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Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S. Patients and addicts often mix them with prescription painkillers — sometimes to deadly effect.
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In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Buy a cup of coffee, and the vendor enters your receipt in a national lottery. The prize? A new Audi each week. It's a way struggling Portugal hopes to battle the black market and boost tax revenue.
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Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — shifting money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues.
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The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nine months after the deadly crash of a runaway oil train just over the U.S. border in Canada, U.S. regulators still haven't enacted new safety standards for tank cars known for their thin shells.
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Months Of Training And A Moment Of Silence As Marathon Draws Near

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Even as Boston pays tribute to the victims of the marathon bombing, runners are preparing to run in the race next week. NPR is following the stories of eight of these participants, dubbed the "NPR 8."
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With Some Drug Combinations, Overdose Might Be In The Prescription

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Some of the dangers of overdose associated with mixing benzos and opioids arise from primary care doctors actually prescribing the mix. Sean Mackey, the director of the Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab at Stanford, explains more.
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Yearly Homecoming Makes For A Springtime Fish Frenzy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Each April, the shad come back to the Delaware River to spawn, and thousands of anglers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania eagerly await them. Celebrating their annual return is a local spring tradition.
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For A Fast Track To Blossom, Just Send Some Seeds To Space

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

After spending eight months on a Japanese space expedition, a cherry pit that's now four years old has mysteriously blossomed six years before it was due.
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Between Heartbleed And Homeland, NSA Treads Cybersecurity Gray Area

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Amid controversy over the Heartbleed security bug, the White House clarified how U.S. intelligence agencies must handle such bugs. Bloomberg Businessweek cybersecurity reporter Michael Riley explains.
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Ukraine's Army Launches Campaign Against Eastern Militants

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ukraine's army began a "special operation" in the east of the country Tuesday, moving against pro-Russian militants who are occupying government offices across the region.
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Oil Is Not All That's Booming In North Dakota — So Is Drug Trade

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Local and federal authorities worry over a rise in North Dakota's drug trade. Sharon Cohen of the Associated Press explains the proposed solutions to the issue, which some tie to the recent oil boom.
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Perennial Co-Writer Returns With An Album Of His Own

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dan Wilson is your favorite songwriter's favorite co-writer, lending a pen to artists from Nas to Adele. But he also writes music for himself — and he joins the program to talk more about it.
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Alabama Tax Program Grows Out Of A Grandfather's Lasting Legacy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In Alabama, Stephen Black is trying to get college graduates to stay in the state and make life better for Alabamans. His inspiration is his grandfather, the late Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.
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Boston Mourns A Tragic Anniversary With Voices Of Victims

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves.
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In Pakistan, Literary Spring Is Both Renaissance And Resistance

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For the past decade Pakistan has faced war, political instability and the rise of religious extremism. But those crises have fueled a new generation of Pakistani writers and artists.
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Despite Worries, Boston Survivor Heads Back To The Start Line

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.
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Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

Monday, April 14, 2014

The rap duo OutKast launched what may be its farewell tour over the weekend at Coachella, but the group and its fans, who have waited a decade for the reunion, might not have the same expectations.
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Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scientists have figured out one reason women might be more vulnerable to Alzheimer's: A risk gene doubles women's chances of getting the disease but has minimal effect on men.
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NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian

Monday, April 14, 2014

Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs.
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A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast

Monday, April 14, 2014

Some lawmakers say a deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West last year could be the state's best opportunity to pass needed safety measures. But it's going to be an uphill battle.
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