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Shots - Health News
6:34 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Fla. Governor Leaves Meeting With U.S. Health Secretary Empty-Handed

Governor Rick Scott (R-Fla.) spoke with reporters Wedenesday, in Washington, D.C., after a meeting with Sylvia Burwell, head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott paid a high-stakes visit to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, in hopes of persuading the Obama administration to continue a program that sends more than $1 billion in federal funds to Florida each year to help reimburse hospitals for the costs of caring for the state's poor. Uncertainty about the future of the program, slated to end June 30, has created a hole in the state budget and paralyzed Florida's legislature.

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Religion
5:55 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Boston Archdiocese, Catholic Parishioners Battle Over Church Eviction

Jon Rogers is hugged by his wife, Maryellen, following services at St.Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scuitate, Mass., on June 22, 2014.
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When walking into the front vestibule of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in the seaside town of Scituate, Mass. it doesn't look or sound like the average church.

"What the hell are you doing," an actor from The Young and the Restless shouts on a big screen TV. Two recliners are set up in front of it, all right next to a stained glass window.

Nancy Shilts is one of more than 100 parishioners who have taken turns holding vigil in the church, night and day, since the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston announced nearly 11 years ago it wanted to close the church.

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The Two-Way
4:52 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

3 Arrested In California For Operating 3,000-Year-Old Masonic Police Department

A screen grab from the group's website.
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Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 6:04 pm

It was a plot to rival Foucault's Pendulum: Police in Los Angeles arrested three people in connection with operating a fictitious police department they said was 3,000 years old and had jurisdiction over 33 states and Mexico.

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The Two-Way
3:43 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Media Coverage Of Close U.K. Elections Finds Much To Mock

British police officers walk past newly erected media stands for the general election in Downing Street, London, on Tuesday. Britain goes to the polls on Thursday.
Matt Dunham AP

Britain votes Thursday in what could be one of the country's closest elections in decades.

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It's All Politics
3:42 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Remembering A Former House Speaker Whose Fall Signaled New Era Of Polarization

Former House Speaker Jim Wright of Texas in 2005. He died Wednesday at the age of 92.
Yuri Gripas AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 8:02 pm

Jim Wright occupies a kind of shadow territory in Washington memory. He rose to be speaker of the House, arguably the second most powerful job in the country. For a season he challenged the authority of the president on foreign policy. A master of the internal politics and practices of the House, Wright once seemed likely to rule that world for as long as the Democrats held the majority — which he and they and most everyone else expected to last forever.

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NPR Ed
3:08 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Las Vegas: Betting On New Teachers But Coming Up Short

Jessica Adams formerly worked at the Planet Hollywood casino and resort. Now she teaches fourth grade at Robert Forbuss Elementary School.
Eric Westervelt NPR

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:55 pm

Beyond Sin City's casino strip, what happens in Vegas also includes an education system in crisis. Its schools are severely overcrowded, as we reported Wednesday on Morning Edition. And Nevada and Vegas' schools are ranked at or near the bottom nationally.

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Shots - Health News
3:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Staffing An Intensive Care Unit From Miles Away Has Advantages

Registered nurses Cassie Gregor (from left), Camellia Douglas and Mike Montalto monitor patients in intensive care units scattered around North Carolina.
Kevin McCarthy/Carolinas HealthCare System

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:55 pm

Recovering from pneumonia is an unusual experience in the 10-bed intensive care unit at the Carolinas HealthCare System hospital in rural Lincolnton, N.C.

The small hospital has its regular staff, but Richard Gilbert, one of the ICU patients, has an extra nurse who is 45 miles away. That nurse, Cassie Gregor, sits in front of six computer screens in an office building. She wears a headset and comes into Gilbert's room via a computer screen.

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Shots - Health News
3:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Missing Link Microbes May Help Explain How Single Cells Became Us

Loki's Castle, the field of deep sea vents between Norway and Greenland, is home to sediments containing DNA from the newly discovered archaea.
R.B. Pedersen/Centre for Geobiology, Bergen, Norway

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:55 pm

Scientists have discovered a group of microbes at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean that could provide new clues to how life went from being simple to complex.

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Africa
3:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Majority Of Rescued Boko Haram Captives Are Children

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:55 pm

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Goats and Soda
2:51 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Crowdfunded Campaigns For Nepal Are Huge. Is That A Good Way To Give?

Here's a screenshot of Indiegogo Life's page for Nepal Relief Fundraisers.
Indiegogo

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 3:39 pm

The clock is ticking on Lokesh Todi's efforts to raise $150,000 for charities based in Nepal. That's what happens when you use social media. You set up a donation campaign on a site like Indiegogo Life (as Todi has done). Then you have a set amount of time to meet your goal. And as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, there are only 61 hours left. So far, the 28-year-old graduate from Yale University has collected over $130 ,000 from more than 1,600 donors.

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Energy
2:19 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Oil Prices Are Rising Again, But Will They Keep Going Up?

Oil pump jacks in Williston, N.D., in December. Oil prices have been on the rise, but some analysts say the global economic slowdown, fracking and the rise of alternative energy will mean less demand and lower prices.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:55 pm

Oil prices hit a new high for the year Wednesday — closing at just under $61 a barrel. They've been rallying for a month, but nobody's predicting $4-per-gallon gasoline anytime soon. And some analysts say weak demand will send oil prices down again.

The recent rise follows an historic drop in prices, which were as low as about $45 a barrel less than two months ago.

So to understand what's going on now, let's look at what sent prices tumbling in the first place

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NPR Story
1:03 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Let's Have Dinner And Talk About Death

A San Francisco dinner party. From left to right: Tim Ferriss, Laura Deming, Luke Nosek, Eric Weinstein, Mason Hartman, and Max Hodak. (Lesley McClurg/Capital Public Radio)

The last time you went to a dinner party, you probably didn’t talk about death, but that’s the focus of conversation at a growing number of tables. It’s part of an international movement called “Death Over Dinner.” The goal is talk about important questions before it’s too late. In San Francisco, Lesley McClurg of Capital Public Radio joined a recent gathering of guests with ties to Silicon Valley.

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NPR Story
1:03 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

DJ Session: From Afro-Cuban Funk To A Michael Jackson Salsa Tribute

PALO! was formed in 2003 in Miami, Florida. The band is comprised of vocalist Leslie Cartaya, keyboardist and producer Steve Roitstein, saxophonist Ed Calle and percussionists and vocalists Philbert Armenteros and Raymer Olalde. (PALO!/Facebook)

For this week’s DJ Session, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson sits down with DJ Luis “Speedy” Gonzalez, who hosts “Latin Jazz and Salsa” on WMNF in Tampa, Florida. He shares new Latin and salsa sounds, including artist Tony Succar’s new tribute to Michael Jackson, and the Afro-Cuban funk group Palo.

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NPR Story
1:03 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Freightliner To Begin Testing Self-Driving Tractor-Trailer

Daimler has introduced the world's first autonomous truck licensed to drive on public roads. (Daimler)

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 2:18 pm

Freightliner, a division of Daimler, has been given a license to test its self-driving tractor-trailer truck in Nevada. The trucks will have a driver in the driver’s seat to take control when the truck is in cities, but the idea is that on limited-access interstates it could self-drive. CNN’s Maggie Lake discusses the implications with Here & Now's Robin Young.

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Music Reviews
12:02 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Cuban Drummer Dafnis Prieto's Crisp Rhythms Are 'Good For Jazz'

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Bollywood Star Salman Khan Convicted In Hit-And-Run Case

Bollywood actor Salman Khan leaves the Mumbai Sessions Court after the verdict against him on Wednesday. Khan, 49, was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of driving a vehicle over five men sleeping on a sidewalk, killing one of them.
Rajanish Kakade AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 12:11 pm

Bollywood star Salman Khan was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for driving while drunk over a group of people sleeping on a sidewalk in 2002, killing one of them. A court in Mumbai, India, granted the 49-year-old Khan bail until Friday.

Sessions Court Judge D.W. Deshpande found Khan guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced him to five years in prison.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Maryland Governor Lifts State Of Emergency In Baltimore

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 11:54 am

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has ended a state of emergency in Baltimore imposed after the riots and looting that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, the black man who, after his arrest, suffered a spine injury and died a week later.

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It's All Politics
10:34 am
Wed May 6, 2015

The Race Where Race Didn't Matter

District Attorney Dan Donovan celebrates after his win in a special election to Congress from Staten Island, N.Y.
Julie Jacobson AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 2:59 pm

The Staten Island prosecutor who was at the heart of the investigation into the death of Eric Garner at police hands last year was overwhelmingly elected to Congress on Tuesday night.

In the special election in New York's 11th District to replace disgraced former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., Republican District Attorney Daniel Donovan cruised to a nearly 20-point win over the Democratic nominee, New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile.

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The Two-Way
10:17 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Vatican Affirms Plan To Make Missionary Junipero Serra A Saint

Pope Francis will canonize Junipero Serra this fall. This weekend, the pope met with rector of the Pontifical North American College James F. Checchio (left), Cardinal Marc Ouellet (right) and Joseph Edward Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 10:26 am

Pope Francis will canonize Spanish missionary Junipero Serra during his visit to the U.S. later this year, the Vatican says, affirming a plan that has drawn criticism over Serra's role in the California mission system of the 18th century.

After announcing his decision in January, Francis didn't wait for the traditional approval of a second miracle before moving ahead with canonizing Serra, whom the pope has praised for his zeal.

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NPR History Dept.
9:25 am
Wed May 6, 2015

4 Hot-Button Kids' Books From The '50s That Sparked Controversy

NPR

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 1:13 pm

The 1950s was a hinge decade for noteworthy and nation-changing civil rights events across the United States, including Brown v. Board of Education in Kansas, the bus boycott in Alabama and the National Guard-protected integration of Central High School in Arkansas.

Meanwhile, there was also a revolution brewing in bookstores and public libraries.

By design or by happenstance, a handful of children's picture books were focal points of the American movement toward integration in the '50s.

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It's All Politics
9:15 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Clinton Charms DREAMers On Immigration

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke Tuesday with DREAMers including Juan Salazar (second from right) and Astrid Silva (left). "I will fight to stop partisan attacks on the executive actions that would put DREAMers — including many with us today — at risk of deportation," Clinton said.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 10:47 am

When it comes to energizing Latino voters, a group of young people who can't even vote plays an outsized role.

They are known as DREAMers — undocumented immigrants, brought to the country by their parents when they were kids.They were so named for meeting the requirements under the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act proposal that would have created a pathway to citizenship for them. Now they're a political force.

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The Two-Way
8:46 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Asks Feds To Investigate Police Department

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has asked the Justice Department to open up a civil rights investigation into the city's police department.

"Such an investigation is essential if we are to build on the foundation of reform," she said during a news conference.

Over the past couple of weeks, Baltimore has seen near-daily protests over the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal spine injury in police custody. Those protests boiled over into a night of riots.

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Afghan Judge Sentences 4 Men To Death Over Mob Killing Of Woman

An Afghan judge sentenced four men to death over the mob killing of a woman who was falsely accused of burning a Koran.

As NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Kabul, the brutal death of Farkhunda was captured on video and prompted outcry over violence against women in the country.

Soraya says that eight other men were given lengthy prison sentences, but 18 others were found innocent and released.

Soraya spoke to a university student who carried Farkhunda's coffin. She said that the sentences make her believe that Afghanistan is making some progress.

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Around the Nation
6:37 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Despite Being Stabbed, Pizza Deliverer Follows Through On Order

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Around the Nation
6:37 am
Wed May 6, 2015

World War II Vet Fights Robber Off With His Cane

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The Two-Way
5:07 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Germanwings Co-Pilot May Have Rehearsed Crash On Earlier Flight, Report Finds

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 9:07 am

The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed a passenger jet into the French Alps may have practiced the crash during an earlier flight.

According to a preliminary report issued by French investigators, Andreas Lubitz set the altitude dial to 100 feet several times during an outbound flight from Duesseldorf, Germany, to Barcelona on March 24.

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The Two-Way
4:40 am
Wed May 6, 2015

California Regulators Adopt Unprecedented Water Restrictions

Mountain tops in Sierra Nevada, normally covered in snow this time of year, are seen nearly barren, near the Sequoia National Park during an aerial survey of the snowpack done by the California Department of Water Resources.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Saying state officials and residents simply haven't done enough to curb water use, California regulators unanimously approved unprecedented water restrictions on Tuesday.

The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
4:04 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Chicago Creates Reparations Fund For Victims Of Police Torture

Stanley Wrice pauses in December 2013 as he speaks to the media with his lawyer, Heidi Linn Lambros (left), and his daughter, Gail Lewis, while leaving Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Ill. Wrice was released after serving more than 30 years. He claimed for decades that Chicago police detectives under the command of then-Lt. Jon Burge beat and coerced him into confessing to rape.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 11:43 am

Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The city of Chicago has become the first in the nation to create a reparations fund for victims of police torture, after the City Council unanimously approved the $5.5 million package.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the abuse and torture of scores of mostly black, male suspects in the 1970s, '80s and early '90s by former police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his detectives is a "stain that cannot be removed from our city's history."

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The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays
3:03 am
Wed May 6, 2015

6 Words: 'My Name Is Jamaal ... I'm White'

Jamaal Allan is a teacher in Des Moines, Iowa. His name has taken him on a lifelong odyssey of racial encounters.
Courtesy of Jamaal Allan

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 12:09 pm

NPR continues a series of conversations from The Race Card Project, in which thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words.

People make a lot of assumptions based on a name alone.

Jamaal Allan, a high school teacher in Des Moines, Iowa, should know. To the surprise of many who have only seen his name, Allan is white. And that's taken him on a lifelong odyssey of racial encounters.

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NPR Ed
3:03 am
Wed May 6, 2015

What Happens In Vegas Includes Crowded, Struggling Schools

Students eat lunch at Robert Forbuss Elementary School in Las Vegas. The school, designed for 780 students, enrolls 1,230.
Eric Westervelt NPR

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:54 am

Las Vegas is back, baby. After getting slammed by the Great Recession, the city today is seeing rising home sales, solid job growth and a record number of visitors in 2014.stru

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