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10:29 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Third Of French Are On Psychoactive Drugs, Agency Says

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 1:52 pm

A drug safety agency says that 32 percent of French citizens are regular or occasional users of prescription drugs such as antidepressants and sleeping pills. France's National Drug Safety Agency warns that the pills are prescribed too often.

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Health Care
10:19 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Waiting At VA Hospitals: A Matter Of Life And Death

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 11:26 am



I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. At some point, many of us have encountered a wait to see a health professional. It can be annoying and frustrating and an inconvenience. But what if it turns out that the health problem is not minor and that wait is the difference between life and death? Now, some families of veterans who waited for care from the Department of Veterans Affairs claim it was the difference between life and death.

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9:45 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Hero Or Villain? Historical Ukrainian Figure Symbolizes Today's Feud

A Ukrainian nationalist carries a portrait of Stepan Bandera, founder of a Ukrainian rebel army that fought the Soviet Union in the 1930s and '40s. The rally was held on Jan. 1, 2013. While many Ukrainians see Bandera as a hero, many Russians view him as an ally of Hitler and a mass murderer.
Efrem Lukatsky AP

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 8:39 am

Let's start with the basics: Stepan Bandera was born in 1909 in what is now western Ukraine. In 1959, the Soviet Union's KGB poisoned Bandera with cyanide and he died in Munich, West Germany.

Between those two dates, black and white quickly fades to gray.

In western Ukraine, many see him as a freedom fighter who battled domination by the Soviet Union and other European powers before and during World War II. They see themselves as the heirs to Bandera's struggle.

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9:39 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Following Abuses, Medicare Tightens Reins On Its Drug Program

Medicare has new power to police doctors whose prescribing patterns are out of whack.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 9:42 am

The federal government has granted itself potent new authority to expel physicians from Medicare if they are found to prescribe drugs in abusive ways, following through on a proposal issued earlier this year.

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It's All Politics
9:04 am
Tue May 20, 2014

What To Watch In Tuesday's Elections

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell speaks to supporters Saturday at the Tanglewood Farms Restaurant in Franklin, Ky. McConnell faces Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin and several other lesser-known candidates in Tuesday's GOP primary.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 9:50 am

A crowded primary election day unfolds Tuesday, with voters in six states going to the polls — Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

One of the biggest political questions of the year will be answered: Can Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell withstand a vigorous Tea Party challenge?

And that's not all. A handful of closely watched House, Senate and gubernatorial primaries are at stake, with results offering critical clues to the direction of the November election — and a look at the direction of the Republican Party.

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The Two-Way
8:55 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Chipotle Tells Its Customers Not To Bring Guns To Its Restaurants

A Chipotle restaurant in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 11:10 am

Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast food chain, is asking its customers not to bring guns into its restaurants.

The announcement is similar to one the coffee giant Starbucks made back in September. Both companies were thrust into the middle of the national debate on guns, when gun activists brought guns into the establishments to make a point.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Tue May 20, 2014

CIA Says It Will No Longer Use Vaccine Programs As Cover

A doctor gives a polio vaccine to a child at a health clinic in Baghdad last week. The CIA says it banned the use of vaccine programs as cover for spying last year — a practice health officials said had wide repercussions.
Ahmad Al-Rubaye AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 4:32 pm

A White House official says the CIA will no longer use vaccine programs as cover for spy operations, answering health experts' complaints that it had hurt international efforts to fight disease.

The CIA famously used a vaccination program as a ploy to gain information about the possible whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. That effort didn't succeed, and the doctor involved was sentenced to a prison term. But the revelation had immediate effects — particularly in the fight against polio.

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8:40 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The 25 Most Promising Graduation Speeches Of The Year

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

Every year, for the past eight years, I've read hundreds and hundreds of graduation speeches, all told more than 1,000.

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Shots - Health News
7:50 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Beezin' May Be Bogus, But Other Dopey Teen Fads Can Bite Back

Leif Parsons for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 1:00 pm

Another month, another apocalyptic news report of some weird substance that kids are abusing in pursuit of a high.

The most recent example is "beezin'," which supposedly involves smearing Burt's Bee's lip balm on one's eyelids. The tingling allegedly heightens the sensation of being drunk or high, according to the Oklahoma Fox News affiliate that first declared this a "viral trend."

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The Two-Way
7:09 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Tupelo Man Who Sent Ricin Letters To Obama Gets 25-Year Sentence

James Everett Dutschke, seen here as investigators searched his house last spring, was convicted of sending letters containing the poison ricin to President Obama and other officials.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 1:12 pm

After late wrangling that included a threat to withdraw his guilty plea, J. Everett Dutschke accepted a 25-year prison sentence Monday, a year after he was arrested for sending poison-laced letters to President Obama and others.

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