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Treadmill Users Can Use App To Run London Marathon

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:22am

The London Marathon was held on Sunday but don't fret if you missed it. With a new app, it will almost be like you are there. The app senses your pace and sends you down the route in real time.

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Waste Treatment Plant Boasts It's Pefect For Weddings

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:17am

The plant in Kings County, Wash., is billed as offering beautiful landscape, a dance floor, catering, and space for guests. All at a fifth of the price of competing venues. It promises zero odor.

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Don Draper: Truth Is, You Lied

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 5:35am

Monday water cooler TV is the return of Mad Men. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans dissects the thing fans will be talking about Monday morning: what's become of Don Draper's career.

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Despite Violence, Syrian War Sparks Hope Among Kurdish Minority

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:59am

With Syria in chaos, the minority Kurds there hope they can realize long-standing ambitions for autonomy — similar to what Kurds in Iraq have found — or independence. In northern Iraq, Kurds who have fled there from Syria will have new demands when they go home.

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Politics In The News

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:59am

While the situation in Ukraine is demanding the attention of President Obama's foreign policy team, the president has barely mentioned the problems abroad as he focuses on domestic policy issues. His weekly address dealt with the question of women and equal pay, and on Friday, he went to a forum organized by civil rights activist Al Sharpton where he talked about voting rights.

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Ukraine Vows To Reclaim Occupied Towns By Force

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:59am

Tensions are growing between pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine. The new Ukrainian government has pledged a "very tough" response to those occupying government buildings.

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The Last Word In Business

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:59am

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

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Record Beef Prices May Lead Grillers To Cheaper Cuts Of Meat

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:59am

The Southwestern drought has lead to higher feed prices and a tighter supply of beef, just as demand for it from countries like China is rising. But cuts of beef like back ribs won't break the bank.

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More High-Mileage Cars Available To U.S. Buyers

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:59am

A new wave of high-mileage cars is making its way to the U.S. market. Full-size cars that routinely get 40, even 50, miles per gallon on the highway have been on sale for years in Europe.

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Drought, Increased Demand Contribute To High Beef Prices

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:59am

The price of beef is at its highest levels in nearly three decades. The biggest reason for the high prices is the drought. Demand for beef has also increased around the world.

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Gatekeeper To Saudi King Abdullah Takes To Twitter

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:59am

Saudi Arabia's chief of the royal court has tweeted for the first time since activating his account in 2012. Kelly McEvers talks to Ahmed Al Omran, who covers Saudi Arabia for The Wall Street Journal.

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As Election Day Nears, Congress Is Expected To Be Less Productive

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:59am

If anything, 2014 has been marked with a flurry of show votes. Those are votes on bills that have no realistic hope of passing Congress, but are done to make political points.

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Kansas Shootings Investigated As A Hate Crime

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:59am

Police in Overland Park say three people were shot and killed on Sunday at two different Jewish facilities. A man in his 70s was arrested at an elementary school and was taken into custody.

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Police Incorporate Marathon Bombing Manhunt Into Crisis Plan

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:59am

Years of training helped save lives at last year's marathon, and it's an exemplary part of Boston history. The subsequent effort to capture the bombers leaves a legacy whose lessons are more complex.

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Brother Fights Death Penalty Charges In Marathon Bombing Case

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:59am

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is fighting charges that could carry the death penalty. His defense, in part, points the finger at his deceased older brother as the mastermind. A trial is still months away.

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'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:22am

John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl story is "about haves and have-nots," says one scholar, "and that story is getting increasingly urgent." The book was first published April 14, 1939.

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Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:22am

What we think about food may change how our bodies respond to it. Sip what you think is a rich milkshake, and your body acts as if you've had a fatty treat, even if it's really a lower-calorie drink.

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A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:20am

Gold is not just about ornamentation in India. It's an insurance policy against bad economic times and bad marriages. Enterprising Indian women are using it to get loans to start small businesses.

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Climate Change Adjustments Must Be Fast And Major, U.N. Panel Says

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 8:40am

Greenhouse gas emissions will have to drop 40 to 70 percent by 2050 — and then drop even more, to nearly zero by the end of this century — a new U.N. report says.

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Breakup Text Is Evidence In Engagement Ring Lawsuit

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:21am

A judge in Buffalo, N.Y., ruled a woman can keep her engagement ring after her fiance broke things off with a text. Jokingly or not, the man wrote she could keep the "$50,000 parting ring."

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