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Yeezy Or The Bard: Who's The Best Wordsmith In Hip-Hop?

A data scientist pitted rappers against Shakespeare to see who had the more extensive vocabulary. But he says he isn't trying to make some sweeping statement about the lyrical prowess of hip-hop.
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More Health Insurance Equals Fewer Deaths In Massachusetts

The state's death rate declined in the four years after Massachusetts passed a law requiring health insurance. The state's minority residents posted the biggest gains in life expectancy.
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Failure Of Steel D-Ring May Have Caused Circus Accident

Eleven people, including nine acrobats, were injured on Sunday in Providence, R.I., when support equipment failed and the performers fell to the ground.
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The Intra-Party Landscape, Seen From The Edge Of Primary Season

Three states go to the polls Tuesday, starting what will be an eight-week stretch of primaries in the U.S. For a look at the intra-party political landscape, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian has this overview.
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Remembering Economist Gary Becker, Who Described 'Marriage Market'

The University of Chicago economist won the Nobel Prize in 1992 for broadening the horizons of economics, using economic analysis to explore social issues. Becker died Saturday at the age of 83.
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A Narrow High Court Win For Prayer Before Government Meetings

The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the government can use Christian prayers to start town meetings, so long as legislators don't discriminate against non-Christians. It's a new chapter in the long-running fight over prayer in public places and on public occasions. NPR's Carrie Johnson explains what happened in the town of Greece, New York.
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States Swap One Drug For Another, And Botched Executions Follow

Oklahoma's botched execution of Clayton Lockett is prompting other states to question their use of the drug midazolam in lethal injections. The Lockett execution is fueling new calls to re-examine how states put inmates to death.
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Bereft Of Legal Shield, Scholars' Work Is Open To Federal Eyes

The questioning of Gerry Adams arises partly from interviews conducted in academic research for Boston College. Harvard law professor Noah Feldman explains rights of disclosure in academic archives.
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Drone Journalism Can't Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act

Unmanned aircraft offer spectacular bird's-eye views, and news organizations are eager to deploy them to get that perspective. But U.S. regulators currently prohibit drone use for commercial purposes.
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Colorado Redraws Insurance Map To Cut Sky-High Ski-Town Rates

The Affordable Care Act sets a lot of limits on what insurers can do. They can't charge sick people more, for instance. But one thing that still counts is location, location, location.

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