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Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

Monday, April 27, 2015

A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention. And for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.
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For 40 Years, Maine County Helps Families Build Successful Healthy Habits

Monday, April 27, 2015

Offering classes on healthy cooking for low-income residents is just one of the ways that Franklin County, Maine, has beaten the odds on cardiovascular disease for this aging, rural population. A recent article in "The Journal of the American Medical Association" highlighted the county health system's unique efforts that span more than four decades.
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Congress May Be Forced To Intervene Again On Mammogram Recommendations

Monday, April 27, 2015

Six years ago, a federally appointed task force caused a political firestorm by saying women under 50 may not need to get routine mammograms. The controversy was so great that Congress passed legislation to override the group's recommendation. The task force has released an updated draft recommendation, and Congress may have to step in again.
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Weekend Earthquake Devastates Nepal

Monday, April 27, 2015

More than 3,300 people were killed when an earthquake hit the small Himalayan nation of Nepal on Saturday. Renee Montagne talks Phil Ewert of the aid agency World Vision.
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Politics In The News: Gay Marriage

Monday, April 27, 2015

The same-sex marriage case being heard by the Supreme Court raises political questions. Public opinion on the subject has changed dramatically, and it will be interesting to see how the Republican presidential contenders come down on the issue.
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The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives

Monday, April 27, 2015

On April 27, 1865, a steamboat named the Sultana exploded and sunk while transporting Union soldiers up the Mississippi. An estimated 1,800 people died, but few have heard of this disaster.
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In Nepal, Aftershocks Keep People Fearful And Out Of Their Homes

Monday, April 27, 2015

Aftershocks don't seem to be letting up following Saturday's major earthquake. More than 3,300 people are dead. We report on what things look like at one of Nepal's most celebrated heritage sites.
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Japan's Prime Minister Abe Aims For A Lot From His High-Profile Visit To U.S.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Abe will have a summit with President Obama, sign a security agreement, and make an historic address to a joint meeting of Congress during his week-long visit.
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Canadians Love Poop, Americans Love Pizza: How Emojis Fare Worldwide

Monday, April 27, 2015

A study analyzes more than a billion pieces of emoji data across 16 languages and regions to gauge how different nations communicate. Most emojis sent are happy faces and other positive symbols.
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Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

Monday, April 27, 2015

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the question of same-sex marriage. In the meantime, though, we do know a good deal about the views of the justices already.
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Drop-In Home Chefs May Be An Alternative To Assisted Living

Monday, April 27, 2015

As people age, cooking can become difficult or even physically impossible. It's one reason people move to assisted living. One company offers a chef to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.
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In Texas, Questions About Prosecuting Truancy

Monday, April 27, 2015

Chronic, unexcused absence in Texas often sends students and parents to adult criminal courts.
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For Decades, A Serial Killer Stalked Black Women In LA

Monday, April 27, 2015

From 1985 to 2002, a series of killings struck South Central Los Angeles. A new documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, explores the 25 years it took for police to arrest the alleged killer.
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Opening Statements To Begin Monday In Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

Monday, April 27, 2015

James Holmes' legal team admits he was behind the massacre that killed 12 people in Aurora, Colo., nearly three years ago. There are two key questions: Was Holmes insane and should he be put to death?
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2 Years After Garment Factory Collapse, Are Workers Any Safer?

Friday, April 24, 2015

At the site of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, families gathered to remember their loved ones and call for better working conditions. Changes have been made, but there's a long way to go.
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Comcast Calls Off Merger With Time Warner

Friday, April 24, 2015

Comcast is abandoning its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. For more details, Steve Inskeep speaks with NPR's Yuki Noguchi.
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Lost Siblings Find Each Other On Dating App

Friday, April 24, 2015

The reunited siblings met online and discovered they had a lot in common: both had parents who split in a divorce and both had a sibling they hadn't seen in years because of that divorce.
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Tales Of Environmental Activism

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Rhode Island Tree Council wants to set the record for hugging trees on Saturday. And, Christopher Swain, a clean-water advocate, swam in New York's most polluted canal. He said it tasted bad.
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A Look At 'Blackbird,' The First Film On The New 'Black Netflix'

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Urban Movie Channel, created by BET founder Robert L. Johnson, is being touted as the black Netflix. Its first original movie, Blackbird, is about a gay interracial romance in the Deep South.
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Cleveland Police Officer On Trial In Deaths Of 2 Unarmed Black Suspects

Friday, April 24, 2015

In 2012, a late-night, high-speed chase ended with police officers shooting 137 bullets at two black suspect, who were unarmed. The incident prompted a scathing report from the Justice Department.
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