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Incredibly Shrinking Avocados: Why This Year's Fruit Are So Tiny

Monday, August 19, 2013

California's crop of Hass avocados — those green fruit essential for guacamole — usually weigh a half-pound or more. But this year's avocados are the smallest in memory — some barely bigger than an egg.

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Robin Thicke's Song Sounds Like Marvin Gaye. So He's Suing Gaye's Family.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Thicke wants the court to rule that his song, "Blurred Lines," doesn't infringe on Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."

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Has Voyager 1 Left The Solar System?

Monday, August 19, 2013

For the past decade or so, scientists have been waiting for the Voyager 1 spacecraft to cross into deep space. New research suggests it already has — over a year ago.

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How To Get 'Young Invincibles' To Sign Up For Obamacare

Monday, August 19, 2013

The federal health care law requires young people to sign up for coverage. The health insurance premiums of younger, healthier adults will be important to balancing the cost of covering older, sicker Americans.

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Riding Choppers And Harleys To Protect Kids In Need

Friday, August 16, 2013

Bikers may have a tough image, but Happy Dodson, Taz Roman and other members of Bikers Against Child Abuse have a soft spot for kids. The international nonprofit accepts referrals from parents, police and social workers, and if those kids ever feel unsafe, BACA members will come roaring to their aid.

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Herzog Plumbs Guilt And Loss Wrought By Texting And Driving

Friday, August 16, 2013

Werner Herzog's latest project is a slight departure for the acclaimed filmmaker: a 35-minute public service announcement on the dangers of texting and driving. Yes, it's long, he says, but the "inner landscape" of great suffering such accidents can cause "can only be shown if you have more time."

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Teens Use Twitter To Thumb Rides

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Need a ride to the party or the concert? Instead of making endless phone calls, these days teens turn to social media to arrange transportation. It's called ridesharing, a form of cyber-hitchhiking used by a generation that isn't rushing to get a driver's license or dream car.

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How The Hot 100 Became America's Hit Barometer

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

After 55 years, the voracious creature, built to absorb whatever medium is delivering music to the masses at any given time, is complicated and imperfect — any chart where Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Missy Elliott peak only at No. 2 is — but it's still the best benchmark we have to measure the bigness of hits.

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More Companies Encourage Workers To Volunteer, On The Clock

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A growing number of employers are paying their workers to help out at local charities on company time. Human resources experts say compensating staff who put in volunteer hours makes for more engaged workers — and lower turnover.

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10 Years After The Blackout, How Has The Power Grid Changed?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sagging power lines and computer glitches led to a power outage that left 50 million people across the Northeast U.S. and part of Canada in darkness on Aug. 14, 2003. New sensors have been installed, and operator training and computer systems have been upgraded. But is that enough to prevent another massive blackout?

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'Orange' Creator Jenji Kohan: 'Piper Was My Trojan Horse'

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Orange Is the New Black's showrunner explains how a story about a privileged white woman and criminality allows her to tell "really fascinating tales" of black women, Latinas, old women and criminals. Kohan also created the Showtime series Weeds.

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For Disaster Preparedness: Pack A Library Card?

Monday, August 12, 2013

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, libraries in New York helped storm victims find documents, fill out forms, connect to the Internet and plan how to rebuild. There's a growing awareness of the important role libraries can play in disaster relief.

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The Changing Story Of Teens And Cars

Friday, August 09, 2013

When you're a teenager, there are many things you desperately want to find: friends, fun, a future, freedom. In American Graffiti, the iconic movie about teenagers set in 1962, the kids find all of that just by getting in their cars. But today, teens say they don't see cars the same way.

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Clinton Movie Projects Criticized By Both Sides Of The Aisle

Friday, August 09, 2013

News that NBC plans to make a mini-series about Hillary Clinton and CNN will commission a documentary about her, sparked controversy this week. The Republican National Committee and a liberal media watchdog group have denounced the projects as promoting Clinton's possible bid for the presidency. David Greene talks with reporter Kim Masters, of The Hollywood Reporter, about the dispute. She also hosts The Business on member station KCRW.

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'Total Disgrace': Jackie Robinson Statue Defaced In Brooklyn

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Someone scrawled racial epithets, a swastika and the name "Hitler" on a statue dedicated to the man who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier and his teammate Pee Wee Reese.

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Decades After Henrietta Lacks' Death, Family Gets A Say On Her Cells

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

A special committee that includes two members of the Lacks family will review scientists' applications for access to the genetic sequence of cells derived from a tumor that killed Henrietta Lacks. The cells are among the most widely used in research.

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Want To Be A Chicken Farmer? Try It Before You Commit

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The idea of raising backyard chickens has become very popular. But people who follow through on the idea don't always know what they are getting into. So a few companies are letting would-be chicken farmers try out the experience — for a fee.

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With Holder In The Lead, Sentencing Reform Gains Momentum

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Eric Holder, the nation's top law enforcement officer, is calling for a sea change in the criminal justice system. The attorney general is joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers who want to overhaul prison sentencing policies.

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As Twitter Expands Reach, Abuse Policy Gets Added Scrutiny

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

A series of threats and abusive messages aimed at prominent women in the U.K. have placed Twitter in an awkward spot. As the company gears up to go public and expand its brand around the world, it is increasingly running into cultural and legal hurdles that challenge Twitter's free speech ethos.

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Obama To Leno: 'There Is No Spying On Americans'

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

President Obama on Tuesday defended the U.S. government's surveillance program, telling NBC's Jay Leno that any tracking of phone numbers or email domestically was "connected to a terrorist attack."

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