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5:44 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies At 77

Jerry Weintraub, the legendary producer behind such hits as The Karate Kid and Ocean's Eleven, has died in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77.

The cause was cardiac arrest, according to Rogers & Cowan , the PR firm.

Weintraub began his career as a talent agent for MCA in the 1950s, representing clients such as Jack Paar. He then became a leading concert promoter, handling acts like Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. His first production venture was Robert Altman's Nashville, which garnered five Academy Award nominations.

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The Two-Way
4:20 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Cosby Admitted Giving Woman Quaaludes

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:28 pm

Updated at 7:10 p.m. ET

Comedian Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he obtained the sedative Quaalude with the intent of giving the drug to women with whom he wanted to have sex, and he acknowledged giving it to at least one woman.

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Around the Nation
3:44 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

S.C. Senate Votes To Remove Confederate Flag From State House Grounds

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:28 pm

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Author Interviews
3:44 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

'Vendetta' Recalls The Ruthless Rivalry Between Bobby Kennedy, Jimmy Hoffa

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:28 pm

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Europe
3:44 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

European Commission Official: No Vote Puts Greece In Weaker Position

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:28 pm

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The Two-Way
3:41 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Recent Islamic State Losses Show It Can Be Defeated, Obama Says

President Obama delivers remarks Monday at the Pentagon after a briefing on U.S. efforts against the Islamic State.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

Updated at 5:26 p.m. ET

President Obama has warned that the campaign against the so-called Islamic State "will not be quick" as he cited gains made in Iraq and Syria by the coalition fighting the militant group.

"This will not be quick," Obama said at the Pentagon. "This is a long-term campaign."

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The Two-Way
2:48 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

S.C. Senate Takes A Strong Step Toward Removing Confederate Flag

The Confederate battle flag flies at the South Carolina State House in Columbia late last month. The state's Senate voted Monday to remove the flag; after one more vote on the bill, it will head to the House.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 3:58 pm

By a 37-3 tally, the South Carolina Senate has given more support to moving a Confederate battle flag from its spot flying on the State House grounds to the Confederate Relic Room. The Senate will need to approve the bill one more time before it can go on to the House.

Monday afternoon's vote was on the the bill's second reading; the Senate will hold another vote Tuesday on its third reading, around 10 a.m. ET. That means the House won't begin to consider the bill until at least Wednesday.

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World
2:30 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

U.N. Report Highlights Surprising Global Progress On Poverty Goals

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:40 pm

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U.S.
2:30 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

With Corruption Rampant, Good Cops Go Bad In Texas' Rio Grande Valley

Jonathan Treviño poses in front of a drug bust.
Courtesy of Jonathan Treviño

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:28 pm

This week, NPR examines public corruption in South Texas. The FBI has launched a task force to clean up entrenched misconduct by public officials in the Rio Grande Valley. In this installment of the series, we hear from a police officer who became a drug dealer.

In the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where people are accustomed to seeing public officials led away in handcuffs, the case of the Panama Unit shocked everyone. The Valley's celebrated anti-narcotics squad went to the dark side.

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Shots - Health News
2:30 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Knowing How Doctors Die Can Change End-Of-Life Discussions

Nora Zamichow says if she and her husband, Mark Saylor, had known how doctors die, they might have made different treatment decisions for him toward the end of his life.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:28 pm

Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she felt performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients.

It looks nothing like what we see on TV. In real life, ribs often break and few survive the ordeal.

"I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life," she says. "I would be doing the CPR with tears coming down sometimes, and saying, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry, goodbye.' Because I knew that it very likely not going to be successful. It just seemed a terrible way to end someone's life."

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Commentary
2:30 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Correction: Revolutionary War History

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:28 pm

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The Two-Way
1:54 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Reddit CEO Apologizes Days After User Revolt Over Firing Of Popular Figure

The popular reddit question-and-answer section /r/IAmA, along with hundreds of others, has shut down in an apparent protest over the dismissal of a key figure at the social sharing site.
Screengrab from reddit.com

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 3:57 pm

Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has apologized to users of the popular website reddit, citing a "long history of mistakes" that resulted in an insurrection last week in which moderators shut down many of the site's most popular sections to protest the dismissal of a key figure in the site's popular r/IAmA section.

Here's part of Pao's apology that was posted on the site Monday:

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The Two-Way
1:49 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Obama To Meet With Vietnam's Communist Party Chief Amid Concern Over China

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter shakes hands with Vietnam's General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on June 1. Trong will meet with President Obama in the White House on Tuesday.
Luong Thai Linh EPA/Landov

Nguyen Phu Trong — the head of Vietnam's communist party and one of most powerful figures in the Southeast Asian nation — will meet with President Obama on Tuesday for a historic meeting aimed at strengthening ties between the two nations.

The 71-year-old party secretary said Friday that he hopes to build trust between Washington and Hanoi 20 years after President Bill Clinton normalized diplomatic ties and four decades after the end of the Vietnam War.

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The Two-Way
1:44 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Lawyers File Motion For New Trial

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 3:00 pm

Less than two weeks after he was sentenced to die for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has begun the process of seeking a new trial.

Tsarnaev's lawyers filed a preliminary motion Monday that will reportedly seek to overturn his conviction and his death sentence. More from the Associated Press:

"The motion did not contain any details on what grounds they plan to argue, saying only that a new trial is 'required in the interests of justice.' "

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NPR Story
12:45 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

The Rise Of The MP3 And The Fall Of The CD

Stephen Witt is author of "How Music Got Free." (Photo on right by Chad Griffith)

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 12:13 pm

How did music go from being something you got on CD to something you got online? That’s what Stephen Witt chronicles in his new book “How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Privacy.”

Witt profiles the German audio engineers who came up with the MP3 technology and a worker in a CD plant who leaked almost two thousand albums.

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NPR Story
12:44 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

5-Time Deported Mexican Immigrant Admits To Killing

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 12:13 pm

The Mexican immigrant arrested for seemingly randomly killing a woman as she strolled with her father at the popular Pier 14 tourist spot in San Francisco last week is admitting to the crime, in a local television interview.

Francisco Sanchez appeared confused at times in the interview with KGO-TV in San Francisco. He had been deported five times before the shooting. Donald Trump, who’s running for President, tweeted that the shooting is an example of the broken immigration system.

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NPR Story
12:44 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Political Rhetoric Soars Across Europe After Greek Vote

The European Union flag flies over the Reichstag in Berlin on July 6th -- the day after a majority of people voted "no" in the Greek bailout referendum. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 12:13 pm

With uncertainty over Greece’s future in the Eurozone, the country is standing on an economic cliff. But politically speaking, there is much at stake as well. Sunday’s vote has significant political implications both in Europe and across the globe.

NPR Story
12:43 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

A Look At What's Coming Up This Week In American Politics

US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (C) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) sit around the table at the Palais Coburg Hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria on July 6, 2015. (Carlos Barria/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 12:13 pm

Kicking off a busy week in the nation’s capital, NPR’s Ron Elving joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss what Republican presidential candidates are, or are not, saying about Puerto Rico’s debt, where nuclear talks with Iran stand, and what legislation Congress will take up when it returns from recess tomorrow.

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NPR Story
12:43 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Reforesting After Fracking: Working To Restore Pennsylvania's Drilled Land

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:24 pm

While most of the attention on the impacts of fracking has focused on things like drinking water, air pollution and earthquakes, state regulators in Pennsylvania are working on another less-discussed, but no less serious, side effect of oil and gas development: forest fragmentation.

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The Salt
12:15 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

Workers with Ceria wait for a pipe-welding machine to finish connecting two sections of plastic irrigation pipe in Bario, Malaysia. The company has brought mechanized farming to the Kelabit Highlands.
Jerry Redfern for NPR

Change typically doesn't come fast or often in the Kelabit Highlands in the interior of Malaysian Borneo. "Go slowly" is both a motto and a way of life here. For centuries, even millennia, locals have gathered and grown their own foods in the dense tropical jungle.

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NPR Story
12:13 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids: Dear Mr. Prime Minister

On a stage in Toronto, a grownup reads something she wrote as a kid. (Photo via Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids' Facebook)

A Canadian podcast series features grown-ups reading things they wrote as kids.

All this week, we’ll hear excerpts from the series and today Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with the podcast’s creator and producer Dan Misener, as they listen to a bit of Caleb Beyers giving advice to the Prime Minister on nuclear disarmament.

Interview Highlights: Dan Misener

On how the podcast was born

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NPR Story
12:13 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Aetna Acquires Humana As Other Health Insurers Look to Merge

Aetna Inc., the nation's third largest insurer, headquartered in Hartford, Conn., bought its rival Humana for $37 billion. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

The recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act was a relief to the six and a half million Americans who receive subsidies to purchase health insurance. It was also a relief for the health insurance industry.

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The Two-Way
12:10 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Greece's 'Erratic Marxist' Leaves Legacy Of Sound Bites

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis walks toward his motorcycle following a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, Greece, on March 15. Varoufakis said today he was resigning, a day after Greeks voted to reject terms of a bailout imposed by Greece's creditors. Varoufakis was one of the leading campaigner behind the "no" vote.
Pantelis Saitas EPA /Landov

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 2:21 pm

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Movie Reviews
12:01 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Country's Kacey Musgraves Mixes Wit And Sincerity In 'Pageant Material'

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:11 pm

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Goats and Soda
11:40 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Monsoon Takes A Break; Tibetans Celebrate Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday

Tibetan men living in Kathmandu, Nepal, danced Monday during celebrations to mark the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 12:03 pm

This weekend the monsoon started pouring down on the hilly streets of Dharamsala in northern India. But the rain held off on Monday as thousands of Tibetans gathered at the town's Buddhist temple to celebrate the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday.

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Shots - Health News
11:18 am
Mon July 6, 2015

After Measles Outbreaks, Parents Shift Their Thinking On Vaccines

Most of the people who got measles in last year's outbreaks hadn't been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.
Photo illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 12:16 pm

Nothing like a good measles outbreak to get people thinking more kindly about vaccines.

One third of parents say they think vaccines have more benefit than they did a year ago, according to a poll conducted in May.

That's compared to the 5 percent of parents who said they now think vaccines have fewer benefits and 61 percent who think the benefits are the same.

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Parallels
10:22 am
Mon July 6, 2015

What's Next For Greece?

Greek supporters of the "no" vote celebrate at Syntagma Square in Athens on Sunday night after the results were announced. Greeks overwhelmingly rejected the demands of creditors for more austerity in return for rescue loans. But the country has no clear way out of its financial crisis.
Petr David Josek AP

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 10:57 am

Greeks waved flags and danced in the streets after they overwhelmingly voted to reject further austerity measures from their international creditors. But now comes the reckoning, as Greece faces the realities of an economy out of money and creditors out of patience.

Here are some of the fundamental questions:

When will the banks reopen?

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The Two-Way
6:38 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Pope Kicks Off Three-Nation Tour In Ecuador

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he rides aboard the Popemobile in the streets of Quito, Ecuador, on Sunday.
Dolores Ochoa AP

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 9:14 am

Pope Francis is making his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking countries in South America.

Francis landed in Quito, Ecuador, on Sunday and was welcomed by hundreds of thousands. The New York Times reports:

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Around the Nation
4:21 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Missing Comma Gets Woman Out Of A Parking Ticket

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:00 am

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Around the Nation
3:59 am
Mon July 6, 2015

9-Year-Old Fisherman Lands 600 Pound Sturgeon

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:00 am

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