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Shots - Health News
4:14 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Obamacare's First Year: How'd It Go?

In New Jersey in March, Dianna Lopez of the Center for Family Services (right) speaks with Betsy Cruz, of Camden, N.J., about health insurance coverage during an Affordable Care Act information session.
Lori M. Nichols South Jersey Times/Landov

Exactly one year ago, the Obamacare insurance exchanges stumbled into existence. Consumers struggled to sign up for its online marketplace — and the Obama administration was pummeled. Eventually, HealthCare.gov's problems were mostly fixed, and two weeks ago, the administration announced 7.3 million people have bought insurance through it so far this year.

So, was the health exchanges' first year a success — or something less?

Ask President Obama, and he says you measure the Affordable Care Act's success this way:

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Parallels
4:14 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Movement Against Female Genital Mutilation Gains Spotlight In U.K.

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks with campaigners against female genital mutilation at the Girl Summit in London in July.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

In Washington Thursday, a group of experts from across the government will hold its first meeting to address the practice known as female genital mutilation. This is one issue where the U.K. is far ahead of the United States.

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Law
4:14 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Michael Dunn Found Guilty In 'Loud Music' Killing

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In Jacksonville, Florida, today, Michael Dunn was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis in a dispute over loud music. NPR's Greg Allen reports this was Dunn's second trial in a case that drew national attention.

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Music Reviews
2:41 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Dionne Warwick, Reduced To An Essence

The new tribute album Dionne Dionne is a collaboration between singer Dionne Farris (known for her work with Arrested Development) and guitarist Charlie Hunter.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 5:29 pm

In title and concept, the new tribute album Dionne Dionne is a great gimmick. But if you've followed the career of Dionne Farris, having her record an entire album of Dionne Warwick covers isn't an obvious move, names aside. It's an idea that took root some 20 years ago: Farris met guitarist Charlie Hunter while the two were on tour as members of hip-hop groups, she with Arrested Development and he with The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.

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Sports
2:37 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Royals' Win A Tough Act To Beat As Baseball Playoffs Near

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 4:14 pm

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Animals
2:37 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

2 New Breeds Allowed To Compete At Westminster Dog Show

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 4:14 pm

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Big news this week for the four-legged set, for well-bred dogs, in particular. The Westminster Kennel Club announced two new breeds can compete in its 139th dog show in February.

DAVID FREI: The coton de tulear and the wire-haired vizsla.

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U.S.
4:46 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Details Emerge Of Security Breach During Obama's CDC Visit

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 8:48 pm

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Code Switch
4:39 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Mexico Pays To Help Its Citizens Avoid Deportation From The U.S.

Mexican consulates, like this one in Houston, are helping some unauthorized immigrants from Mexico pay application fees for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
WhisperToMe Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:08 pm

Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received temporary relief from deportation and been given work permits that last for at least two years.

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U.S.
3:48 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Where Activists See Gray, Albuquerque Police See Black And White

Protesters gather outside the Albuquerque Police Department following the shooting deaths of James Boyd and others on March 25. The Justice Department accused the police of engaging in a pattern of excessive force.
Rita Daniels NPR

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 9:54 am

To understand the tension between the cops and some people in Albuquerque, you have to go back to a Tuesday in April.

It was after the Justice Department had accused the Albuquerque police of engaging in a pattern of excessive force. In March, a homeless camper named James Boyd was shot and killed. Then a 19-year-old woman was killed.

Music teacher Caro Acuna Olvera was eating dinner when a friend called her with the news.

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Global Health
3:42 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

CDC Announces First Case Of Ebola Diagnosed In U.S.

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:46 pm

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Middle East
3:40 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Israel Justice Minister: U.S. Shouldn't Give Up On Palestinian Peace Process

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:46 pm

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Business
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Preventing Worker Burnout Can Boost The Bottom Line

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Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:46 pm

Burnout at work seems like a fact of life, especially with employers cutting back on leave benefits.

But some companies are trying novel fixes. In addition to boosting morale, some employers say, eliminating burnout can increase productivity and profitability.

At Aptify, a Virginia software company, burnout was a problem a few years ago. Projects demanded long hours, which affected motivation and morale. It's a medium-size firm, with 200 workers, but at the time, procedures seemed overly corporate and cumbersome.

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History
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Hong Kong's Protest Umbrellas Have A Deep Political History

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:46 pm

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Middle East
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

U.S.-Afghanistan Security Agreement Receives Mixed Reaction

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:46 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:30 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Hands-Free, Mind-Free: What We Lose Through Automation

NPR's Robert Siegel and Michael Minielly, a Mercedes-Benz representative, drive a new S550 4Matic, which allows for semi-autonomous driving.
Rob Ballenger NPR

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:04 pm

Nicholas Carr's books are the nagging, tech-wary conscience of the digital age. In The Shallows, he warned that surfing the Internet is destroying our attention span.

Now in his new book, The Glass Cage, Carr warns us that computers are making more and more decisions for us, and we risk forgetting how to make those decisions ourselves.

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Book Reviews
4:03 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Novelist Caitlin Moran Wryly Shows 'How To Build A Girl'

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HarperCollins

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:29 pm

Caitlin Moran's weekly column for The Times, has gained fans all across the U.K. With humor and a wry, self-deprecating wit, she writes on a wide range of topics that include government, technology, beauty and pop culture — all of which become, under her feisty gaze, feminist issues.

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NPR Ed
3:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

When Teachers, Not Students, Do The Cheating

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:30 pm

Opening arguments began today in the trial of 12 Atlanta educators charged in an alleged cheating conspiracy that came to light in 2009.

Prosecutors claim there was widespread cheating on state tests throughout the city's public schools, affecting thousands of students.

The case has brought national attention to the issue, raising questions about whether the pressures to improve scores have driven a few educators to fudge the numbers, but also about broader consequences.

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Around the Nation
3:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

White House Fence Jumper Made It Farther Into Building Than Reported

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 10:20 pm

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Around the Nation
3:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Tensions Flare Again Between Police, Protestors In Ferguson

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:30 pm

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Music
4:43 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

How Did 'Bailando' Become A Spanglish Crossover Hit?

Enrique Iglesias' song "Bailando" — with versions in Spanish and in Spanglish — has hit big both on the Latin pop charts and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
EnriqueIglesiasVEVO/YouTube

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 12:34 pm

If you've been listening to American pop radio in the past five months or so, you likely heard Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias' hit song "Bailando."

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Business
3:46 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Movie Theaters Hope To Add Another Dimension To Their Profits

Theaters that call themselves 4-D use lights, moving seats, fog and even sprays of water and air to give moviegoers a unique experience — one they hope audiences will consider worthy of higher ticket prices.
Ernesto López Ruiz Courtesy of CJ E&M America

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 5:06 pm

Some experimental features have been popping up in movie theaters lately. One of them is a so-called 4-D experience. It's hard to describe in words exactly what a 4-D movie experience feels like, but here's one attempt: it is intense.

During a recent screening of Guardians of the Galaxy in 4-D at the Regal Cinemas LA Live theater, the seat moved up and down and side to side, like a simulator ride. There were strobe lights; fog seemed to come out of the walls and little jets of water sprayed over the seats.

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NPR Story
3:06 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

How A Journalist Ended Up On A Terror Watch List

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 4:43 pm

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NPR Story
3:06 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Hong Kong Police Answer Large Pro-Democracy Protest With Tear Gas

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 4:43 pm

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NPR Story
3:18 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Ohio's James Traficant Dies, Days After Accident On Farm

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 4:29 pm

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NPR Story
3:18 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

After Nearly Three Decades, A Royals Welcome To The Playoffs

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 4:29 pm

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In case you missed it, last night baseball history was made. Michael Taylor, from the Chicago White Sox, hits a pop-fly in foul territory.

(SOUNDBITE OF BASEBALL GAME)

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #1: Popped up.

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NPR Story
3:18 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

How Is The Arab Press Covering Its Own Crisis?

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 4:29 pm

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Cities Project
3:58 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

N.J. Braces For Future Disasters By Fleeing, And Fortifying, The Coast

Artists' renderings of New Meadowland show how the wetland would be designed for human recreational use as well as flood control. The berm shown would be a path through the park when water was low (left). When storms came in, the wetlands would flood, and the berm would protect local development.
Courtesy of New Meadowlands

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:43 am

It has been nearly two years since Hurricane Sandy crashed ashore in New Jersey, devastating cities throughout the region. As cities and towns along the coast consider how to prepare for future weather patterns, and avert the kind of damage that happened in 2012, a two-pronged response has emerged — a kind of municipal fight-or-flight response.

One option is to retreat — encourage residents to move away from the water. The other is to resist — armor the coast so it can take a battering without flooding city streets.

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Author Interviews
3:15 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

'Boy On Ice' Explores The Emotional And Physical Toll Of Dropping The Gloves

Derek Boogaard of the Minnesota Wild (left) and Wade Brookbank of the Vancouver Canucks exchange punches during a fight in the first period of a November 2005 game in Vancouver, Canada.
Jeff Vinnick Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:51 pm

Derek Boogaard didn't make it to the National Hockey League because he was a great hockey player. He wasn't especially fast, and he rarely scored a goal. But in skates, he stood nearly 7 feet tall, and he was close to 300 pounds. Considered by many the toughest guy in the NHL, Boogaard was an enforcer, and his job was to fight.

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Sports
2:52 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Baseball Roundup: Jeter's Farewell, Playoffs, Long Games

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:51 pm

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Global Health
2:26 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

New Ebola Coordinator Says U.S. Response Will Be 'Combined' Effort

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:51 pm

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