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5:53 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

At sign-up events like this one in Los Angeles in 2013, Covered California pledged "affordability" in health insurance as one of its main selling points.
Lucy Nicholson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:04 pm

Monthly premiums for California's 1.3 million Covered California customers will rise a modest 4 percent, on average, officials with the agency said Monday. This increase is slightly less than last year's increase of 4.2 percent for consumers who bought policies on the state's health insurance marketplace.

Some consumers could even achieve a reduction in their premium, of an average of 4.5 percent, if they choose to shop around.

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4:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

With Religious Services, Immigrant Detainees Find 'Calmness'

Detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., gather for a Sikh prayer service.
Liz Jones KUOW

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:24 pm

When undocumented immigrants move through government-run detention centers in the U.S., it can take months before they find out if they'll be deported or allowed to stay in the country.

During this long wait, many become frustrated. And some turn to religion.

It's the job of the in-house chaplain to help connect detainees to religious services.

Keith Henderson, chaplain at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., says, "I love it. I love the job," partly, he says, because he likes challenges.

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Around the Nation
4:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

The 'Shock of Confinement': The Grim Reality Of Suicide In Jail

A cell at New York's Rikers Island jail. About 1,000 people die in American jails every year, and about a third of those are suicides.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:24 pm

The case of Sandra Bland has raised anger and suspicions nationwide since she was found dead in a jail cell in Hempstead, Texas, two weeks ago. Bland's family and supporters have rejected the medical examiner's finding of suicide, and the criminal district attorney for Waller County, Texas, says he's recruited two outside lawyers to assist in the investigation of her death. The local investigation has been reviewed by the FBI, and local prosecutors have pledged to bring the case to a grand jury next month.

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It's All Politics
4:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Could Joe Biden Get 'Ready For Biden'?

Vice President Joe Biden addresses a progressive youth summit in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:24 pm

Sitting vice presidents are usually seen as political heirs to the White House. But not this year.

With Hillary Clinton surging to the front of the Democratic field and the sudden rise of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden has largely been an afterthought.

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Parallels
3:09 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

A worker picks clingstone peaches in Greece. Most of the country's farms are small and family owned. Production costs can be high, and Greek farmers have had trouble competing internationally.
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Nick Lapatas spent 18 years living in Chicago. Then he returned home to Greece and bought a small farm. Today he and his son sell tomatoes in an open-air market in Athens. Despite the depressed economy and cheaper imports from Bulgaria and Albania, he's doing OK.

"I don't know how, but we are making some money," he says. "Now, what is going to happen a month from now, I don't know."

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The Two-Way
2:53 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Boston's 2024 Olympic Bid Is Over

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh speaks at a news conference last month. He and the USOC announced Monday that his city is no longer in the running to host the 2024 Olympics.
Elise Amendola AP

It's official. The 2024 Olympic Games will not take place in Boston.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Olympic Committee "severed ties" with Boston on Monday. In a statement, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, "I strongly believe that bringing the Olympic Games back to the United States would be good for our country and would have brought long-term benefits to Boston." He continued, "However, no benefit is so great that it is worth handing over the financial future of our City and our citizens were rightly hesitant to be supportive as a result."

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The Salt
2:23 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Cheap Eats: A Cookbook For Eating Well On A Food Stamp Budget

The Savory Summer Cobbler from the Cheap and Good cookbook features seasonal vegetables under a peppery biscuit crust.
Leanne Brown

Editor's note: A version of this story was first published Aug. 1, 2014.

When Leanne Brown moved to New York from Canada to earn a master's in food studies at New York University, she couldn't help noticing that Americans on a tight budget were eating a lot of processed foods heavy in carbs.

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Goats and Soda
2:21 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Fleeing To Haiti, They Put Their Faith In 'God And Government'

Children play in between the tents of Parc Cardeau.
Peter Granitz for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:24 pm

Marie Etyse left two of her children behind.

She's 29, a widow and has five kids. She's lived in a town in the Dominican Republic for the past nine years.

Like many Haitian migrants, she faced formal deportation after a law stripped them of their citizenship. Formal deportation could start as early as August 1. So many of these people have already fled to settlement camps in Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the DR.

Etyse had tried to get the required papers to stay in the country.

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The Two-Way
1:41 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Malaysia, Cuba Taken Off U.S. Human Trafficking Blacklist

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:45 pm

The U.S. State Department has taken Malaysia and Cuba off its list of worst human trafficking offenders — which many human rights advocates and U.S. lawmakers say has more to do with politics than facts on the ground.

The department's latest annual Trafficking in Persons Report also upgraded Uzbekistan and Angola, while Belize, Belarus and South Sudan were among 18 nations downgraded this year. Russia, Iran, Eritrea and Algeria are some of the countries that have been on the blacklist for years.

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NPR Story
12:47 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

In California Drought, Musicians Find Inspiration

Composer and professor Dr. Benjamin Boone created Waterless Music, a symphony about water and the lack of it in California. (Benjamin Boone)

Historical movements, wars and disasters around the globe have created signature sounds in music. Think freedom songs like “We Shall Overcome” or even Prince’s “Baltimore.” California is in its fourth year of drought and songs about a drying state are now emerging. From Here & Now’s contributing station Valley Public Radio, Ezra David Romero reports.

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NPR Story
12:47 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

China Stocks See Biggest Drop Since 2007

An investor walks past a screen that shows share prices in a security firm in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province on July 27, 2015. China's benchmark Shanghai stock index slumped 5.22 percent in afternoon trade on July 27, dragged lower by worries over the economy. AFP PHOTO CHINA OUT (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Stocks in China slid dramatically today and yesterday, with the Shanghai Composite Index ending down 8.5 percent. The drops come after huge gains in the markets earlier this summer, and amid fears that the government is going to stop taking certain actions to prop up the market. Jill Schlesinger of CBS News joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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12:27 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Is Raising The Minimum Wage To $15 A Good Idea?

McDonald's employees wait to take orders during a one-day hiring event at a McDonald's restaurant on April 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:47 pm

The New York Wage Board today is expected to endorse a recommendation of a $15 per hour minimum wage for fast food workers. The state’s Labor Commissioner would then make a final decision. Seattle and Los Angeles have also moved towards raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The minimum wage issue also promises to be part of the 2016 presidential campaign. On Sunday in Louisiana, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called for the federal minimum wage to more than double.

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NPR Story
12:27 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Boy Scouts Expected To End Ban On Gay Leaders

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts prepare to lead marchers while waving flags at the 41st annual Pride Parade Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 1:22 pm

The Boy Scouts of America is expected to announce today that it’s ending its ban on gay adult leaders. Church-sponsored troops, though, will still be allowed to “continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own,” according to a statement from the Scouts top executives.

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd talks with Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and executive director of Scouts for Equality, about the significance of the change.

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NPR Story
12:27 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

U.S. Wind Power On Course To Grow Big

The Wyoming Wind Energy Center, located in Uinta County, Wyoming has 80 1.8-megawatt Vestas turbines that are capable of generating enough electricity to power more than 43,000 homes. (warzauwynn/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:47 pm

The Department of Energy says wind power is poised to become one of the country’s largest sources of energy, generating 35 percent by 2050, up from 5 percent today.

And it’s not just the windiest states that will generate wind energy. Thanks to improvements in technology, every state now has the capacity to produce wind power.

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NPR Story
12:26 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Psychiatrist: Walking Stimulates The Brain 'In Many, Many Ways'

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:47 pm

According to psychiatry professor and author John Ratey, something as simple as a walk can improve both physical and mental well being. Ratey is co-author of the book “Go Wild: Free Your Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization.” Last year, he and Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson went for a walk near the Charles River in Boston. Today we revisit that conversation.

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The Two-Way
12:26 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Australia's Jehovah's Witnesses Failed To Report 1,006 Alleged Child Sex Abuses

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 1:36 pm

Australia's Jehovah's Witnesses Church failed to report more than 1,000 cases of alleged sexual abuses against children, a national inquiry has found.

The BBC reports:

"Angus Stewart, counsel for the commission, said that of 1,006 alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse identified by the Jehovah's Witnesses Church, 'not one was reported by the church to secular authorities.'

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Music Reviews
12:05 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

New Release Features Jazz Flutist Sam Most's 'Breathy, Punchy Sound'

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It's All Politics
10:42 am
Mon July 27, 2015

'Offensive,' 'Sad': Reaction To Huckabee's Holocaust 'Oven' Reference

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa earlier this month.
Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 11:43 am

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said over the weekend that President Obama's Iran deal is so bad it will "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."

Candidates, politicians and groups were quick to denounce — or defend — the Holocaust reference.

Here's Huckabee's full quote, said in an interview with Breitbart News' editor-in-chief, Alexander Marlow, on Saturday:

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Shots - Health News
10:05 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Experiment In Coordinated Care For Medicare Failed To Show Savings

Coordinating care for high-risk patients was expected to save money and improve quality of care. A Medicare experiment didn't pan out.
Roy Scott Getty Images/Ikon Images

A $57 million experiment to provide better, more efficient care at federally funded health centers struggled to meet its goals and is unlikely to save money, says a government report on the project.

The test to coordinate treatment for high-risk Medicare patients in hundreds of communities was one of many demonstrations run by the Department of Health and Human Services' innovation center.

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NPR Ed
9:03 am
Mon July 27, 2015

The Toughest Job In Education? Maybe Not

Rosie The Assistant Principal?
LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 4:50 pm

It's been a theory of mine that the assistant principal has the toughest job in education.

I got that idea a long time ago, when I was a student teacher at a middle school.

It seemed the assistant principal's job goes something like this:

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The Two-Way
8:39 am
Mon July 27, 2015

A Week Later, Milwaukee Police Still On The Hunt For 'Lion-Like' Animal

A screen shot of a video that shows a lion-like animal walking across a lawn in Milwaukee.
CBS 58

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 9:53 am

For a week, police had been receiving reports of a "lion-like" animal roaming the streets of Milwaukee.

Early last week, a resident even caught video of the creature. The cellphone footage showed what looked like a big, wild cat walking across a lawn:

The sightings increased as the week went by, and the police department closed streets and deployed teams of police officers and conservation officials. NBC News reports:

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The Two-Way
6:13 am
Mon July 27, 2015

In Ethiopia, Obama Calls For An End To Oppressive Tactics

President Obama and his delegation stand Monday during a welcome ceremony with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Tiksa Negeri Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:24 pm

Kicking off a two-day trip to Ethiopia, President Obama called on the country to end its crackdown on journalists and to be more open politically.

Obama spoke Monday at a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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Around the Nation
5:43 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Free Speech Lawsuit Centers On Health Warnings On Soda

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:11 am

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Around the Nation
5:43 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Florida Man Wins Hemingway Look-A-Like Contest

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:11 am

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It's All Politics
4:51 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Republicans Stand Against Cuba Change Despite Public Opinion Shift

A supporter waves a Cuban flag in front of the country's embassy after it reopened for the first time in 54 years on July 20 in Washington, D.C. The embassy was closed in 1961 when U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower severed diplomatic ties with the island nation after Fidel Castro took power in a communist revolution.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 9:51 am

The Cuban flag is flying over the Cuban Embassy in the United States for the first time in 54 years after the two countries restored diplomatic relations in December, but not everyone is celebrating the renewed flow of mojitos from the embassy's Hemingway Bar.

Presidential hopefuls Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who both call the heavily Cuban-American Miami area home, denounced last Monday's new step in U.S.-Cuba relations.

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The Two-Way
4:41 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22-Year-Old Daughter Of Whitney Houston, Dies

Singer Whitney Houston and daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, arrive at a 2011 event in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Dan Steinberg AP

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 8:32 am

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late pop icon Whitney Houston, died on Sunday.

Brown, who grew up in the shadow of fame and dysfunction, had spent months at a Georgia hospital after being found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home.

The Associated Press reports:

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NPR Story
3:11 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Activists Aim To Expand Reach Of Black Lives Matter Movement

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:52 pm

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3:11 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Career Diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis Is Charge D'Affaires In Havana

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:11 am

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NPR Story
3:11 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Senate Takes A Step Toward Riving Export-Import Bank

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:19 pm

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