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Does Technology Make You Freer?

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:39am

Improvements in technology don't necessarily lead to more leisure time for people, but they allow us more freedom to choose what we spend our time doing, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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FCC Moves To Cut High Cost Of Prisoner's Calls

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Federal regulators want to cap the cost of phone calls from prison, which are far more expensive than normal calls. The FCC is set to vote on a plan at its next meeting on October 22.

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Democratic Lawmakers Press Labor Officials To Step Up Workers' Comp Oversight

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

The NPR/ProPublica series on workers' compensation has prompted a response from 10 ranking Democrats of Senate and Congressional Committees. The lawmakers want the Department of Labor to strengthen its oversight of state changes in workers' comp benefits and suggest possible legislation.

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Some Madoff Investors To Get All Their Money Back

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Many of Bernie Madoff's investors will be getting a full payback of the money they lost when his pyramid scheme went bust — as long as they invested less than $1.1 million. The trustees of a victims compensation fund is making another in a series of distributions today.

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Jeb Bush Puts Public Land Management On Agenda

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will unveil his proposed plans for managing Western land and resources at an announcement in Reno, Nev. on Wednesday. Public land management is a divisive and hot-button issue in the West and especially challenging for Republicans.

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Syria's President Meets With Putin

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a surprise visit to Moscow on Tuesday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. A spokesman for Putin says the two leaders discussed Russian airs strikes in the country and plans for Syria's troops, among other things.

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House Freedom Caucus Sits Down With Ryan. Now What?

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona, a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, weighs in on Rep. Paul Ryan's decision to run for House Speaker if all factions of the party agree to support him. The group met with Ryan Tuesday night.

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Why Is Mammogram Advice Still Such A Tangle? Ask Your Doctor

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Leading physicians' groups don't agree about when and how often women with an average risk for breast cancer should get a screening mammogram. But your history can help guide you and your doctor.

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How U.N. Climate Negotiations Are Like Splitting A Bar Tab

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Nearly 200 countries have delegates in Bonn, Germany this week, trying to figure out how to fight global warming. They're at a difficult point — what the nations have pledged so far isn't enough.

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The 'Good Sports' In College Athletics

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Commentator Frank Deford says big universities often see athletics as primarily spectator entertainment. Smaller schools, he says, do better in making it a participant activity for students.

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Korea's Most Famous Entertainer Is Now Its Most Infamous Landlord

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Seoul artists are taking on the rapper PSY in a real estate rift pitting creative types against commercial interests. The man known for Gangnam Style "is not a good building owner," one artist says.

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The George Washington Of Investing Wants You For The Revolution

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Investor Jack Bogle is leading a populist revolution on Wall Street. He wants everyday Americans to make a lot more money in the stock market and give less of their returns away to financial firms.

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Obama Begins Drug Addiction Prevention Conversation In West Virginia

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

In West Virginia, the number of heroin overdoses has increased almost five-fold since 2010. So today, President Obama will visit the state to host a community discussion about what's needed to help prevent and stop drug addiction across the U.S.

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Fighting In Syria Forces Delays For Migrants Traveling North

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Migrants struggling north through the Balkans say they are being driven to travel late in the season by increased fighting in Syria.

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Is Russia Making Moves On Afghanistan?

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Some believe Moscow's seizing on the Islamic State's rise in Afghanistan as an opportunity to expand Russian influence. A flurry of visits to Moscow by Afghan officials added to speculation, and kindled concerns among Afghans with grim memories of Soviet occupation in the 1980s, although no one predicts troops on the ground.

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Baseball Hall Of Fame Reporter Back At Bat

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

This week, legendary baseball writer Tom Gage was picked up by Sporting News. As NPR reported in July, the Baseball Hall of Fame reporter was out of a job after 36 years covering the Detroit Tigers. Now, he'll be covering the World Series to finish out his Hall of Fame season.

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Law Enforcement Veteran: Locking Up Minor Drug Offenders Makes Us Less Safe

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy — a veteran with more than 30 years of policing experience in New York City, Newark and Chicago — says locking up minor drug offenders using mandatory sentencing makes America less safe.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon In Jerusalem Urges Calm As Violence Continues

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 8:50pm

The secretary-general's visit comes as recent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians have left dozens dead.

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Rep. Paul Ryan Will Run For Speaker Of The House, Under Several Conditions

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 8:09pm

Ryan, who has been pressured to run for the speakership by several prominent GOP colleagues, says that if the divided party unites behind him, he will run for House speaker.

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Former Louisville Players, Recruits Say Assistant Coach Paid For Dorm 'Sex Parties'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 6:13pm

After ESPN aired a damning report this morning, the basketball team's head coach Rick Pitino called on the accused former assistant coach Andre McGee to tell the truth about what happened.

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