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Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:03:00 -0400
One Los Angeles school is working technology into the learning process, while avoiding the traditional screen-time pitfalls. 
European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:37:00 -0400
Most U.S. poultry is bathed in a little chlorine on the way to your plate. But that treatment is banned in Europe. Now "chlorinated chickens" are a sticking point in a trans-Atlantic trade deal. 
Vaccine Controversies Are As Social As They Are Medical  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:35:00 -0400
In writing her new book On Immunity, Eula Biss found that questions about vaccination touch on attitudes about environmentalism, citizenship and trust in the government. 
White House Fence Jumper Made It Farther Into Building Than Reported  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:01:00 -0400
Rachel Martin speaks with Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post, who found that the recent fence jumper at the White House, Omar Gonzalez, got much farther into the building than previously reported. 
Who Will Win The 2014 World Series?  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:26:00 -0400
If the oddsmakers are right, two Los Angeles teams will be the only ones left standing when the World Series begins in late October. But back east, some fans are pulling for a Beltway Series. 
Modi Galvanizes Indian Diaspora On U.S. Visit  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:13:58 -0400
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a rock star's welcome at Madison Square Garden over the weekend. Journalist Mitra Kalita is following his visit and speaks with Rachel Martin. 
Calif. Law Requires 'Affirmative Consent' To Combat Sexual Assault  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:13:58 -0400
The new law requires all California colleges and universities to have policies about consent during sex, saying a student needs "affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement" from their partner. 
Tensions Flare Again Between Police, Protestors In Ferguson  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:13:00 -0400
A protest on Sunday night in Ferguson, Mo., led to a tense confrontation. Earlier in the weekend, two officers were shot. Police insist the shootings had nothing to do with Michael Brown's death. 
Chicago Air Traffic Control Fire Still Disrupting Flights Days Later  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:13:00 -0400
A fire shut down the city's airports on Friday, but the ripple effect is still forcing delays and cancellations. The FAA is also reviewing its contingency and security plans. 
The End Of Summer Means The End Of 'Snowballs' In New Orleans  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:13:00 -0400
The snowball is just crushed ice and syrup. Legal battles have been waged over snowball patents and recipes, and locals understand why — it's because the snowball is worth fighting for. 
Massachusetts Governor's Race In A Dead Heat  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:13:00 -0400
Republican businessman Charlie Baker is beginning to inch ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley. Democrats are increasingly worried that Coakley may stumble and disappoint the party as she did in 2010. 
More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:12:00 -0400
How long can you sit still in a desk? How about your 7-year-old? Maybe you could both use a break. A study shows that kids who get to run around and play after school are better at paying attention. 
What We Don't Know About Heart Disease Can Kill Us  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:10:14 -0400
People in the United Kingdom failed big time when they took a poll on risk factors for heart disease. Think you're more up to speed? Try our quickie quiz and find out. 
California Enacts 'Yes Means Yes' Law, Defining Sexual Consent  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:27:00 -0400
The new law requires an "affirmative consent" and states that consent can't be given if someone is asleep or incapacitated by drugs or alcohol. 
Afghanistan's New President: 'Hold Me Accountable'  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:50:00 -0400
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai takes over from Hamid Karzai after a disputed election that forced a unity government with rival candidate Abdullah Abdullah.