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Eat Your Veggies! Even The Ones From Fukushima

March 5
Poncie Rutsch / NPR
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Foods from Fukushima, Japan, are back to pre-accident levels of radiation but people still aren't eating them. One way to ease concerns: a chemical that blocks radioactive cesium from entering plants.

Arsenic Antidote Hidden In Our Genes

March 5
Michaeleen Doucleff / NPR
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Even at low doses, the potent poison damages organs and causes cancers. Now scientists have found a population high in the Andes Mountains that has adapted to the toxic metal over thousands of years.

Why Some Parents Are Sitting Kids Out Of Tests

March 5
Claudio Sanchez / NPR
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Sixty percent of parents think there is too much emphasis on testing. Are they right?

Boko Haram Takes A Page From ISIS Propaganda Playbook

March 5
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton / NPR
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The Nigerian Islamist militant group has traded grainy videos for slick productions. This week, Boko Haram posted a video purportedly showing the bodies of two beheaded men accused of spying.

Cardinal Egan, Ex-Archbishop Of New York, Dies

March 5
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

The cause was cardiac arrest, the Archdiocese of New York said in a statement. Cardinal Edward Egan was 82.

Larvae Of 'Yellow Fever' Mosquito Found In Escondido

March 5
By City News Service
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A resident called to report the Aedes aegypti larvae earlier this week. One of the mosquitos was also found last week in Chula Vista.

Thousands Reportedly Flee Battle For Tikrit

March 5
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Iraqi army forces, Shiite militias and Kurdish peshmerga are battling to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from Islamic State extremists.

A 'Black Tax' At Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton?

March 5
Karen Grigsby Bates / NPR
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Everyone knows people who attend the CIAA basketball tournament have cash to burn. So why did a Charlotte hotel go out of its way to make sure they spent it?

String Of Fires Erupt In City Heights

March 5
By City News Service
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Investigators sought Thursday to determine who set a series of small arson fires along in a City Heights neighborhood overnight.

'Respect The Robot': Giant Robots Oversee Traffic In Kinshasa

March 5
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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Two giant robots have directed traffic in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2013. This week three others joined them.

Why Is The VP Of Sierra Leone Running The Country By Laptop?

March 5
Anders Kelto / NPR
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He quarantined himself because his bodyguard died of Ebola. The virus is still taking a toll, with 81 new cases last week. Maybe it's because people are no longer being careful.

Birch Aquarium In La Jolla Gets $6M Donation

March 5
By City News Service
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The funds are designed to expand access to the aquarium's current outreach programs and support development of a new education program for students throughout San Diego County.

Study: At 'Rate My Professor,' A Foreign Accent Can Hurt A Teacher's Score

March 5
Kat Chow / NPR
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A recent study found that teachers with Asian-sounding names were given poorer marks, and their accents were the main reason.

Mass-Market Stocks In Hand-Crafted Goods: Etsy Preps To Go Public

March 5
Camila Domonoske / NPR
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The e-commerce site, which focuses on quirky, handmade goods, has filed for an IPO. The paperwork reveals a plan to focus more on manufacturing and marketing — but not much suggestion of big profits.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Affordable Care Act Subsidies

March 5
Midday Edition
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The Supreme Court argument over subsidies that help millions of people afford their health insurance suggests that the Obama administration has two chances to attract one critical vote.

Snow Is Delicious. But Is It Dangerous To Eat?

March 5
Anne Bramley / NPR
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Some winter lovers see snow as a local and seasonal specialty that goes well with cream and sugar. But is it more like an adventure in extreme eating? As with many wild foods, it's a bit of both.

68 People In San Diego County Have Died Of Flu-Related Causes

March 5
By City News Service
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Six people died of influenza-related causes in the San Diego region last week, bringing the "flu season" total to 68.

It's World Book Day: Time For Reading Lists And Dress-Up

March 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Put down that screen: today's the day to celebrate holding a bound book in your hands. For World Book Day, we bring you a roundup of stories and reading lists.