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New Report: Politics And Ebola Are Not Such Strange Bedfellows

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 11:37am

Issued 2 years after the first case was confirmed in West Africa, an International Rescue Committee report on lessons from the epidemic stresses the critical role of politics.

HHS Says Diabetes Prevention Program Will Save Medicare Money

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 11:30am

The program was tested in YMCAs around the country, and helped people lose about 5 percent of their body weight in a year. The goal is to make it a Medicare-eligible prevention program.

South X Lullaby: Miya Folick

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 11:14am

By Austin's Waller Creek at 2 a.m., Folick sang a new song, "Anyway," to close this year's festival.

Holy Holi: Colored Powder Will Be Thrown But Splashing Might Be Illegal

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:59am

It's a spring religious festival in India. People spatter each other with colored powder and spray lots of water. This year's drought is changing the tradition — to the dismay of many.

On Who Gets To Be A 'Real American,' And Who Deserves A Helping Hand

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:48am

With a pair of provocative pieces about white working-class Trump supporters, the National Review has essentially redrawn a line in the sand.

Mysterious Keys Unlock Surreal Landscapes In 'What Is Yours Is Not Yours'

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:41am

Book critic Maureen Corrigan says each of the "nouveau Gothic" stories in Helen Oyeyemi's new collection leaves a deep impression — like a scar that stubbornly refuses to fade.

Watch Chvrches Perform At SXSW

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:17am

The Scottish electro-pop trio stripped down at Austin's Radio Day Stage showcase for a few songs, including "Leave A Trace" and "Never Ending Circles."

Why Is 'Theory' Such A Confusing Word?

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:04am

Many people interpret the word "theory" as iffy knowledge, based on speculative thinking: It is used indiscriminately to indicate things we know and things we aren't sure about, says Marcelo Gleiser.

Signups Exceed Expectations For Montana's Medicaid Expansion

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:00am

Almost twice as many people as expected have signed up for Medicaid, and it has saved Montana $3 million so far, according to a progress report. But the program still has critics.

Probing The Complexities Of Transgender Mental Health

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 9:22am

There's plenty of evidence that being transgender makes for worse mental health. But would that change if trans people were accepted by their families early on? Scientists are trying to find out.

Jeb Bush Endorses Ted Cruz For President

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 8:52am

The endorsement is the latest sign that the Republican Party establishment may be lining up behind the Texas Senator.

Songs We Love: Leyla McCalla, 'A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey'

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 8:00am

Great new Haitian/Creole-influenced music and video from the singer-songwriter-violinist (and ex-Carolina Chocolate Drop); plus, an interview about where her creative energy now resides.

As North Korea Acts Out, A Search For Kim Jong Un's Motives

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 7:47am

The isolated nation has undertaken a series of provocative steps, launching missiles and bombastic rhetoric. Analysts are debating what leader Kim Jong Un is trying to achieve.

Top Stories: Latest On Brussels Attacks; Presidential Contest Results

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 6:44am

Also: Jeb Bush will endorse Ted Cruz for President; the Supreme Court hears a challenge to the Affordable Care Act; and a Seattle man climbs a giant tree, disrupts traffic and won't come down.

'Caped Crusade' Peeks Under Batman's Iconic Cowl

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 6:00am

Glen Weldon's new book lays out the history of Batman — from pow-biff-zap camp icon to dour Dark Knight — with the witty, informed perspective of a diehard fan. To the Batcave, readers!

Smoke More So You Can Vote Early And Often?

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 5:39am

Smokers in Chicago planted 52,000 cigarette butts in the sand last year so, the Alliance for the Great Lakes is now asking smokers to toss butts in one box or another to weigh in on key issues.

The Untold Stories Of Black Girls

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 5:31am

Black girls are suspended from school at six times the rate of white girls. In a new book, Pushout, author Monique Morris tells their stories.

A Day After Brussels Attacks, Search For Suspect Continues

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 4:59am

A day after terrorist attacks in Brussels killed at least 30 and wounded at least 230, police continue to search for a suspected accomplice.

Australian Prime Minister Slightly Changes Borrowed Slogan Using Change

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 4:39am

Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character in Veep uses the slogan "Continuity With Change." Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is using the slogan "continuity AND change." Maybe just a little change.

Former Utah Governors Forge Different Paths In Quest To Defeat Trump

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 4:04am

Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt recently endorsed Gov. John Kasich for president, raising eyebrows because another former Utah governor, Mitt Romney, endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Both say their aim is to defeat Donald Trump.

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