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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.
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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 Wed July 1, 2015 4:18 pm

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 Their 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 Wed July 1, 2015 8:01 pm

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 4:22 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 4:22 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 them.

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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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NPR Story
1:06 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Some Clerks In Alabama, Arkansas Resist Issuing Marriage Licenses

Protesters waive a rainbow flag on the front lawn of the Rowan County Judicial Center, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. The protest was being held against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who, due to the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States and her own religious beliefs, has refused to issue any marriage licenses in the county. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)

After the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, couples in states around the country rushed to courthouses to get marriage licenses. Many states that had been hold-outs, including Michigan, shifted policies very quickly.

But in some places in the South, including counties in Alabama, clerks are pushing back. One clerk in Arkansas has reportedly quit in opposition. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR reporter Debbie Elliott about the trend.

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Shots - Health News
12:11 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Antipsychotics Too Often Prescribed For Aggression In Children

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Powerful antipsychotic medications are being used to treat children and teenagers with ADHD, aggression and behavior problems, a study finds, even though safer treatments are available and should be used first.

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The Salt
11:56 am
Wed July 1, 2015

The Scallop Scoop: Survey Forecasts A Banner Year In Atlantic

NOAA scientists estimate they saw about 10 billion sea scallops off Delaware and southern New Jersey this spring as part of an annual survey.
Andrew Martinez Science Source

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 5:08 pm

Scallop fishermen off the East Coast could soon see one of their biggest bumper crops ever. A federal survey in waters off Delaware is predicting a boom in the next couple of years for the nation's most valuable fishery.

Every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration looks for young sea scallops on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. This year, when they stuck their camera in the water, they got a huge shock, says Dvora Hart, a research analyst with NOAA's Fisheries Service.

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It's All Politics
11:46 am
Wed July 1, 2015

13 Emails That Stood Out From The Latest Clinton Document Dump

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton responds to the cheers of supporters at a Jefferson Jackson event hosted by the Democratic Party of Virginia at George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., last Friday.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 2:14 pm

Late Tuesday evening the State Department released almost 2,000 emails from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state. While there was no "smoking gun" regarding the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the latest round of emails gives a look at who she was emailing with, more insight into her daily activities at State — and some daily struggles.

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It's All Politics
10:27 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Clinton Announces $45 Million Fundraising Haul

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton raised $45 million, as of June 30, her campaign announced Wednesday.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 11:39 am

Fundraising is often used as a proxy for the strength of a campaign, and Hillary Clinton's team wants everyone to know she's $45 million strong. Clinton is the first major candidate to announce their fundraising haul this cycle ahead of a midmonth reporting deadline.

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The Two-Way
10:15 am
Wed July 1, 2015

U.S., Cuba Formally Resume Diplomatic Relations

President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, spoke about U.S. ties with Cuba during remarks Wednesday in the Rose Garden of the White House.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 12:26 pm

President Obama on Wednesday announced the formal resumption of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba after more than half a century of hostilities. The two countries have agreed to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana.

Standing in the White House Rose Garden, Obama called it "a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people."

Obama said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana this summer to "proudly raise the flag over our embassy once more."

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It's All Politics
10:13 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Can The Candidate Move Beyond 'The Christie Show'?

A supporter at Gov. Chris Christie's announcement Tuesday.
Getty Images

It was the least suspenseful cliffhanger in the history of cliffs.

Governor Christie has, essentially, been running for higher office for years. But as of Tuesday he is now, officially, a presidential candidate.

This week the Christie Tracker podcast, from WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio, headed to Livingston High School for analysis on the announcement.

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Parallels
7:19 am
Wed July 1, 2015

A Father In California, Kids In El Salvador, And New Hope To Reunite

Marta Elsie Leveron, 19, (left) and her brother Freddy David Leveron, 18, have not seen their father since he left El Savador to work in California in 1999. A new U.S. program allows families to reunite if one parent is a legal U.S. resident. The girl in the middle is Liliana Beatriz Leveron, 16, a cousin of the other two. Her parents are in the U.S. and she's seeking to reunite with them as well.
Carrie Kahn NPR

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 9:00 am

Editor's Note: Unaccompanied minors surged across the U.S. southern border last year. In response, the Obama administration has introduced a program that would allow families to reunite. In this story about the divided Leveron family, NPR's Richard Gonzales reports first from California, followed by Carrie Kahn in El Salvador.

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Goats and Soda
6:47 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Filmmaker Wants To Stop Fathers From Giving Up Their Daughters

Samar Minallah Khan was honored by Vital Voices for her documentaries on the injustices faced by Pakistani women.
Courtesy of Samar Minallah Khan

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 1:28 pm

She fights for the rights of women by telling stories about heroic men.

"The struggle to end violence against women has always been carried out by women activists," says Samar Minallah Khan, who makes documentaries about gender-based violence in her native Pakistan.

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The Two-Way
6:35 am
Wed July 1, 2015

It's Official: You Can Now Take Photos During White House Tours

First lady Michelle Obama announces the change in policy.
Michelle Obama via Instagram

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 3:53 pm

The decades-old ban on taking photographs inside the White House during public tours is being lifted today, first lady Michelle Obama announced on Instagram.

The White House, in a statement, said guests are welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and encouraged visitors to share their experiences using the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour.

What's permitted: Phones and compact still cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches.

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Around the Nation
5:59 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Distracted Motorist Drives Over Raised Drawbridge

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 7:19 am

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Around the Nation
5:59 am
Wed July 1, 2015

New Mother, Lost In Calif. Woods, Starts Fire To Get Attention

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 7:19 am

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Shots - Health News
2:42 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Buy A Meth House Unawares And Pay The Health Consequences

Donetta Held unloads needles and pipes confiscated from a contaminated meth home. She owns an environmental decontamination company and says meth tests are their most demanded service.
Barbara Brosher WFIU

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 2:45 pm

Jennifer Nugent and her three kids are throwing a big, blue ball around in the small living room of their rental home.

The kids are happy, but Nugent isn't. She planned to raise them in a place with much more room to play.

And she was. That is, until she learned that home was uninhabitable.

Two years ago, she and her husband bought a country home in the small central Indiana town of Mooresville.

"It was blue and it had a lot of potential for us to add on," she says. "We really, really wanted that house."

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Shots - Health News
2:40 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Benefits Of Sports To A Child's Mind And Heart All Part Of The Game

Ten-year-old Jake Herrera and his Los Angeles team run around the diamond as a warmup for baseball practice.
Benjamin B. Morris for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 2:17 pm

Amy Roegler and her husband, Octavio Herrera, live with their young kids, Jake and Alyssa, in Los Angeles. When it comes to pro baseball, they're all Dodgers fans. And Jake loved balls even as a baby, Octavio says.

"We have a picture of him as a 3-month-old with a little Dodger jersey and a glove," Octavio says. "So he was definitely going to be introduced to sports early, and he took to it right away." Today 10-year-old Jake is on his baseball league's All-Star team.

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