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2:04 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Solar Airplane To Attempt Risky Flight Over The Pacific

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 5:22 am

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It's All Politics
2:04 am
Fri May 8, 2015

What Eye Contact — And Dogs — Can Teach Us About Civility In Politics

Minnesota state Sens. Bill Ingebrigtsen (left) and Torrey Westrom listen to floor debate during a Senate session in 2014.
David Oakes Minnesota State Senate

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 6:38 am

Republican Warren Limmer sits in the second row of the Minnesota state Senate. He says more than 80 percent of his colleagues sit behind him. But he doesn't dare turn around to look at them when he gets up to speak.

He might get scolded. It's happened before.

"Then my cadence is thrown off," Limmer said. "I have to beg forgiveness to the Senate president. And then I'll get a slight admonishment, and then I can proceed."

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All Tech Considered
1:41 am
Fri May 8, 2015

The Unlikely Stars Of Americans' Favorite Video Games

Ellen McLain and John Lowrie are unlikely celebrities in gaming culture. But they are the voices behind some of the video game world's most popular characters.
Courtesy of John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 7:08 am

Ellen McLain had a long career as an opera singer. But now her voice is most famous for something entirely different: video games. McLain is the voice of GLaDOS, the passive-aggressive computer in the games Portal and Portal 2.

Her husband, John Patrick Lowrie, also had a successful career in music as a guitar composer. But now, he's famous for doing the voice of the snarky Australian sniper in the game Team Fortress 2.

"Professionals have standards," Lowrie's voice declares at the sniper. Be polite. Be efficient. Have a plan to kill everyone you meet."

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Shots - Health News
1:39 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Cancer Spawns A Construction Boom In Cleveland

An architectural rendering of the Cleveland Clinic's planned cancer center.
Courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 7:04 am

It's difficult to imagine that a seven-story glass building will soon take the place of what's now a vast hole near the corner of Carnegie Avenue and 105th Street in Cleveland. But Cliff Kazmierczak, who is with Turner Construction and overseeing the transformation, points to the gray sky, tracing a silhouette with his fingertips. In two years, he says, the Cleveland Clinic's nearly $300 million cancer center is slated to open here.

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1:38 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Once Philip Morris Workers, Now They Clamp Down On Uruguay's Smokers

Daniel Gomez (from left), Lister Sena and Ricardo Alvarez were laid off after working for years with Philip Morris in Uruguay. They are now inspectors enforcing the country's tough anti-smoking laws.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 5:22 am

The tiny nation of Uruguay is fighting a big opponent – the tobacco giant Philip Morris. Their legal battle is over tough anti-smoking legislation enacted in Uruguay which Philip Morris is trying to overturn.

But Uruguay has found some unlikely allies – a group of former Philip Morris workers.

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It's All Politics
1:37 am
Fri May 8, 2015

17 Months Before Election Day, One Campaign Aims For $100 Million

"Exploratory" Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks April 17 at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, N.H. His super PAC — Right to Rise — is aiming to raise $100 million dollars by June 1.
Brian Snyder Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 5:22 am

The price tag for the most expensive penthouses in Manhattan is just edging past $100 million. That's also the size of contributions given by conservative businessman David Koch and Hollywood mogul David Geffen to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where each philanthropist got naming rights for a building.

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Your Money
12:51 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Being A Loyal Auto Insurance Customer Can Cost You

Some auto insurance companies could be using a tactic called "price optimization" to charge loyal customers a higher premium.

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 2:52 am

Many companies reward their most loyal customers with incentives, discounts and freebies. But in car insurance, the opposite can actually happen. A driver can be punished with a higher premium just for being loyal to the company.
It's called price optimization, and it happens to lots of people all the time. A driver could have no history of accidents but all of a sudden their car insurance goes up.

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12:49 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Landmark Conservation Deal Offers A First Glimpse Of New Wilderness

Hudson River view.
Brian Mann North Country Public Radio

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 5:22 am

Warm weather has finally arrived in the Northeast. And along a wild stretch of New York state's Hudson River in the Adirondack Mountains, a section has been opened to paddlers for the first time in decades.

New landmark conservation deals in New York state have protected vast swaths of wilderness. Those deals have also opened waterways that had been closed to the public for more than a century.

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The Two-Way
4:31 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Canadian Judge Grants Former Guantanamo Inmate Bail

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 2:04 am

A former Guantanamo Bay inmate, convicted of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, has been granted bail after a judge rejected an 11th hour appeal by the Canadian government to keep him behind bars.

Court of Appeal Justice, Myra Bielby, refused the government's request to stop Omar Khadr's release on bail while he appeals a war crimes' conviction handed down by a U.S. military commission in 2010.

"Mr. Khadr, you're free to go," Bielby said, according to news reports. Khadr smiled while the cheers rang through the courtroom in Edmonton, Alberta.

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The Salt
4:19 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Let's Talk About Death Over Dinner

A recent Death over Dinner party in San Francisco. From left: Tim Ferriss, Laura Deming, Luke Nosek, Eric Weinstein, Mason Hartman, and Max Hodak.
Lesley McClurg/Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 5:19 pm

On a recent evening in San Francisco, five guests gather at the home of Eric Weinstein and his wife, Pia Malaney, for a tasty dinner of seared salmon and a deep discussion of a topic that many people might find unpalatable: death.

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