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Exercising Penguins Are A Hit With Tourists In Japan

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 5:23am

A zoo in Japan takes its penguins on a 30-minute waddle twice a day during the winter to keep them from getting too chubby. Visitors line the route and snap pictures of the penguins.

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Pa. Town To Ring In New Year With Giant Nail

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 5:19am

Pennsylvania was once the national capital of nails. Never mind the ball drop in New York's Times Square, West Fairview will drop a 7-foot nail.

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Calif. Law Tries To Prevent Young Brains From Football Injuries

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:06am

A California measure will limit the amount of full contact middle and high school football players can have during practice. The new law takes effect January 1.

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United Arab Emirates Shows Off Its Military Might

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:06am

The United Arab Emirate has emerged as an ally in the U.S.-led fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Known for its wealth, the UAE is now showing off its military might.

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First Book Gets Reading Material Into The Hands Of Low-Income Students

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:06am

A study done in Philadelphia found a total of 33 books in a community of 10,000 children. A group is solving that problem by partnering with the publishing industry to get books to kids in need.

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Supreme Court To Hear Case Against Obamacare In 2015

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:06am

There is another challenge to Obamacare. This one is not as high profile as the last one, but it has the power to gut the program. The high court may also decide to weigh in on the gay marriage issue.

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Heavy Snowfall Delights Skiers In The Alps, Snarls Traffic

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:06am

A major snow storm in the Alps over the weekend trapped skiers and vacationers. According to officials, as many as 37,000 vehicles were stuck Saturday night in the Savoie region of the Alps.

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Rescue Official Believes AirAsia Flight Is On Ocean's Floor

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:06am

An AirAsia plane, traveling from Indonesia to Singapore, is missing. Shortly before losing contact on Sunday, the pilot had asked to change course due to weather conditions.

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Europe's Largest Zinc Mine Lies Deep Under Ireland's Countryside

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:06am

Major industries from cars to tech couldn't function without zinc. Business is booming at the mine in Ireland — especially since China stopped exporting its supply.

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Nevada's Tesla Battery Factory Triggers Wave Of Follow-Up Business

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:06am

Tesla Motors recently chose Nevada to build its factory in exchange for an incentives package. It'll be built in a rural area East of Reno with little infrastructure and years of high unemployment.

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Breaking Down This Year's Oscar Nominations

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:06am

Oscar race voting begins Monday. An interesting possibility: Will an African American woman win for best director? David Greene talks to Kim Masters, editor at large for The Hollywood Reporter.

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Transcript: President Obama's Full NPR Interview

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:02am

Steve Inskeep's wide-ranging interview with President Obama covers recent executive actions on Cuba and immigration, race relations in the U.S., health care and extending democracy in the Middle East.

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Obama Finds Reset Button With 2 Years To Go: Is It Too Late?

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:01am

The president knows he was once regarded as having limitless promise, and realizes as well how disappointed many of his acolytes have been.

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Despite Election Defeat, Obama Sees Room To Push His Agenda

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama begins his administration's final phase the way he began several others: recovering from disaster, in this case the loss of the Senate. He's striving to show he won't be a lame duck.

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First Survivors Rescued From Burning Greek Ferry Arrive In Italy

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 3:50am

Some 150 people remained trapped on the smoke-filled vessel adrift in frigid temperatures and rough seas between Italy and Albania.

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Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 2:36am

Quick treatment with Narcan can save a life after an overdose of heroin or opioid pain pills. The year 2014 saw more cops, drug users and their families carrying Narcan "rescue kits."

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Ladies Lead Whiskey Renaissance As Distillers And New Tipplers

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 2:16am

Whiskey was long considered a man's drink. But as sales of whiskey soar, it's women who are leading the new boom, thanks to a vanguard of female distillers, blenders and tasters.

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Road Salt Contributes To Toxic Chemical Levels In Streams

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 1:39am

One of the primary tools that U.S. transportation departments count on to keep roads safe is road salt. But that's meant rising levels of chloride in many northern streams.

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