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A Saint With A Mixed History: Junipero Serra's Canonization Raises Eyebrows

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:49pm

Pope Francis announced he will elevate the influential missionary to sainthood when he visits Washington, D.C. But Native American groups say Father Serra was far from saintly.

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Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:37pm

The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.

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India Grows, Russia Shrinks: Mapping Countries By Population

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:33pm

A cartogram posted on Reddit shows what the world looks like if you scale countries by their population. Watch out China! India is catching up with you.

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A Rational Conversation With ASAP Yams

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:30pm

An interview with the New York rap impresario who died unexpectedly this month.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:03pm

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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Disability Advocates Fight Disabled Governor

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:50pm

Bob Kafka of ADAPT says that despite the governor’s own paralysis, he has gutted programs for the disabled.

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$4.5 Million, 30 Seconds, 1 Super Bowl Ad: Priceless?

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:40pm

This Sunday is the Super Bowl, which means the biggest and most expensive advertising night of the year.

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Brisket Shortage Has BBQ Lovers Gnashing Their Teeth

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:35pm

Drought conditions are forcing ranchers to thin their herds, and that means a shortage of the cut of beef that's emblematic of Texas barbecue.

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China Continues To Push The (Fake) Envelope

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:34pm

A fake bank in Nanjing bilked customers out of nearly $33 million. With trappings of a real bank, like security guards and LED screens, the bank fooled depositors attracted by higher interest rates.

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Google Fiber Headed South

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:25pm

The next cities to benefit from Google's ultra-high-speed Internet service will be in Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina.

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Apple Posts Record Profits After Surging iPhone Sales

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:20pm

The company reports that it sold 74.5 million iPhones in its holiday quarter, pushing profits to a record $18 billion.

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Forecasters Apologize, But Why?

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:12pm

Meteorologists have apologized for getting yesterday's snow totals wrong, but other experts say the forecasts weren't that far off.

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Vermont Singer-Songwriter Caitlin Canty

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:50am

The 31-year old rock, folk and blues artist has just released her third album, "Reckless Skyline."

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Indiana Governor Getting Heat For State-Sponsored News Site

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:40am

NPR's David Folkenflik weighs in on Gov. Mike Pence's plan for a state-run taxpayer-funded news site called "Just IN."

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Two Israeli Soldiers Killed In Attack Near Lebanese Border

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:38am

Hezbollah took responsibility for the attack and Israel returned fire, in one of the most serious flare ups of a long-running confrontation.

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Arizona Town Tries To Fund New Border Crossing

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:35am

Federal funds aren't available, but the small city of Douglas says it needs to upgrade its congested port of entry.

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If You've Gotta Reboot 'Ghostbusters,' At Least Do It With This Cast

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:27am

The announcement of the new Ghostbusters cast went over like ... well, gangbusters.

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Zillow And 'The New Rules Of Real Estate'

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:12am

The CEO and chief economist of the groundbreaking real estate website explain how the rules have changed.

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Despite Protests, Mexican Officials Declare Missing Students Dead

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:06am

Parents of the students are accusing the government of trying to wrap up the investigation despite the many unanswered questions.

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Is It OK To Pay Pregnant Women To Stop Smoking?

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:02am

It's notoriously hard to get people to quit smoking. Pregnant women in Scotland were more apt to stop smoking if they got $600 in gift cards. But are those kinds of payments ethical?

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