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Federal Regulators Link Workers' Comp Failures To Income Inequality  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:03:00 -0500
Changes to workers' compensation laws mean families and government bear more of the costs that result from injuries on the job. 
Jaw Fossil In Ethiopia Likely Oldest Ever Found In Human Line  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:45:00 -0500
The 2.8 million-year-old bone may mark the first human branch in the primate family tree. It wasn't just a bigger brain that marked the shift, scientists say. It was also big changes in the mouth. 
Toronto Infertility Clinic Offers Controversial Treatment  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:43:00 -0500
The technique claims to "recharge the batteries" in a woman's eggs using mitochondria from other cells extracted from her ovaries. The clinic's first births are due soon, though other doctors worry. 
House Approves Amtrak Funding, Rewrites Rules To Allow Furry Riders  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:08:00 -0500
The bill freezes funding at current levels for four years, and lets some pets ride the rails with their owners. It also separates the high-ridership Northeast Corridor from the rest of the system. 
Justices Roberts And Kennedy The Key Votes In Health Law Case  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:40:00 -0500
No telling yet which side will win. But did Justice Kennedy's mixed signals Wednesday hint that he was leaning toward the administration's view of federal subsidies for health insurance? 
Dump The Lumps: The World Health Organization Says Eat Less Sugar  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:54:00 -0500
WHO says there's strong evidence that excessive sugar is bad for us. So it's recommending that we cut back significantly. 
Northwest Oil Terminal Plan Would Mean Jobs — And More Oil Trains  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:28:38 -0500
Oil companies hope to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal on the Columbia River in Washington. Proponents say it will bring economic growth, but others fear it could mean fiery accidents. 
Clinton's Use Of Personal Email Could Hamper Archiving Efforts  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:27:00 -0500
NPR's Melissa Block talks to Jason R. Baron, former director of litigation at the National Archives, about federal laws governing email. 
Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Opens With Admission Of Guilt  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:17:00 -0500
Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Both the defense and prosecution agree Tsarnaev is guilty, but they differ on why he did it. 
A Snowshoe Trek From An Adirondack Mountain Summit  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:33 -0500
It's been a bitter cold month in the Northeast. This audio postcard is from a snowshoe trip to New York's Adirondack Mountains, on a day so frigid that the trees were cracking and popping. 
In LA, Clearing A Backlog Of Aging Instruments  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:33 -0500
The district has made progress, but many students are stuck with broken strings, squeaky horns and out-of-tune pianos. 
Ferguson Residents Not Surprised By DOJ Report Findings  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:00 -0500
The U.S. Department of Justice's report found the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department routinely practices "unconstitutional policing." 
DOJ Report Reveals Pattern Of Racial Discrimination By Ferguson Police  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:00 -0500
The Justice Department says it has formally closed its investigation into the death of Michael Brown without bringing any federal charges against the police officer who killed him. But the department did find evidence of both indirect and direct discrimination by the Ferguson Police Department and courts. 
A Ruling Against Obamacare Would Have Broad Implications  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:00 -0500
If the Supreme Court strikes down subsidies, millions of people could no longer afford health insurance. And premiums for others would rise dramatically, as healthier people leave the marketplace. 
Ferguson Documents: Justice Investigation Backs Former Officer Wilson  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:05:00 -0500
The grand jury documents left doubt, but federal investigators say they found "no credible evidence to disprove [Officer Darren] Wilson's perception that Brown posed a threat."