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—Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) British poet
- House Approves Bill To Train, Arm Syrian Rebels Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:19:00 -0400
- It's the only part of President Obama's strategy for combating the extremist group Islamic State that he's asked Congress to weigh in on.
- Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And The Risk Of Diabetes Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:47:00 -0400
- There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners may alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.
- Europe's Family Tree Gets A New Branch Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:47:00 -0400
- Genetic evidence from ancient humans and modern people suggests that travelers from northern Eurasia moved south several thousand years ago. They stuck around to have kids with early European farmers.
- Obama Renews Pledge To Keep Combat Forces Out Of Iraq, Syria Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:27:00 -0400
- President Obama's remarks came as Congress votes to approve more military trainers in the region to aide the fight against the group that calls itself the Islamic State.
- MacArthur Grantee Recognized For Advocacy Of Domestic Workers Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:08:52 -0400
- Among the scientists, artists and academics awarded this year's MacArthur grants is labor organizer Ai-jen Poo. Poo was recognized for her advocacy of domestic workers: housekeepers, nannies and other caregivers who are often underpaid and not protected by labor law. Robert Siegel talks with her about her work.
- Fed Pledges To Keep Interest Rates Low For A While Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:08:00 -0400
- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took questions from reporters on Wednesday afternoon after the central bank's release of a new policy statement. The Fed said that its bond-buying stimulus program would end next month but it will still be a "considerable time" before short-term interest rates are increased.
- A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:08:00 -0400
- It's open season on the wealthy political donors. Democratic campaign ads tie Republican candidates to the Koch brothers, while GOP ads paint sinister images of George Soros and Tom Steyer.
- Homeless Vet's Story Illustrates Challenge In Getting Off The Street Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:08:00 -0400
- The White House has vowed to end chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015. We profile one vet in San Diego whose odyssey illustrates why it's so hard to get vets off the street.
- On Second Thought, Vikings Put Adrian Peterson On Exempt List Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:08:00 -0400
- The Minnesota Vikings announced on Thursday that they will place star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt list until his legal troubles are resolved. Peterson was indicted by a grand jury for reckless and negligent injury to a child after whipping his son with a switch.
- After A Long Wait, Syrian Rebels Hope The Weapons Will Now Flow Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:44:00 -0400
- The "moderate" opposition has been losing ground on the battlefield and pleading for weapons from the U.S. for the past couple of years. They are hoping that their fortunes have finally changed.
- Kids' Perception Of Parents' Favoritism Counts More Than Reality Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:13:00 -0400
- Mom always liked you best. But is that enough of an excuse to start smoking dope? It depends on how teenagers perceive parental preference, a study finds. And also how warm the family is overall.
- 3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:12:00 -0400
- A proposal about how to maintain unfettered access to Internet content drew a bigger public response than any single issue in the Federal Communication Commission's history. What's next?
- Iran's Foreign Minister: U.S. 'Not Serious' About Defeating Islamic State Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:47:00 -0400
- In an interview with NPR, Mohammad Javad Zarif says the U.S. has been hesitant and contradictory in its approach to defeating the Islamist insurgency.
- Obama Rules Out Another Ground War In Iraq Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:06:00 -0400
- The president said U.S. airstrikes, combined with military expertise, would be more effective in defeating the group that calls itself the Islamic State.
- Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:01:00 -0400
- Do you want to be a lab rat? That's what teenagers are doing when they smoke marijuana, the state of Colorado says. But since hard evidence of marijuana's harms is scanty, it may be a tough sell.