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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 Antipyschotic 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. 
Community Policing Task Force Calls For Better Training, More Transparency  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:15:00 -0500
A White House task force says law enforcement needs to change their practices to rebuild trust with minority communities. 
Netanyahu Insists D.C. Visit Not Intended To Pull Israel Into Partisan Debate  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:15:00 -0500
Two weeks ahead of elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off a controversial visit to Washington, D.C., on Monday with a speech to the pro-Israel AIPAC conference. 
Science-Based Artist Gives Celebrity Tortoise A Second Life  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:01:00 -0500
Lonesome George was the last surviving member of his species and a conservation icon. When the tortoise died, taxidermist George Dante set out to preserve his body, and his legacy. 
Task Force Calls For Independent Probes Of Police-Involved Shootings  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:22:00 -0500
The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing also emphasized the need for better training and equipment, including bulletproof vests. But it stopped short of insisting police wear body cameras. 
Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:02:00 -0500
Few doctors — and few patients — realize just how profoundly early abuse, neglect and other childhood traumas can damage an adult's physical health. 
Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn't Mean  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:57:00 -0500
First developed in the 1990s, the 10 questions of the Adverse Childhood Experiences test are designed to take a rough measure of a difficult childhood. Finding out your score is easy. Now what? 
Clinton's Portrait Has Hint Of Lewinsky's Blue Dress, Artist Says  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:29:00 -0500
Nelson Shanks tells the Philadelphia Daily News a shadow on the left side of the painting represents not only the infamous dress, but also "a shadow on the office he held, or on" President Clinton. 
Wages And Prices: A Welcome Breakup  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:15:00 -0500
A Commerce Department report shows paychecks are fatter, prices are leaner and Americans are saving more. Meanwhile, prices fell by 0.5 percent. That's helping consumers on the rebound from recession. 
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Congress' Longest-Serving Woman, To Retire  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:54:00 -0500
The Maryland Democrat has served in the Senate since 1987 and was the first woman to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.