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What Shapes Health? Join The Discussion On Harvard's Webcast

March 3
NPR Staff / NPR
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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.

In English Town, Muslims Lead Effort To Create Interfaith Haven

March 3
Ari Shapiro / NPR
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A disused church in the northern English town of Bolton has been transformed into a community center where all are welcome. It's the product of years of effort and difficult discussions.

States Face Correctional Officer Shortage Amid A Cultural Stigma

March 3
Miles Bryan / NPR
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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

March 3
Andrew Schneider / NPR

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

March 3
Jennifer Ludden / NPR
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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

March 3
Patti Neighmond / NPR
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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

March 3
Eric Westervelt / NPR
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Math. Measurement. Balance. Negotiation. Collaboration. And fun. You might call blocks the anti-app: These smooth maple pieces need no recharging, no downloading.

Hundreds Of Chargers Fans Turn Out To Push For New Stadium In San Diego

March 2
Bernie Wilson / Associated Press
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From famed Super Bowl gatecrasher Dion Rich to an unofficial mascot called Boltman, Chargers fans turned out Monday night to support their team, which is threatening to move to a Los Angeles suburb if it doesn't get a new stadium in San Diego.

Seattle Cuts Public Transportation Fares For Low-Income Commuters

March 2
Sam Sanders / NPR

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.

San Diego County Upgrading System For Tracking Campaign Donations

March 2
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource
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As part of the upgrade, the county Board of Supervisors will consider Tuesday requiring county candidates and political committees that raise or spend at least $10,000 to file their campaign finance reports electronically.

GAO Report Urges Fewer Antipyschotic Drugs For Dementia Patients

March 2
Ina Jaffe / NPR
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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.

San Diego Zoo Gets Funding To Help Save Northern White Rhinos

March 2
By Erik Anderson
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The zoo, which is home to one northern white rhino, was awarded $110,000 by the Seaver Institute to fund whole genome sequencing.

San Diego Catholic Diocese To Announce New Bishop

March 2
By City News Service
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The San Diego Roman Catholic Diocese is expected Tuesday to name a successor to Bishop Cirilo Flores, who died last year.

Mayor Faulconer Reads To San Diego Students On Dr. Seuss' Birthday

March 2
By Angela Carone
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Celebrations were held throughout the county Monday in honor of Theodore Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. The date marks the author’s 111th birthday.

Obama Says Iran Should Commit To 10-Year Freeze Of Nuclear Program

March 2
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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A long-term deal like that, Obama said in an interview with Reuters, would be the best way to assure that Iran does not attain a nuclear weapon.

Before Rosa Parks, A Teenager Defied Segregation On An Alabama Bus

March 2
Joe Richman / NPR
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Claudette Colvin was a 15-year-old student from Montgomery when she refused to yield her bus seat to a white passenger. But she has been largely forgotten in civil rights history.

Supreme Court Seems Divided Over Independent Redistricting Commissions

March 2
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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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.

Ocean Pollution Alert Expands To Coronado

March 2
By City News Service
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Authorities Monday expanded an existing border-area ocean-pollution alert north to include Silver Strand State Beach.

With Much Controversy, Boston Begins Removing Parking Space Savers

March 2
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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The near-record winter is testing a longtime Boston tradition of allowing residents to save a parking space they shoveled out 48 hours. The problem is that the snow hasn't stopped falling.

Sandwich Monday: The Funnel Cake Corn Dog

March 2
Ian Chillag / NPR
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For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a new twist on a classic. It's a corn dog that uses funnel cake in place of corn meal to encase a hot dog.

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