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11:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Where Do Dads Go For Parenting Advice?

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Arts & Life
11:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Poet Nikki Giovanni On Change: 'Approach It With A Smile'

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Parenting
11:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

After 7 Years, Moms Panelists Share How They've Changed

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Tue July 29, 2014

This One Is Worth Watching: New Zealand Retirees Join 'Happy' Meme

Senior citizens dance to "Happy."
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Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 1:35 pm

At this point, you've surely decided that you've watched more than enough Internet remakes of Pharrell's infectious anthem to felicity, "Happy."

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Obama Announces New Sanctions On Russia

Obama, shown here on July 16, warned Tuesday that costs for Russia will continue to grow as it aids Ukrainian separatists
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 1:19 pm

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President Obama announced a new round of economic sanctions against Russia's banking, energy and defense sectors on Tuesday.

"Because we're closely coordinating our actions with Europe, the sanctions we're announcing today will have an even bigger bite," Obama said on the South Lawn of the White House.

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Shots - Health News
9:02 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up

Patients who get the comforts of palliative care as well as disease treatment live longer, studies show, than those who only get treatment for the disease.
Annette Birkenfeld iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 11:31 am

It's a painful dilemma for seriously ill Medicare patients: To receive the extra support, counseling and care provided by the program's hospice benefit, they have to agree to stop receiving curative treatment for their disease.

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All Tech Considered
8:54 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi

SpeedSpot is a free app that lets you test the speed of Wi-Fi networks in hotels and share the test results instantly.
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Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 1:06 pm

You know how it feels. You're a moderately frequent business traveler and trying to get some work done from your hotel. But you're slowed — and sometimes stalled — by an intermittent Internet connection. Your hotel Wi-Fi has the download speeds of an early 1990s dial-up connection.

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The Two-Way
7:59 am
Tue July 29, 2014

NCAA Reaches $75 Million Settlement In Head-Injury Lawsuit

Penn State running back Evan Royster eludes a tackle by Eastern Illinois' Adrian Arrington during a 2009 NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Arrington was one of the athletes who sued the NCAA over concussions.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 8:40 am

The NCAA has reached a settlement with former athletes that provides $75 million for medical monitoring and research into head injuries. The settlement also calls for a change in the way schools handle head trauma.

As USA Today explains, the NCAA currently requires that member schools only have a concussion management plan. The settlement would require schools to make changes to their policies and "institute return-to-play guidelines."

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NPR Story
7:52 am
Tue July 29, 2014

New Bill Pushes For $50 Million To Restore Columbia River

A view of the Columbia River from Washington's Wind Mountain. A new bill would authorize $50 million for pollution cleanup in the Northwest's biggest river basin.
David Steves

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 4:27 pm

Two members of Oregon's congressional delegation introduced a bill Monday that would open the door to $50 million in federal funding for Columbia River pollution cleanup.

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NPR Story
7:51 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Health Officials Plan Next Steps In Birth Defect Investigation

At a meeting in Kennewick, the health department asked people to raise concerns about a rare birth defect. Since 2010, there have been 32 cases of anencephaly in central Washington. Officials are working out their next steps.
Courtney Flatt

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 4:31 pm

Investigators still aren’t sure what’s causing a cluster of birth defects in central Washington, where the rate is four times the national average. Health officials met Monday to figure out what to do next.

A new public service announcement is one way health officials are trying to teach women about folic acid. It's also available in Spanish.

One of the birth defects folic acid helps prevent is anencephaly, which results in unformed skulls in babies.

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NPR Story
7:51 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Should A Controversial Oregon Timber Harvest Become Regional Model?

Bureau of Land Management forester Abe Wheeler says logging on the Buck Rising timber harvest demonstrates the successes of ecological forestry techniques known as variable retention harvests.
Devan Schwartz

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:00 am

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. -- The idea behind logging on the Buck Rising timber sale is to take out trees the same way nature does.

Bureau of Land Management forester Abe Wheeler touts this method of selective logging as a way of making revenue while being no more obtrusive than a natural fire cycle.

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Wildfires
7:12 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Power Outages Persist In Fire-Swept North Central Washington

A view of a smoke plume from the Cougar Flat Fire from Liberty Bell High School south of Winthrop, Washington.

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 4:48 pm

The lights are coming back on in fire-swept north central Washington. A major transmission line was restored late last week, but not everyone has their power back.

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Education
7:12 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Northwest States Vary On 'No Child Left Behind' Waivers

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 5:44 pm

Oregon is waiting to hear whether its application for a continued federal waiver from the No Child Left Behind law will be approved.

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Workplace Safety
7:11 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Penalties On Idaho Mine Still Unpaid Three Years After Miner's Death

Larry "Pete" Marek died in a collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine on April 15, 2011.

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 3:37 pm

It's been over three years since a tunnel collapse at a north Idaho silver mine killed miner Larry Marek. Yet federal records show a series of federal penalties issued to the mine's owners still have not been paid.

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Goats and Soda
6:55 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Time To 'Girl Up': Teens Fight For The Right To School, Soccer

Watch out, Congress: Girl Up activists came to the nation's capital in June to lobby for issues affecting girls in the developing world. From left, Alexandrea Leone (Ewing, N.J.), Grace Peters (Flemington, N.J.), Aklesiya Dejene (Chicago), Isabella Gonzalez and Erika Hiple (Stockton, N.J.)
Ryan Kellman NPR

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 3:20 pm

They are seven girls in their teens and early 20s, awake at the ungodly (for them) hour of 8:30 a.m. With sleepy smiles, the young women slip into a windowless conference room in a Washington, D.C., hotel to talk to a reporter, who's curious to find out: What's it like to be a global girl activist?

And they're the experts. They're supporters of the U.N. Foundation group called Girl Up, which has the manifesto of "uniting girls to change the world."

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