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Scott Walker Says Ultrasounds Are 'Just A Cool Thing'

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:55am

Speaking about his state's law that requires an ultrasound before an abortion, the Wisconsin governor said he meets people all the time who are excited to show him ultrasounds of their grandkids.

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Nebraska Governor's Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal Sets Up Override Vote

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:44am

Thirty votes are needed in the state's unicameral Legislature to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto. The vote is expected to be close.

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Kopecky On World Cafe

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:42am

The Nashville group, once known as The Kopecky Family Band, imparts rocking uplift in the studio.

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A Critic Takes On Cannes: Highlights (And Lowlights) Of The 2015 Festival

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:22am

Critic John Powers returns from the French film festival to talk about this year's new international films. Top among his picks is The Assassin, a martial arts film by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

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Front Row: The Ting Tings, 'Do It Again'

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:59am

The English electro-pop duo induces a Boston crowd to dance to an upbeat track from Super Critical.

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Paralyzed By Doubt? Here's A Guide For The Worrier In Us All

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:16am

You might think that anxiety disorder is no laughing matter, but illustrator Gemma Correll respectfully disagrees. She sees the humor in the mental condition that she deals with every day.

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Viking's Choice: mewithoutYou, 'D-Minor'

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:02am

Six albums into its existence, the Philly punk band is still all or nothing. Hear the propulsive yet subdued "D-Minor" from mewithoutYou's new record, Pale Horses.

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More Severe Storms Possible For Flood-Hit Texas

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:00am

At least 17 people have died as a result of severe storms and flooding in Texas and Oklahoma.

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Federal Appeals Court Blocks Arkansas Ban On Abortion At 12 Weeks

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 9:34am

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has blocked an Arkansas law that bans abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The case was filed by two doctors on their own and their patients' behalf.

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Top Stories: FIFA Arrests; Penn State Fraternity Sanctioned

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 9:12am

Also: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders runs for President; the European Union is to announce its plan to address the migrant crisis; and China arrests thieves who stole from an archeological site.

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Penn State Bounces Fraternity For 3 Years Over Nude Photo Scandal

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 8:57am

Penn State has shut down the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity chapter for three years, after an inquiry over a Facebook group page that collected pictures of nude women uncovered other transgressions.

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How A Claim That A Childhood Vaccine Prevents Leukemia Went Too Far

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 8:32am

It seemed to make sense that the childhood Hib vaccine could cut leukemia risk by keeping the immune system in check. But proving there's cause and effect at work turns out to be a challenge.

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Attempt To Get More People On Board With Organ Donation Backfires

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:56am

To increase the number of organ donors in the U.S., psychologists have advocated for changes to how we ask people to donate. In California, officials tried something new — but it may have backfired.

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Why Aren't The Aliens Here Already?

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:34am

If we learned we are the only ones looking into the night sky, it would be impossibly lonely — but we are doomed if there's a filter holding all beings from discovery, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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5 Things You Should Know About Rick Santorum

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:03am

The former Pennsylvania senator is getting in the race for president again. Here's a reminder of who he is.

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Santorum Hopes To Catch Lightning In A Bottle A Second Time

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:03am

The former Pennsylvania senator, who won Iowa in 2012, hopes he can do it again. But with a more crowded field, he might find it difficult to stand out.

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A New Kind Of College Wins State Approval In Rhode Island

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:03am

College Unbound aims to provide students who have some college experience a personalized path to a degree.

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Wedding Agency Offers Couples A Ride In Armored Personnel Carrier

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 6:19am

In Moscow, the armored personnel carrier can be rented to take couples to the registrar's office --or just out to dinner.

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Leader Of Turkmenistan Honors Himself With A Statue

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 6:10am

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has unveiled a seven-story monument to himself. His likeness on a horse is cast in bronze and covered in 24-carat gold leaf.

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Fat Is Not A Four-Letter Word In 'Dietland'

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 6:03am

There are different kinds of fat people in literature — funny or comforting, sometimes despicable. But Sarai Walker's Dietland gives us a new fat protagonist; complex, compelling and dangerous.

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