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Technology
2:48 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

NFL, Broadway Fight FCC Auction Of Broadcast Spectrum

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 4:24 pm

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Animals
2:17 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Regulators Ban Cod Fishing In Gulf Of Maine As Stocks Dwindle

Fishermen Ed Stewart (left) and Tannis Goodsen mend groundfishing nets on Merrill Wharf, in Portland, Maine, last November.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 12:13 pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is shutting down cod fishing, from Provincetown, Mass., up to the Canadian border, in an effort to reverse plummeting numbers of the iconic fish in the Gulf of Maine.

Starting Thursday, no fishermen — commercial or recreational — may trawl or use certain large nets that might catch cod for the next six months. Local cod fishermen, who now face an uncertain future, say the government hasn't done enough to maintain cod populations, and they challenge NOAA's cod counts.

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Author Interviews
2:17 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

In Father's Biography, George W. Bush Says He Didn't Inherit Iraq

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 9:48 am

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Health Care
2:17 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Affordable Care Act Has Many Political And Legal Challenges Ahead

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 4:55 pm

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All Tech Considered
5:23 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Microsoft Wants To Mine Data Like A Social Network

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at the Future Decoded conference in London on Nov. 10. The company hopes to create new social tools to increase productivity in and out of the workplace.
Kevin Coombs Reuters /Landov

Microsoft — a company most associated with Word documents and Excel spreadsheets — is getting a makeover.

Under new leadership, the software developer is analyzing vast troves of data about its users to create social tools for the workplace. They've got the goods — just think of all those Office emails that bind us together — but the question is, will customers want to cozy up socially with Microsoft, on and off the job?

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Parallels
4:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

For Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram, A Desperate Life On The Run

Ramatu Usman, shown here with one of her sons, is a 37-year-old mother of eight. She says she was separated from one of her sons, 6-year-old Yahaya Buba, following an attack. He is still missing.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton NPR

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 8:39 am

Hopes were raised when the Nigerian military announced a cease-fire last month with the militants of Boko Haram, who have been fighting for years to impose Islamic law on Nigeria.

But the Islamist extremists denied there was a truce and have intensified deadly attacks and kidnappings in recent weeks, seizing territory said to be the size of Maryland and declaring a caliphate in the zone under their control.

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Around the Nation
3:09 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

For People Fired For Being Gay, Old Court Case Becomes A New Tool

Josh Kronberg-Rasner was the only openly gay employee at a food service company in Casper, Wyo. He was fired in 2012 shortly after being assigned a new manager.
Miles Bryan Wyoming Public Media

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 11:30 am

Josh Kronberg-Rasner was the only openly gay person in his office while he worked for a food service company in Casper, Wyo. But his sexual orientation never held him back, he says. "I had filled every position from general manager to executive chef," he says. "You name it, I'd done all of it."

That changed in the summer of 2012 when Kronberg-Rasner got a new manager, whom Kronberg-Rasner says was uncomfortable working with a gay person. A few weeks after he arrived, the manager went through Kronberg-Rasner's personal phone and found pictures of a male gymnast.

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Middle East
3:09 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Anti-ISIS Satire Lampoons Militant Group's Hypocrisy

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 5:08 pm

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U.S.
3:09 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Secretary Of Embattled VA: 'I Can Reset The Tone'

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald attends a news conference after a visit to the James A. Haley Medical Center in Tampa, Fla., last month.
Chris O'Meara Associated Press

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 7:22 am

Former Army Ranger and Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald took over as secretary of veterans affairs three months ago, while the department was stained by scandal. The VA for years had falsified documents to conceal the delays veterans faced in getting medical care. One audit found that 13 percent of VA schedulers were told to cook the books.

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Asia
2:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

China Trip A Chance For Obama To Distance Himself From Midterm Losses

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 5:08 pm

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