Shots - Health News
4:15 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Your Drinking Habits May Be Influenced By How Much You Make

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Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 7:30 am

To keep people from getting into trouble with alcohol, it would help to know why they're at risk.

Genes make some people more susceptible to dependence or addiction, while the surroundings exert a stronger pull on others. But it's been devilishly hard for researchers to sort those out. Context — who's drinking where and when with whom — matters a lot.

Add in money and it gets even trickier. And we're not talking about whether you can afford microbrews.

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U.S.
3:58 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Sex Discrimination Trial Puts Silicon Valley Under The Microscope

Ellen Pao, a former partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, says women were excluded from all-male meetings at the company and denied seats on boards. The firm says she was fired for poor performance.
Robert Galbraith Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 7:18 pm

When the venture capital firm that funded Google and Amazon fired Ellen Pao in 2012, it said it let her go because she didn't have what it takes.

Pao disagreed — and sued her former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, for gender bias and retaliation. The trial, now underway in San Francisco, is providing a rare look into allegations of sex discrimination and the world of venture capital.

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Blogs
2:57 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Inside Texas Tech: Remembering "Tough but Kind" Professor Robert Wernsman

Professor Robert Wernsman, a veteran news reporter, editor and educator, passed away Sunday, March 15th.
Credit College of Media & Communication
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Shots - Health News
2:51 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Workplace Suicide Rates Rise Sharply

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 7:30 am

Suicide rates in the U.S. have gone up considerably in recent years, claiming an average of 36,000 lives annually.

Most people take their lives in or near home. But suicide on the job is also increasing and, according to federal researchers, suicide risk changes depending on the type of work people do.

Researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health analyzed census data and compared suicide rates among different occupations.

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

U.S. Air Force Veteran Charged With Trying To Aid ISIS

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 5:21 pm

A federal grand jury in New York has indicted a U.S. Air Force veteran on charges of attempting to join the self-described Islamic State.

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh was indicted on two counts, including obstruction of justice, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement, adding he will be arraigned Wednesday.

NPR's Carrie Johnson tells our Newscast unit that prosecutors say Pugh was born and raised in the U.S., but "turned his back on the country in an attempt to join ISIS," as the Islamic State is also known.

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Goats and Soda
2:29 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

If These Two Teenagers Ran The World, We'd All Jump For Joy

Memory from Malawi, left, and Achie from Ethiopia became best friends in a New York minute.
Misha Friedman for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 4:11 pm

At first glance, it's a typical scene: Two teenage girls lean their heads together engrossed in conversation as they munch on tuna salad on a bagel and fries.

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The Two-Way
2:24 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Thailand Cautions Women Against 'Underboob Selfies'

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:33 pm

Citing both potential harm to society and the Computer Crimes Act, Thailand's Culture Ministry is urging women to resist what it says is a new trend of taking photos that focus on the midriff and the lower portion of their breasts.

The warning was issued Monday — and a ministry official acknowledged that in speaking out against an online trend, the agency ran the risk of drawing more attention to it.

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns Amid Spending Questions

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., talks to reporters on Feb. 6. The congressman, whose spending habits have come under heavy scrutiny, resigned Tuesday effective March 31.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 2:33 pm

Updated at 3:32 p.m. ET

Rep. Aaron Schock, the Illinois Republican whose lavish spending has come under heavy scrutiny, has resigned.

NPR's Juana Summers tells our Newscast unit that Schock will resign his House seat at the end of the month.

Here's Schock's statement on his resignation, which was first reported by Politico:

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Code Switch
2:10 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Here's What People Are Saying About Starbucks' 'Race Together' Campaign

Me: "My name is Rigoberto." Starbucks barista: "Giorgio?"
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 7:49 am

If your name isn't traditionally white-sounding, there's a good chance it's been misspelled by a coffeehouse barista. It's awkward when that happens, but is it the perfect time to engage in a dialogue about race and ethnicity? Starbucks seems to think so.

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Television
1:11 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Forget Binge Watching: Great Television Happens When Networks Pace Shows

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