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Pandemic Preparedness Important to MD Vaccine Maker

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An H1N1 vaccine is scheduled to be available by next week. A firm based in Maryland is responsible for the first batch. MedImmune has been in the flu business for more than two decades. It introduced the seasonal-flu vaccine, FluMist, in 2003.

George Kemble is MedImmune's vice-president of vaccine research and development. He says the firm has put a lot of time and energy into pandemic preparedness. The nasal-spray vaccine is approved for healthy people ages 2 to 49.

Rebecca Sheir reports...


In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.


$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity

The head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication acknowledged at least two security breaches in addition to February's spectacular theft involving Bangladesh's central bank.

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