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4:09pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Science

Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 6:01 pm

A 2008 view of the leading edge of the Larsen B ice shelf, extending into the northwest part of the Weddell Sea. Huge, floating ice shelves that line the Antarctic coast help hold back sheets of ice that cover land.
Mariano Caravaca Reuters/Landov

The Antarctic is far away, freezing and buried under a patchwork of ice sheets and glaciers. But a warming climate is altering that mosaic in unpredictable ways β€” research published Thursday shows that the pace of change in parts of the Antarctic is accelerating.

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4:01pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Religion

Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 6:01 pm

The HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief airs Sunday β€” over the vigorous objection of Scientology officials.
Courtesy of HBO

The Church of Scientology is famous for its efforts to silence its critics, but it has not blocked an upcoming HBO film that turns a harsh light on the powerful organization and its leadership.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, directed by Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, will debut Sunday over the vigorous objection of Scientology officials.

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3:42pm

Thu March 26, 2015
The Salt

Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 4:28 pm

Not so ugly, eh? Supposedly imperfect produce rescued and reclaimed for consumption by Bon Appetit and Better Harvests.
Far left and far right: Courtesy of Ron Clark/Better Harvests. Center three images: Courtesy of Bon AppΓ©tit Management Company

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl who never gets noticed takes off her eyeglasses and β€” voila! β€” suddenly, everyone can see she was beautiful all along?

Well, a similar sort of scenario is starting to play out in the world of produce in the U.S. (minus the sexist subtext).

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3:04pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Shots - Health News

How Much Does Cancer Cost Us?

WNYC

Before we started our Living Cancer series, we went on NPR's Facebook page to ask people about their experiences in paying for cancer treatment. Over a hundred people from across the country responded.

We talked with some people by phone to learn about their stories.

Maureen Carrigg, who lives in Wayne, Neb., was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six years ago. Even though she says she was meticulous about staying within her insurer's network for care, she still ended up owing $80,000 in out-of-pocket costs.

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2:53pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Politics

Payday Loans β€” And Endless Cycles Of Debt β€” Targeted By Federal Watchdog

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 6:01 pm

Maranda Brooks stands in January outside a payday loans business that she used to frequent. Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are proposing expansive, first-ever rules on payday lenders, aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers from falling into a cycle of debt.
Tony Dejak AP

Updated at 4:50 p.m. E.T.

For millions of cash-strapped consumers, short-term loans offer the means to cover purchases or pressing needs. But these deals, typically called payday loans, also pack triple-digit interest rates β€” and critics say that borrowers often end up trapped in a cycle of high-cost debt as a result.

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