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The president's call for mandatory paid sick days starred in his State of the Union address. But forget the big speech: It may be small businesses — and state lawmakers — that decide this debate.
January 22, 2015
Two teams of editors and writers, including best-selling author Scott Turow, face off over Amazon's influence over the publishing industry, in the latest debate from Intelligence Squared U.S.
January 22, 2015
The opposable thumb you use to hold a pencil was long thought to be a defining aspect of humans. But an analysis of finger bones suggests stone tool use by pre-humans — perhaps 3 million years ago.
January 22, 2015
Jeff Gordon, who announced today that he won't race full-time after this year. Now 43, Gordon has been part of competitive racing since he was 5 years old.
January 22, 2015
A study suggests that when it comes to oranges, juice may unlock more of some beneficial nutrients for our bodies to absorb than fruit does. But don't use that as an excuse to gulp down OJ just yet.
January 22, 2015
What would incomes look like for U.S. families today if the income distribution were the same as it was in 1979?
January 22, 2015
A bill that would prohibit using federal money to pay for "any abortion" or for "health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion" has been approved by the House.
January 22, 2015
People from 7 months to 70 years old have fallen ill, and one quarter of the victims have been hospitalized. California officials say it's proof yet again of how easily measles spreads.
January 22, 2015
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint meeting of Congress on March 3, three weeks later than he was originally scheduled to speak after an invitation by House Speaker John Boehner.
January 22, 2015
You're a new Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana. A villager comes by. Do you a) give a high five b) nod your head respectfully or c) squat and say "n naa."
January 22, 2015
His comments come amid reports that 11 of 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game were underinflated — an apparent advantage. The NFL is investigating the matter.
January 22, 2015
Its chief said the European Central Bank will buy 60 billion euros worth of bonds each month until either September 2016 or when inflation reaches about 2 percent.
January 22, 2015
The Newtown Legislative Council voted to tear down the 3,100-square foot home. The house is where gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother before his shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
January 22, 2015
Johnson, who holds dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship, had called the IRS bill "outrageous" and said he wouldn't pay it. But the Financial Times reports he has settled the approximately $44,000 bill.
January 22, 2015
Medicare is giving hospitals financial incentives to provide better care. But so far about half of the hospitals that got incentive payments found them canceled out by other quality programs.
January 22, 2015
The Shiite rebels remain positioned outside the residence of Yemen's president despite agreeing to withdraw from there and other position in exchange for major concessions.
January 22, 2015
Along California's central coast, the city of Monterey and the Army's Defense Language Institute have formed a partnership, saving about $2 million a year by sharing costs.
January 22, 2015
Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why are Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.
January 22, 2015
Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.
January 22, 2015
Hundreds of kids in Nairobi protested the loss of their playground to a developer Monday. In the end, the children did what ordinary Kenyans are rarely are able to do: Defend a public space.
January 22, 2015

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