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9:16 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage

The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Friday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The right to marry in any state won't be the only gain for gay couples from last week's Supreme Court ruling. The decision will likely boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans.

The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers that offer health benefits make the insurance available to same-sex partners who aren't married. Virtually all of them offer coverage to spouses.

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The Two-Way
5:32 am
Mon June 29, 2015

European Leaders Warn Greeks On 'No' Vote In Referendum

Pensioners, who usually get their payments at the end of the month, wait outside a closed bank in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Monday. Greece's government announced capital controls, and the country's banks remained closed Monday.
Giannis Papanikos AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 2:30 pm

Updated at 11:42 a.m. ET

European leaders are warning Greeks who vote "no" in Sunday's referendum will be choosing to leave the eurozone, the bloc of countries that uses the common currency.

"It is democracy, it is the right of the Greek people to decide what they want for their future," French President Francois Hollande said in Paris. "What is at stake is whether or not Greeks want to stay in the eurozone (or) take the risk of leaving."

The comment was echoed by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who said on Twitter:

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Europe
3:15 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Greece To Impose Capital Controls Amid Looming Default

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:14 pm

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Space
3:05 am
Mon June 29, 2015

SpaceX Rocket Breaks Up On Liftoff

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:33 pm

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And in other news, an unmanned supply rocket blasted off yesterday in Florida headed to the International Space Station.

(SOUNDBITE OF ROCKET LAUNCH)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Three, two, one. Mission sequence start and lift off.

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The Two-Way
9:35 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

Economic Crisis Looms For Puerto Rico, Report Says

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla in April delivered his budget address for the next fiscal year at the Capitol building in San Juan.
Ricardo Arduengo AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:46 pm

A report obtained by NPR paints a bleak portrait of Puerto Rico's economic future, saying its deficit is much larger than previously thought.

"Puerto Rico faces hard times," says the report which was commissioned by the Government Development Bank and written by three former and current International Monetary Fund economists. It is to be released on Monday.

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Greece To Close Banks, Impose Capital Controls Amid Looming Default

A security worker brings money to a National Bank branch in Athens on Sunday. Greeks have been withdrawing euros in anticipation of a possible default on the country's debt payments early next week.
Marko Djurica Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 7:19 pm

Updated at 2:40 p.m. ET

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced Sunday that banks will be closed and capital controls imposed in order to stave off a run on the euro after negotiations with the country's international lenders broke down.

He said the Athens stock market would also be closed.

However, Tsipras blamed the European Central Bank for the latest crisis after it decided not to increase the amount of emergency liquidity amid a run on the banks that saw people lined up at ATMs, many of which ran dry amid the onslaught.

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The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Sat June 27, 2015

Police Question Suspect In Lyon Factory Beheading

The Air Products industrial gas factory in Saint-Quentin Fallavier, France, shown on Saturday, a day after the attack.
Marius Becker DPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 5:50 pm

Police in France are questioning a suspect they believe was responsible for an explosion and the beheading of a man at a factory near Lyon on Friday. Officials reportedly say he took a "selfie" with the slain victim — his boss at the plant — and sent it to an unidentified Canadian mobile phone number.

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The Two-Way
9:31 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Greece Slouches Toward Default As Germany Rules Out Further Debt Talks

People stand in a line to use the ATMs of a bank in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday after the country's prime minister announced a snap referendum on an international bailout — pushing Athens toward a Tuesday deadline for a plan to prevent default on its IMF debt.
Giannis Papanikos AP

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 1:54 pm

Updated at 3:05 p.m. ET

Across Greece, people lined up outside banks and at ATMs to withdraw euros today after their prime minister called for a surprise referendum on a proposed international bailout for the troubled country — a move that has pushed Athens to the brink of default and an exit from the eurozone.

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Around the Nation
6:11 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Native Americans Protest Proposed Copper Mine In Arizona

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 8:30 am

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Sports
4:22 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

ESPN Brings Betting Talk To The Mainstream

This year's ESPN NCAA basketball coverage did not shy away from talking about the ordinarily sensitive topic of betting as much as it has in the past.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:20 pm

Walk into a bar or spend some time in an airport and there's a good chance ESPN is on TV. What happens on its ever-present SportsCenter, airing live 18 times daily, resonates with sports fans around the country. So it matters that over the past couple of years, ESPN has increased coverage of what's always been an extremely sensitive topic for leagues and TV networks — sports betting.

ESPN says it wants to be more direct about a topic broadcasters have dealt with circuitously, often with a wink and nod, rather than in the direct language of gambling.

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Food
2:38 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Drink Beck's? Anheuser-Busch May Owe You A Refund

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:20 pm

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6:03 am
Fri June 26, 2015

5 Ideas To Ease The Burden Of Student Loans

Students wait outside Everest College in Industry, Calif., hoping to get their transcriptions and information on loan forgiveness and transferring credits to other schools. In April, the school was one of the last Corinthian Colleges campuses to close.
Christine Armario AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:14 am

The total outstanding balance of federal student loans: $1.3 trillion.

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Business
4:57 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Service Jobs, Like Uber Driver, Blur Lines Between Old Job Categories

Uber drivers can chose their own hours, and decide whether or not to pick someone up.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 1:24 pm

Is an Uber driver an employee of the company, or an independent contractor? That question is the focus of a federal class action lawsuit coming up in California, and in smaller cases around the country. But maybe there's a third category — a murky middle not yet defined in the U.S., though there is some precedent abroad.

According to David Plouffe, the senior vice president of policy and strategy at Uber, Uber's drivers are clearly independent contractors.

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Television
4:22 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Univision Cancels Miss USA Telecast After Trump's Immigration Comments

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:35 am

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Law
3:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Vindicates President; Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:35 am

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The Two-Way
8:14 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Not So Happy Hour For Beck's

Beck's beer has been brewed in Missouri since 2012.
Joerg Sarbach AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 10:44 am

Beck's, which used to call itself "America's favorite German beer," is going to have to be a little more clear about its provenance.

Since 2012, the beer, now a part of the same company that brings you Budweiser and Bud Light, has been brewed in Missouri.

But its packages still say things like "German Quality" and "Originated in Bremen, Germany."

A class-action lawsuit accuses the giant brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev of tricking American beer drinkers into believing that Beck's is still brewed abroad.

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Business
3:18 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

French Taxi Drivers Launch Nationwide Uber Protest

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 3:08 am

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Around the Nation
3:18 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Drop In Oil Prices Threatens Economy Of Tiny Texas Town

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 5:17 pm

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Media
3:18 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Univision Cancels Miss USA Over Donald Trump's Mexico Comments

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 11:49 am

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The Two-Way
11:26 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Congress Signs Off On Trade Bills, Handing Obama A Huge Win

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 2:14 pm

The U.S. House voted 236-138 Thursday to tie a bow on President Obama's package of trade-related legislation — giving him final approval on everything he wanted.

The Senate already had signed off on all of it, granting: 1) enhanced trade negotiation powers to the president, 2) aid for displaced workers and 3) trade incentives for sub-Saharan Africa.

Thursday's vote marked a stunning victory for Obama by clearing his path to completing the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal involving the United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations.

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Shots - Health News
11:00 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Statehouse Fights Over Obamacare To Rage On Despite Supreme Court Decision

The Oklahoma State Capitol is one of many legal battlegrounds that remain for the Affordable Care Act.
Sue Ogrocki AP

The Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Obama administration means 6.4 million people won't lose subsidies that helped them afford health insurance.

But the historic ruling in King v. Burwell may be far from the last word on health overhaul.

Bills to advance or cripple the law in statehouses didn't come to a halt in the months that lawmakers awaited the Supreme Court decision. They may well smolder for months or years.

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Rules Obamacare Subsidies Are Legal

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act cheer outside the Supreme Court on Thursday after justices upheld the law's subsidies.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:04 am

Updated at 1 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' arguments about the plain meaning ... are strong."

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It's All Politics
7:20 am
Thu June 25, 2015

What If The Supreme Court Had Gone The Other Way On Obamacare?

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, speaks during a Tea Party Patriots rally against the Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S Supreme Court on March 4 in Washington, D.C.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 10:50 am

This post was updated at 12:15 p.m. ET to reflect the Supreme Court's ruling.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state-based subsidies under the Affordable Care Act are legal. A different decision could have affected the health care of millions of Americans. In King v. Burwell, the court chose to allow the exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, to many) to continue operating as-is. It could have ended the subsidies in most states allowing many lower-income Americans to afford the insurance offered through those sites.

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The Two-Way
5:03 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Thousands Of Cabdrivers Clog France's Roads To Protest Uber

An UberPop vehicle was overturned by French taxi drivers, who also clashed with riot police, during Thursday's protest of the app-based ride-hailing company.
Ian Langsdon EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 2:29 pm

Taxi drivers in France formed virtual blockades around airports and key train stations Thursday, causing chaos in Paris and other French cities as part of a wide protest against the Uber ride-booking service, known in France as UberPOP.

Government and transportation officials urged travelers to take trains to many airports, as the roads around them were completely blocked.

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Business
4:43 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Business Groups Win After Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Bill

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 11:49 am

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NPR Story
3:09 am
Thu June 25, 2015

3 Economists Answer This Question: What Keeps You Up At Night?

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 10:01 am

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The Two-Way
5:44 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

New York Agency Says Whole Foods Overcharged Customers In City

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 8:02 am

New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs announced an ongoing investigation into Whole Foods after finding the grocery store routinely overstated weights and therefore overcharged customers in the city for prepackaged food.

The overcharging ranged from 80 cents for a package of pecan panko to $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp, the agency said in a statement. The agency's investigation looked at the city's eight Whole Foods stores.

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The Two-Way
2:50 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Legislation, 60-38

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 5:29 am

The Senate handed President Obama a huge victory Wednesday afternoon, giving him final approval of legislation that enhances his power to negotiate trade deals.

The bill needed just 51 votes, but passed 60-38, making it look almost easy.

But earlier this month, the legislation granting Trade Promotion Authority seemed likely to die because of fierce opposition from many Democrats and some Republicans. Various legislative maneuvers were employed to set back the measure.

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The Two-Way
2:40 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

OSHA Launches Program To Protect Nursing Employees

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 9:20 am

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will announce Thursday that it's going to crack down on hospitals, for the first time ever, to prevent an epidemic of back and arm injuries among nursing employees.

Nurses and nursing assistants suffer more of those debilitating injuries than any other occupation, and those injuries are caused mainly by moving and lifting patients.

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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

U.S. Slips In World Well-Being Rankings; Panama Is No. 1

Panama was found to have the most people with high well-being, and Afghanistan the least, in a new Gallup world index.
Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index, 2014

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 1:17 pm

As a region, the Americas fare quite well in Gallup's new global index of personal well-being, but the U.S. fell from No. 12 to No. 23 worldwide. The top 10 includes Costa Rica, Belize, and Mexico.

Panama took the top spot for the second straight year in the Gallup-Healthways Country Well-Being report, with Costa Rica second. Switzerland was the top European country, in fourth. At No. 23, the U.S. is one spot behind Israel and one ahead of Canada.

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