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Harper Lee's Friend Says Author Is Hard Of Hearing, Sound Of Mind

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:26pm

News of a second novel has raised concerns that the To Kill a Mockingbird author is being taken advantage of in her old age. But friend Wayne Flynt says Lee, 88, can "understand what's going on."

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Sen. Tillis: Employees Shouldn't Be Forced To Wash Their Hands

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 6:35am

According to the Republican senator from North Carolina, food businesses shouldn't be required by law to hang a sign on the bathroom door instructing workers to was their hands.

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Left Shark Stands Out At Super Bowl Halftime Show

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 6:29am

The left shark caught the eye of viewers because it wasn't a particularly good dancer. So much so, that left shark has become a verb — meaning to fail about or phone it in.

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Another Twist In The Mysterious Death Of Argentine Prosecutor

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:51am

Alberto Nisman, who was working on a 20-year-old investigation, had drafted an arrest warrant for the country's president. Renee Montagne talks to Simon Romero, a reporter with The New York Times.

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NSA's Bulk Collection Of Phone Data Continues, Intelligence Review Says

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

A year ago, President Obama promised to safeguard Americans from government surveillance. He proposed doing away with the National Security Agency's practice of collecting Americans' phone records in secret. The director of National Intelligence has released a report on whether that change has been accomplished.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Benefits U.S. And Canada, Alberta Premier Says

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

David Greene talks with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, who is in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress and the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Senate Panel Holds Hearing For Ash Carter, Defense Nominee

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

Ash Carter is poised to become the fourth defense secretary under President Obama. Carter has been working off and on in the Pentagon for nearly 30 years.

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Killing Jordanian Pilot May Backfire Against Islamic State Militants

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

After grabbing the world's attention by beheading journalists and aid workers, analysts say the execution of a Jordanian pilot could set many in the Arab world against the group.

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Jordan Responds To Pilots Death At The Hands Of ISIS

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

ISIS released a video on Tuesday apparently showing a Jordanian air force pilot, who was held hostage by the terrorist group, being burned alive. Jordan's response to the death was swift and severe.

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Hard To Clean Up Wastewater Spills From Oil Wells Into N.D. Stream

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

While a pipeline was spewing oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana this month, just across the border in North Dakota, another pipeline was leaking an even more nefarious substance: wastewater from oil wells. Wastewater is arguably worse for the environment than oil, killing vegetation and leaving farmland sterile for generations.

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ABC Tones Down Author's 'Fresh Off The Boat' For Sitcom Audience

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

ABC will break an important boundary in television Wednesday night with the debut of "Fresh Off the Boat." It's the first network sitcom in two decades to star an Asian-American family.

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Demanding Higher Wages, Refinery Workers Strike Shell Oil

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

United Steelworkers members are on strike at refineries and chemical plants that process 10 percent of the nation's gasoline, diesel, heating oil and jet fuel. It's the first time since 1980 that refineries have been struck. These days, plants are so automated that they can operate for a good while without workers. But will the strike drag on long enough to shut refineries and boost gas prices?

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Students At Corinthian Colleges Will Have Loans Forgiven

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

A federal regulator says students of Corinthian College, who paid tuition based on deceptive claims of job prospects, will have $480 million in loans forgiven.

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The Psychology Behind Why Some Kids Go Unvaccinated

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

As the country grapples with a growing outbreak of measles, we delve into what works and what doesn't — and what might get people to vaccinate their kids.

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Obama Reluctant To Raise Federal Gas Tax

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

Some lawmakers are pushing for a hike in the federal gas tax to help pay for roads and bridges. The White House wants to spend on infrastructure too — as revealed in its budget this week — but not through an increase in the gas tax. Why not?

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Red States Move To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

While Republicans in Washington are still fighting to roll back the Affordable Care Act, in many red states, there's a recognition Obamacare is here to stay. Republican governors in Indiana, Tennessee, Utah and other states are pushing Medicaid expansion — something many at first resisted.

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House Votes Again To Repeal Affordable Care Act

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

House lawmakers have voted to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. While they've done this before, two things are different. Tuesday's vote gave House Republican freshmen their first chance at repealing the law, and this is the first full repeal vote since millions of Americans signed up for coverage under the program.

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Dear Aging Athletes: Say Hello To Goodbye

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:42am

Commentator Frank Deford contemplates the difficulty of knowing when to quit.

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Once A Vaccine Skeptic, This Mom Changed Her Mind

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:39am

Juniper Russo wants what is best for her daughter Vivian, and she sometimes questions mainstream medicine. But after three years of soul searching, she decided what was best was vaccination.

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