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Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Our immune systems constantly fight off disease — protecting us from colds, flu and infection. An experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.
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Oil Price Dip, Global Slowdown Create Crosscurrents For U.S.

The big drop in oil prices is a gift to consumers that should propel the U.S. economy, analysts say. But those lower prices are hurting the energy sector, and consumers continue to be cautious.
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Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'

NPR got an advanced look at a civil rights lawsuit that claims Ferguson, Mo., residents who can't afford to pay their court fines are illegally held in jail.
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To End Solitary Confinement, Rikers Steps Out Of The Box

With a single move, Rikers Island prison has taken the lead on prison reform on one issue: It banned the use of solitary confinement for inmates under 21 years old.
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Cities Argue For a Bigger Share Of Pot Tax Revenue

In Washington and Oregon, local governments argue they should get more tax funds from marijuana, because legalized pot will increase their expenses. States say cities' costs will actually fall.
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16 Years After Its Inception, 'GoreSat' Set For Launch ... Soon

In 1998, then-Vice President Gore proposed the satellite, which has since been repurposed for NOAA's needs. It was set to take off Sunday, but the launch was scrubbed, and will be rescheduled.
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McConnell's Call For 'Regular Order' May Not Mean What It Used To

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to restore "regular order" to the Senate, making it more bipartisan and productive. Five weeks into the new session, the dream remains elusive.
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Legendary UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Dies At 83

When he retired, Smith was the winningest coach in history, bringing the Tar Heels men's team to two national titles and ending his career with a 879-254 record.
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Next Witness: Will The Yellow Smiley Face Take The Stand?

Emojis have popped up in a handful of court cases across the country. Could the ubiquitous yellow face, a sad kitty head or a dancing alien decide a defendant's fate?
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Leaders Plan For New Minsk Summit On Ukraine

A revival of peace talks in the capital of Belarus is aimed at resuscitating a widely violated truce agreed there in September.

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