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5:34pm

Tue May 5, 2015
The Two-Way

Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 8:33 am

Thomas Edison's talking dolls were reportedly pretty robust, but their miniature phonographs were another story.
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Back in 1890, Thomas Edison gave us the world's first talking dolls. Today, the glassy-eyed cherubs that are still around stand about 2 feet tall; they have wooden limbs and a metal body; and they sound supercreepy. (If you're looking for a soundtrack to your nightmares, listen to the audio story above.) Edison built and sold about 500 of them back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing them possible for the first time in decades.

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5:11pm

Tue May 5, 2015
Religion

Texas Shooting Sheds Light On Murkiness Between Free, Hate Speech

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:32 pm

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5:11pm

Tue May 5, 2015
National Security

Self-Declared Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Texas Shooting

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:55 pm

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4:50pm

Tue May 5, 2015
It's All Politics

New Jersey Pension Lawsuit Piles On Gov. Christie's Rough Week

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:32 pm

New Jersey's pension system is more than $80 billion in the red. Gov. Christie mostly blames past governors for sticking him with this bill. "I'm like the guy who showed up for dinner at dessert. ... And I got the check," he said earlier this year.
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It's been a tough week for New Jersey Gov. and possible Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie.

One of his former allies pleaded guilty and two others were indicted for allegedly creating a traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge as political retribution.

Now, New Jersey's highest court is set to hear arguments over one of Christie's signature accomplishments: his pension reform deal.

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4:31pm

Tue May 5, 2015
Sports

St. Louis Rams Consider Move To Los Angeles

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:32 pm

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4:31pm

Tue May 5, 2015
Politics

Obama To Nominate Gen. Joseph Dunford As Joint Chiefs Chairman

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:32 pm

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11:46am

Tue May 5, 2015
Around the Region

Georgia Tech Studies Chickens' Emotions Based On Their Clucks

When a chicken speaks, it's hard to tell whether it's a happy or sad cluck. That's what a research team at Georgia Tech is trying to decipher by recording more than 1,000 hours of chickens clucking.

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Any preschooler knows what a chicken sounds like.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHICKEN CLUCKING)

SIEGEL: The question is what does all that clucking mean?

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11:21pm

Mon May 4, 2015
All Tech Considered

As Emoji Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain [Confounded Face] [Interrobang]

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 3:38 pm

Comedian Aziz Ansari became a pioneer of emoji language use in 2011, when he transcribed the hit Jay-Z and Kanye West song, "Ni**as In Paris."
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The increasingly abundant use of emojis across cultures and age groups — and the similar meanings we assign them — suggest we're entering an era of hybrid communication, as we treat pictures like a real language.

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5:59pm

Mon May 4, 2015
U.S.

With Baltimore Unrest, More Debate Over 'Broken Windows' Policing

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:12 am

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (center), City Police Commissioner William Bratton (second from right) and other NYPD officers address a news conference on Jan. 5. There is debate surrounding the citywide increase of low-level crime enforcement, otherwise known as the broken windows approach to policing.
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Police departments across the country are under pressure to rethink their most aggressive tactics — and it's not just flashpoints like Ferguson and Baltimore. The New York Police Department is on the defensive about its long-standing approach known as "broken windows" policing.

Simply put, broken windows is the idea that police should aggressively crack down on low-level offenses to stop bigger crimes from happening. It's been copied all over the country, but now critics in New York say broken windows needs fixing.

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5:59pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Parallels

Israeli Soldiers: Lax Rules In Gaza War Led To Indiscriminate Fire

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:02 am

Palestinian girls walk past buildings in Gaza City that were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014. Dozens of Israeli soldiers have now given testimonials saying that indiscriminate firing was tolerated, or even encouraged at times.
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More than 60 Israeli soldiers who took part in last summer's war in Gaza have offered firsthand combat stories. Many said they felt their orders went too far, leading to indiscriminate fire and Palestinian civilian deaths.

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5:59pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Law

Boston Marathon Bomber Gets Emotional During Relatives' Testimony

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:02 am

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4:52pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Parallels

Replica Of Lafayette's Ship Re-Creates Historic Voyage To America

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:02 am

The Marquis de Lafayette sailed across the Atlantic to America aboard the original Hermione in 1780 and joined the American rebels in their struggle for independence from Great Britain. This replica will retrace his voyage; it's scheduled to arrive in Yorktown, Va., on June 5.
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Hundreds of American towns, streets and parks are named after the Marquis de Lafayette — the French general who came in 1780 to help George Washington in the struggle for independence.

Now, an exact replica of the general's ship is sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, retracing Lafayette's voyage.

The magnificent "tall ship" is anchored in the waters off the coast of Fouras in western France. Its towering masts and 18th century rigging set it apart from any other boat out here.

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4:31pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Africa

Kenya Pushes For Close Of Word's Largest Refugee Camp

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:02 am

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4:31pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Around the Nation

FBI Searches Phoenix Home Connected To Garland, Texas, Gunman

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 10:57 pm

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6:52pm

Sun May 3, 2015
All Tech Considered

The Promise And Potential Pitfalls Of Apple's ResearchKit

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 9:37 am

ResearchKit, presented by Apple's Jeff Williams in March, enables app creation to aid medical research.
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Most of the tech buzz these days has centered on the new Apple Watch — including on the potential for health-related apps. Less attention has been given to Apple's ResearchKit, an open-source mobile software platform released in March.

But the medical world is paying attention.

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