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10:31 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Branding Teen Drivers As Newbies Doesn't Prevent Crashes

Marking novice drivers' cars doesn't help reduce crash rates when it comes to learner's permit holders, study finds.
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Nothing says "I'm a new driver" more than a fire-red label stuck to your license plate for all to see. That's what happens in New Jersey to anyone with a learner's permit under age 21. But identifying these newest drivers doesn't necessarily help reduce crash rates, research finds.

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Monkey See
10:24 am
Tue June 30, 2015

After 25 Years, A Comics Publisher Pauses To Collect And Reflect

Drawn and Quarterly, the Montreal-based publisher of comics and graphic novels, began life as a magazine, released in April of 1990. That first issue served as a de facto mission statement, laying out what the company would one day achieve on a grander scale – and what it would strive always to avoid.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Chris Christie Declares His Candidacy For President

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands with (from left) his wife, Mary Pat Christie, and their children, Patrick, Sarah, Andrew and Bridget, on Tuesday at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:22 am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose political career has taken almost as many turns as a roulette wheel at an Atlantic City Casino, is running for president.

He made the announcement today at Livingston High School, which he attended and was class president.

Declaring "America is tired of hand wringing and indecisiveness and weakness" in the White House, Christie said he is ready "to fight for the people of the United States of America."

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Parallels
9:45 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Single Mom Leads Double Life On The Streets Of Shanghai

People walk on the Bund, the riverfront area next to the financial district in Shanghai. Many foreigners have descended on Shanghai to make money on China's economic expansion. NPR's Frank Langfitt met one such women as part of the free taxi rides he's been offering.
Aly Song Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:53 am

Editor's Note: NPR Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt once drove a taxi as a summer job. He decided to do it again, this time offering free rides around Shanghai in exchange for stories about one of the world's most dynamic cities. Here's his latest installment.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Asked To Divide Zero By Zero, Siri Waxes Philosophical (And Personal)

Siri's answer to the brain-teaser question "What's zero divided by zero" generates a response that people find both funny and unnerving.
NPR

The Internet is abuzz about the latest Easter egg found in Apple's Siri, as the virtual assistant gives a philosophical – and, to some, a personal – response to the question "What is zero divided by zero?"

Siri's on-screen answer is straightforward. But her more elaborate verbal reply easily surpasses the simple "Does not compute" with which robots in old sci-fi movies used to announce a bout of cognitive dissonance. For one thing, her answer invokes Cookie Monster.

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It's All Politics
8:57 am
Tue June 30, 2015

'Jiggery-Pokery': The Justices Have A Punny Way With Words

Justice Scalia has pioneered using the words "tutti-frutti," "argle-bargle" and "jiggery-pokery" in the dissenting opinions of the nation's highest court.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Supreme Court justices have been turning heads this month with their choice of words as well as with their landmark rulings.

June decisions have given us Justice Elena Kagan's bountiful Spiderman allusions, Chief Justice John Roberts' exclamation of "What chumps!" and Justice Antonin Scalia's exhortation to "Ask the nearest hippie."

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Code Switch
8:29 am
Tue June 30, 2015

How 4 Gay Black Women Fought Back Against A Sexual Harasser — And Landed In Jail

The New Jersey 4 stand together.
Blair Dorosh-Walther Blair Dorosh-Walther

Everyone agrees on one thing: on the night of August 18th 2006, Dwayne Buckle catcalled Patreese Johnson.

Johnson and six of her friends, all young lesbians of color, were walking down Sixth Avenue in New York City's West Village to hang out at the clubs in one of the gayest neighborhoods in America. That's when Buckle, a then-28-year-old black filmmaker, called out to Johnson, who was 19 at the time, with an obscene comment.

"Mister, I'm gay," Johnson says she told Buckle, trying to wave him off.

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Wisdom Of The Crowds? Online Effort Seeks To Raise Funds For Greece

A collection of old Greek Drachma and euro notes and coins.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:17 am

Updated at 12:14 p.m. ET

Only 1,599,888,909 euros to go. A crowd-funding effort to raise the 1.6 billion euros (about $1.8 billion) Greece needs to make a loan payment to the International Monetary Fund has so far raised 111,091 euros ($124,569) from 7,275 donors.

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It's All Politics
8:04 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Jeb Bush To Release 33 Years Of Tax Returns

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at a campaign event Saturday in Nevada.
John Locher AP

Jeb Bush will release 33 years of tax returns later this afternoon, a Bush campaign aide confirms to NPR.

"This is more than any presidential candidate in the history of the United States," Bush spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger wrote in an email. "This display of transparency is consistent with the high level of disclosure he has practiced during his life in public office."

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Goats and Soda
7:07 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Meet Your New Neighbors, The American Filmmakers

Temple, left, and Ingrasci, far right, get to know a few of the 81,000 Syrian refugees at the Zaatari camp.
Courtesy of 1001 Media/Living On One

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:56 am

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Around the Nation
6:06 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Wal-Mart Refuses Confederate Flag Cake Order; Accepts ISIS Flag

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Around the Nation
6:06 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Police In Texas Needed Help To Get Robot Working

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The Two-Way
6:03 am
Tue June 30, 2015

U.S.-Germany Soccer Match Is Showdown Between World's Top 2 Teams

U.S. goalie Hope Solo stops a shot during training Tuesday at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
Elsa Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:30 am

The final of the Women's World Cup isn't until Sunday. But it might as well be tonight, as world No. 1 Germany takes on the second-ranked United States in the soccer semifinals. The U.S. and Germany have played four previous times in the World Cup, including a semifinal in 2003 (won by Germany).

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It's All Politics
5:38 am
Tue June 30, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hopes to reset his political fortunes with his presidential announcement on Tuesday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:54 am

This post has been updated to reflect Christie officially getting in the race for president.

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The Two-Way
5:34 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Dozens Dead In Indonesia Air Force Plane Crash

Military personnel remove an aircraft wheel at the site where an air force cargo plane crashed in Medan, Indonesia, on Tuesday.
Dedy Zulkifli AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:23 am

Updated at 12:22 p.m. ET

Dozens of people are dead after an Indonesian air force C-130 Hercules transport plane crashed into a residential area in Medan, the country's third-largest city, shortly after takeoff Tuesday. An Indonesian military spokesman put the toll at 74.

Air force spokesman Rear Marshal Dwi Badarmanto said 74 bodies were recovered from the crash site. The dead included air force personnel and their relatives, he said.

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Latin America
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Brazil Tries To Rebuild Relations With U.S. After NSA Spying Scandal

President Barack Obama walks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, second from right, during a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 6:06 am

It's rare that a world leader will cancel a planned state visit to the White House, but that's what happened two years ago when Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff found out that the U.S. had been spying on her and her top aides.

The Brazilian leader is now trying to let bygones be bygones, and is in Washington, D.C., to visit with President Obama.

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Law
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Supreme Court Concludes Term With Death Penalty Ruling, Looks Ahead

The gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. On Monday the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 6:06 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued the last of its opinions for this term — on the death penalty, anti-pollution regulations, and the power of independent commissions to draw congressional and state legislative districts. In addition, the court issued a set of orders that set up cases to be heard next term on affirmative action and abortion.

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Parallels
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Would You Buy A Used Car From A Man Named Beer Horse?

NPR's Frank Langfitt has been offering free taxi rides around Shanghai to talk to ordinary Chinese. He drives a Camry around the city, but rented a van for a trip 500 miles outside the city earlier this year. He recently decided to buy a car, which can be a complicated process in China.
Yang Zhuo for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 6:39 am

I'd been renting a Toyota Camry to give free rides around the city for my series Streets of Shanghai, about the lives of ordinary Chinese. But the monthly rental fees were killing me, so I figured I could save money by buying a used car.

I went to a reputable used car dealership. The first hint that this would be different than shopping in the U.S. came when I met my salesman, a fresh college grad.

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Code Switch
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Making The Law Respect Gender Identity After Death

Filmmaker Christopher Lee attends a 1999 film festival.
Elizabeth Sheldon Courtesy of Elizabeth Sheldon

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:04 am

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Law
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Supreme Court Reprieve Lets 10 Texas Abortion Clinics Stay Open For Now

The U.S. Supreme Court gave a reprieve to Texas clinics that provide abortion services.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:16 am

Tuesday would have been the last day of operation for 10 clinics in Texas that provide abortion services. But on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court, in one of its final actions of this session, said the clinics can remain open while clinic lawyers ask the court for a full review of a strict abortion law.

Two dozen states have passed regulations similar to the ones being fought over in Texas.

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Environment
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

U.N. Brokers Global Effort To Rein In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:13 am

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The Two-Way
9:46 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Puerto Rico's Governor Wants Lenders To Wait For More Than $73 Billion Debt Payments

Alejandro Garcia Padilla, the governor of Puerto Rico, discussing the commonwealth's budget earlier in 2015.
Ricardo Arduengo AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:26 am

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Monday that international creditors need to lighten Puerto Rico's nearly $73 billion public debt burden.

In a televised speech, Garcia said, given the state of its economy, Puerto Rico's public debt is unpayable. He cited a report by a former chief economist of the World Bank that recommends lenders consider easier terms for the island. Padilla said he will go further and seek a multi-year moratorium on debt payments to allow the island time to rebuild its economy.

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It's All Politics
8:22 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

President Pitches Overtime Rule That Could Raise Wages For 5 Million

President Obama signs a presidential memorandum in March of 2014 that directed the Department of Labor construct a new set of overtime rules, with the goal of making more employees eligible for overtime pay.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:17 am

President Obama is expected to release this week a long-awaited rule governing overtime that could affect 5 million people as soon as next year, a source familiar with the plans confirmed to NPR.

The proposed rule would more than double the salary cap under which most workers would qualify for overtime pay whenever they work more than 40 hours a week, the source said. The cap would be raised from $23,660 to $50,440, and indexed to wage growth or inflation, ensuring the cap would move with the overall economy.

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All Tech Considered
5:09 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Apple Bets Big That You'll Start Paying To Stream Music

Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue speaks about Apple Music during the keynote at the annual developers conference.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 5:30 pm

Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Rdio, Rhapsody, Pandora — the list of streaming music service goes on and on. On Tuesday, Apple joins that lineup with the launch of its streaming service, Apple Music. Apple will give consumers a three-month trial, and then it will charge $9.99 a month.

But most music lovers still aren't sure why they should pay. Colin Barrett, 31, has tried a few of the streaming services, but he doesn't use them anymore.

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The Two-Way
4:53 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

California Legislature Passes 'Mandatory' Vaccine Bill, Sends It To The Governor

People who oppose vaccinating their children wouldn't be able to cite personal beliefs if the bill became law.
Irfan Khan LA Times via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:17 pm

A bill that would make vaccinations a requirement for nearly every schoolchild passed the California Legislature. The bill, SB 277, is now on its way to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. It's one of the toughest vaccination bills in the country, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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It's All Politics
4:27 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Lethal Injection Ruling Draws Out Justices' Passionate Opinions

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that under the majority's reasoning it would not matter if the prisoner was being "drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death, or actually burned at the stake," as long as there was no more humane method of execution available. Justice Antonin Scalia orally rebutted Justice Stephen Breyer's dissent, calling it "gobbledygook."
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 5:02 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a major blow to death penalty opponents, upholding the use of a controversial drug as part of a three-drug execution cocktail. The vote was 5-4, with unusually passionate and sometimes bitter opinions from the majority and dissenting justices.

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Parallels
4:14 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Greeks Brace For The Fallout As Deadline Looms

A Greek demonstrator urges a "no" vote in Sunday's referendum on whether Greece should accept international demands for additional financial austerity. He is holding an old 1,000 Greek drachma bank note during a rally in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki on Monday. Some Greeks say the country should leave the eurozone and go back to the drachma.
Giannis Papanikos AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:36 pm

Giorgos Koronis is welcoming tourists from the U.S. and England at the old Olympic Stadium in Athens, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.

Koronis, 50, has worked for the state for 25 years, mainly at ticket counters at various tourist sites around the Greek capital. But today he's struggling to smile.

He spent Monday morning at the ATM in line with a few retirees from his neighborhood, including his mother.

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U.S.
3:41 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

The Economic Reality Of The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Supporters of same-sex marriages gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28, in Washington, D.C.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:32 pm

At Pride events in New York City this weekend, the emotional excitement about marriage equality was evident. But many people also were thrilled about the practical considerations.

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Environment
3:41 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

U.N. Holds Climate Talks In New York Ahead Of Paris Meeting

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:32 pm

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Science
3:25 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move?

A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. in January 2015.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:37 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency made a mistake when it told electric power plants to reduce mercury emissions. The high court says the EPA should first have considered how much it would cost power plants to do that.

The decision comes too late for most power companies, but it could affect future EPA regulations.

Mercury in the air is a health risk. When you burn coal or oil, you create airborne mercury that can end up in fish we eat and cause serious health problems.

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