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States Push Back, As Insurers Push For Cheaper, Older Drugs

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:52pm

Rather than pay for a costly new drug, many insurance companies require patients to try cheaper alternatives first.

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NATO Carries Out Huge Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:45pm

It's seen as a response to increasing activity by Russian submarines, which have reportedly been operating off Scotland, Sweden and Finland.

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Workshop On How To Work With Female City Councilors Sparks Controversy

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:40pm

The City of Austin welcomed its first majority female city council, but what's grabbing headlines is a recent workshop to train city staff.

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Netflix Eyes Expansion Into China

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:33pm

The streaming service will face many challenges in its bid to enter China, which has stringent rules restricting violent and sexual content.

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Drum Fill Friday, With Purple's Hanna Brewer

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:29pm

This week's Drum Fill Friday comes from Guest Quizmaster Hanna Brewer, drummer for the Texas party-rock group Purple. Hear the fill and match it to the song.

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Why We Can Depend On The Kindness Of Strangers

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:24pm

Our ability to get along with folks who aren't relatives could be a legacy of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. And it's rooted in the fact that those societies had gender equity.

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The Anatomy Of Viral Content And Internet Outrage

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:20pm

What makes an idea go viral? What creates Internet outrage? One man is finding out... tweet by tweet.

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Remembering Blues Legend B.B. King

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:06pm

Known as the King of the Blues, his scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans.

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Texas Fiddler Johnny Gimble Dies At 88

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:52am

He was called one of the greatest fiddlers of all time, and leaves a legacy that spans pop, jazz, country and Americana.

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'Candidates' Driving Cash-Filled Trucks Through Campaign-Finance Loopholes

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:45am

Candidates, people likely to become them and their supporters on both the left and right — from Hillary Clinton to Jeb Bush — are exploiting holes in campaign-finance law loopholes. Here's how.

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Looted By The Nazis, Matisse's 'Seated Woman' Finally Finds Her Way Home

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:45am

The painting belonged to renowned art dealer Paul Rosenberg, who fled the Nazis in 1940. The story of its recovery reads like a historical crime novel.

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Support Builds For Overhauling The U.S. Air-Traffic Control System

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:40am

A new move to privatize the United States' air-traffic control system is gaining momentum among some airlines, unions and lawmakers.

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Super Soul Sucker

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:19am

Glynn lands a primo gig selling a gadget that sells itself.

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Breaker-Upper

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:19am

Jonathan Kiekbusch discovered he had a talent that people would pay for: If someone wanted to break up with their significant other, but didn't have the guts, Jonathan would handle the dirty work.

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Temptations of War

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:19am

James just wanted to film the war in Liberia. But bloody conflicts dirty even the cleanest of hands. Find out more about James Brabazon's story in his book, 'My Friend the Mercenary.'

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba On Piano Jazz

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:03am

The Cuban pianist dazzles with his renditions of "Con Alma" and "Straight No Chaser."

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U.N. Appeals To Syria's Warring Groups To Spare Ancient City Of Palmyra

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:02am

The city is on UNESCO's World Heritage list and has been badly affected by the four-year civil war. The latest threat to Palmyra is posed by fighting between government troops and ISIS.

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Kat Edmonson On Song Travels

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:46am

Hear the arresting singer-songwriter perform her song "Long Way Home" with host Michael Feinstein.

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