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The Ballooning Importance Of The 'Latino Vote,' In Three Charts

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:19am

Both parties are trying to appeal to Hispanics. And there's a big reason for that — they are one of the fastest-growing minority groups in the U.S. and have the power to remake future elections.

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Oil Spill Off California Fouls 4 Miles Of Coastline

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:14am

A pipeline rupture spilled some 21,000 gallons of crude about 20 miles up the coast from Santa Barbara. Some beaches were evacuated, and it's unclear if they will reopen in time for Memorial Day.

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Viewing A Universe In Flux

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:01am

Observing the night sky is like looking through a time machine; every image comes from a different past — a kaleidoscope of times — each telling a different story, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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Top Stories: Obama On Climate Change; Rohingya Migrants Accepted

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:09am

Also: An oil spill fouls the California coast; North Korea claims it miniaturized nuclear weapons; and the latest from the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Indonesia, Malaysia Agree To Take In Stranded Rohingyas

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:54am

The "boat people," as they've been called, have been stranded at sea for weeks with little food or water. Indonesia and Malaysia say they will take them in temporarily.

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'Seveneves' Blows Up The Moon — And That's Just The Beginning

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:03am

Neal Stephenson's new epic starts big and gets bigger. Critic Jason Sheehan says that while the book can bog down in details, if the world really were ending, you'd want Stephenson by your side.

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The Science Of 'Collected Fiction' Is Pure Magic

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:03am

Finnish sci-fi author Hannu Rajaniemi's new collection spans everything from haunted spacesuits to the HMV logo. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says her only criticism is that not every story is perfect.

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It's David Letterman Day In Indianapolis

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:45am

Indianapolis is honoring its own. After three decades, David Letterman is retiring from his late-night CBS show. Wednesday is his final broadcast.

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In Speech, Obama Will Cast Climate Change As 'Immediate Risk' To U.S. Security

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:37am

President Obama is expected to discuss the dangers of climate change when he delivers the commencement address today at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

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That's One Way To Deal With A Loose Tooth

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:18am

Calvin Stanley was desperate to get rid of a loose tooth. He tried a bow and arrow with dental floss. Next he tried fishing line. It worked. His dad told KRT-TV that it took an hour to find the tooth.

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FTC And States File Suit Against 4 Sham Cancer Charities

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

The charities have been charged with bilking consumers out of more than $187 million. The Federal Trade Commission along with every state and the District of Columbia brought the charges.

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Ramadi's Fall To ISIS Revives Questions About U.S. Strategy

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Steve Inskeep talks to Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent and CEO of The Soufan Group, about how the U.S. should shape its strategy to stop the self-proclaimed Islamic State from taking Iraqi cities.

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U.S. Should Take A Tougher Stand Toward China, Report's Authors Say

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Two former U.S. diplomats argue it's time to think of China less as a trading partner and more as a threat. Steve Inskeep talks to Robert Blackwill and Ashley Tellis about a paper they co-wrote.

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U.S. Charges 6 Chinese Nationals With Stealing Tech Secrets

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

A 32-page indictment by federal prosecutors charges the six with economic espionage and trade secret theft. They are accused of stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies.

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Recent Immigrants Find Ellis Island Still Relevant

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island before it closed as an inspection station in 1954. The museum is expanding to tell the history of immigration to the U.S. in more recent decades.

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New Texas Law Makes Local Fracking Bans Illegal

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Legislation was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott after the city of Denton voted to restrict fracking. Denton officials say oil companies should not wield more power than citizens.

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After Derailment, Congress Debates Lifting Amtrak's Damage Cap

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Democrats are moving to raise the liability cap on Amtrak accidents, which was set at $200 million 18 years ago. They say the cap prevents full compensation for last week's derailment in Philadelphia.

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Los Angeles Minimum-Wage Workers To Get A Raise

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

In a vote of 14-1, the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to increase the city's minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020. More than 40 percent of the workforce earns less than the hourly wage.

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In The Classroom And On the River, Modeling Success In Science

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:31am

Meet Caroline Solomon, an associate professor of biology at Gallaudet University, the renowned school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

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Pollinator Politics: Environmentalists Criticize Obama Plan To Save Bees

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:30am

The White House's new plan to reverse dramatic declines in bee numbers calls for the restoration of 7 million acres of bee-friendly habitat. Critics say the plan ignores a key culprit: pesticides.

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