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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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By the Book: T. C. Boyle: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - March 24, 2015 - 8:50am
The author, most recently, of “The Harder They Come” is mad about nature writing: “I want to get inside the head of every creature in the world, even ants.”






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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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‘Night at the Fiestas,’ by Kirstin Valdez Quade

New York Times book reviews - March 24, 2015 - 8:16am
Wayward souls in New Mexico seek out personal deliverance in this debut story collection.






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Joseph Kanon’s ‘Leaving Berlin’

New York Times book reviews - March 24, 2015 - 8:11am
In Joseph Kanon’s thriller, a German-born American writer becomes a spy in Cold War East Berlin.






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‘Hausfrau,’ by Jill Alexander Essbaum

New York Times book reviews - March 24, 2015 - 8:02am
The troubled heroine of this debut novel strays from her stable Zurich fold.






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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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ArtsBeat: ‘Family Life,’ by Akhil Sharma, Wins Folio Prize

New York Times book reviews - March 24, 2015 - 5:31am
A panel of five writers chose Mr. Sharma, who will receive an award of almost $60,000. “The fact that I got this prize doesn’t mean that I wrote the best book,” he said, “it just means that I got this prize.”






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