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Will Desalination Plants Cure Calif. Drought Issues Or Enable More Growth?

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:06am

Desalination facilities are under construction across California that would make ocean water drinkable. Environmentalists debate whether more plants would only worsen long-term water issues.

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Students' Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire To Be Popular

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:06am

Teachers can become frustrated when students don't seem to try hard when it comes to schoolwork. There's a surprising explanation of why some students might not be putting their best effort forward.

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Auction Of Art Made By Japanese-Americans In Internment Camps Called Off

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:06am

Artworks by Japanese-Americans wrongfully imprisoned in World War II internment camps won't be sold to the highest bidder. The move comes after protests from descendants of the internees.

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South Koreans Mark Ferry Disaster Anniversary

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:06am

It's been 1 year since a ferry accident in South Korea killed more than 300 people. Most of the victims were high school students on a field trip. The remembrances are going on amid political fallout.

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Critics Oppose Making Holy Bible Tennessee's Official Book

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:06am

Republican state lawmaker Jerry Sexton, a former pastor, says he doesn't understand the criticism. He says the Bible is found in countless homes across the state.

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Kabul Appears To Be More Tense Since U.S. Troop Drawdown

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:06am

In Afghanistan, U.S. forces are a tenth of what they were at the height of the war. In addition, their lead combat role has given way to a training mission. How are Afghan security forces faring?

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Defense In Colo. Movie Theater Shooting Questions DA's Political Motives

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:06am

The district attorney prosecuting the Aurora shooting case is pursuing the death penalty. The defense was rejected when it offered to have the suspect plead guilty in return for life in prison.

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In Record Drought, Calif. Course Ethically Keeps Greens Green

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:06am

Golf courses are water hogs, and that thirst is especially notable as California's drought grows in severity. At Pelican Hill, a top golf course near Los Angeles, water conservation is an obsession.

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Hacked Touchscreen Voting Machine Raises Questions About Election Security

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:03am

Virginia found 1-in-5 of its touchscreen machines vulnerable to attack with passwords as easy as "abcde." As more voting goes automated, more concerns are being raised.

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The Good, The Bad, and That Arrow. Not Everyone Likes The New Campaign Logos

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:03am

The first of the 2016 candidates have declared, and that means they have shiny new logos to go with their new campaigns. But design experts aren't exactly fans.

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Hope Builds For Islanders Displaced In Shameful Chapter Of U.K. History

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:59am

Britain forced thousands off Diego Garcia, a remote Indian Ocean island, in the '70s to make way for a U.S. military base. For 40 years residents have fought to return. Now they have a growing chance.

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A North Dakota Family Breaks The Silence On Gay Marriage

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:51am

Author Melanie Hoffert grew up gay in rural America, where coming out was difficult. But that hasn't stopped her family from having a frank and challenging conversation about same-sex marriage.

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How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:51am

The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.

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Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:49am

People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.

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An American Journalist Explains Why He Had To Flee Iraq

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:46am

Ned Parker has covered Iraq for more than a decade. But the Reuters bureau chief abruptly left the country last week after a report of human rights abuses prompted threats from a Shiite paramilitary.

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Episode 617: How Do You Feel?

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 6:04pm

Today on the show: how a bunch of rational economists try to deal with our feelings. And the story of a man who came up with five simple questions that he hoped would predict the future.

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Nut So Fast, Kind Bars: FDA Smacks Snacks On Health Claims

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 5:37pm

The FDA has issued a warning letter to Kind about the labeling of its fruit-and-nut snack bars. It argues that the bars contain too much fat to bear the label "healthy" printed on the wrapper.

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Street Food No More: Bug Snacks Move To Store Shelves In Thailand

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:52pm

Many Thais, and others around the world, eat insects. An entrepreneur is trying to grow the market in Thailand by bringing deep-fried insects off the street and into convenience and gourmet shops.

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Seattle Police Body Camera Program Highlights Unexpected Issues

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:36pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with the Seattle Police Department's Chief Operating Officer Mike Wagers about the challenges that bodycams and dashcams present to the department.

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President Obama To Remove Cuba From State-Sponsored Terrorism List

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:33pm

President Obama intends to take Cuba off of the list of state sponsors of terrorism, and now Congress has a month and a half to decide if it wants to stop the process.

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