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Unlikely Marriage Of Diseases: TB And Diabetes Form A 'Co-Epidemic'  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:04:52 -0400
The risk of developing tuberculosis soars when someone has diabetes. The threat of a double pandemic is a challenge for the medical profession, where different docs typically treat each disease. 
So Who Was Socrates, Anyway? Let's Ask Some Kids  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:03:00 -0400
In part two of our look at the ancient Greek philosopher, we ask students at a California school about the Socratic teaching method and the questions it inspires. 
Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:17:00 -0400
Described as a hard-nosed, old-school pragmatist, he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after leaving office in January. 
New Crash Test Dummy To Gain Pounds To Reflect Fatalities Among Obese  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:37:00 -0400
Obese occupants of a vehicle are up to 78 percent more likely to die in a car crash than someone of average weight, says the CEO of Humanetics, the world's largest maker of crash test dummies. 
Why It's OK To Worry About Ebola, And What's Truly Scary  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:58:00 -0400
Public health officials are telling us not to freak out about Ebola in the United States. But fear is what motivates people to protect themselves from danger. When should we worry? 
Maine's Gov. Threatens Legal Action To Force Nurse Into Quarantine  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:24:00 -0400
Kaci Hickox has openly defied the state's governor, who says he will pursue legal authority to compel her into isolation. 
Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:04:00 -0400
The head of the world's most iconic technology company says that although his sexual orientation has been no secret among friends and colleagues, now is the time to publicly acknowledge it. 
Giants Trump Royals For World Series Win  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:55 -0400
The San Francisco Giants took the World Series for the third time in five years Wednesday night, defeating the Kansas Royals 3-2 in Missouri. 
The Independent Oil Producer You Usually Don't Hear From  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:55 -0400
Most Americans feel relieved when they see a drop in prices at the pump. Jason Bruns feels the opposite. A higher price of oil is good for him. He owns 10 oil wells in Kansas that produce about two barrels a day. 
Red Cross Troubles Have Been Building For Years  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:00 -0400
Americans donated more than $300 million to the American Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Some are challenging the charity's effectiveness and its priorities. This isn't the first time. 
What Women's Votes Could Mean For The Midterms  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:00 -0400
In presidential elections, Democrats have been on the winning end of the gender gap — but that hasn't been true in midterms. Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Mara Liasson about women in this election. 
Take A Trip Into A Mine And Surround Yourself With Bats  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:00 -0400
NPR's Christopher Joyce and audio engineer Bill McQuay travel to an abandoned copper mine in search of bats — and their sound. 
Not A Haunted House: This Haunted Experience Terrorizes For Hours  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:00 -0400
McKamey Manor in San Diego is rated among the scariest places in the country every year around Halloween. The interactive experience lasts for hours, and some critics call it abusive. 
LA Manufacturing Industry Still Supported By Garment Workers  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:00 -0400
Los Angeles has the highest number of manufacturing jobs in the country. While much of American manufacturing is high end, folks here still hold up the low end, with low-wage, non-union jobs held by immigrants. 
Keep On Drillin'? Santa Barbara Prepares To Vote On Oil Future  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:46:00 -0400
Measure P in California's Santa Barbara County asks voters to ban controversial oil and gas drilling methods such as hydraulic fracturing. To date, the oil industry has spent $7 million to defeat it.