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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg To Step Down

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 7:39am

The head of the Food and Drug Administration has been on the job for six years and presided over such controversial decisions as relaxing age restrictions on the Plan B contraceptive.

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Dude, Why Is There A Cow In The Back Of Your Cab?

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 7:22am

Author Chris Guillebeau has visited every U.N.-recognized country in the world. He's seen taxi-riding cows, a Mongolian version of Uber and a strong entrepreneurial spirit in the poorest of places.

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Al-Qaida in Yemen Says U.S. Drone Strike Killed Senior Cleric

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 7:11am

A prominent presence in the Al-Qaida in Yemen organization, Sheik Harith al-Nadhari was among those who praised the recent attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Teachers

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 7:03am

In our 50 Great Teachers project, we're telling stories of great teachers. Here are some from our own lives.

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U.S. And NATO Seek New Ways To Help Secure Ukraine's Border

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 6:22am

"Clearly what we see is that conditions in eastern Ukraine have to change," NATO Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove tells NPR's Renee Montagne.

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Audience Members Face A Hungry Zombie In A Locked Room

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 6:10am

It's called Trapped in a Room with a Zombie: part problem-solving game, and part interactive theater. If the players haven't solved the puzzles and found the room's key after an hour, they get eaten.

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Steven Yeun's 'Glenn': Slaying Zombies And Getting The Girl

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 6:04am

The actor talks about his role on The Walking Dead, and shares his real-life immigrant story. The hit drama returns to AMC this weekend.

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Suburban Atlanta Barber Offers Free Hair Cuts To Kids Who Misbehave

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 6:00am

When Russell Frederick is done, the children have a classic "old guy" look: bald on top with fringe around edges. It's the "Benjamin Button Special".

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R.I. State Representative Wants Outdated Laws Scrapped

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 5:22am

John Edwards is sick of laws that have quote "no relevance in 2015." If he gets his way, one Rhode Island law that may be done away is the $5 fine for swearing.

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NATO Considers New Strategy To Contain Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:04am

Renee Montagne talks to General Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, as the military alliances meets in Brussels to come up with a strategy on how to contain Russian aggression in Ukraine.

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Vaccination Exemption Blamed For Measles Spread In California

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:04am

California lawmakers are proposing new limits on the ability of parents to opt out of vaccinations. It's in response to the measles outbreak that originated in that state.

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NBC's Williams Admits He Misled Viewers About Wartime Peril

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:04am

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admits that his story of being on a helicopter hit by enemy fire in Iraq in 2003 was wrong, and apologizes to troops and viewers.

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Jeb Bush Tests Political Waters In Detroit

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:04am

Jeb Bush, who is still not officially in the race for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, was in Detroit on Wednesday. In his first major speech of the year, he seemed very much a candidate road testing a message that will be the centerpiece of a bid for the White House.

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Jury Convicts Ross Ulbricht Of Operating Drug Marketplace

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:04am

In New York, a federal jury found Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht guilty of seven charges, including money laundering and trafficking narcotics. Silk Road was a massive online drug marketplace.

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FCC Chairman Proposes Classifying The Internet As A Public Utility

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:04am

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing major changes to the way it regulates Internet access. Chairman Tom Wheeler believes stronger, utility-style regulations are needed.

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Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Puts Hospitals Under Fire

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to Andrea Ciocca of the aid agency Doctors Without Borders about how the fighting is affecting the civilian population, and the agency's ability to reach those in need of help.

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Don Covay, Wrote 'Chain Of Fools,' Dies At 76

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:04am

R&B singer-songwriter Don Covay died on Saturday at the age of 76. Covay's music was recorded by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Chubby Checker, Gladys Knight & the Pips and The Rolling Stones.

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Millions Raised For Detroit Man Who Has An Arduous Commute

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 4:04am

An article in the Detroit Free Press went viral earlier this week. It was about James Robertson, a 56-year-old Detroit resident who walks 21 miles to and from his factory job.

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