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Hospitals' Medicare Quality Bonuses Get Wiped Out By Penalties

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Medicare is giving hospitals financial incentives to provide better care. But so far about half of the hospitals that got incentive payments found them canceled out by other quality programs.

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Pro Golfer Brooke Pancake Signs Deal With Waffle House

Thursday, January 22, 2015

When asked about details of her contract, Brooke Pancake, 24, couldn't say exactly how much Waffle House was paying her — but she's definitely bringing home the bacon.

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Police Chase Ends In Ohio Prison's Parking Lot

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Police in Toledo tried to stop a car early Wednesday but the vehicle sped away. After circling the Toledo Correctional Institution, the driver ran over a row of metal spikes — puncturing all 4 tires.

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Obama Defends His Aggressive Agenda In Boise, Idaho

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In his State of the Union address, President Obama talked about middle-class tax cuts, free community college and paid sick leave. The next day, he headed to Boise to drum up support for his ideas.

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Chicago Tries To Up Its Chances Of Hosting Obama's Presidential Library

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The University of Chicago's's plan to build the library on parkland it doesn't own is a sticking point. The foundation overseeing the competition wants to pick a host university by the end of March.

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Conservatives Disagree With Obama's Social Spending Proposals

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Steve Inskeep talks with David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, about what, if anything, Republicans can work with in President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Measles Outbreak At Disneyland Spreads To Other States

Thursday, January 22, 2015

California health officials say more than 4 dozen cases of measles have been diagnosed in the state — a result of an outbreak that started at Disneyland. Most who got sick were not vaccinated.

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Communities Around Fort Campbell Brace For Word On Budget Cuts

Thursday, January 22, 2015

This week, the Army held a town hall meeting at Fort Campbell. The sprawling Army post straddles Kentucky and Tennessee and is a major economic driver for the region.

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At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Along California's central coast, the city of Monterey and the Army's Defense Language Institute have formed a partnership, saving about $2 million a year by sharing costs.

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Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower-income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the law.

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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.

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New Tools Let Police See Inside Peoples' Homes

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FBI, U.S. Marshals and local police use new radar device to detect motion inside a building

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California Prisons Aim To Keep Sex Between Inmates Safe, If Illegal

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A new state law requires that condoms be made available to all prison inmates — even though state law also forbids sex between prisoners.

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Shouts Of Protest At Supreme Court On 'Citizens United' Anniversary

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The day's session had just begun when protesters in the back of the chamber began yelling things like, "One person, one vote" and "We are the 99 percent."

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E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Unexpectedly high levels of the cancer-causing chemical were found in an analysis of the vapor from e-cigarettes, researchers say.

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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Air Marshal Whistleblower

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Robert MacLean gave a reporter information about U.S. air marshals being taken off flights to save money.

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Rep. Van Hollen: Obama's Focused On Helping Middle Class

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Robert Siegel talks to Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland about President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

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Virginia Searches For A New State Song

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Robert Siegel speaks with Professor James "Bud" Robertson about his campaign to help his home state of Virginia find its missing state song.

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Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

By making E. coli dependent on an artificial amino acid, scientists hope to show that engineered organisms can be safer and more useful for industrial processes like drug production.

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Rep. Cole: Obama Used Tax Issue For Partisan Advantage

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

David Greene talks to Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma about his reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech.

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