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France Takes Aim At Companies That Hire Ultrathin Models

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:58am

The controversial measure is part of an overall healthcare bill expected to pass into law. Spain, Israel and Italy have rules against ultrathin models, but none go as far as the French measure would.

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Bomb Attacks Increase In Ukraine's Second-Largest City Kharkiv

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:58am

Kharkiv has largely escaped the ravages of the war until recently. It has been hit by several terrorist bombings, including a blast at a Ukrainian national unity rally last month that killed 4 people.

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Next Stage For Iran Nuclear Talks Faces Multiple Challenges

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:58am

As much effort as it's taken to get Iran to agree to limit its nuclear ambitions, it will be a monumental sell for the administration to get Congress and key Mideast allies to go along with the deal.

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To Alleviate Confusion, LA Officials Give Color-Coded Parking Signs A Try

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:58am

If you find a parking spot in Los Angeles, the signs near it will be confusing. The city has rolled out new parking signs that are supposed to be easier to understand.

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Pirates' McCutchen: Baseball Is Dying In Economically Challenged Communities

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:58am

David Greene talks to Andrew McCutchen, centerfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, about the future of baseball in America's inner cities.

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College Basketball Championship Games Expected To Be Close

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:58am

Men's and women's college basketball seasons are over except for the championships. Wisconsin plays Duke Monday for the men's title, and UConn and Notre Dame play Tuesday for the women's title.

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ISIS Militants Close In On Area Near Syrian Capital

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:58am

In Syria, the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is gaining ground in an area on the edge of the capital Damascus. The area called Yarmouk was once a Palestinian refugee camp.

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In Long Beach, Calif., Smart Meters Spot Wasteful Water Users

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:58am

The city has reduced its water consumption 6 percent since the drought started. The new meters can detect illegal watering in real time, and they've helped to cut some homeowners' use by 80 percent.

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States Tout Crowdfunding As The Future Of Private Investment

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:58am

Many states are trying to boost their economies through business startups. But outside of Silicon Valley, funding for private investors is hard to come by.

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Maybe You Should Skip That Annual Physical

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:24am

Americans spend billions of dollars every year on annual physicals. But there's little evidence that a yearly checkup helps healthy adults. Some doctors are telling patients to skip it.

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Women Having A Heart Attack Don't Get Treatment Fast Enough

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:23am

Women under 55 are twice as likely to die after being hospitalized for a heart attack than men. Women delay treatment because they may not recognize the symptoms and they're reluctant to make a fuss.

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When Did Humans Start Shaping Earth's Fate? An Epoch Debate

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:22am

Some scientists suggest calling the era we live in the Anthropocene, to denote the time when humans came to dominate Earth's fate. But did it start with farming, the atom bomb or other event?

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Ferguson Activists Hope That Momentum Sparks A National Movement

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:21am

Leaders of what some call a new civil rights struggle say the protests must lead to long-term strategies. The goal is to sustain a national movement and to get past challenging obstacles.

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Is Cash-Free Really The Way To Be? Maybe Not For Millennials

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:20am

Financial advisers advocate using cash whenever possible. But new technologies are making it easier to do just the opposite. Still, a recent study shows more millennials are turning away from plastic.

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Celebrating Passover: The History And Symbolism Of Matzo Balls

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:19am

Matzo balls are at the center of any Passover seder. Cookbook author Joan Nathan, known as the "grande dame" of Jewish cooking, explains the history behind this culinary tradition.

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Student Rejects Duke's Letter Denying Her Admission

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 6:29am

When Duke University sent Siobhan O'Dell, 17, a rejection letter, she turned the tables. In the end, she's headed for a school she doesn't have to reject, the University of South Carolina.

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Julianne Moore Refuses To Reshoot Tourism Film; Project Collapses

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 6:14am

Officials in Turkey hired Julianne Moore for a documentary promoting Turkey. She shot a scene recalling a visit to Turkey as a child. Turkish media say officials accused Moore of poor acting.

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A View From Iran On Framework For Nuclear Deal

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:07am

Steve Inskeep talks to Nasser Hadian, professor of political science at Tehran University, for a view of the nuclear agreement from Iran.

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Deputy Secretary Of State Blinken Weighs In On Iran Nuclear Agreement

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:07am

Steve Inskeep talks to U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken about the nuclear talks with Iran and six world powers, including the United States. In Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday, negotiators announced they had reached agreement on a "political framework" for preventing Iran's development of a nuclear bomb.

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Bracket Madness Marches Into April With Basketball's Final 4

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:07am

On Saturday, the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan State Spartans play Duke's Blue Devils. The winners will play Monday for the NCAA men's basketball championship.

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