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Study: Time Away Can Hurt Surgeons' Job Performance

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:15am

Surgeons need rest days, weekends and vacations. But when they come back to work after a break, do they come back refreshed — or rusty?

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NFL Draft To Begin, Houston Texans Have No. 1 Pick

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:15am

The annual NFL draft of players starts Thursday with the first round at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The Houston Texans, by virtue of their 2-14 record last season, will have the first pick with St. Louis, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Oakland following.

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Canadian Author Farley Mowat Dies At 92

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:15am

Farley Mowat wrote Never Cry Wolf. He was an ardent campaigner for environmental causes well into his later years.

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Assad Troops Retake Homs, Symbol Of Syria's Uprising

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:15am

Syrian rebels have pulled out the central city of Homs, which was known as the birthplace of the uprising against the government. Forces backing President Assad have retaken the town.

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The Executioner's Lament

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:22am

Executions are carried out by people. When things go wrong, those involved experience stressful, chaotic scenes. And even when they go right, it can take a lasting toll.

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The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:07am

After a two-year renovation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute is reopening with an exhibit on the work of Charles James, who is now obscure, but considered America's first couturier.

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At Times All A President Can Say After Disaster Is, 'We're Here'

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:04am

President Obama visited Arkansas on Wednesday, where he surveyed the damage of last month's tornado and met with residents. It's a task he and many presidents before him have had to do far too often.

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Less Nutritious Grains May Be In Our Future

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:04am

When crops are surrounded by high levels of carbon dioxide, they produce more. But those crops have lower concentrations of some crucial nutrients, which could increase malnutrition in the future.

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At A Japanese Cafe You're By Yourself But Not Alone

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 6:44am

At the Moomin Cafe in Tokyo, customers can be seated at a table opposite a giant stuffed animal. If eating alone makes you feel conspicuous, sitting with a giant stuffed animal my not be the solution.

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Detectives Accused Of Breaking Into Bradenton City Hall

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 6:22am

Two police detectives in Bradenton, Fla., needed to use the bathroom so they are accused of breaking into city hall with a screwdriver. One has left the department and the other faces a hearing.

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Sterling Expected To Fight Forced Sale Of LA Clippers

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:06am

It's been more than a week since the Donald Sterling scandal erupted. The NBA players union, legal experts and others say anything short of a Sterling exile could have long-term consequences.

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Obama Sounds Alarm Bell On Climate Change. Is Anyone Listening?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:06am

President Obama is touting a government report on climate change. He's taking steps to limit the greenhouse gases that contribute to a warming planet, but he faces political heat on Capitol Hill.

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Chinese E-Commerce Giant To Offer U.S. IPO

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:06am

Alibaba is the biggest e-commerce player in China. The Internet conglomerate has filed papers in the U.S. for what could be the biggest IPO ever.

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South Africans Cast Ballots Wednesday, 20 Years Since Apartheid

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:06am

South Africa is holding its fifth general election since the end of apartheid. This election marks 20 years since Nelson Mandela was elected and will be the first since his death. Renee Montagne to Verashni Pillay, associate editor for the Mail & Guardian in Johannesburg, for an election preview.

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With Midterm Elections 6 Months Away, Primaries Begin

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:06am

Primary season has begun. In North Carolina's Republican Senate primary, Tom Tillis the State House speaker, won a big enough margin to avoid a runoff. That was a good sign for Republicans who are trying to avoid the mistakes of the past two election cycles.

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The Last Word In Business

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:06am

Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep have the Last Word in business.

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Nigeria's Economy Leads Other African Nations

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:06am

Steve Inskeep talks to Matthew Bishop, finance editor of "The Economist," about Nigeria's economy. The biggest country in Africa has also just become the continent's largest economy. And this week, against the backdrop of the kidnapping of school girls by insurgents, the World Economic Forum on Africa is meeting in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, for the first time.

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Edgy Video Promotes Christie's Contemporary Art Sale

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:06am

In the video, a skateboarder rides through Christie's warehouse and galleries. But will the new approach attract the sort of collectors who spend millions on a piece of art?

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Syrian Opposition Finds A Voice On Pirate Radio

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:06am

Steve Inskeep talks to Syrian journalist Obadah Al-Kaddri about being named one of Time magazine's top 100 influential people. Al-Kaddri is director of Radio Watan, a pirate station heard in Syria.

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Missouri Aims To Ward Off Construction Zone Accidents

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:06am

Between 2009 and 2013, 53 people have died and nearly 3,000 injured in roadwork zones in Missouri. The state is testing long range acoustic devices to audibly alert distracted drivers of work zones.

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