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Texas Puts Brakes On Telemedicine — And Teladoc Cries Foul KERA

As consulting a doctor exclusively by phone, text or video becomes more popular, the Texas Medical Board moves to restrict these e-visits. Is the real battle over patient safety, money or turf?

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Demonstrators in the Turkish capital of Ankara hold posters of Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old student who was killed by a bus driver after fighting off an alleged sexual assault. Burhan Ozbilici/AP hide caption

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Violence Against Women Is Often A Private Family Matter In Turkey

Women's rights advocates say more than 100 women have been killed in the country so far this year, most by male relatives.

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Mush No More: Retirement Home Food Gets Fresh And Local

Once known for bland, institutional fare, hundreds of senior living centers across the U.S. now tout healthy meals made from scratch. Centers say this approach to food is tastier — and cheaper, too.

Attorney John Elwood talks to reporters Dec. 1 outside the Supreme Court building in Washington after arguing on behalf of Anthony Elonis, who was convicted in 2010 on the grounds of threatening his wife via social media. On Monday the court ruled in favor of Elonis, saying prosecutors must prove that a social media threat was intentional, not just perceived. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Threatened Online? Prosecutors Must Prove Intent

The Supreme Court declined to say exactly what sort of evidence could prove that an online post — such as "took all the strength I had not to ... slit her throat" — was intended to spark fear.

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What It's Like To Choose Transgender Sex Reassignment Surgery

There are many different ways to be transgender. For some people that includes sex reassignment surgery. A young filmmaker follows two people who made that choice through their year of transition.

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It's Raining Nitrogen In A Colorado Park. Farmers Can Help Make It Stop KUNC

Scientists say too much airborne nitrogen from farms is throwing off the ecological balance of Rocky Mountain National Park. The federal government is hoping weather alerts for farmers will help.

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Americans Say They Want The Patriot Act Renewed ... But Do They, Really?

A new poll says Americans are OK with continued collection of phone data. Yet another recent survey says a majority wants limits on the kind of data the government can collect. What's going on?

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The Polar Star completes ice drills in the Arctic in July 2013. Built in the 1970s and only meant to last 30 years, the vessel is the U.S. Coast Guard's only heavy icebreaker. U.S. Coast Guard/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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As The Arctic Opens Up, The U.S. Is Down To A Single Icebreaker

Melting ice means more of the Arctic is accessible to exploration and shipping, and countries are racing to establish a presence. But they still need heavy icebreakers, and the U.S. is falling behind.

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