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A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared?

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 11:48am

A respected scientific group says that glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is "probably carcinogenic to humans." Yet the actual risks — which are mainly to farmers, not consumers — remain uncertain.

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Notorious Mexican Criminals Say Prison Conditions Are Inhumane

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 11:31am

Nearly 140 inmates, including Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal, complain of dirty cells, spoiled food and filthy conjugal rooms at Mexico's maximum security prison.

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Why There's A Big Battle Brewing Over The Lean Meat In Your Diet

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 9:01am

Should the government recommend lean meat as part of a healthy diet? That's emerged as a political flashpoint. The panel working on federal guidelines says the evidence on lean meat is muddled.

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Here Comes 'The X-Files,' Back For More Mulder, More Scully, And More

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 8:42am

Fox has announced that its beloved sci-fi series The X-Files will be back for six new episodes from creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

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U.S. Providing Reconnaissance Flights Over Booby-Trapped Tikrit

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 8:40am

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq has been conducting surveillance flights over the city since March 21 to help uproot militants with the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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Calif. Lawyer Proposes Ballot Initiative To Kill Gays And Lesbians

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 7:49am

The "Sodomite Suppression Act" is unlikely to get a vote, but it's making waves in the Golden State, where all it takes is $200 and a few hundred thousand signatures to get on a ballot.

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Feds Claim Obamacare Launch Is Hindering Government Transparency

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 7:31am

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a backlog of some 3,000 FOIA requests and says it may need 10 years or more to dig out from under some large cases.

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Quality-Testing Legal Marijuana: Strong But Not Always Clean

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 7:22am

Early efforts to test legal marijuana are finding that it's got lots of buzzworthy THC. But it can also have fungus, chemical residue and bacteria. What that means for health and safety isn't clear.

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Even In Nursing, Men Earn More Than Women

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 7:01am

Almost all registered nurses are women, but men in the profession are paid more, a study finds. The differences were especially startling in outpatient settings and for nurse anesthetists.

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TB Patients That The World Writes Off Are Getting Cured In Peru

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 6:41am

When a person is diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, the treatment is so long and painful that some countries decide it's not worth bothering. Partners In Health disagrees.

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Old-Timey Slang: 'Polking' Was A Vulgar Word

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 6:18am

Slang words come and go — and some stay on forever.

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Germanwings Jet Crashes In The French Alps

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 6:05am

The plane, an Airbus A320 run by a subsidiary of the German airline Lufthansa, went down with 150 people aboard. French President Francois Hollande voiced fears that there would be no survivors.

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Angelina Jolie Pitt Has Ovaries Removed, Citing Cancer Fears

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 4:32am

Writing in The New York Times, the actress, who had a preventive double mastectomy two years ago, said she carried a gene that gave her an elevated risk of cancer.

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Airline CEO: Plane Descended For 8 Minutes Before Crash

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 3:00am

Germanwings' CEO says the plane underwent a routine check on Monday. French officials said all 150 passengers onboard the plane traveling from Barcelona to Duesseldorf are likely dead.

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Report: Israel Spied On U.S. Nuclear Talks With Iran

NPR Top Stories - March 24, 2015 - 2:47am

The Wall Street Journal says Israel spied on the talks and passed on the information to U.S. lawmakers in the hopes of undermining the deal. Israel denies spying on the talks.

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Many Doctors Who Diagnose Alzheimer's Fail To Tell The Patient

NPR Top Stories - March 23, 2015 - 11:42pm

Only about half of Medicare patients are told of the diagnosis by their doctor, a study finds. That compares to 90 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer.

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Not Prosecuting Companies If They Promise To Behave

NPR Top Stories - March 23, 2015 - 11:41pm

A conviction can be fatal for a big company. So in some cases prosecutors have been holding off punishing firms that have broken the law. In return, the companies vow to clean up their act.

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Utah Brings Back Firing Squads As Lethal Injection Drugs Remain Scarce

NPR Top Stories - March 23, 2015 - 6:51pm

The Republican governor, who signed the bill Monday, has said Utah needs a backup execution method in case a shortage of drugs persists — though he's called firing squads "a little bit gruesome."

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Mo'ne Davis Says Player Who Sent Offensive Tweet Deserves Second Chance

NPR Top Stories - March 23, 2015 - 4:36pm

Davis, a Little League phenom, said "everyone makes mistakes," and one tweet shouldn't mark the end of Joey Casselberry's baseball career.

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States That Expand Medicaid Detect More Cases Of Diabetes

NPR Top Stories - March 23, 2015 - 2:56pm

Researchers say their study suggests that more diabetes is being detected in particular states because, thanks to Medicaid, more poor people have access to screening and care.

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