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Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:48am

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. House leaders now think they fix a problem that has plagued Congress since 1997.

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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:01am

This month, hear new music from Hop Along, Emile Haynie, Whitehorse, Leon Bridges and more.

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Anat Cohen's Roots Of Rio

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:35am

The genre choro — the New Orleans jazz of Brazil — has long fascinated Cohen, a jazz-trained clarinet and saxophone player. Her new quartet Choro Aventuroso modernizes the music's rhythms and forms.

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Midwest Town Braces For More Steel Layoffs

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:42pm

U.S. Steel is shutting down its Granite City Works in southern Illinois. The plant makes flat-rolled steel for oil companies, who are themselves hit by lower oil prices.

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California Attorney General Moves To Stop Anti-Gay Ballot Proposal

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:14pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Vikram Amar, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, about the attorney general's move to halt a proposed initiative.

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U.S. Military Charges Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:22pm

U.S. Army officials said Wednesday that Bergdahl's 2009 disappearance is considered a crime of desertion. Bergdahl was freed last May after being held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years.

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Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:20pm

Henry Heinz was big into pickles before ketchup came along. James Kraft gave the world American cheese. (Ironically, he was Canadian.) Now, two companies that revamped how we eat will become one.

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Calif. Lawyer's Ballot Proposal Calls Referendum System Into Question

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:08pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Vikram Amar, a professor at the University of California, Davis School of Law, about the initiative that would allow the killing of gays and lesbians.

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'Super Termite' Could Be Even More Destructive Than Parent Species

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:08pm

In South Florida, the world's two most destructive termite species could be mating because of climate change. Researchers say if the hybrids colonize, they could pose an even greater economic threat.

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Can Republicans Get Ahead In The 2016 Digital Race?

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:03pm

When Sen. Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring, it happened first on Twitter. Political news is breaking more and more on social media, and both sides face different challenges in reaching out.

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In Havana, A Journey Into The Forbidden With A Provocative Artist

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:41pm

In December, Tania Bruguera planned a performance at Revolution Square. She ended up in jail and had her passport taken. Now she returns to the scene of her alleged crime. This time for an interview.

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Boko Haram Kidnaps 500 Children In Northeastern Nigeria

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:33pm

Boko Haram militants have kidnapped more than 500 women and children from the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak, reports say. The kidnappings come as regional forces were helping Nigeria push militants out of Damasak. Scores of villagers were killed in the violence.

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Yemen's President Flees As Rebels Move South, Reports Say

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:33pm

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Yemen's president has fled the country after rebels captured the city's airport and began advancing on the city of Aden.

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Supreme Court Rules On Two Closely-Watched Discrimination Cases

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:33pm

A divided Supreme Court Wednesday ruled in cases concerning alleged discrimination. One involves racial redistricting in Alabama, and the other concerns the rights of a UPS driver who became pregnant.

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German Town Grieves For Residents Lost In French Alps Crash

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:33pm

Among the victims of the Germanwings plane crash Tuesday were 18 residents of the tiny German town of Haltern. Residents are grieving the loss of 16 students and two advisers from a local high school.

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App Helps Syrian Refugees Adapt To Life Away From Home

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:33pm

A Syrian refugee has developed a phone app and website to help refugees get information on services and seek other help in their long journeys in limbo.

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Kraft, Heinz Merger Brings Together Famous Food Brands

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:33pm

The pending $45 billion dollar merger between Kraft and Heinz will create the world's fifth-largest food company. The deal comes as Kraft struggles to keep up with changing consumer tastes.

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Investigators Still Looking For Black Box Data From Germanwings Plane

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:33pm

The latest on the investigation of the Germanwings commercial flight that crashed in the French Alps Tuesday. All 150 people on board were killed.

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Mosquitoes Can Smell Inside Your Blood

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:15pm

When malaria parasites infect blood, they manufacture odor molecules that smell sweet to mosquitoes, scientists report. So how do these odors get from the bloodstream to the insects?

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University And Biotech Firm Team Up On Colorblindness Therapy

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:14pm

Six years ago, husband-and-wife scientists used gene therapy to cure colorblindness in monkeys. Now they're trying to make it work for the millions of people with faulty color vision.

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