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6:51 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Week Of Damage Control For Jeb Bush And Hillary Clinton

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6:46 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Amtrak Train May Have Been Struck By Object Before Crash

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 9:23 am

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5:13 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Words Of Wisdom: Commencement Speeches Are Back

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Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 4:11 am

The commencement speech season is underway and recent grads are soaking up the advice and wisdom from speakers across the country.

Last weekend, Michelle Obama spoke at Tuskegee University in Alabama, one of the nation's premier historically black universities. She spoke openly about being black in America.

"There will be times ... when you feel like folks look right past you, or they see just a fraction of who you really are," she told grads.

"The road ahead is not going to be easy," she said. "It never is, especially for folks like you and me."

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It's All Politics
7:40 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Clintons Earned $30 Million From Paid Speeches And Book Sales

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conference on April 10, 2014 in Las Vegas. According to the Clintons' financial disclosure, she received an honorarium of $225,000 for that event.
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Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 8:01 pm

It's widely known the Clintons have done well for themselves in recent years, but until now, it wasn't clear just how well. Today, the campaign filed a financial disclosure report revealing they earned $30 million in just the last seventeen months.

The report is not yet posted on the Federal Elections Commission website, but the campaign voluntarily released it to reporters. It covers the period from January 2014 to present.

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The Two-Way
6:04 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Boston Bomber's Attorney Is An Outspoken Opponent Of Death Penalty

Judy Clarke and David Bruck, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense attorneys, leave the Moakley federal courthouse on April 8 after their client was found guilty.
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Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 6:38 pm

Judy Clarke, the defense attorney of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death today, has a long history of defending those accused of serious crimes.

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The Two-Way
5:45 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Big 3 Airlines Say Foreign Competitors Are 'Dumping' Seats In U.S.

A Qatar Airways plane loads cargo on Feb. 3, 2013, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The big three U.S. airlines — Delta, United and American — say Persian Gulf carriers like Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines and Etihad are "dumping" seats in the U.S.
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Many U.S. passengers who have been wedged into coach-class seats on long flights might welcome more flying options — even if that competition were to come from overseas.

But the chief executives for Delta, United and American airlines say it's not fair if such competition involves big government subsidies given to state-backed carriers.

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It's All Politics
5:39 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Inside The Obama And Biden Financial Disclosures

President Barack Obama's 2014 Financial Disclosure Report
whitehouse.gov

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 6:10 pm

You just had a good look at your financial situation last month, when you did your tax return. Now you can check out the government's official financial reports on President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Federal elected officials, candidates and high-level bureaucrats have to file annual financial disclosure statements. The Obamas and Bidens submitted their 2014 reports this week.

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Investigators Examining Whether Amtrak Train Was Struck By Object

One of the assistant conductors on the Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring more than 200, has told investigators that just prior to the crash she heard a radio transmission from the engineer that the locomotive had been struck, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.

"Our investigation has not independently confirmed this information, but we have seen damage to the left-hand lower portion of the Amtrak windshield that we have asked the FBI to come in and look at for us," NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt said.

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4:58 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Amtrak Engineer Said Train May Have Been Struck Before Derailment

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4:07 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

She's Not A Candidate, So Why Do So Many People Have An Opinion Of Her?

Nearly a quarter of respondents to a recent poll had an opinion on Political Science Professor Emily Farris, who is not running for anything.
Courtesy Emily Farris

Emily Farris teaches a survey research class at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

She has no national profile. She's 31, which is too young to be president and besides, she told NPR, she has "no kind of political aspirations. I like my job a lot."

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3:43 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Group Makes Character Key Part Of Reducing Baltimore Unemployment

Graduates of a training program pose for a portrait after a completion ceremony at the Center for Urban Families.
Courtesy of the Center for Urban Families

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 1:01 pm

In a West Baltimore classroom, three dozen adults — all African-American, mostly men — are in their first week of "pre-employment training."

"Show me Monday, what does Monday look like," asks the instructor. They all raise one hand high above their head.

"That's where the energy should be every day," she says. "Stay alert!" The class responds in unison: "Stay alive."

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The Salt
3:35 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

USDA To Certify Non-GMO Foods With New Label

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will verify companies' claims of using non-GMO ingredients through its Process Verified Program.
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Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 4:40 pm

If you want to know if the beef you're buying is grassfed, there's a U.S. Department of Agriculture label for that. The agency is also behind the nation's biggest certified organic label, and an antibiotic-free one, too.

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Health
3:19 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Baltimore Health Commissioner: 'Public Health Is Tied To Everything'

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Science
2:48 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Beekeepers Reported Losing 42 Percent Of Honeybee Colonies Last Summer

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History
2:46 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

'Spirited Republic' Exhibit Explores America's History With Alcohol

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2:32 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Critics Question Why Amtrak Took So Long To Install Positive Train Control

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Law
2:31 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Jury Sentences Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev To Death

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:58 pm

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2:31 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Correction: Facebook News Partnerships, Amtrak Derailment

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3:07 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Why Did Amtrak Train Accelerate Into A Curve Before Derailing?

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 12:13 pm

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The Two-Way
6:02 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Stephanopoulos Apologizes For Not Disclosing Donations To Clinton Foundation

ABC news anchor George Stephanopoulos is apologizing for failing to disclose $75,000 in donations over a three-year period to the Clinton Foundation.

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The Salt
3:53 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

From Scornin' It To Lovin' It: McDonald's Tests Out Kale On Its Menu

Kale is not only loaded with nutrients, but it's become a emblem of a healthy lifestyle that's increasingly appealing to Americans ready to move away from processed, high-calorie food.
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Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:31 pm

Just a few months ago McDonald's was showing no love for kale.

In a TV ad promoting the beefiness of the Big Mac, the chain poked fun at the leafy green and other vegetarian fare: "You can't get juiciness like this from soy or quinoa," a low voice quips as the camera focuses on a juicy burger. "Nor will it ever be kale."

But the chain is now showing it some affection. McDonald's has announced that it's testing a new breakfast bowl that blends kale and spinach with turkey sausage and egg whites. McDonald's spokeswoman Lisa McComb says the bowls are "freshly prepared."

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It's All Politics
3:52 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

After Baltimore And Ferguson, Major Momentum For Criminal Justice System Reform

Demonstrators participated in a March2Justice for criminal justice reform legislation outside the Capitol in April. Lawmakers who are working to on fixes to the justice system say recent unrest is pushing them to act.
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Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 5:46 pm

Lawmakers working on fixes to the justice system say that unrest in places like Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore is pushing them to act.

"The whole idea of a young man dying in police custody, the confrontations with police, the looting and burning of innocent minority owned businesses," Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn said on the Senate floor this month. "The question arises, what can we do?"

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The Two-Way
3:49 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Calif. Moves Closer To Banning Vaccine 'Personal Belief' Exemptions

A photo from April shows protesters in Sacramento, Calif., rallying against a bill that would require all school-age children to be vaccinated. The state Senate just passed the measure.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

California's state Senate has passed a bill to eliminate "personal belief exemptions" that currently allow parents to opt out of having their school-age children vaccinated.

SB 277, sponsored by Democratic Sens. Richard Pan of Sacramento and Ben Allen of Santa Monica, passed 25 to 10 and now advances to the Assembly.

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3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

After Suicides, MIT Works To Relieve Student Pressure

Professors are now particularly attuned to the issue of "impostor syndrome" — a feeling students can have that they must have gotten into MIT by mistake.
Robin Lubbock/WBUR

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 1:32 pm

On a sunny spring day at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., students line up at a table grabbing ice cream sundaes, milk and cookies, and, if they're interested, a hug from MIT parents including Sonal Patel.

"Yes!" Patel says, "giving away ice cream and now hugs."

"Oh, I want a hug," a student says, "that will be good."

The event — billed as "Stress Less Day" — is sponsored by the student mental health awareness group Active Minds. Volunteers are handing out fliers listing mental health facts and campus resources.

Sophomore Matt Ossa gets his ice cream and rushes on.

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Parallels
3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

The Man Who Keeps Tabs On U.S. Money Spent In Afghanistan

John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, testifies on Capitol Hill last June. Sopko says the Afghans are still having trouble managing the money the U.S. sends to the country. The U.S. has spent $110 billion on Afghanistan's reconstruction since 2002.
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Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 12:46 pm

John Sopko, whose job is to watch over U.S. government spending in Afghanistan, says it's not his job to be a cheerleader — it's to speak truth to power.

"I am often the bringer of bad news to people. Or at least that's what some people think," he says.

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Business
3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Why Some Detroit Residents Claim To Live Someplace Else

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (left) has proposed a $275,000 cap on auto-related medical coverage in order to make auto insurance more affordable.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:57 pm

How much does auto insurance cost in Detroit?

For an estimated 50 to 60 percent of Detroit drivers, it's actually a very good deal: "They're paying nothing, because they don't buy insurance," says Wayne Miller, an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.

He studies insurance and says Detroiters, who pay some of the highest insurance rates in the nation, have found other ways to game the system.

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Politics
3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

President Obama Meets With Arab Allies At Camp David

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3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

George Stephanopoulos Discloses Donations To Clinton Foundation

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 9:28 pm

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3:14 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Drone-Like Device Puts White House On Lockdown

This small unmanned aerial vehicle was spotted flying near the White House.
US Secret Service

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 4:54 pm

It's red and black and not much larger than a brick.

But the unmanned flying device, that looked more like a toy than a drone, was a big enough problem to put the White House, executive mansion and surrounding area on lock down for about an hour while it was checked out.

The small "unmanned aerial vehicle" was spotted flying 100 feet above Lafayette Park at lunchtime Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. Secret Service. The park is right across the street from the White House.

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The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Tom Brady Appeals 'Deflategate' Suspension

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is appealing his four-game suspension in connection with the "deflategate" scandal.

The NFL Players Association filed the appeal today on Brady's saying:

"Given the NFL's history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal.

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