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Breath Holding In The Pool Can Spark Sudden Blackouts And Death 
  Fri, 29 May 2015 09:48:14 -0400 
    When you hold your breath underwater, you might pass out before you realize you need oxygen right now. Experienced swimmers have drowned as a result, and most people aren't aware of the risk.


New Jersey Lassa Fever Death Reveals Holes In Ebola Monitoring System 
  Fri, 29 May 2015 03:46:00 -0400 
    Back from a Liberia trip, the patient developed Ebola-like symptoms. One hospital sent him home. A few days later he ended up in an Ebola isolation ward and died. What went wrong?


On The California Shore, Sizing Up Female Marines' Combat Readiness 
  Fri, 29 May 2015 03:42:00 -0400 
    The Marines are conducting a yearlong experiment aimed at settling whether women can handle the punishing world of ground combat. The goal is to create gender-neutral physical standards.


It All Came Down To 'Nunatak' 
  Fri, 29 May 2015 03:22:00 -0400 
    The Scripps National Spelling Bee had drama, excitement and a lot of really hard words.


National Spelling Bee Crowns Co-Champs For Second Straight Year 
  Thu, 28 May 2015 22:31:00 -0400 
    Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar went back and forth so long the judges were running out of words. Told he needed one more correct spelling to forge a tie, Gokul needed nothing but the word.


To Avoid Muhammad Ads, D.C. Subway System Forgoes Millions In Revenue 
  Thu, 28 May 2015 19:53:00 -0400 
    After activist Pamela Geller attempted to show ads depicting Muhammad in Washington trains and subway stations, the transit agency decided not to accept any issue-based ad for the rest of the year.


Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert Indicted By Federal Grand Jury 
  Thu, 28 May 2015 18:59:00 -0400 
    The longest-serving Republican speaker was indicted Thursday for illegally structuring cash withdrawals from bank accounts to conceal payments to someone he committed "prior misconduct" against.


Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals 
  Thu, 28 May 2015 17:54:00 -0400 
    The Illinois Republican is accused of taking the money out in chunks of less than $10,000 to evade reporting requirements, and of lying to the FBI about it.


For Juvenile Sex Offenders, State Registries Create Lifetime Of Problems 
  Thu, 28 May 2015 17:49:00 -0400 
    Federal laws require states to keep lists of convicted sex offenders, including juveniles. But recently, the practice of registering minors has come under scrutiny.


Something's Spawning On Appalachia's Forest Farms 
  Thu, 28 May 2015 17:44:00 -0400 
    Agriculture experts say the forests of West Virginia are perfect for cultivating mushrooms. They're urging more people to farm shiitakes to meet demand at specialty food stores and restaurants.


CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments 
  Thu, 28 May 2015 17:30:00 -0400 
    The chief disease agency in the U.S. is looking into why the spores shipped to laboratories in nine states and a military base in South Korea hadn't been properly neutralized. So far no one is sick.


Foreign Policy Experts Weigh In On U.S. Strategy Against The Islamic State 
  Thu, 28 May 2015 17:23:00 -0400 
    NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with White House spokesman Josh Earnest about the current U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria. He also interviews foreign policy experts who say that policy needs review.


Blind Auditions Could Give Employers A Better Hiring Sense 
  Thu, 28 May 2015 17:23:00 -0400 
    It works for singing competitions. What about landing a job? To beat hiring bias, some applicants could first complete an online challenge with companies that are in the dark about their background.


FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low Income Americans Afford Broadband 
  Thu, 28 May 2015 17:18:00 -0400 
    Tom Wheeler proposes to reboot the Lifeline phone-access program. The plan recognizes that everyone needs to study, apply for jobs and make social connections online.


FCC Proposes Expansion Of Lifeline Program To Include Internet 
  Thu, 28 May 2015 16:47:00 -0400 
    The government currently subsidizes phone service for low-income Americans, and now the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to extend that benefit to Internet service.
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