Strange News
5:32 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Will You Marry Me? Wait, Where Are You?

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NPR Story
5:13 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Name That (New) Grape

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 5:32 am

Researchers at Cornell University will be releasing two new wine grape varieties next year from the university's agricultural breeding program. And they're asking the public to create names for them.

NPR Story
5:13 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Breaking Tax Code: Obama Jumps On Romney's Policy

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 5:32 am

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A damaging analysis has worked out the implications of Mitt Romney's plan to change the tax code. Romney says if elected, he would cut taxes, and do it in a way that does not expand the federal deficit.

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Destination Art
5:13 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Marfa, Texas: An Unlikely Art Oasis In A Desert Town

In the 1970s, minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to Marfa, Texas, where he created giant works of art that bask beneath vast desert skies. In the years since, Marfa has emerged as a hot spot for art tourism.
Art (c) Judd Foundation Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 6:36 pm

This tiny town perched on the high plains of the Chihuahua desert is nothing less than an arts world station of the cross, like Art Basel in Miami, or Documenta in Germany. It's a blue-chip arts destination for the sort of glamorous scenesters who visit Amsterdam for the Rijksmuseum and the drugs.

"They speak about Marfa with the same kind of reverent tones generally reserved for the pilgrimage of the Virgin of Lourdes," notes Carolina Miranda, a writer who covers the art world.

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Education
5:13 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Families Make Big Changes To Pay For College

Emily Macri looks over a college brochure with her mother, Maureen O'Brien, in Kingman, Ariz. Macri is transferring to Northern Arizona University so that she can pay in-state tuition.
Courtesy of Emily Macri

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 8:50 am

Maureen O'Brien told her daughter Emily Macri: dream big.

She could pick any college she wanted and they would figure out a way to pay for it.

Macri chose the University of Vermont, which costs more than $49,000 in tuition and fees per year for out-of-state residents.

O'Brien and her daughter co-signed a private student loan from Sallie Mae for $24,000 and a $30,000 Parent PLUS loan, a federal loan program for parents. And that was just for Macri's first two years of college.

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The Torch
7:15 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Victory, Defeat, In Two Quotes

Travis Stevens adjusts his bandage as he competes with Germany's Ole Bischof during their men's -81kg judo contest semi-final match.
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Two Olympic athletes from the United States had very different experiences today.

Nathan Adrian took an unexpected gold by one-hundredth of a second in the men's 100-meter freestyle swim. And Travis Stevens, the American judoka, started off spectacularly, only to lose in a controversial decision by a judge.

We were struck by two quotes spoken by the athletes after their respective events.

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The Two-Way
6:49 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Pew: Over Three Decades, Residential Segregation By Income Has Increased

A new analysis released today finds that residential segregation by income is rising in United States.

NPR's Jennifer Ludden filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The Pew Research Center studied Census figures for the 30 largest metropolitan areas. Director Paul Taylor says economic segregation is up in all but three.

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The Two-Way
6:31 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

From Our Readers: Kindness, A Tipping Point

Yesterday we posted about Seth Collins' last wish for his family to make a difference in the life of a waiter or waitress by leaving a $500 tip — an act of kindness that his family has thus far carried out, and documented, three times.

When it comes to generous tips, our readers have been on both the giving and receiving end.

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Shots - Health Blog
6:01 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Bites From Rabid Vampire Bats May Not Be A Death Sentence

In the village of Truenococha, Peru, some people may be naturally protected against rabies infections
Sergio Recuenco

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 7:50 pm

Rabies is arguably one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world. When left untreated, it's almost always fatal, and it's not a pleasant way to go.

But now a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention challenges rabies' reputation as a killer — at least for some who get rabies from vampire bats.

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The Two-Way
6:00 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Toyota Recalls 778,000 RAV 4 And Lexus Vehicles

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 8:14 am

A big recall to tell you about today: Toyota has issued a voluntary recall of 2006 to early 2011 RAV4s and 2010 Lexus HS 250h vehicles sold in the United States.

That's about 760,000 RAV4s and 18,000 Lexus vehicles.

In a press release, Toyota said:

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