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New MLB Rule Cuts Home Plate Crashes, But Not Catcher Concussions

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:38am

Major League Baseball is reviewing its controversial Rule 7.13, which bans most home plate collisions. Catchers actually face a bigger head-injury risk that the rule can't prevent.

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The Cold War 'Mole' Who Smuggled 1,000 East Germans To The West

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:32am

Hasso Herschel fled East Germany in 1961 on a false passport. Over the next decade, he helped more than 1,000 East Germans flee by smuggling them through tunnels or by hiding them inside cars.

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Obese Women Make Less Money, Work More Physically Demanding Jobs

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:51pm

A 65 percent increase in a woman's weight is associated with a 9 percent drop in earnings. A recent study investigated what's behind that "obesity penalty," and why it hits women harder than men.

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Bette Midler Takes On Girl Groups, From The Andrews Sisters To TLC

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:09pm

Midler has delighted in listening to girl groups since she was a kid. On a new album, she takes a crack at her favorites — from the tight harmonies of The Andrews Sisters to the slow groove of TLC.

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Who Won Over Women In The Midterms?

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:08pm

Both Democrats and Republicans relied on women both at the polls and on the ticket in this week's midterm election. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates talks to Mara Liasson about how female candidates fared.

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Two Americans Held In North Korea Are Released

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:08pm

Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, held for months in North Korea, have been freed as President Obama prepares to depart for a summit in Asia.

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As GOP Swept Congress, Black Republicans Took Home Historic Wins

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:08pm

The Republican Party made striking gains during the midterm elections. Among their victories were three wins by black Republicans, who seem to be building momentum for diversifying the GOP ranks.

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WATCH: The Robotic Baby Penguin That Spies For Scientists

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:08pm

The emperor penguins of Antarctica are adorable. They're also pretty skittish when humans come around to collect data. Researchers at the University of Strasbourg have a solution: a penguin rover.

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Inside The 'Life And Crimes' Of A Career Jewel Thief

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:08pm

International jewel thief Doris Payne, now 84, has a criminal history that dates back to the 1950s. A new documentary tells her story and goes inside one of her more recent trials.

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In Space, No One Can Hear You Sample

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:08pm

NASA just released a collection of sound effects from both this world and deep, intergalactic space into the Public Domain. They are now available for all of us to enjoy and perhaps use to make music.

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Killings By Mexican National Exposes Holes In Border Security

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:08pm

The killing of two Sacramento area sheriff's deputies by a Mexican national has prompted calls for stricter border security. The man accused of the killings had a long arrest and deportation record.

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Hashtag Activism 2.0: Sites Aim To Turn Attention Into Change

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 2:10pm

So-called "slacktivism" has become something of a calling card for the millennial generation. But some startups hope to guide passing interests into directed, sustained civic engagement.

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5th Teen Dies From Injuries In Oct. 24 Wash. School Shooting

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 11:57am

A cousin of shooter Jaylen Fryberg died after a weeks-long battle against injuries sustained in the incident, a local hospital says.

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North Korea Releases Two Americans Held In Captivity

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 11:33am

Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary detained in late 2012 and Matthew Todd Miller, arrested in North Korea earlier this year, are free and on their way home, U.S. officials say.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Helene Cooper On Ebola, 'Interstellar' Review, Aasif Mandvi

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 11:04am

New York Times' Cooper talks about reporting on Ebola in Liberia; David Edelstein reviews Interstellar; Mandvi discusses his new essay collection No Land's Man.

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Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch For Attorney General Post

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 10:41am

The president officially nominates the U.S. Attorney from New York's Eastern District to replace outgoing Eric Holder as head of the Justice Department.

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