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Northwest Oil Terminal Plan Would Mean Jobs — And More Oil Trains  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:28:38 -0500
Oil companies hope to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal on the Columbia River in Washington. Proponents say it will bring economic growth, but others fear it could mean fiery accidents. 
Clinton's Use Of Personal Email Could Hamper Archiving Efforts  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:27:00 -0500
NPR's Melissa Block talks to Jason R. Baron, former director of litigation at the National Archives, about federal laws governing email. 
Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Opens With Admission Of Guilt  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:17:00 -0500
Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Both the defense and prosecution agree Tsarnaev is guilty, but they differ on why he did it. 
A Snowshoe Trek From An Adirondack Mountain Summit  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:33 -0500
It's been a bitter cold month in the Northeast. This audio postcard is from a snowshoe trip to New York's Adirondack Mountains, on a day so frigid that the trees were cracking and popping. 
In LA, Clearing A Backlog Of Aging Instruments  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:33 -0500
The district has made progress, but many students are stuck with broken strings, squeaky horns and out-of-tune pianos. 
Ferguson Residents Not Surprised By DOJ Report Findings  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:00 -0500
The U.S. Department of Justice's report found the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department routinely practices "unconstitutional policing." 
DOJ Report Reveals Pattern Of Racial Discrimination By Ferguson Police  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:00 -0500
The Justice Department says it has formally closed its investigation into the death of Michael Brown without bringing any federal charges against the police officer who killed him. But the department did find evidence of both indirect and direct discrimination by the Ferguson Police Department and courts. 
A Ruling Against Obamacare Would Have Broad Implications  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:00 -0500
If the Supreme Court strikes down subsidies, millions of people could no longer afford health insurance. And premiums for others would rise dramatically, as healthier people leave the marketplace. 
Ferguson Documents: Justice Investigation Backs Former Officer Wilson  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:05:00 -0500
The grand jury documents left doubt, but federal investigators say they found "no credible evidence to disprove [Officer Darren] Wilson's perception that Brown posed a threat." 
Programs Help Students Cut Back On Booze, But Not For Long  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:42:00 -0500
Most colleges have some sort of alcohol education program. One-time interventions do cut drinking, but only short term. They tend to work better for women, with no benefit for men in frats. 
Few Clues On Health Law's Future Emerge In Supreme Court Arguments  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:40:00 -0500
Will the Supreme Court strike down tax credits that help moderate-income Americans afford coverage in the three dozen states where the marketplace is being run by the federal government? 
Ferguson Report: Former Officer Won't Face Civil Rights Charges  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:32:00 -0500
While Darren Wilson will avoid federal charges for the death of Michael Brown, the Justice Department did find racial bias in the Ferguson, Mo., police and justice system. 
People With Eczema Are Itching For Better Health Care  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:01:00 -0500
Just a rash? Not if you have eczema. People with eczema often have a hard time finding appropriate health care and are apt to miss work dealing with the chronic skin problem, a study finds. 
The Magic Trick That Could Help Students Pay For College  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:36:00 -0500
The IRS and the Department of Education already have the power to make the Free Application for Federal Student Aid easier without cutting questions. So why haven't they? 
A Few Reactions To The DOJ's 'Scathing' Report On Ferguson Cops And Racial Bias  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:33:00 -0500
Racist emails and shocking statistics will be on display when the Justice Department (officially) releases a report about the Ferguson Police Department. 
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Northwest Oil Terminal Plan Would Mean Jobs — And More Oil Trains  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:28:38 -0500
Clinton's Use Of Personal Email Could Hamper Archiving Efforts  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:27:00 -0500
Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Opens With Admission Of Guilt  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:17:00 -0500
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