureau chief for The Washington Post.

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Conservatives Disagree With Obama's Social Spending Proposals

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks with David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, about what, if anything, Republicans can work with in President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Obama Defends His Aggressive Agenda In Boise, Idaho

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

In his State of the Union address, President Obama talked about middle-class tax cuts, free community college and paid sick leave. The next day, he headed to Boise to drum up support for his ideas.

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At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:55am

Along California's central coast, the city of Monterey and the Army's Defense Language Institute have formed a partnership, saving about $2 million a year by sharing costs.

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The Past, Present, And Future of High-Stakes Testing

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:39am

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why are Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.

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X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:38am

Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.

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Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:34am

NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the Affordable Care Act.

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Police Fire Tear Gas On Kenyan Kids Protecting A Soccer Field

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:34am

Hundreds of kids in Nairobi protested the loss of their playground to a developer Monday. In the end, the children did what ordinary Kenyans are rarely are able to do: Defend a public space.

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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:32am

In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.

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E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:03pm

Unexpectedly high levels of the cancer-causing chemical were found in an analysis of the vapor from e-cigarettes, researchers say.

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Rep. Cole: Obama Used Tax Issue For Partisan Advantage

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 6:42am

David Greene talks to Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma about his reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech.

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