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Now, Ben Carson Leads In A Republican Poll

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:54pm

The retired pediatric neurosurgeon and Tea Party favorite may be having his moment in the crowded Republican 2016 presidential primary.

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Amtrak CEO Pledges To Install Speed Control Technology By End Of Year

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:52pm

The CEO of Amtrak pledged Thursday to install automated speed control technology on the Northeast Corridor by the end of the year. An Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia was traveling over 100 mph at a curve where the speed limit is 50. But some say simpler solutions — like putting a second engineer at the controls — might be a cheaper way to save lives.

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After Suicides, MIT Works To Relieve Student Pressure

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:52pm

In the past year, four students have died by suicide. The school has responded by asking professors to lighten workloads and is launching new suicide prevention efforts.

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New England Patriots Clarify: 'Deflator' Refers To Weight Loss

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:59pm

The Patriots say staff members used the term "deflate" to talk about losing weight — not about breaking the NFL's rules on football inflation, as the league says.

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Songs We Love: Anat Cohen, 'Putty Boy Strut'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:48pm

The Israeli-born jazz clarinetist brings new life to a Flying Lotus jam. The latter's bleeps and synths are translated to acoustic instruments in a way that brings out the warmth in both environments.

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Fast-Track Trade Measure Clears Key Senate Hurdle

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:32pm

The 65-33 vote comes two days after senators rejected a measure to take up the bill giving President Obama fast-track trade authority.

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Nurse Visits Help First-Time Moms, Cut Government Costs In Long Run

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:23pm

The Affordable Care Act has made available more assistance to new mothers so they can raise healthier kids. But critics say the standards for those programs are too lenient.

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The Milk Carton Kids On World Cafe

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:22pm

Hear the L.A. folk-pop duo's extraordinary musical communication in a live studio performance.

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Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created The Ghettos

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:16pm

Historian Richard Rothstein studies residential segregation in America. His conclusion: "federal, state and local governments purposely created racial boundaries in these cities."

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What NATO Diplomats Do On Their Downtime: Sing 'We Are The World'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:00pm

NATO foreign ministers in Antalya, Turkey, were persuaded at the end of their meeting this week to join in a rendition of the '80s-era pop anthem. At last check, they were all keeping their day jobs.

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A Film Critic Gets Meta (As Does Ours) In 'The Film Critic (El Crítico)'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:56pm

NPR Film Critic Bob Mondello trips down the rabbit hole as he reviews a film that's both a winning romance and a gentle wake-up call for reviewers who forget their role.

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Greece Says It Won't Take U.K. To Court For Return Of Elgin Marbles

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:41pm

Athens says taking the matter to the International Criminal Court would take too long and the outcome would be uncertain. Instead he says Greece will use diplomatic channels for their return.

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