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Climate Policy Takes The Stage In Fla. Governor's Race

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves.

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Fear Not The Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

Vacationers will be flocking to Maryland's Eastern Shore this Labor Day weekend. The fastest way to get there is across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, but that's an obstacle for those afraid of bridges. Fortunately, there's a service that offers to drive their cars across the bridge while they sit in the backseat.

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The Spectacle Of The Beheading: A Grisly Act With A Long History

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

Videos and other images of beheadings have appeared with increasing frequency in recent weeks. Dawn Perlmutter, director of the Symbol Intelligence Group, discusses the symbolism of this grim ritual.

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New Biopic Returns A Beloved Mexican Icon To The Big Screen

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

The beloved Mexican actor known as Cantinflas is often referred to as the Latin Charlie Chaplin. His humor tweaked the rich and powerful. His speech was goofy and intelligent at the same time, and he made some 50 movies between 1936 and 1981. And now, a new film addresses the actor's life.

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NFL Commissioner On Controversial Suspension: 'I Didn't Get It Right'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

Robert Siegel talks with ESPN sportswriter Jane McManus about the NFL's new domestic violence initiative under its personal conduct policy. The plan comes the league leveled what some called a lenient penalty for running back Ray Rice's alleged domestic abuse.

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Residents Join Soldiers In Shoring Up Defenses Of Key Ukrainian Port

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

In Ukraine, civilian volunteers are digging trenches outside the port city of Mariupol in an effort to defend their city from assault by separatist forces.

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Week In Politics: Ukraine And The Islamic State

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

For the first time, the department wades into a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together.

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Cantinflas, With His Puns And Satire, Is Back (And Still Relevant)

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:07pm

Mexican actor Mario Moreno, known as Cantinflas, made dozens of films between the 1930s and 1980s. A biopic about the comic, whose humor tweaked the rich and powerful, opens in the U.S. this weekend.

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Two Stations Bridge Cultural Gaps With Bilingual Reporting

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:33pm

Washington-based stations NWPR and KDNA team up to tackle local issues, bilingually.

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The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:30pm

In 1976, scientist Peter Piot was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus. The epidemic today in West Africa, he says, is "absolutely unexpected and unprecedented."

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Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:29pm

The national average for regular is $3.45 per gallon, down from an all-time high of $3.83 per gallon over the Labor Day 2012 holiday.

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An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:20pm

You probably haven't thought about whether your phone could help diagnose alcohol withdrawal. Well, it can. An app for doctors measures tremors and may help tell if someone's faking it to get drugs.

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Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:13pm

Policymakers worldwide have been calling for countries to get rid of institutions for orphans and abandoned children. A study out of Duke University offers a different perspective.

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In Praise Of Being Bored

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:04pm

Boredom is increasingly a thing of the past. We've got devices to fill up every instant. Some people say baseball is boring. But maybe its popularity is in the fact that it allows us room to be bored?

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Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:02pm

There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether they're from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.

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Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:46pm

A federal court will hear a challenge to the Texas voter ID law next week. It's an important and closely watched voting rights case that could end up in the Supreme Court.

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On Stage: 'Southern Decadence' Celebrates LGBT Culture In New Orleans

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:55pm

The "gay Mardi Gras" kicks off its 43rd year tomorrow. We speak with a bar owner who's been involved in it for about a decade.

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As School Starts, Classrooms Gear Up

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:40pm

Google's new "paperless classroom" is winning fans in teachers for its efficiency, but some worry about student privacy.

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World Championship Tug-Of-War Is 'A Thing Of Beauty'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:30pm

This weekend's competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

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