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Is The War On Fat Harming Our Children?

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:00am

Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews Harvard University's Susan Greenhalgh, author of the new Fat-Talk Nation, who says one surprise is that compliments on weight loss may do more harm than good.

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Freed From Boko Haram, Hostages Now Held By Nigeria's Military

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:43am

The nearly 300 people rescued last month from Boko Haram are in military custody. There are suspicions that some are working with the extremist group. Renee Montagne talks to the AP's Michelle Faul.

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Pipeline Operator In Calif. Spill Reportedly Had History Of Infractions

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:37am

Plains All American Pipeline had accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

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The World Of 'Gracekeepers' Is Immersed In Water — And Secrets

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:18am

Kirsty Logan's debut novel follows a traveling circus floating through a drowned world where "damplings" aspire to live on the rare patches of land, and hints of magic provide a fairytale feel.

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Sen. Rand Paul Stages 'Filibuster' To Protest Patriot Act

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:52am

The Kentucky senator and presidential candidate opposes the collection of bulk telephone data and other surveillance measures that the government says are needed to combat terrorism.

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California Drought Creates Business Opportunities

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:45am

The state's drought has turned many lawns brown. David Bartlett will turn those lawns green again by painting them. His Sacramento-area company is called Xtreme Green Grass.

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#MotorCityDrive: Is Detroit's Economic Engine Roaring Back To Life?

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:03am

Michel Martin heads to Detroit for a live conversation with some of the creative forces fueling the Motor City's economy. She'll ask what's driving Detroit's future now?

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Personal Ad First: Mother In India Places Gay-Marriage Ad For Son

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:15am

In India, homosexuality is illegal. Some big papers rejected the personal ad which read: Seeking well-placed, animal loving, vegetarian groom. Her son has received several responses.

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Boston-Based MiniLux Aims To Be 'Starbucks' Of Nail Salons

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

MiniLuxe was founded eight years with a focus on cleanliness and fair wages. It's expanding nationally, opening up shops in Texas with the goal of becoming the nation's biggest nail chain.

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Senate Panel Considers New Constraints On Fed's Emergency Lending

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel about Congress, the Federal Reserve and banking regulations. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution and a Contributing correspondent to "The Wall Street Journal."

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ISIS Takes Control Of Syria's Ancient City Of Palmyra

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has taken the Syrian city of Palmyra, known for its well-preserved antiquities. It also has gas fields and roads across the Syrian desert.

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Sen. Rand Paul Ends 'Filibuster' Over NSA Surveillance Program

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Republican presidential contender Rand Paul took to the Senate floor to voice his opposition to the Patriot Act, which authorizes bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the government. Paul says collecting the phone records of American citizens is an assault on their civil liberties.

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U.S.: Venezuelan Officials Involved In Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Juan Forero of The Wall Street Journal about his report that officials are being investigated for allegedly turning the country into a hub for cocaine and money laundering.

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U.S.-Cuba Talks To Resume On Re-Establishing Diplomatic Relations

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

The U.S.-Cuban thaw announced last December raised expectations of a new diplomatic relationship. But talks, which resume Thursday, are moving slowly on the first step: re-opening embassies.

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Revelations Of British Pedophile Ring Spur Flood Of Abuse Reports

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

There were whispers of a pedophile ring at the highest levels of British government. Revelations suggest those rumors had substance and that a culture of deference helped hide child abuse for decades.

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U.S. Engagment Against ISIS Can't Be Timid, Retired Marine General Says

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to retired Marine General Gregory Newbold about what the U.S. is doing right, or wrong, in its efforts to militarily contain the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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Latest U.S. Census Data: Fastest Growing Cities Are In The West And South

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the 15 cities with the biggest population increases were in the South and West — with two exceptions: New York City and Columbus, Ohio.

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Fade To Black: David Letterman Signs Off CBS Show

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

David Letterman approached his final late-night show on CBS Wednesday night with the same self-deprecation as the previous 6,000-plus, but leavened the snark with heaps of nostalgia and praise.

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Calif. Gov. Brown Declares State Of Emergency To Aid In Oil Spill Clean Up

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

An estimated 105,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a pipeline along the California coast near Santa Barbara. Crews are working to contain a 9 mile wide sheen in the Pacific Ocean.

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WHO Calls For $100 Million Emergency Fund, Doctor 'SWAT Team'

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:41am

The World Health Organization isn't ready for the next pandemic or international health crisis. So the agency's leader is calling for major reforms at the WHO. But will the changes be enough?

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