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Would Automatic Voter Registration Increase Turnout?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A new law in Oregon is designed to make voting easier. Advocates are looking to it to increase turnout, but that might not necessarily be the result.

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Why Defense Hawks Are Rejecting House Republicans' Budget

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The budget proposal unveiled this week is already running into trouble over military spending. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Republicans who back a bigger defense budget say they oppose it.

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SFJAZZ Collective Plays Joe Henderson And More

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

This year, the octet has chosen to salute a tenor sax titan and a long-time San Francisco resident. It plays re-arrangements of Henderson classics along with new original pieces live in concert.

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Kentucky Right-To-Work Battle Shifts To Counties

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

While 25 states have passed right-to-work laws, Democrats in the Kentucky Legislature have long blocked attempts to pass a bill. Now, there's a county-by-county effort to pass these laws locally.

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After Toxic Ash Spill, Energy Company And Locals Struggle Over Solution

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A storage failure at a coal-fired Duke Energy plant sent tens of thousands of tons of ash into a North Carolina river last year. Now, the company wants to move its stored waste to two abandoned mines.

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SXSW Debuts Robot Petting Zoo For A Personal Peek Into The Future

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Robots are coming — in fact they're already here. One exhibit at the South by Southwest interactive festival lets visitors get up close and personal to our future overlords.

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25 Years After Art Heist, Empty Frames Still Hang In Boston's Gardner Museum

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

On March 18, 1990, robbers stole $500 million in art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Author Stephen Kurkjian explains why anyone would bother to steal work so priceless it couldn't be sold.

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Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.

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News From The Charity Stripe

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NCAA basketball fans often strive to rattle free throw shooters — but, for commentator Frank Deford, few efforts match Arizona State's Curtain of Distraction, which he sums up as: "shock and awful."

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Much Rests On The Enhanced Large Hadron Collider

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

This month, the powerful particle accelerator will be back up and running — bigger and bolder than before. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser says it may bring big discoveries or be nature's big tease.

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Netanyahu Defeats Center-Left Rival In Israel's Parliamentary Election

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

If he succeeds in forming a coalition government Netanyahu would begin a historic fourth term as prime minister of Israel.

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Largest Group Of U.S. Presbyterian Churches Allows Same-Sex Marriages

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Presbyterian Church (USA), which includes more than 4,000 ministers and 1.8 million members, will let individual churches decide whether to perform gay-marriage ceremonies.

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Old Land Battle Resurfaces In Georgia Between The Gullah And The Government

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Gullah people, who are descendants of West African slaves, want to return to land the U.S. government took away during World War II. But the land has been a wildlife refuge for 40 years.

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More San Francisco Police Officers Accused Of Sending Racist Texts

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The investigation started with a sergeant accused of wire fraud and other federal charges. It has expanded to involve offensive messages and more than a dozen officers.

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Breast-Feeding Boosts Chances Of Success, Study In Brazil Finds

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A study that followed more than 3,000 babies into adulthood found those who were breast-fed had slightly higher IQ test scores, stayed in school longer and earned more money as adults.

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Tea Tuesdays: Gift Of The Moon, Bane Of The Spanish — The Story Of Yerba Mate

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Legend has it the moon gifted this drink to the Guaraní people of South America. It was banned by the colonial government. The Jesuits made it their most profitable crop. Oh, and the pope drinks it.

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Can New York Police Build Trust Among Public Housing Residents?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Many New York public housing residents once trusted the police who patrolled their communities. Since an officer killed an unarmed man in public housing, some are pressing to change police tactics.

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Your Drinking Habits May Be Influenced By How Much You Make

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Genetic differences explain more of the wide variation in drinking habits among people with low incomes, while higher-income people tended to drink alike.

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Sex Discrimination Trial Puts Silicon Valley Under The Microscope

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ellen Pao was vying to be one of the few women at the top of the venture capital world. Then she was fired. Now she's suing, in an industry where women often say they are sidelined and passed over.

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Workplace Suicide Rates Rise Sharply

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Overall, men were more likely to take their lives than women on the job. And workers between the ages of 65 and 74 were more likely to commit suicide at work than their younger counterparts.

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