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Mon, 04/06/2015 - 17:24

Officials released the details of the state's proposed $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil, calling it a historically large payout. But environmentalists say the deal is worse than they feared.

An independent review of a <em>Rolling Stone </em>article about an alleged rape at the University of Virginia found fundamental errors in how the story was reported and edited. University President Teresa Sullivan said the story had damaged campus efforts to address sexual assault.
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 17:07

A review of a story about an alleged rape is the latest in a long saga for the U. of Va. The fraternity implicated in the story plans to sue, and advocates say fewer rape victims are coming forward.

Artists in the residency program at Autodesk are given access to production-quality equipment in workshops, allowing them space to create at-will.
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 16:34

A 3-D printing software company hands artists high-tech tools to craft human-centered projects. But it isn't the first program to pair the imaginative with the practical to inform great innovation.

NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House on Monday.
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 16:34

In an interview with NPR, the president dismissed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's demand that Iran recognize Israel as part of a nuclear deal.

Gertrude Weaver holds a flower given to her a day before her 116th birthday last year, at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden, Ark. Weaver, who last week was named the world's oldest person, died Monday.
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 16:12

She had assumed the title last week. The cause of death was complications from pneumonia. The world's oldest person is now Jeralean Talley, who lives in the Detroit area and was born May 23, 1899.

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 16:00

The theory is that they could influence "innocent girls," says the minister of education. That's a belief that's held around the globe. Researchers have another idea.

OK, so technically this goat is eating just plain ivy. But poison ivy is definitely on the menu.
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 15:08

Amazon's getting into the rent-a-goat business (for weed chomping). After all, goats are great at wiping out unwanted plants — even poison ivy. How do they do it?

Kevin Lopez at home in Greenbelt, Md.
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 15:06

A 20-year-old man born without fingers on one hand hopes a transplanted hand will give him more confidence. He knows the risks of such a visible transplant, but says, "It's something I always wanted."

Playground in New York City.
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 15:00

There is a lot of money to be made in bringing underage kids to the U.S. and trying to make them the next Kobe. But what happens to the rest of them?

The city of Los Angeles is trying out 100 of these new parking signs for six months. They're supposed to help streamline the current system. (See photo below.)
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:20

Over the weekend, the city rolled out a parking sign template as part of a pilot program to try to simplify what can often be a very confusing parking process.

We apologize to pizza.
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:06

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a new food for athletes: liquid pizza. It's Clif Bar's "energy food" made with tomatoes, carrots, quinoa, sunflower seed butter and sugar.

Studies show that having too many tests done too frequently is a recipe for getting sick, not staying healthy.
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 13:19

Why not check bloodwork a few times a year as some celebrities advise? Because too much testing can lead to false positives (and abnormalities that don't threaten health) and to unnecessary treatment.

Smoke and flames reportedly from Shiite Houthi rebels camps rise over part of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Monday. Fierce fighting has left people trapped, including U.S. citizens.
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:49

The site was created after Arab-American advocacy groups began to hear from U.S. citizens stuck in Yemen. The groups are pushing the U.S. government to step in and help those who are unable to leave.

Two Air India pilots have been grounded by the airline after getting into an apparent physical altercation in the cockpit.
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:22

The co-pilot, upset over instructions from the commander, apparently "beat up the captain," The Times of India reported. An airline spokesman said the two men had "an argument ... nothing more."

Put an egg on it
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:06

If you're wondering what to do with all those eggs left over from Easter, we're here to help. Inspired by Portlandia and Beyonce, we'll show you ways you can put an egg on it.

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