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8:22 am
Fri July 31, 2015

In Report, Justice Accuses St. Louis County Family Court Of Racial Bias

In a scathing 60-page report, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division says the St. Louis County Family Court has engaged in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the constitutional rights of children caught up in the juvenile justice system.

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Shots - Health News
8:06 am
Fri July 31, 2015

More Previously Uninsured Californians Got Coverage Under Obamacare

Enrollment counselor Vue Yang (left) reviews health insurance options for Laura San Nicolas (center), accompanied by her daughter, Geena, 17, at Sacramento Covered in Sacramento, Calif., in February.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Just over two-thirds of Californians who did not have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act went into full effect in 2014 are now covered, according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The newly insured are much less likely to say that paying for health care is a problem, compared to when they were uninsured.

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TED Radio Hour
7:36 am
Fri July 31, 2015

What Does It Mean To Be A "Cancer Survivor"?

After Debra Jarvis went through cancer treatment, she didn't want to be labeled only as a cancer survivor.
Robert Benson Robert Benson/TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Fighting Cancer

About Debra Jarvis' TED Talk

Debra Jarvis had breast cancer, but it doesn't define her, she says. Jarvis explains how clinging to the identity of "survivor" sometimes stifles personal growth.

About Debra Jarvis

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TED Radio Hour
7:36 am
Fri July 31, 2015

What's A Better Way To Detect Cancer?

"We have 21st-century medical treatments and drugs to treat cancer, but we still have 20th-century procedures and processes for diagnosis," says Jorge Soto.
James Duncan Davidson/TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Fighting Cancer

About Jorge Soto's TED Talk

We often discover cancer after it's too late to treat. Jorge Soto is in the process of creating a simple, fast and cheap method for early cancer detection and all it takes is a few drops of blood.

About Jorge Soto

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Tonight, Look For A Rare (But Not Quite Blue) Moon

People are silhouetted against a nearly full moon as they ride an attraction at Worlds of Fun amusement park Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. July 31 marks the second full moon of the month, a rare occurrence that has come to be known as a "blue moon."
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 8:28 am

Get ready for a very rare event tonight — a blue moon.

But don't expect to see a new hue. A blue moon, at least according to the modern definition of the term, has nothing to do with color. Instead, it simply means a second full moon in the same calendar month.

As NASA explains in the video above: "Most blue moons appear pale grey and white, just like the moon you've seen on any other night."

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NPR Ed
7:03 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Measuring The Power Of A Prison Education

White House staff walk into the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla.
Evan Vucci AP

The Obama administration today is taking a small step toward expanding adult prisoners' access to federal Pell grants. The money would help pay for college-level classes behind bars.

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The Two-Way
6:27 am
Fri July 31, 2015

WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 8:42 am

New classified documents released by WikiLeaks purport to show that the United States spied on Japan's government, as well as on Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.

In one document marked "top secret," the U.S. allegedly distributed information from a conversation between cabinet-level officials from four ministries and Japan's chief cabinet secretary about Japan's G-8 proposals on climate change.

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Around the Nation
5:24 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Great White Shark Keeps Swimmer From Desired Goal

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Around the Nation
5:23 am
Fri July 31, 2015

People Who Text While Walking Develop Protective Shuffle

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The Two-Way
4:42 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Beijing Awarded The 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Beijing's National Stadium, or the Bird's Nest, will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2022 Winter Games.
Bullit Marquez AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 8:12 am

Updated at 10 a.m. ET

The International Olympic Committee has awarded Beijing the 2022 Winter Games.

With the selection, the Chinese city will become the first to host both winter and summer games. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games.

With a vote of 44 to 40, Beijing beat out Almaty, the biggest city in Kazakhstan.

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It's All Politics
3:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Democratic Candidates Stumble Over Black Lives Matter Movement

Black Lives Matter activists confronted Democratic candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders at a Netroots Nation event earlier this month. O'Malley used the phrase "all lives matter" twice, which he later apologized for.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 8:49 am

Members of the Black Lives Matter movement are making sure the presidential candidates don't take their votes or their concerns for granted. The candidates are being confronted with activists who are responding to a string of deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

Democrats have traditionally won strong margins with black voters and that is unlikely to change in 2016. But in recent weeks, the Black Lives Matter movement has been a stumbling block for the Democratic candidates.

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Middle East
3:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Ex-Mossad Chief Supports Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 5:23 am

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Movie Reviews
3:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Movie Review: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 5:23 am

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Animals
3:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Here's How To Identify Sounds You Hear In Nature

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 5:23 am

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Politics
3:00 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Are Donald Trump's Pockets Deep Enough To Fund His Campaign?

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump in front of his campaign plane in Laredo, Texas, last week.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:52 am

In the weeks since Donald Trump launched his self-financed bid for president, the multibillionaire's hard-edged rhetoric has gotten far more attention than the potential impact of his massive wealth.

Trump has several times said his net worth is or exceeds $10 billion, providing all the money he needs to run.

"I don't need anybody's money," he said as he announced his candidacy in June. "I'm using my own money. I'm not using the lobbyists. I'm not using donors. I don't care. I'm really rich."

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Parallels
2:55 am
Fri July 31, 2015

In Cambodia, Rats Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Land Mines And Save Lives

Victoria, a 2-year-old rat, sniffs for TNT, sticking her nose high in the air to indicate she's found some. She works her way down a 10-meter line with a handler on either end, and is able to detect the presence of TNT at a distance of approximately half a yard.
Michael Sullivan for NPR

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 8:27 am

It's 5:45 in the morning, and in a field outside Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat, Cambodia's demining rats are already hard at work. Their noses are close to the wet grass, darting from side to side, as they try to detect explosives buried just beneath the ground.

Each rat is responsible for clearing a 200-square-meter (239-square-yard) patch of land. Their Cambodian supervisor, Hulsok Heng, says they're good at it.

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All Tech Considered
2:50 am
Fri July 31, 2015

In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

A pedestrian crosses in front of a vehicle as part of a demonstration at Mcity on July 20, on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 5:23 am

When engineers at Ford want to see how a new car handles, they take it to a large track with loops and straightaways. But that traditional testing ground isn't much help to Randy Visintainer, director of Ford's autonomous vehicles program.

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The Two-Way
6:18 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

New York Court: Chimps Are Still Property, Not People

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 6:51 am

What has thumbs and no habeas corpus entitlement? Chimpanzees. A Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled Thursday that chimps are still viewed as property, not people, under the law.

The lawsuit was filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project, a group that wanted two research chimps — named Hercules and Leo — out of confinement.

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The Two-Way
4:26 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei was denied a six-month visa to the U.K.
Johannes Simon Getty Images

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei says he was denied a six-month visa to the U.K. because British officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction on his application.

Ai applied for the six-month business visa, but was instead restricted to a 20-day travel visa from Sept. 9-29.

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NPR Ed
4:18 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

The Most Popular High School Plays And Musicals

Cast members of Notre Dame Academy's Godspell perform during the fifth annual Minty Awards for high school theater at the St. George Theatre on Staten Island, N.Y.
Kathryn Carse Landov

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:24 am

True, I never basked in the glow of the high school stage. But I have fond memories of working behind the scenes, as stage crew. Dressed in black, I rushed the bed onstage for Tevye's dream sequence in Fiddler on the Roof.

I've also spoken with many people who weren't involved in theater at all but can still — for some reason — remember the shows their schools performed.

There's just something about the high school stage.

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World
3:59 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

U.N. Envoy: Solution To Syrian Conflict Must Be A 'Political One'

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:24 pm

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U.S.
3:59 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Many Colleges Have Armed Police Squads, But Are They Worth The Risk?

On Wednesday, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters announced murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing for the traffic stop shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose. During the press conference, Deters said that "being police officers shouldn't be the role of this university."
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:20 am

American college campuses are increasingly patrolled by armed police officers — and it's a trend that burst into public view Wednesday, when a University of Cincinnati officer was charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist during a traffic stop. But this arming of college cops is causing some worries.

When prosecutor Joe Deters announced the indictment of University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing on Wednesday, he had harsh words about the officer's competence, saying he should never have been a cop.

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Parallels
3:59 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Amid Political Dysfunction, Beirut Residents Suffer The Stench Of Garbage

A Lebanese woman covers her nose as she walks past piles of garbage on a Beirut street.
Hassan Ammar AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:04 pm

Beirut is usually one of the pleasanter places in the Middle East — a bright, cosmopolitan city squeezed between the Mediterranean Sea and a green ridge of mountains. But for the past two weeks or so, the stench from mounds of festering garbage has filled its gaudy streets.

"The trash is climbing up, the mountain is getting higher and higher," says one immaculately dressed, middle-aged woman with a perfect bouffant, wrinkling her nose. She wouldn't give her name because she criticizes powerful people — Lebanon's politicians, whom she holds responsible for the garbage crisis.

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The Salt
3:42 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

Mineral supplements, ape-style: A female chimp called Kana eats clay in the Budongo Forest of Uganda.
A.Schel Budongo Conservation Field Station/Animal Ecology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Chimpanzees are like us in many ways. They can cook, they enjoy a good drink here and there, they share about 95 percent of our DNA.

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Shots - Health News
3:16 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Low-Income Teens Have Best Shot At Getting HPV Vaccine

A teenage girl gets a shot of HPV vaccine, which protects against a virus that causes cervical cancer.
Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel MCT/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 6:31 am

When it comes to getting the HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer, teens below the poverty line are doing better than the rest.

Among teenage girls ages 13 to 17 whose total family income was less than the federal poverty level for their family size, 67.2 percent have received the first dose of the human papillomavirus vaccine, compared to 57.7 percent for those at or above the poverty line. For teen boys, it's 51.6 percent compared to 39.5 percent.

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The Two-Way
3:04 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

U.S. Authorities Can't Find Hunter Who Killed 'Cecil The Lion'

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:37 pm

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is investigating Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, a hunting enthusiast who has been identified as the person who illegally poached Zimbabwe's famous "Cecil the Lion."

But officials are asking the public for help in locating Palmer, who has apparently gone into hiding after his identity was made public and social media lit up with scorn and vitriol.

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Goats and Soda
2:58 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Help Wanted: The Philippines Needs More Exorcists

Father Jose Francisco Syquia heads the Office of Exorcism in the Philippines.
TED ALJIBE AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:21 pm

Alvin Bailon and his wife were at their wits' end last September. Their 12-year-old son, an honors student, had begun having anxiety attacks, mostly about school. "And then all of a sudden he would slowly lose consciousness," Bailon recalls. "We term it as doze off. He would doze off and he would fall down slowly."

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Music Interviews
2:58 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Jason Isbell Has Conquered Fear, But He's Still Learning About Himself

Jason Isbell's new album, Something More Than Free, comes as he's preparing to be a father.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:24 pm

Jason Isbell is riding high this week: His new album Something More Than Free is number one on Billboard's country, rock and folk charts. The musician from rural Alabama got his start with the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers, and then went solo. For the past few years, he's been sober, after drinking brought him "close to the point of no return."

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World
2:58 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

U.S. Couple Held In Egyptian Prison For 1 Year Over Unfounded Child Abuse

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:49 pm

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Shots - Health News
1:37 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business

Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, (left) poses with his uncle, Philip Lee, and father Peter Lee (seated) at the younger Peter Lee's home in Pasadena, Calif., in 2013.
Gina Ferazzi LA Times via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:24 pm

If there's such a thing as the first family of health care, the Lees may be it.

Five decades ago, two brothers helped start Medicare. Their father inspired them and they, in turn, have inspired the next generation.

To mark the anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing Medicare into law on July 30, 1965, three Lees sat down to reflect on the U.S. health care system.

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