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Science and Environment
2:51 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Texas Family's Nuisance Complaint Seen As Win Against Fracking

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 4:22 pm

A Dallas jury recently awarded nearly $3 million to a family who said they were poisoned by a natural gas drilling operation near their North Texas ranch. The verdict, reached on April 22, is being called a landmark by opponents of the drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

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U.S.
2:45 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Cinco De Mayo: Whose Holiday Is It, Anyway?

Members of Dance Academy of Mexico perform during last year's Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Milwaukee.
Rick Wood Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

Across the country this weekend, Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated with festivals, music, Mexican food and plenty of bar specials.

But south of the border, the holiday merits little more than a parade in the city of Puebla, east of Mexico City. There, in 1862, outgunned Mexican troops defeated an invading French army.

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Parallels
2:42 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Afghan Female Cyclists: Breaking Away, And Breaking Taboos

The women of the Afghan National Cycling Federation team train outside Kabul, the capital. They face poor road conditions, terrible traffic, lots of gawking and even threats of violence in pursuit of their sport.
Peter Breslow NPR

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

On a recent day, just west of Kabul — where the city's sooty sky gives way to fresher air — Abdul Sadiq coaches four young members of the Afghan National Cycling Federation. They're working on their riding technique while dodging the free-form traffic.

"The road is very narrow. Make sure you don't get into an accident, as you can see the cars are coming," the former competitive cyclist tells them, amid zooming vehicles and honking horns.

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All Tech Considered
2:41 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Amid The Device Hype, This Startup Is Taking Wearables To Heart

Steve Jungmann, vice president at the tech startup Quanttus, holds up an early prototype of the biometric sensors the company will use on its wearable products. The current version is much smaller.
Chris Arnold NPR

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

There's been a lot of talk about wearable devices being the next big thing in the technology world. It's easy for the hype to get ahead of the products, but there's actually some serious innovation going on.

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Politics
7:32 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

When College Sexual Assault Panels Fall Short, And When They Help

Dartmouth College is one of 55 colleges and universities on the Education Department's list of institutions being investigated for how they've handled sexual assault cases.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 9:45 am

Thursday, the federal government sent a message that it's taking sexual harassment on college campuses seriously. Education officials released the names of 55 schools facing investigation for their handling of sexual abuse allegations.

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Around the Nation
5:25 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

After The Floods, Gulf Coast Towns Dig Out From Muck And Mud

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 8:02 pm

The Florida panhandle and the coast of Alabama have been deluged by rain this week. Some local officials say it's the worst flooding in decades. Sandra Averhart of Pensacola's WUWF sent this postcard.

The Salt
5:15 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Mamma Mia! Italian Chains Make Fast-Food Fare Look Light

At 820 calories, Maggiano's tiramisu packs in more than the tiramisu served at Olive Garden (510 calories) or Macaroni Grill (690 calories). But it pales in comparison with the version served at Carrabba's, which has 1,060 calories.
Maggiano's

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:13 am

A Mediterranean diet is all the rage, but don't confuse this healthful pattern of eating for what you're likely to be served in popular Italian-style chains.

A new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest finds some astronomical calorie counts at these restaurants. Not to mention sodium.

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Oklahoma Issues Timeline Of Botched Execution

Clayton Lockett died during a botched execution on Tuesday.
AP

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 6:21 pm

Robert Patton, the chief of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, offered a detailed timeline on Thursday of the botched execution of Clayton D. Lockett.

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Shots - Health News
4:35 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Doctors Think The Other Guy Often Prescribes Unnecessary Care

She ordered the test, not me.
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Three out of four physicians believe that fellow doctors prescribe an unnecessary test or procedure at least once a week, a survey released Thursday finds.

The most frequent reasons that physicians order extraneous — and costly --medical care are fears of being sued, impulses to be extra careful and desires to reassure themselves about their assessments of patients, the survey said.

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The Two-Way
4:09 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Ending 5-Year Dispute, New York Reaches Deal With Teachers Union

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 4:25 pm

New York has reached a deal with its teachers union, ending a five-year stalemate, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday.

The New York Times reports de Blasio, a liberal Democrat taking on a tough issue during his first year in office, called it a "landmark" labor deal. The Times adds:

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