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7:30 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Transgender Swimmer Given Choice Of Harvard's Men's, Women's Teams

Schuyler Bailar will swim on the men's team at Harvard this fall.
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The Harvard men's swim team will have a new swimmer on their team this fall: Schuyler Bailar of McLean, Va. He will be the first openly transgender swimmer in NCAA Division I history, according to The Harvard Crimson.

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The Two-Way
6:37 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Donald Trump Sues Univision For $500 Million

Univision dropped its broadcasts of Miss USA and Miss Universe, pageants that Trump co-owns.
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Donald Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, is suing Univision. The Spanish-language TV network dropped its coverage of Miss USA and Miss Universe — two beauty pageants that Trump co-owns — because of Trump's remarks about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign announcement on June 16.

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The Two-Way
6:03 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Border Patrol Urged To Crack Down On Corruption In Its Own Ranks

U.S. agents compare notes as they patrol along the Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. A draft report by outside experts calls for steps to confront any claims of corruption in the Border Patrol.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:17 pm

A new government report recommends that the U.S. Border Patrol double its internal affairs investigators to focus on corruption and the alleged mistreatment of migrants along the Mexican border.

The interim report, written at the request of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, focuses on three themes: rooting out corruption within the agency; reining in the unauthorized use of force by Border Patrol agents; and improving departmental transparency.

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It's All Politics
4:54 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Jeb Bush's Wealth Skyrocketed After Leaving Governor's Office

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:29 pm

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax returns on Tuesday, showing that his personal wealth has skyrocketed since he left the Florida governor's office in 2007.

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The Salt
4:50 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Peru's Pitmasters Bury Their Meat In The Earth, Inca-Style

People throw potatoes into a pachamanca during the gastronomic fair Mistura in Lima in 2011.
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Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:54 pm

What's the epitome of summer for a lot of Americans? It's communing around a grill, with friends and family, waiting for a slab of meat to cook to juicy perfection.

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The Two-Way
4:29 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

U.S. And Cuba Will Formally Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 6:40 pm

A White House administration official confirms that the United States and Cuba have come to an agreement to formally re-establish diplomatic relations and open embassies in Havana and Washington.

The Obama administration will announce the agreement on Wednesday.

As NPR's Krishnadev Calamur has explained, the U.S. imposed sanctions and then broke off diplomatic relations with Fidel Castro's communist regime in the early 1960s.

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Latin America
3:45 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Puerto Rico's Governor Seeks To Delay Debt Payments

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:14 pm

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The Salt
3:42 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Communities Get A Lift As Local Food Sales Surge To $11 Billion A Year

Tomatoes at Union South Farmers Market in Madison Wisconsin.
Patrick Kuhl Flickr

There's a renaissance in local and regional food, and it's not just farmers markets in urban areas that are driving it.

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It's All Politics
3:33 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Does The Drip, Drip, Drip Of Clinton's Email Controversy Matter?

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
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Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 6:46 pm

The State Department is set to release about 3,000 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state on Tuesday. The release is part of the State Department's schedule to release a bundle of Clinton emails every month through Jan. 29, 2016.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Chris Christie Becomes 14th Republican Presidential Candidate

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:08 pm

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Chris Christie is joining a crowded race.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

BOBBY JINDAL: My name is Bobby Jindal.

CARLY FIORINA: I'm Carly Fiorina.

BEN CARSON: Now I've introduced my family you say, well, who are you?

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Goats and Soda
3:29 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Ebola Returns To Liberia With A Mysterious Case Near Monrovia

Health workers wash their hands after taking a blood sample from a child to test for the Ebola virus. On Tuesday, the workers tested people in the village outside Monrovia where a 17-year-old boy died of the disease over the weekend.
Abbas Dulleh AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:46 pm

Almost two months after Liberia was declared Ebola-free, the disease has cropped up again — this time in a rural town outside the capital city.

So far, there's only one new case, but health officials are rushing to stop its spread.

Liberia's deputy health minister, Tolbert Nyenswah, said Tuesday that a 17-year-old boy died of Ebola at his home in Nedowein, a village near the country's international airport.

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U.S.
3:29 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

A Dozen Officials Suspended As Probe Into N.Y. Prison Break Widens

The Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., is located in a remote corner of the Adirondack Mountains. For years, it's been dogged with allegations of violence and corruption among its officers.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:14 pm

A dozen top administrators and front-line corrections officers were suspended Tuesday at Clinton Correctional Facility, the prison in northern New York where two inmates escaped earlier this month.

This house-cleaning comes as the FBI has opened its own inquiry into operations at the maximum security prison.

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Europe
3:29 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

How Default Could Push Greece Out Of The Eurozone

People wait in line to withdraw euros from an ATM after Greece closed its banks Monday in Athens.
Milos Bicanski Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:14 pm

This story was updated at 7 p.m. ET.

The deadline passed Tuesday evening for Greece to make a key loan payment to the International Monetary Fund — putting it a step closer toward quitting the euro.

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Debate Begins: New OT Rules Will Raise Wages — Or Kill Jobs

President Obama has proposed a rule requiring requiring overtime pay for more workers. The plan has drawn fire from many employers.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Business groups and labor unions sharply disagreed today over the potential impact of a proposed change to the federal rule governing overtime pay.

In coming months, the two sides will submit comments in writing to the Labor Department to try to shape the rule's final wording, but the verbal sparring already has begun.

Business leaders say hiking overtime pay would reduce hiring, while unions say the change would stimulate the economy by raising incomes for about 5 million Americans.

Before laying out the different reactions, we'll look at what happened today:

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The Salt
2:48 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

High Tea, Afternoon Tea, Elevenses: English Tea Times For Dummies

Afternoon Tea, 1886. Chromolithograph after Kate Greenaway. If you're looking for finger sandwiches, dainty desserts and formality, afternoon tea is your cup.
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Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:20 pm

You're an American in London. You've visited Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Tower of London, but there's one more thing you want to check off your to-do list: tea.

No, not just any tea. We're talking a good, old-fashioned English tea time, with finger sandwiches, dainty china cups and all the formality a Downton Abbey lover could wish for.

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Science
2:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

To Keep Up With Earth's Rotation, Clocks Will Tick An Extra Second Tonight

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:14 pm

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Business
2:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Obama Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay To Nearly 5 Million Workers

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:14 pm

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Economy
2:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Export-Import Bank Set To Expire At Midnight After Congress Fails To Act

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:09 pm

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Dance
2:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Principal Dancer At American Ballet Theatre

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:14 pm

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The Two-Way
2:12 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Prison Officials On Leave After New York Escape

Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured on Sunday. Authorities say he has told them he and Richard Matt performed a dry run of their escape the day before they broke out.
AP

Twelve officials at an upstate New York prison have been placed on leave, as authorities investigate how two convicted killers managed to escape from the facility on June 6.

Among those placed on leave are Superintendent Steven Racette, of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, and Deputy Superintendent Stephen Brown, according to multiple media accounts.

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NPR Story
1:36 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

What Makes A Word? Making Sense Of The Argle-Bargle

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia addresses the ACC America, Association of Corporate Counsel Washington Metropolitan (WMACCA) Chapter, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in McLean, Va. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP)

Its been a busy week for the Supreme Court. Not surprisingly, that means it has been a busy week for linguists. Consider that in the last few days we’ve heard Justice Antonin Scalia use both jiggery-pokery and mummeries.

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NPR Story
1:36 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Obama To Expand Overtime Pay For Millions

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, June 29. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/ AP Photo)

President Obama announced this week that the Labor Department will expand overtime pay, in a move the administration estimates would impact 5 million U.S. workers. That would double the income threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime.

Right now, only salaried employees earning less $23,660 a year are eligible for overtime. This rule would raise that threshold so that employees making up to $50,660 a year would get paid overtime.

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NPR Story
1:36 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

With Pluto On Its Horizon, NASA Spacecraft Nears Target

In this artists rendering, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft approaches Pluto. (NASA)

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 2:51 pm

On July 15, NASA’s unmanned spacecraft New Horizons is expected to encounter its primary target of Pluto. It’s a project nine years in the making, and with 3 billion miles recorded, it is the longest, farthest and fastest-ever space mission.

“Time flies when you’re having fun,” Alan Stern, who leads the mission, told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson. “We’ve crossed the entirety of the solar system and now we’re on Pluto’s doorstep.”

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Shots - Health News
1:34 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Caveats About Favored Access Method For Dialysis

What's the best way to connect patients to dialysis machines?
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When it comes to dialysis, one method of accessing the blood to clean it gets championed above the rest. But quite a few specialists say there's not enough evidence to universally support the treatment's superiority or to run down the other options.

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All Tech Considered
1:31 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

This is a calculated flood map for the city of St. Louis. Water depth goes from deep (dark blue) to shallow (white, light blue). Floodwater can come from the Illinois, Upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers, as well as from heavy local precipitation.
Courtesy of Dag Lohmann/Katrisk

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:14 pm

A small company in California is hoping to make a big splash by providing detailed flood maps to homeowners and insurance companies. And to do that, the company is using one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.

The company is called Katrisk, based in Berkeley, Calif. Hydrologist and computer modeler Dag Lohmann is one of the company's founders. He says the flood maps the Federal Emergency Management Agency already produces will tell you how prone a particular area is to flooding.

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

California Governor Signs School Vaccination Law

Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a controversial vaccination bill into law on Tuesday.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 2:09 pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed off on one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country a day after the state Legislature gave the measure final approval.

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The Two-Way
1:16 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Venus And Jupiter Set For A Close Encounter Tuesday Night

A NASA projection shows the path of Venus and Jupiter; the two planets will converge in the Earth's sky Tuesday night.
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Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 2:31 pm

It's not as if two worlds will collide tonight — Venus and Jupiter are only converging into a small area of the Earth's sky. NASA says the two bright planets will be "a jaw-dropping one-third of a degree apart."

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Code Switch
1:07 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

A Slave Plantation Tour Guide Recalls Awful Questions From White Visitors

Michael Coach Flickr

Over at Vox, a white woman who until recently was a tour guide at a historic Southern plantation recounts some . . . interesting questions she got from the mostly white tourists she encountered over the years, some of whom had jaw-dropping ideas of what slavery was really like.

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NPR Story
12:37 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Chorus Helps Trans Men And Women Find Their Voice

Chorus members Laurie Wolft (left) and George Hastie (right) pose for a photo with choral director Sandi Hammond. (Eileen Bolinsky)

A new chorus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is helping transgender men and women find their voices – and community. The Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus was founded by Sandi Hammond, a singer and vocal teacher, who wanted to help trans men and women learn to use their changing voices in a safe space.

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The Two-Way
12:34 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Deadline In Iran Nuclear Talks Extended To July 7

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, flanked by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (left) and U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman met with Iranian negotiators Tuesday at a hotel in Vienna.
Carlos Barria AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 1:17 pm

The Iran nuclear talks, which had been scheduled to wrap up Tuesday, have been extended. The U.S. and the five other nations negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear program announced they'll meet for another week, as it became clear that they weren't likely to reach a deal by today's deadline.

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