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Self-Checkout Could Soon Be Checking Out

Those self-checkout machines in the supermarkets and other stores have remained pretty much unchanged since the 1990s. They still don't work very well. Why can't they get better? We take a shopping trip with the inventor who describes the issue as a cognitive problem and a shoplifting problem.

'Last Gasp' To Save The Florida Grasshopper Sparrow From Extinction

A tiny bird called the Florida grasshopper sparrow is on the brink of extinction. Fewer than 150 are believed to remain in the wild.

Clinton Supporters Worry About GOP Opposition If She's Elected President

Hillary Clinton's strong position in the presidential contest is reassuring to many of her supporters. But if she's elected, many of them worry about if she'll encounter opposition — in Congress and out of the country.

'Blackacre': A Collection Of Poems About 'Searching And Being Buffeted'

Tess Taylor reviews the poetry collection Blackacre by Monica Youn.

Will A Study Save Victims Of Violence, Or Gamble With Their Lives?

Victims of a shooting or stabbing in Philadelphia may soon become part of a study to figure out what kind of care is better--going straight to a hospital or getting more care at the scene.

Trick Or Treat? Critics Blast Big Soda's Efforts To Fend Off Taxes

Several U.S. cities have sugary drink taxes on the ballot. As efforts to reduce soda consumption gain traction around the world, critics say the industry is using the tobacco playbook to fight back.

STD Infections Rise To New Highs After States Close Health Clinics

The CDC reports a sharp rise in infections of sexually transmitted diseases, and says lack of funding for state and local health clinics that help prevent spread of the diseases is a key factor.

Donald Trump Says He'll Accept The Results Of The Election ... If He Wins

Trump made headlines at the final debate when he refused to say he'd accept the results of the election. He says it would be unfair to ask him to accept the results of the November election now.
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Get Used To That Travel Crate, Bao Bao: Beloved Panda To Leave National Zoo

One of the most popular residents of the National Zoo, the 3-year-old giant panda is being relocated to China for breeding purposes.

How Snakes Lost Their Legs

Scientists in Florida say they've pinpointed a genetic process that caused snakes to lose their legs and have found that embryonic pythons still form "cryptic leg skeletons," millions of years later.