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3:50 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Why The Youth Gap On Obamacare Exchanges Could Be A Yawner

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 9:23 am

The dust is settling a bit after the administration released details Monday about who signed up for health insurance on the exchanges during the chaotic three months after they launched Oct. 1.

Just about everybody was watching to see how many young people piled in. Younger people are generally healthier, and their premiums tend to balance out insurers' outlays for older, sicker people.

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It's All Politics
1:47 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Christie Concedes 'Mistakes Were Made' In Bridge Scandal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address Tuesday in Trenton, N.J.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 2:12 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, engulfed in scandal over the politically motivated closing of bridge access lanes and questions about how he spent federal Hurricane Sandy aid, pledged Tuesday to "cooperate with all appropriate inquiries."

In his annual State of the State speech from the State Capitol in Trenton, the two-term Republican governor made quick work of the George Washington Bridge controversy, which hopelessly snarled traffic in the city of Fort Lee for days. The circumstances surrounding the episode have clouded the prospects of a potential presidential bid in 2016.

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Shots - Health News
1:43 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Drug Tests Don't Deter Drug Use, But School Environment Might

So am I doing this to forget how much I hate my school?
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 1:39 pm

Schools that do random drug testing say it helps students say no to illegal drugs, while critics say it's an invasion of privacy. But feeling good about school may affect students' drug use more than the threat of testing.

A survey of high school students found that the possibility that they might face drug testing didn't really discourage students from alcohol, cigarettes or marijuana. But students who thought their school had a positive environment were less apt to try cigarettes and pot.

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Parallels
1:10 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Weird Stuff World Leaders Give Each Other

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds up a pair of Idaho potatoes as a gift for Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, standing right, at the start of their meeting at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris on Monday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:33 pm

You say potato, John Kerry says let's give it to Russia.

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NPR Story
12:34 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Craft Distillers Fuel American Whiskey Renaissance

Dry Fly Distillery in Spokane, Wash., is one of hundreds craft distillers that have opened up in recent years. (jdparker/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 2:12 pm

American whiskey is experiencing a renaissance. Production used to be dominated by a handful of companies, but in recent years, craft distillers have come into the market, bringing with them an openness to experimentation and innovation.

Although the growth in the American whiskey market has come mostly from super premium brands, the price tag doesn’t necessarily correspond to quality.

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NPR Story
12:34 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Can Caffeine Help Memory?

A new study finds that caffeine, like that found in coffee drinks such as espresso, may improve memory. (Brian Legate/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 11:55 am

new study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience finds that caffeine may strengthen memory.

Participants in the study were given either placebo tablets or 200 milligrams of caffeine tablets.

They were then shown a series of images. One day later, those who had taken the caffeine tablets were more likely to identify images they’d already seen.

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The Two-Way
12:33 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

India's High Court Rocked By Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

Former justices on the Supreme Court of India have been accused of sexual harassment.
Anindito Mukherjee EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:02 pm

India's Supreme Court is set to hear a petition Wednesday against one of its own retired judges over allegations that he sexually harassed a former intern — the second such case to be made public in as many months.

The alleged incidents have cast a cloud over the country's highest court and pressure has mounted for it to comply with its own 1997 rulings requiring panels in the workplace to hear harassment complaints. Critics say such a panel for the Supreme Court itself is long overdue.

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The Two-Way
12:33 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Judge Fears NFL Concussion Settlement Isn't Large Enough

Junior Seau sustained many concussions during his career and was suffering from a degenerative brain disease when he killed himself in May 2012.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 12:15 pm

A federal judge rejected a preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement over NFL concussion claims.

U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody said she was concerned the settlement may not be enough to cover all retired players.

The AP adds:

"'I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their (families) ... will be paid,' Brody wrote in a 12-page opinion filed Tuesday morning.

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

First Land-Walking Fish Looks Like It Had 'All-Wheel Drive'

An updated rendering of Tiktaalik based on new research published in PNAS.
Kalliopi Monoyios

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:15 pm

A creature that lived 375 million years ago and is thought to have been the first fish to have made the transition to land sported large pelvic bones in addition to its leg-like front fins, new research shows, suggesting that it was a more efficient walker than previously thought.

Tiktaalik roseae, discovered in 2004 on Ellesmere Island in Nunavit, Canada, is a key transitional fossil that links lobe-finned fishes and tetrapods, the first four-limbed vertebrates at the end of the Devonian period.

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Two Students Wounded, 12-Year-Old Captured After School Shooting

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 8:01 pm

This post was updated at 11 p.m. ET.

A 12-year-old student opened fire Tuesday at a middle school in Roswell, N.M., wounding two fellow students. The shooter, who was armed with a shotgun, was arrested.

The Associated Press reports:

"A boy was critically injured and a girl was in satisfactory condition following the shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell.

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The Two-Way
11:53 am
Tue January 14, 2014

8 Excerpts That Explain The Alex Rodriguez Doping Scandal

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in September of 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 1:21 pm

As part of baseball star Alex Rodriguez's lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the players union, a federal judge ordered the release of an important opinion from the arbitrator who found the league was justified in suspending Rodriguez for the 2014 season and postseason.

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Tue January 14, 2014

JPMorgan Says It Will Replace 2 Million Credit Cards, Due To Breach

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 10:39 am

JPMorgan Chase says it will replace about 2 million of its customers credit cards because they were compromised in recent security breaches at major retailers.

NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports the bank's CEO Jamie Dimon said the problems on that front are likely not over. Yuki filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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New In Paperback
11:40 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Jan. 12-18: Revolutionaries, Diplomacy And A Man Of Letters

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Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 1:40 pm

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Music Reviews
11:39 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Uneven But Vital, Bruce Springsteen Has 'High Hopes'

Bruce Springsteen's 18th album is titled High Hopes.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 11:04 am

High Hopes is a different sort of release for Bruce Springsteen. It features original and cover songs that had been performed live over the years, some never recorded in a studio setting, as well as a few older songs reconceived with new arrangements and musicians.

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All Tech Considered
11:39 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Sometimes, Death Is Only The Beginning. Will You Continue?

The game Continue?9876543210 begins with the video game character's death and explores the limbo before the character is deleted from the system.
Jason Oda

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 10:40 am

I can fondly recall, many, many moons ago, when arcades in the U.S. were still a thing, plunking in token after token (or quarters if your arcade wasn't owned by crooks) into all sorts of games. The coins were used to fight off that most insidious of villains and mainstay of arcade games: the "continue" screen.

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