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LAPD Shooting Update: Two Body Cameras, And A Gun Malfunction  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:11:00 -0500
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck are calling for calm and patience, as three investigations are underway into the police killing of a homeless man Sunday. 
Controverisal Netanyahu Speech Is Latest Glitch In U.S.-Israel Relations  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:03:00 -0500
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday. The speech highlights differences between the U.S. and Israel on how to stop Iran from going nuclear. 
What Shapes Health? Join The Discussion On Harvard's Webcast  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:03:13 -0500
People say many things affect health, from personal behavior and childhood abuse to God's will, according to a new poll. The people behind the numbers explain what it means for people and communities. 
States Face Correctional Officer Shortage Amid A Cultural Stigma  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:41:00 -0500
Administrators are trying new recruiting tactics and offering bonuses to make up for the shortfall. But for now, open shifts in some states have to be covered with mandatory overtime. 
In Houston, Falling Oil Prices Spark Fears Of Job Cuts Beyond Energy  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:39:00 -0500
Cheaper gasoline has benefited millions of motorists around the U.S. But in Houston the downturn in prices has brought layoffs and could hurt other sectors, including finance and real estate. 
Abortion Restrictions Complicate Access For Ohio Women  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:37:00 -0500
In Ohio, abortion restrictions have helped shut down half the state's clinics that perform the procedure, forcing many women to travel farther away, even to neighboring states. 
Improving Housing Can Pay Dividends In Better Health  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:37:00 -0500
Living in substandard housing can make health problems like asthma much worse. Two mothers tell of their families' struggles to stay healthy in poor housing and their efforts to improve their lot. 
Behold The Humble Block! Tools of the Trade  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:34:00 -0500
Math. Measurement. Balance. Negotiation. Collaboration. And fun. You might call blocks the anti-app: These smooth maple pieces need no recharging, no downloading. 
Seattle Cuts Public Transportation Fares For Low-Income Commuters  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:06:00 -0500
Low-income riders can now qualify for a program that will slash their fares by more than half of peak rates. But the cost will be offset by fare increases for everybody else. 
Before Rosa Parks, A Teenager Defied Segregation On An Alabama Bus  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:13:00 -0500
Claudette Colvin was a 15-year-old student from Montgomery, Ala., when she refused to yield her bus seat to a white passenger. But she has been largely forgotten in civil rights history. 
Walk A Little Faster To Get The Most Out of Your Exercise Time  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:04:00 -0500
People who walked briskly for 40 minutes five days a week saw more health improvements than those who walked for an hour a day but were more leisurely about it. Both groups lost weight. 
Supreme Court Seems Divided Over Independent Redistricting Commissions  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:41:00 -0500
Arizona voters approved a bipartisan commission to draw lines between congressional districts. Now the Supreme Court has been asked to put the legislators back in charge. 
L.A.'s Skid Row Tense After Fatal Police Shooting Of Homeless Man  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:37:00 -0500
The Los Angeles Police Department is gathering more evidence — and videos — related to Sunday's shooting. Skid Row is home to thousands of people with mental illness and substance abuse problems. 
Sen. Mikulski, 'Ground-Breaker' For Women Legislators, Won't Seek Re-Election  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:15:00 -0500
"Do I spend my time raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell?" the Maryland Democrat asked, announcing she will not seek a sixth term in the Senate. 
GAO Report Urges Fewer Antipsychotic Drugs For Dementia Patients  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:15:00 -0500
Strong drugs are rarely warranted to control the behavior of dementia patients, specialists say. But antipsychotic medicine is being overprescribed, and not just among residents of nursing homes. 
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