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Buick Regal Competes With German Luxury Cars

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

GM is trying to breathe new life into its Buick brand. Consumer Reports says the 2015 Buick Regal is competitive with many of its rivals. GM designed the car to compete with Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

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Italy Unexpectedly Slips Into Recession

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

The move raises concerns about the health of the European economy overall. This is the third time the third-largest economy in the European Union has been in recession since 2008.

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Activist Finds Her Grandson Abducted During Argentina's Dirty War

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

Estela de Carlotto's grandson was taken as a baby when her daughter was a political prisoner in the 1970s. David Greene talks to writer Francisco Goldman, who has chronicled de Carlotto's struggle.

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NCAA Vote Could Give Student Athletes Enhanced Benefits

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

Major college sports programs could take a significant step toward sharing their wealth. The NCAA Board of Directors is to vote Thursday on a plan to restructure Division 1 athletics.

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Officials Fear Ebola Will Spread Across Nigeria

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

David Greene talks to Yinka Ibukun, a reporter based in Lagos, about the latest developments. Many of the medical personnel who treated a traveler from Liberia with Ebola have now gotten the disease.

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California Experiments With Fast-Tracking Medical School

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:26am

Medical school is now one year shorter for aspiring doctors. An initiative at the University of California, Davis aims to produce more primary care doctors with less med school debt.

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Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:25am

The "ick factor" has kept consumers in the U.S. from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To convert skeptics, bug-food advocates are trying to win them over with sleek packages and clever names.

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Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:24am

Take two kids, the same age, who grew up in the same city. Which one is more likely to go to jail ... or college?

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Mystery Writer Evokes The Sights, Sound And Grime Of 1970s New York

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:23am

Lawrence Block published the first book of his Matthew Scudder mystery series in 1976. He says when it came to crime fiction inspiration, "the city never failed me. It always provided something."

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When And How To Die: Germany Debates Whose Choice It Is

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:22am

German courts have supported some types of assisted suicide, but the ruling party has vowed to stop doctors and organizations it says are profiting from the practice.

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Working And Dating In L.A., Living To Sing The Tale

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:01am

Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome make up the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates, whose simple, saucy songs about love and life as millennial women have made their way to a scripted comedy on IFC.

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Army Asks Bergdahl About Incident That Led To Taliban Capture

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:37am

The U.S. Army has begun interviewing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban, his attorney and an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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2 Top Khmer Rouge Leaders Sentenced To Life In Prison

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:14am

A U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal on Thursday sentenced two top leaders of the former regime to life in prison on war crimes charges for their roles during the country's 1970s terror.

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Federal Judges Weigh Gay Marriage Cases From Four States

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:46pm

The outcome of the hearing could put more pressure on the Supreme Court to make a decision on states' same-sex marriage bans.

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Bank Of America 'Close' To Settlement With Justice Department

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 6:32pm

The bank would pay between $16 billion and $17 billion for alleged mortgage-related abuses, according to a source familiar with the talks. A final announcement could come next week.

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Obama: 'I Have No Green Light' To Act Without Congress

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 6:21pm

At a news conference Wednesday, the president said he would act when he can without Congress but said there are limits to his authority. He also spoke about a range of foreign policy issues.

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Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 6:06pm

By October, the state will have the most ambitious commercial food waste ban in the U.S. Institutions that produce more than a ton of waste a week will have to find new uses for their scraps.

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