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Firstborns May Be More Nearsighted, And Parents May Be Why 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:37:08 -0400 
    Firstborns in Britain are more likely to be nearsighted, a finding that matches other studies. Maybe it's because parents are more likely to push studying than they do with subsequent kids.

Hero In French Train Attack, Spencer Stone, Stabbed In California 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:33:00 -0400 
    Stone, one of three Americans who helped stop a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in August, is said to be in stable condition following the incident in Sacramento.

McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race, Throwing GOP Leadership Into Chaos 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:36:00 -0400 
    The current House GOP leader said he was withdrawing because, for Republicans to unite, "we probably need a fresh face." Now, leadership elections have been postponed.

Iowa Republicans Don't Think Jeb Is Bush Enough 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:54:00 -0400 
    The former Florida governor has a household name, but the candidate knows he needs to introduce himself. "I've gotta tell the Jeb story," he said, "I've got to say who I am. I've gotta show my heart."

Oklahoma Used The Wrong Drug To Execute Charles Warner 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:53:00 -0400 
    This is the second botched execution in a row for the state. Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack last year after a phlebotomist misplaced an IV line.

'It Was Installed For This Purpose,' VW's U.S. CEO Tells Congress About Defeat Device 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:17:00 -0400 
    Michael Horn testified on the same day German prosecutors raided VW offices at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, seizing documents and records as they investigate the emissions scandal.

McCarthy Poised To Clinch GOP's Nomination For Speaker, But It's Just Step 1 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 07:56:00 -0400 
    House Republicans will cast secret ballots Thursday to nominate the next speaker. Kevin McCarthy is favored, but he will face a bigger hurdle when the entire House votes later this month.

Treasury Secretary Keeps Up Pressure To Raise Debt Limit 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:14:00 -0400 
    In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke about the debt ceiling, raising wages and the new potential faces of the $10 bill.

Disappointment Over Politics Spurs Some Millennials To Get Involved 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:08:00 -0400 
    In politics, the assumption is that millennials are apathetic. But for some in that generation, there's optimism that convinces them that they could change the system they despise.

GOP Conference Set To Decide Party's Nominee For House Speaker 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:08:00 -0400 
    On Thursday, the House Republican Conference will choose a nominee out of three candidates to replace John Boehner as speaker. And then later this month, the entire House will vote for speaker.

Justice Department Called On To Investigate Alabama Voter ID Issue 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:08:00 -0400 
    Alabama closed 31 part-time driver's license offices last week due to budget cuts. That leaves many rural residents without a place to obtain driver's licenses — licenses that double as voter IDs.

New House Bill Could Cut Some Mandatory Life Sentences To 25 Years 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:03:00 -0400 
    Billed as a "companion" to major Senate sentencing legislation released last week, the top Republican and Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee say the proposal comes after months of negotiations.

To Flood-Proof Subways, N.Y. Looks At Everything From Plugs To Sheets 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 04:46:00 -0400 
    New York City's transit authority wants to protect Lower Manhattan subway stations from storm flooding. It's racing to get technology tested and in place in time for the next big one.

Can't Afford School? Girls Learn To Negotiate The Harvard Way: #15Girls 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 04:33:00 -0400 
    Madalitso Mulando needed help. She didn't have the money to pay for her 10th-grade tuition. Then she learned the art of negotiation from the gurus at Harvard Business School.

Fiat Chrysler And United Auto Workers Reach New Tentative Agreement 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 01:27:00 -0400 
    The UAW announced the agreement just after Wednesday's strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. Fiat Chrysler is the first of Detroit's big three automakers to reach a tentative contract with the UAW.
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