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California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle

Members of the California Nurses Association say they rallied in Sacramento in May to raise public awareness of their concerns about patient care in California hospitals. hide caption

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Shots - Health News

California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle KQED

The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.

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KQED
Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port

The oil tanker HS Electra unloading oil from the North Sea at the Portland Pipe Line facility in South Portland, Maine, in 2013. hide caption

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Environment

Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port MPBN

South Portland, Maine, has blocked crude oil from being loaded onto ships at its port. Environmentalists are cheering, but the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. says the ban won't hold up in court.

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MPBN
Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

Will it rain or not? How you interpret the forecast could mean the difference between getting soaked or staying safe. Maria Pavlova /iStockphoto hide caption

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Risk And Reason

Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

What does a 20 percent chance of rain or snow actually mean? Interpreting probabilities in forecasts can be hard even for mathematicians and meteorologists — never mind the average person.

On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting

Police officers separate demonstrators on opposing sides of the immigration debate outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif., on July 4. hide caption

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It's All Politics

On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting

In a recent Gallup poll, most named immigration the biggest problem confronting the nation. But past periods of heightened worries have been brief — and haven't brought about solutions.

Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere

Retirees Mike Shane, left, and William Davis protest near the federal courthouse in Detroit on July 3. Workers and retirees approved pension cuts in Detroit's bankruptcy by a landslide, the city reported Monday. hide caption

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U.S.

Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere

Pensions have long enjoyed strong legal protections, but recent bankruptcy cases suggest this might be changing. As a result, cities and states might ask more workers to accept a little less.

Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola

Eerie protective suits and shiny body bags have fueled rumors about the origins of Ebola. In this photo, a burial team removes the body of a person suspected to have died from the virus in the village of Pendembu, Sierra Leone. hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola

The largest outbreak in history is giving birth to what may be the largest outbreak of Ebola rumors. It's a curse! It's carried by mosquitoes. Or ... a snake. Here's a look at what people are saying.

As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus

Walt Whitman High School's Caroline Schweitzer runs through a host of Severna Park High School defenders during a semifinal game in Maryland's Class 4A/3A lacrosse tournament in May. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus

Kids who play lacrosse will tell you there's lots of action. Now, there's an analysis of injuries sustained by high school lacrosse players that quantifies the risks.

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