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Shots - Health News
10:09 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Sweeping Or Skydiving? When Counting Calories It's All The Same

Skydiving and vacuuming burn the same number of calories. So what'll it be, thrills or a clean carpet?
Mary McLain NPR

Sure, playing in the women's World Cup burns a lot more energy than watching the women's World Cup. But the number of calories expended in sports and daily activities isn't always so obvious.

To figure it out, we dove into this database compiled by Arizona State University. It charts the energy expenditure for hundreds of activities, from mainstream ("bicycling, leisure, 5.5 mph") to obscure ("caulking, chinking log cabin").

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Economy
9:17 am
Thu July 2, 2015

In June Jobs Report, Positive Numbers Belie Frustrations Beneath Surface

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Shots - Health News
8:27 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Your Colonoscopy Is Covered, But The Prep Kit May Not Be

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With summer vacations coming up, one reader this week asked about travel insurance, while others had questions about coverage of preventive services, including costs related to colonoscopies.

We know now that anesthesia for a screening colonoscopy is covered with no cost sharing as a preventive service under the health law. As a plan administrator, I am also struggling to find guidance on how to handle bowel prep kits for colonoscopies. Can you help?

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Law
8:23 am
Thu July 2, 2015

BP Agrees To Fork Over Nearly $19B For Role In Gulf Oil Spill

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 8:34 am

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Thu July 2, 2015

U.S. Seeks Extradition Of 7 FIFA Officials From Switzerland

U.S. prosecutors have sent Switzerland a formal request to extradite seven FIFA officials who had been arrested in May in Zurich in a corruption investigation of soccer's governing body.

The FIFA officials were arrested May 27, and the extradition request, submitted by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, came within the deadline laid down by the bilateral extradition treaty between the U.S. and Switzerland.

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Thu July 2, 2015

BP To Pay $18.7 Billion To Settle Gulf Coast Oil Spill Claims

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on April 20, 2010, killed 11 people and resulted in the nation's largest offshore oil spill.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 8:55 am

BP today announced an $18.7 billion settlement with the U.S. government, five Gulf Coast states and more than 400 local governments. The agreement comes five years after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Eleven workers were killed in the accident.

The company says the payments, to be made over the next 18 years, "settle all state and local claims arising from the event."

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The Two-Way
7:02 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.3 Percent, But For The Wrong Reason

Bianca Medici (left), a corporate recruiter for CDM Media, speaks with job applicants during a Chicago job fair in May. The economy added 223,000 jobs in June, and unemployment fell to its lowest rate since 2008.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:33 am

The U.S. economy keeps adding jobs at a steady pace, but the Labor Department report for June shows more people are also leaving the labor force and that wages are not rising.

The economy added 223,000 jobs last month as unemployment fell to its lowest rate since 2008, the Labor Department said Thursday. The Jobless rate dipped to 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent in May.

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NPR Ed
5:33 am
Thu July 2, 2015

The Top Words Of Wisdom For New Graduates

Check out our updated words of wisdom for new graduates, now including: (top, from left) Kanye West, Jennifer Lee, John Kerry, Maya Rudolph; (bottom, from left) Janet Yellen, Victor Hwang, Zadie Smith and David Carr.
NPR

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 9:50 am

I've had this phrase running through my head since we started updating our Commencement Speeches database a few weeks ago: "If you're too big for a small job, you're too small for a big job."

Who said that? It was Katie Couric at American University last year.

Who knew that a commencement address could get stuck in your head? Well, the best of these speeches have a lot in common with a great pop song. They are simple, emotional, and pack a universal message into just a few words.

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Food
5:32 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Obama Weighs In: No Peas In Guacamole

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Around the Nation
5:32 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Despite Short Obit, Doug Led A Full Life

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NPR Story
3:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

NBC News Chief Anchor Lester Holt Wants To Make Each Story Count

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 4:46 am

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Law
3:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Gerrymandering Exacerbates Partisan Gridlock, Political Scientist Says

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:36 am

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U.S.
2:58 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Georgia Leads A Push To Help Ex-Prisoners Get Jobs

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 5:32 am

In the 1990s, states went on a prison-building binge. Today, millions who spent time in those prisons are back in society — and many are struggling to find work.

Jay Neal is in charge of Georgia's new office of re-entry. Its purpose is clear: "Helping Georgia's returning citizens find training, assisting Georgia's returning citizens find jobs," he reads off the website.

Returning citizens is America's new term for ex-prisoners, ex-cons and former inmates.

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Parallels
2:57 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Sunnis Flee The Islamic State, But Still Fall Under Suspicion

Displaced Sunni Iraqis, who fled the violence in Ramadi, arrive at a makeshift camp on the outskirts of Baghdad, in April.
Ahmad Al-Rubaye AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 9:00 am

The al-Nidaa mosque in northern Baghdad looks grand, with clean, modern lines swooping up to a blue mosaic dome. But inside it's squalid, with piled-up mattresses, cooking pots and almost 60 families. Most are Sunni Muslims who fled the western province of Anbar when the self-proclaimed Islamic State advanced against the Iraqi security forces two months ago.

"We suffered a lot in our journey," says Wafaa Ahmed, a widow who walked for days with three sick children. "But the worst suffering was here in Baghdad."

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The Two-Way
5:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

POTUS Weighs In: No Peas In Guacamole

This is guacamole, the way we love it, not The New York Times recipe with fresh peas, about which the Twittersphere had something to say – a lot to say, actually.
Chicago Tribune MCT via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 9:06 am

If you were about to talk to President Obama and suggest that he try adding fresh peas to guacamole, don't. The Twitterverse learned this when someone asked Obama what he thought about a recipe The New York Times published that suggested adding fresh peas. The recipe drew a lot of rotten tomatoes from average folks, and someone asked Obama what he thought.

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Latin America
4:22 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Puerto Rico Says With Restructuring It Can Pay Off Debts

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The Two-Way
4:21 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Cities In California Conserved A Lot Of Water In May

The decrease in water usage comes from statewide mandatory water cuts that Gov. Jerry Brown put in place.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 4:49 pm

Cities in drought-plagued California took water conservation seriously in May. Residential water use went down by 28.9 percent in May, according to a press release from the State Water Resources Control Board.

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The Salt
4:13 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

A Dose Of Culinary Medicine Sends Med Students To The Kitchen

University of Chicago medical student Manny Quaidoo adds a pinch of salt to the spinach feta frittata he's learning to cook as part of a culinary medicine class.
Monica Eng WBEZ

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 4:40 pm

When it comes to premature death and disease, what we eat ranks as the single most important factor, according to a study in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Yet few doctors say they feel properly trained to dispense dietary advice. One group, at least, is trying to fill that knowledge gap.

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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Senators Call For VA To Explain Why It Couldn't Find Mustard-Gassed Veterans

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 8:32 am

A group of 12 U.S. senators is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to help World War II veterans who were exposed to mustard gas, after an NPR Investigation found the VA broke a decades-old promise to provide them compensation.

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U.S.
3:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Nationwide Crime Spike Has Law Enforcement Retooling Its Approach

Metropolitan Division officers finish another "rollback" operation. They searched the apartment of a paroled armed robber and gang member. These rollbacks are a cornerstone of the Metro Division's strategy of tracking people who may re-offend, and suppressing crime before it happens.
Martin Kaste NPR

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 5:15 am

Crime in America may be on the rise again. It's too early to talk about a national trend, but there have been troubling spikes in shootings and murders in big cities such as New York, Baltimore and Los Angeles.

Until recently, crime decreased steadily for two decades, and the national murder rate is half what it was in the early 1990s — so police departments are under pressure to crack down. But at the same time, their tactics are under more scrutiny from the public, and they have to be careful not to appear too heavy-handed.

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Europe
3:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Greece Moves Forward With Referendum On Proposed Bailout

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 4:22 pm

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The Two-Way
3:11 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Justice Department Investigating Airlines For Possible Price Collusion

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 3:46 pm

The Justice Department says it is investigating "possible unlawful coordination" by several major airline carriers. American, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines have all confirmed receiving letters from the Justice Department.

In a statement, American said the department "seeks documents and information from the last two years that are related to statements and decisions about airline capacity."

A United spokesman said the company is complying fully in regard to the probe.

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The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Militants Stage Series Of Deadly Attacks In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Militants launched a number of deadly attacks on checkpoints in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula early Wednesday. A group linked to the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Merrit Kennedy filed this report from Cairo for Newscast:

"In Egypt, militants launched a coordinated series of assaults in the restive north Sinai peninsula. The military says 17 soldiers were killed, though local security officials earlier in the day said more than 50 soldiers were killed.

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Parallels
2:27 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Who's Behind A String Of Bombings In Ukraine's Black Sea 'Pearl'?

Police search the area near a destroyed billboard reading "Crimea is Ukraine!" following an explosion in Odessa on June 12.
Alexey Kravtsov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 4:42 pm

Oleg Konstantinov, the editor of a news website called Dumskaya in Ukraine's port city of Odessa, pulls up a map on a computer screen in his small, crowded newsroom. It's dotted with red, yellow, orange and green fire-burst icons, indicating where 34 bombings have taken place in the city over the past year or so.

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The Two-Way
2:24 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Recreational Marijuana Is Now Legal In Oregon

In Oregon, people can grow up to four marijuana plants per household.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 3:42 pm

Recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon as of today.

People 21 and older can now possess up to an ounce of pot when away from home and up to 8 ounces at home. It's also legal to grow up to four plants per household.

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Shots - Health News
2:20 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Industry Payments To Doctors Are Ingrained, Federal Data Show

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 2:58 pm

Few days went by last year when New Hampshire nephrologist Ana Stankovic didn't receive a payment from a drug company.

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Shots - Health News
2:10 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

The experiment used a fake photo of actor Clint Eastwood and Pisa's leaning tower to test how the brain links person and place.
Courtesy of Matias Ison/Neuron

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 10:35 pm

If you run into an old friend at the train station, your brain will probably form a memory of the experience. And that memory will forever link the person you saw with the place where you saw him.

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Code Switch
1:17 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

20 Years Ago, Mount Zion AME Was Set On Fire. Last Night, It Burned Again

Fire crews took two hours to control the blaze at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, S.C., on Tuesday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 2:06 pm

On Tuesday evening, flames engulfed the 100-year-old Mount Zion AME, a historically black church in Greeleyville, S.C. Authorities are still investigating the cause.

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NPR Story
1:06 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter Among Social Media Sites Moving Into News

Facebook is millennials’ No. 1 source for political news, according to a recent study by Pew Research Center. Now, other social media outlets are trying to get on board.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with media analyst John Carroll about social networks’ stampede to become news outlets and get journalists on staff.

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NPR Story
1:06 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

A Lost 1961 Documentary On Homosexuality Is Rediscovered

"The Rejected" was one of the first television documentaries to openly address sexual orientation. (KQED)

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on same-sex marriage is a striking reminder of the strides LGBT Americans have made toward acceptance in recent years.

But it wasn’t very long ago that the broader society treated them with scorn. That’s clear from a 1961 television documentary called “The Rejected.” It was one of the first to openly address sexual orientation, and was considered progressive at the time.

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