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Thursday, May 2, 2013

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  • Sea Of Syrian Refugees Threatens To Overload Jordan
    More than half a million refugees have crossed into Jordan, and the number is expected to rise rapidly. Jordanian officials say the influx is threatening the stability of the kingdom.
  • With Robocalls, Eritrean Exiles Organize Passive Resistance
    Dissent is not tolerated in Eritrea, so exiles from the African nation had to get creative when it came to organizing opposition. They are now relying on robocalls that tell Eritreans to stay home Friday evening, the night traditionally devoted to going out.
  • Women's Health Groups Angered By Morning-After Pill Moves
    Days after President Obama became the first sitting president to speak before Planned Parenthood's national conference, the administration alienated some women's health groups with a controversial decision about access to emergency contraception.
  • Two Nominations Round Out Obama's Second-Term Cabinet
    President Obama rounded out his cabinet on Thursday by naming Chicago benefactor Penny Pritzker as Commerce Secretary and White House aide Michael Froman as U.S. trade representative.
  • Sibling Rivalry Spurs Sand Tiger Shark Embryos To Eat Each Other
    A recent scientific study shows that sand tiger shark babies eat their litter mates in the womb in the attempt to be the embryo that is ultimately born. Melissa Block speaks with study author Demian Chapman, an assistant professor at Stoney Brook University in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, on why survival of the fittest in sand tiger sharks starts before birth.
  • Housing Recovery Lifts Other Sectors, Too
    Healthy increases in construction and home sales are boosting things like sales of pickups and landscaping, which, in turn, lead to more hiring. But federal budget cuts may undermine that momentum, economists say.
  • Colorado Weighs Reopening Psychiatric Hospital For Homeless
    Colorado's Democratic governor wants to move mentally ill homeless people to Fort Lyon, a former psychiatric hospital and prison in the southeast corner of the state. Critics say it would make more sense to rent apartments for the people in the neighborhoods where they are now.
  • Labor Watchdog Groups Limited In Their Power To Enforce Laws
    The collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh is seen as a gross violation of safety and workers rights. There are international organizations which try to guide and encourage companies and governments towards better codes of conduct, but the groups have no legal recourse.
  • Of Flybots And Bug Eyes: Insects Inspire Inventors
    Miniaturizing technology is really hard — gears, rotors, belts and pistons that work perfectly at human size just don't work very well at the small scale. So researchers are turning to insects for ideas about how to make tiny flying robots and cameras — and driving a new generation of gadgets.
  • This Little Piggy Cookie Is A Sweet Mexican Find
    Mexico-born chef Pati Jinich spent years tracking down a recipe for the popular but elusive Piggy Cookies. Now the cinnamon-spiced treats are a staple in her house.

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