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Dogged By Scandal, DC Incumbent Goes Down In Primary

Wed, 2014-04-02 12:03

The incumbent mayor of the nation's capital will not be re-elected. A federal investigation into Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign, along with allegations lodged just weeks before the election, helped propel his closest opponent to a surprise double-digit victory in the Democratic primary.

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Survey: Americans Skeptical Of Prison For Non-Violent Drug Crimes

Wed, 2014-04-02 12:03

Attitudes toward drug use continue to evolve. A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that more people favor alternatives to prison for non-violent drug offenders.

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High Court's Campaign Finance Ruling Has Critics Dismayed

Wed, 2014-04-02 12:03

Adam Lioz, of the public policy organization Demos, says that Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling will further empower a small, elite group of political donors. He offers a critical perspective on the ruling.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits

Wed, 2014-04-02 12:03

A divided Supreme Court eliminated the overall limits on a donor's contributions to federal candidates and campaigns, while leaving in place the limit on what a donor may give to one candidate.

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Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason

Wed, 2014-04-02 12:03

Texans overwhelmingly choose cars and trucks for their commutes, but in cities like Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, policy leaders have incentives to support cycling. They say it's good for business.

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Onscreen But Out Of Sight, TV Preachers Avoid Tax Scrutiny

Wed, 2014-04-02 12:03

The IRS has not audited a church in five years. Some televangelists are taking advantage of that inaction to shield millions of dollars from public scrutiny.

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Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?

Wed, 2014-04-02 11:27

Tuna, swordfish and other migratory fishes are being overfished by vessels on the high seas. A new proposal says we should close these international waters for a few years to let the fishes rebound.

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Putin Divorce Final; Ex-Wife Expunged From Kremlin Bio

Wed, 2014-04-02 11:18

The Russian president and Lyudmila, his wife of 30 years, announced in June they intended to end their marriage.

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Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

Wed, 2014-04-02 10:24

In nine months the human brain grows from a single cell to more than 80 billion. Mapping how genes are activated gives scientists clues to the origins of mental disorders like autism.

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While Warning Of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.S. Launches Its Own Attack

Wed, 2014-04-02 10:00

The NSA managed to penetrate the networks of the giant Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, documents show. Journalist David Sanger says cyber-espionage is an "entirely new field of conflict."

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Is It Time To Reconsider Breast Self-Exams?

Wed, 2014-04-02 09:40

A risque campaign that aims to boost self-exams for breast cancer has reignited a debate about whether they prevent cancer deaths. One doctor says it's time to change how women look for lumps.

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A State Fossil For S. Carolina Faces Mammoth Obstacle

Wed, 2014-04-02 09:14

The state senate is wrangling with amendments to insert language inspired by the book of Genesis into a bill to make the Columbian mammoth the state's fossil.

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GM Has 'Culture Of Cover-Up,' Key Senator Says

Wed, 2014-04-02 09:14

For the second day, General Motors CEO Mary Barra faced tough questions from Congress about how her company responded to defects that contributed to at least 13 deaths.

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The Old And Mysterious Practice Of Eating Dirt, Revealed

Wed, 2014-04-02 08:46

Women, particularly pregnant women around the world, have been known to crave "white dirt." A filmmaker explores the hidden practice in the South, where baggies of the stuff are sold at flea markets.

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Malaysian Official: Fate Of MH370 May Never Be Known

Wed, 2014-04-02 07:36

The country's police chief says the passengers aboard the missing Boeing 777 have been "cleared" and that a criminal probe is now focused on the pilots and cabin crew.

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Ethicists Tell NASA How To Weigh Hazards Of Space Travel

Wed, 2014-04-02 07:23

Risks to astronauts on extended missions include vision impairment, weakened bones and radiation exposure. There are also psychological risks from facing danger while being stuck inside a small craft.

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Drones Will Not Be Hunted In Colorado Town

Wed, 2014-04-02 07:04

The citizens of Deer Trail have rejected a proposal to issues licenses that would make it OK to shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles. The idea was pushed by some who object to government surveillance.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions

Wed, 2014-04-02 06:59

In a 5-4 decision, the court's conservative justices joined to eliminate the aggregate cap on contributions, but left in place a limit on donations to individual candidates.

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'Race Card Project' Is Among Peabody Award Winners

Wed, 2014-04-02 05:55

NPR's Michele Norris asked people to share thoughts about race and identity in six words. Her series of reports on Morning Edition offered insights on "pride, prejudice and identity," judges say.

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Job Growth Picked Up Some Speed In March, Survey Signals

Wed, 2014-04-02 04:56

Private employers added an estimated 191,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. Also, more jobs were added in February than previously thought.

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