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10:28 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Why The 'Man's-Man Game' Is An Insult To Men

Michael Sam, seen here in November 2013, told The New York Times over the weekend that he's gay.
Joe Robbins Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 1:06 pm

Michael Sam, the SEC defensive player of the year out of Missouri, talked about being gay in an interview with The New York Times that ran Sunday, although his college coaches and teammates already knew. Sam was expected to be a solid NFL draft pick in May, making this a particularly intriguing time for him to come out. Assuming he's drafted, Sam would become the first active NFL athlete to be openly gay.

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Middle East
10:28 am
Mon February 10, 2014

A Survivor Of Syria's Chemical Attacks Speaks Out

Amineh Salwan, 23, survived a chemical attack in Moadamiyeh, Syria, in August.
Courtesy of Amineh Salwan

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 7:04 am

Amineh Salwan is a 23-year-old woman from Moadamiyeh, Syria, a suburb of Damascus, and that rebel stronghold has been besieged for months by government forces.

Last August, Moadamiyeh was attacked with sarin gas hours after a similar strike in al-Ghouta.

The U.S. accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of using the weapons. The regime denied that claim, saying rebels were responsible for the deaths.

Salwan survived the chemical weapons assault, and the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces recently brought her to the U.S. to share her story.

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The Two-Way
10:11 am
Mon February 10, 2014

U.S. Citizen May Be Targeted With Drone Strike: Reports

A U.S. drone in the sky over Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 10:15 am

"An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year," those officials tell The Associated Press.

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Shots - Health News
9:49 am
Mon February 10, 2014

'Lung In A Box' Keeps Organs Breathing Before Transplants

The Organ Care System keeps lungs warm, breathing and nourished while outside the body.
MediCommConsultants

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 5:57 am

When doctors rush a lung to a hospital for a transplant, the precious cargo arrives in the operating room in a container that seems more appropriate for Bud Light — a cooler filled with ice.

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The Two-Way
9:46 am
Mon February 10, 2014

New Immigration Law Tests Swiss, European Relationship

A man passes by election posters demanding a stop to immigration, in Geneva on Monday.
Anja Niedringhaus AP

A new, voter-approved referendum limiting the number of immigrants who enter Switzerland has unleashed tough words from the country's European partners.

The AP reports that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France would "review our relationship with Switzerland." German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble put it more bluntly, saying the referendum would "cause a lot of trouble for Switzerland."

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Redefining Stereotypes
9:31 am
Mon February 10, 2014

'Life' Photographer Showed Africa Through A New Lens

Fon appliqué workers in 1971, Abomey, Republic of Benin.
Eliot Elisofon National Museum of African Art

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 9:05 am

Before World War II, many Americans got exaggerated ideas about Africa from movies like Tarzan the Ape Man — movies that were filmed on Hollywood sound stages.

It took time to change that view. But after the war, Life magazine photographer Eliot Elisofon sought to shed a new light on the vast and variegated continent.

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Health
9:05 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Fifty Years After Major Report, Surgeons General Work To End Smoking

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:41 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Music
9:05 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Brazil's Maria Rita Rediscovers Her Mother Through Music

Brazilian singer Maria Rita.
Tribo Productions

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 5:16 pm

Despite being one of Brazil's most successful singers, with seven Latin Grammys to her name, it took Maria Rita years to realize that music was her calling. "I just rebelled against that whole idea of doing something that people wanted me to do," Rita tells Michel Martin, host of NPR's Tell Me More.

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Behind Closed Doors
9:05 am
Mon February 10, 2014

The Truth About Miscarriage: Being In 'Gestational Limbo'

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 11:06 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we go behind closed doors. That's the part of the program where we talk about issues that people usually keep private. And today, we are focusing on miscarriage. And if you've ever gone through it or know someone who has, then you know it's devastating and surprisingly common. The National Institutes of Health report that 15 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage.

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Sports
8:53 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Two Northwest Athletes Chosen As Flag Bearers in Sochi

File photo of Roberto Carcelen of Seattle carrying the Peruvian flag at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Jude Freeman Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 3:37 pm

Two athletes from the Northwest had the honor of carrying their nation's flag in the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics -- but neither banner was the Stars and Stripes.

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Sports
8:52 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Watching Winter Olympics 'Live' Is For The Early Birds And Night Owls

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 3:56 pm

The 12-hour time difference between the Pacific Northwest and Sochi, Russia threatens to rob sleep from diehard sports fans and the families of local athletes competing at the Winter Olympics.

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Education & Immigration
8:48 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Underfund Promise Of 'Real Hope' And 'Dreams'

Rachel Irish is a 35-year old pre-nursing student at South Puget Sound Technical College.

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 3:24 pm

The state of Washington could soon become the fourth in the nation -- after California, Texas and New Mexico -- to allow the children of illegal immigrants to qualify for state-funded college financial aid.

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Endangered Species
8:39 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Panel Finds Feds Didn't Use Best Science In Wolf Plan

US Fish

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:35 pm

A new independent review finds the federal government used uncertain science when it proposed taking the gray wolf off the endangered species list across the Lower 48.

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Government
8:39 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Divergent Agendas As Washington Legislature Approaches Halfway Point

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:42 pm

Washington’s 60-day legislative session is approaching the halfway mark, but divergent agendas are likely to result in a lot of proposals dying when they cross the Rotunda to the other chamber.

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The Two-Way
8:06 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Mark Zuckerberg, Wife Were Most Generous Philanthropists In 2013

Mark Zuckerberg, president and CEO of Facebook, walks with Priscilla Chan in 2011.
Julie Jacobson AP

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 2:25 pm

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous philanthropists of 2013.

According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's latest ranking, Zuckerberg, 29, and Chan, 28, gave almost $1 billion to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which uses the gifts to issue grants to other organizations. The Chronicle reports:

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