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Ben Affleck, The New Batman

Thursday, August 22, 2013

To the names Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale, add Ben Affleck. Warner Bros. says Affleck will be the next big name Hollywood star to play the role of Batman on the big screen. He'll star in the still untitled movie expected to be released in the summer of 2015.

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Bradley Manning: 'I Am A Female,' Call Me Chelsea

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Army private responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history is asking for hormone therapy. Manning's lawyer will push for that to happen during the soldier's long stay in prison.

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How A Look At Your Gmail Reveals The Power Of Metadata

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The NSA says it's only examining traffic information, not the content of Americans' phone calls. How much can that information tell you? Quite a lot, and in some ways it's more useful than actual content. NPR's Larry Abramson learns what analysts can discover about his life and contacts just by looking at his Gmail account.

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Meth, Poverty Drive Up Cattle Rustling In Texas

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cattle rustling is on the rise in Texas and Oklahoma. So far this year, authorities have seen a 40 percent increase in thefts. But one of the reasons why may be a bit surprising: Drug users are stealing them.

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Teen Girls' Yen For Indoor Tans Sparks Battle Over Risks

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dermatologists say it's a lot easier to manage the skin cancer risk to young people from indoor tanning than it is to ban the sun. But the indoor tanning industry says doctors should be more focused on skin cancer in older folks.

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Why Millennials Are Ditching Cars And Redefining Ownership

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Internet and file sharing have transformed how young people think about possessing music, art, books — even cars. As the millennial generation questions ownership of nearly everything, they are opting to spend money on experiences. And car companies are left scratching their heads.

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NPR CEO Knell To Leave After 2 years On The Job

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

CEO Gary Knell announced on Monday that he is leaving NPR to take the helm at National Geographic Society. The offer was too good to refuse, Knell told NPR staffers, giving him the chance to lead a larger educational and publishing and television organization on a "global stage."

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How Extreme Australian Rains Made Global Sea Levels Drop

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sea level has been rising steadily as a result of global warming. But in 2010 and 2011, levels dropped sharply by a quarter of an inch. A new analysis says that's because extraordinarily heavy rainfall got trapped in inland Australia.

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Winona Ryder: With Smaller Roles, A Welcome Return From Exile

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

NPR has been looking at comebacks — from politicians reinventing themselves to the recovery of once-endangered species. Then there are disgraced movie stars. Winona Ryder made everyone forget about her 2001 shoplifting arrest with her role in Black Swan. How far has her comeback taken her?

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Kids Involved in Bullying Grow Up To Be Poorer, Sicker Adults

Monday, August 19, 2013

Lots of kids get bullied, but they get over it, right? Many don't, a study says. Children who are involved in bullying are more likely to have serious health problems as adults. They also have trouble managing money, holding jobs and maintaining relationships.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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