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Students Zap Their Brains For a Boost, For Better Or Worse

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 8:01am

Stimulating the brain with electrical currents is exploratory technology. But people are making and buying devices that do that for use at home — and interest rises around exam time.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Lin-Manuel Miranda; 'La La Land' Director Damien Chazelle

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 8:00am

Miranda weighs in about Disney, mixtapes and why he won't try to top the success of Hamilton. Chazelle discusses the brash, defiant and "almost avant-garde" nature of musicals.

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Fort Lauderdale Hoping To Reopen Airport After Shooting

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

Fort Lauderdale officials hope to reopen the city's airport this morning, a day after 26-year-old Esteban Santiago opened fire in a baggage claim area, killing five people.

The View From Moscow On U.S. Hacking Accusations

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

Russian state television said that U.S. intelligence accusations of Vladimir Putin ordering election meddling are nothing new.

Georgia County's Llama On The Lam

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

The sheriff's office in Oconee County, Ga., caught a runaway llama, after a caller reported that a "baby camel" had escaped. Chief Deputy Lee Weems talks about the county's loose llama problem.

What To Watch For In Sports This Year

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

In this week's sports roundup: The start of NFL playoffs, the fate of running back Joe Mixon, who was caught on video punching a woman in 2014, and a 105-year-old Frenchman still on his bike.

Lawmakers Prepare For Tough Confirmation Battle For Rex Tillerson

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

Lawmakers have lots of questions for Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson. The former ExxonMobil CEO has done business around the world, including with Russian President Putin.

Why You Should Call Your Grandmother

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

Research about senior citizens by the University of California, San Francisco finds people who are lonely have a higher mortality rate. Companionship may be more important than income or health.

Minnesota Republican Rep. Jason Lewis Talks About His First Week On The Job

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

Jason Lewis was a conservative radio host in Minnesota and was recently elected to represent his state in the U.S. House of Representatives. He talks about his legislative priorities.

After Fort Lauderdale Shooting, Examining Airport Safety

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

A shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport left five people dead, and raises new questions about airport security. Aviation security expert Jeff Price explains.

Some Rockettes At Odds With Management Over Inauguration Performance

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

The Rockettes are as American as apple pie, but some dancers in the famous troupe don't want to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration.

Using Social Media, Students Aspire To Become 'Influencers'

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

Syracuse University Professor Corey Takahashi offers his commentary on the challenge of teaching students who, instead of wanting to be writers or filmmakers, aspire to be online "influencers."

Scientists Work To Bring Back Once-Thriving American Chestnut Tree

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

The American chestnut tree used to make up a quarter of the forests in the eastern U.S., but disease decimated these trees in the last century. Now there's an effort to restore the American chestnut.

More Families Choosing Cremation For Departed Loved Ones

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

Cremation rates in the U.S. have nearly doubled over the past 15 years. Barbara Kemmis, executive director of the Cremation Association of North America, discusses reasons for the increase.

NASA Faces The Unknown In Preparing For Trump Administration

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

President-elect Donald Trump has not provided many specifics about what he plans to do with NASA. But private companies are expected to take a bigger role in space travel in the coming years.

Trump Could Make Good On Tariff Threats, Thanks To Existing Laws

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

Donald Trump turned to Twitter again to lambast big automakers into building more cars in the U.S. Experts say the president has wide-ranging powers to restrict trade.

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan: Obamacare 'Needs To Be Repealed'

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

Congress is back in session and at the top of Republicans' agenda is repealing Obamacare. Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan discusses efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

What Kind Of Jobs President Has Obama Been — In 8 Charts

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 5:00am

President Obama inherited an economy that was cratering, the worst recession since the Great Depression. Slowly, but surely, things have turned around. The job market is strong, but quickly shifting.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Coming Fight Over Planned Parenthood Funding

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 5:00am

With a Republican in the White House, the GOP and anti-abortion-rights supporters hope to succeed in defunding Planned Parenthood. But there's sure to be a fight, and the road ahead will be bumpy.

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Sat, 01/07/2017 - 3:48am

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