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Portland Airport Says Goodbye To Its Beloved Carpet

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Portland International Airport carpet has inspired designs on clothing, shoes and beer labels. NPR's Don Gonyea talks to Julie Sabatier, host of the podcast "Rendered," about its popularity.

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How Much (Or Little) The Middle Class Makes, In 30 U.S. Cities

Thursday, March 19, 2015

What do families in the middle of the income distribution actually make in cities around the United States?

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N.Y. Judge Rejects Release Of Grand Jury Testimony In Eric Garner Case

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Garner died last July after being placed in a chokehold as he was being arrested for selling loose cigarettes on the sidewalk. A grand jury decided not to indict the officer involved in the death.

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'Looks Like Laury' Shines The Power Of Friendship On A Failing Mind

Thursday, March 19, 2015

When actress and writer Laury Sacks started losing words fast, her best friends, who happened to be filmmakers, captured her experience. Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury shows how they reached her.

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For A Good Snooze, Take One Melatonin, Add Eye Mask And Earplugs

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hospitals are notoriously difficult places to sleep, despite efforts to make them less noisy. Cheap, simple workarounds can help, a study says. Taking the sleep hormone melatonin helped the most.

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Target Offers $10 Million Settlement In Data Breach Lawsuit

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The proposal comes after a rough year and a half for a company that saw changes in leadership and thousands of layoffs.

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When The KKK Was Mainstream

Thursday, March 19, 2015

In 1920s America the insidious Invisible Empire was not only visible; it participated in otherwise polite society.

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He's Fixing A Hole

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A cement truck tipped over in Brooklyn this week, sending cement flowing all over the street. One man took advantage of the situation, shoveling the spillage to fill an especially annoying pothole.

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Blue Shield Of California Loses Its Tax-Exempt Status

Thursday, March 19, 2015

One of California's largest health insurers, Blue Shield of California, could be on the hook for a massive tax bill after the state revoked its tax-exempt status. The company is appealing the decision which could cost the health insurer tens of millions of dollars a year. The dispute comes as the nonprofit is facing mounting criticism for operating like a for-profit company.

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Companies Worried About Hackers Turn To Cyber Insurance

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Health insurer Premera Blue Cross says hackers may have compromised 11 million of its customer accounts. Such attacks are worrying companies, and they're increasingly turning to cyber insurance.

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A Once-Guarded Tradition Spills Open In New Orleans' Streets

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Mardi Gras Indians have become a central part of the city's celebrations, but there was a time when residents found them mysterious and outsiders even considered them dangerous.

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Scientists Catch Up On The Sex Life Of Coral To Help Reefs Survive

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's all in the timing. Biologists haven't been able to breed embryos of the rare, pillar coral in the lab because it's been tough to catch the creatures in the act.

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One Year After Mudslide, First Responders Tackle Emotional Damage

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This weekend, residents of Washington state will mark one year since a massive mudslide devastated a small community, killing 43 people and destroying dozens of homes in a matter of minutes.

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As Women Try Out For Armor Units, 'If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It'

Thursday, March 19, 2015

As part of an experiment, the men and women of a Marine armor unit are being assessed on difficult physical tasks, such as hooking up heavy towing gear. The women are keeping up, but it's a struggle.

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Why Is Insulin So Expensive In The U.S.?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The hormone that controls blood sugar among diabetics is one of the oldest medicines used today. But more than 90 years after its discovery, a low-cost version is no longer available in the U.S.

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Microsoft Is Phasing Out Internet Explorer

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Web browser will be replaced in Windows 10, with what's currently being called Project Spartan.

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Blue Shield Of California Loses Exemption From State Taxes

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The state's third largest insurer reportedly has $4.2 billion in financial reserves. The firm's former public policy director says the insurer is "unwilling or incapable" of serving the public good.

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Bad Blood Gets Worse Between Barack, Bibi And Israel

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election is likely to cause President Obama more headaches when it comes to dealing with Republicans, the Iran negotiations and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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Record Number Of Inmate Deaths Has Florida Prisons On The Defensive

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Many of the inmates died of natural causes, but a series of suspicious deaths โ€” against the backdrop of a shrinking budget and staff shortages โ€” has lawmakers calling for a prison oversight board.

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WATCH: Police Detonate 20,000 Pounds Of Fireworks

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Midland, Texas, Police Department and others assisted the ATF in detonating the illegal fireworks. It took them 3 1/2 days.

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