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The Two-Way - News Blog

Spectacular Start Propels U.S. To Strong 5-2 World Cup Win

In the first five minutes, Carli Lloyd scored two swift goals. Lauren Holiday brought the score up to 3, and then Lloyd scored from midfield for a hat trick. The team led 4-0 after just 15 minutes — and while Japan never gave up, they couldn't recover.

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Shots - Health News

People With Brain Injuries Heal Faster If They Get Up And Get Moving

Doctors tell surgical patients to get out of bed as soon as possible, but people with brain injuries are encouraged to rest. Now it looks like activity can benefit brain injured patients, too.

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First Listen

Preview The New Album 'Nina Revisited ... A Tribute to Nina Simone'

The tribute, which strives to update Simone's ability to capture the hope and rage of the '60s for a contemporary audience, features songs performed by Ms. Lauryn Hill, Usher and others.

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It's All Politics

Liberal Minority Won Over Conservatives In Historic Supreme Court Term

The justices made history this session on several fronts and accepted cases for next year that will likely make still more. This year the liberals won a lot — but that doesn't mean they will in the future.

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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made them out to be.

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For This Transgender Third-Grader, Life As A Boy Is Liberating WNYC

His first full school year as a "he" made all the difference for Brooklyn elementary student Q Daily.

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