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Are Golden Tickets That Speed Drugs Through FDA Worthwhile?

A voucher awarded to a company that finds a treatment for a rare childhood disease can be sold to the highest bidder and then used to fast-track the review of another drug. Are the prizes worth it?
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Phone Emergency Alerts Will Begin Including Links, Phone Numbers

Regulators have voted to expand cellphone alerts to 360 characters from the previous cutoff at 90 and to begin including clickable URLs and phone numbers over the next year or so. But no photos yet.
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CDC Urges Americans To Get A Flu Shot As Soon As Possible

There's plenty of vaccine available this year, and the sooner people get vaccinated the better, federal health officials say. A recent drop in vaccination, especially among the elderly, concerns them.
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Federal Safety Investigators Head To Site Of Hoboken Train Crash

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's David Schaper about what might have caused a commuter train to overshoot the terminal Thursday morning. At least 100 people were injured, and one death was reported.
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Americans Unconvinced Of Potential Good Of Self-Driving Cars, Study Finds

Most Americans say they should always have the option to drive themselves. That's despite the fact the average driver is excited by driverless technology.
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Rats That Reminisce May Lead To Better Tests For Alzheimer's Drugs

Most potential Alzheimer's drugs are tested on mice. But rats may be a better choice because they seem to have a type of memory that's more like ours, and also are highly vulnerable to Alzheimer's.
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Train Crashes Through Landmark Terminal In Hoboken, N.J.

Witness Mark Cardona describes the scene of a commuter train crash near the Hudson River. Nancy Solomon of member station WYNC also reports what she's seeing and hearing.
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Witness Describes Damage To Hoboken Terminal After Train Crash

Attorney Claudia Bernal was on her way to work in New York City when she was detoured due to the crash. NPR's Joel Rose says the New Jersey terminal is a main point of entry to Manhattan.
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Commuter Describes Scene Of Train Crash In Hoboken, N.J.

Commuter Ben Fairclough says he had just gotten off a different train and was walking toward the station when he found his path blocked by the crashed train. He describes the scene to Steve Inskeep.
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'It Was Going Full, Full Force': Train Crashes Into Hoboken Terminal, Killing 1

Gov. Chris Christie says 108 people were injured after a train approached Hoboken Terminal at a high speed and crashed into the platform. The roof of the New Jersey station has partially collapsed.

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