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11:32 am
Thu June 25, 2015

With More People Quitting Smoking, Do We Need E-Cigarettes?

E-cigarettes are marketed as a safer way to inhale nicotine, but the evidence remains unclear on benefits and harms.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 2:41 pm

Once a smoker always a smoker, right? Not quite.

As the number of smokers drops, the remaining smokers actually smoke less and are more likely to quit, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Tobacco Control.

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It's All Politics
11:27 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Sanders: 'My Goal Right Now Is To Win This Election'

In an interview with Morning Edition host David Greene, Sen. Bernie Sanders discussed foreign policy, racial tension and his 2016 chances.
Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 2:06 pm

Since entering the race for president, Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders has been on the rise against Hillary Clinton, staking out a position as a liberal alternative to the Democratic front-runner.

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The Two-Way
10:31 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Takeaways From The Supreme Court's Obamacare Opinion

We are reporting today on the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision to uphold the nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act. The court's majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts, who was joined by the court's liberal justices, as well as Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The Majority's Rationale

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The Two-Way
10:26 am
Thu June 25, 2015

In Fair Housing Act Case, Supreme Court Backs 'Disparate Impact' Claims

The Supreme Court handed a victory to the Obama administration and civil rights groups on Thursday when, by a 5-4 decision, it upheld a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 10:06 am

Civil rights groups won a victory Thursday, as the Supreme Court ruled that claims of racial discrimination in housing cases shouldn't be limited by questions of intent.

The court affirmed a Court of Appeals decision in a case in which a nonprofit group, the Inclusive Communities Project, said that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs had contributed to "segregated housing patterns by allocating too many tax credits to housing in predominantly black inner-city areas and too few in predominantly white suburban neighborhoods."

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News
10:16 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Obama Addresses Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Subsidies

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Law
10:16 am
Thu June 25, 2015

An Opponent's View On Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling

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It's All Politics
10:06 am
Thu June 25, 2015

'Judicial Tyranny' To 'A Great Day,' Candidates React To Health Care Ruling

"Today's decision only reinforces why we need a president who will bring about real reform," Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 12:49 pm

Following the Supreme Court health care ruling to uphold subsidies nationwide, President Obama said Thursday that the Affordable Care Act is "here to stay."

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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Obama: Affordable Care Act Is 'Here To Stay'

President Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden after the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Gary Cameron Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:28 am

Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET

President Obama, commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today to uphold a key provision of his signature health care law, said after numerous challenges, the Affordable Care Act has been "woven into the fabric of America" and "is here to stay."

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The Two-Way
9:28 am
Thu June 25, 2015

'SCOTUSCare': Justice Scalia Issues Withering Dissent On Obamacare Subsidies

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks to an audience last year at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:57 am

We are reporting today on the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision to uphold the nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act. One of the three justices who opposed the ruling was Justice Antonin Scalia, who issued a strong dissent.

Here are some highlights:

'SCOTUSCare'

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Shots - Health News
9:21 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act cheer outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., after a majority on the court ruled that Obamacare tax credits can continue to go to residents of any state.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 2:41 pm

The Affordable Care Act survived its second Supreme Court test in three years, raising odds for its survival but by no means ending the legal and political assaults on it five years after it became law.

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Law
9:21 am
Thu June 25, 2015

In Win For White House, Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies Nationwide

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 10:01 am

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Law
9:19 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Breaking Down The Supreme Court Ruling On Obamacare Subsidies

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 10:17 am

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The Two-Way
8:33 am
Thu June 25, 2015

'Stealthy' Giant Rhea Eludes Police In U.K.

The female partner of the missing rhea bird that has been on the loose from a private collection in Carlton-in-Lindrick near Worksop, Nottinghamshire, U.K.
Joe Giddens PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:45 am

The giant ostrich-like rhea, despite its largely useless vestigial wings, seems to be something of a flight risk.

Last year, we brought you the story of one of the birds — native to South America — that escaped from a farm in the U.K., startling cyclists and otherwise wreaking mayhem in the English countryside.

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Shots - Health News
8:03 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Most Dialysis Patients Aren't Receiving The Best Treatment

When kidneys fail to cleanse the blood, dialysis is often the solution. But the odds for success over the long haul depend in no small measure on the details of how the dialysis machinery is connected to the patient.
Mehau Kulyk Science Source

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 2:07 pm

For the past 20 years, doctors have recommended that dialysis patients have a simple operation to make it safer and easier to connect to a machine that cleans their blood.

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The Two-Way
7:04 am
Thu June 25, 2015

ISIS Launches Push To Retake Border Town Of Kobani

Civilians, reportedly wounded by fighting in Kobani, wait with their relatives to cross into Turkey at the Syrian-Turkish border crossing of Tel Abyad, Syria, on Thursday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:16 am

Islamic State fighters, who were ousted from the Kurdish border town of Kobani in January, have launched an offensive to recapture the Syrian city — setting off car bombs as a prelude to an attack, NPR's Deborah Amos reports.

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The Two-Way
6:51 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Funerals Begin For Those Slain At Emanuel AME Church

The casket holding Ethel Lance, who was killed during the shooting at Emanuel AME Church, is on view before her funeral at the Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, S.C., on Thursday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 9:44 am

Mourners will gather in South Carolina on Thursday for the funerals of the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and Ethel Lance, two of the nine people who were killed during a Bible study meeting in Charleston last week.

Both Coleman-Singleton, 45, and Lance, 70, were integral members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where police say a white gunman attacked last week with the stated intention of killing black people. The case is being investigated as a hate crime.

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Around the Nation
5:42 am
Thu June 25, 2015

2nd Prison Worker Arrested In Connection With Helping Escaped Killers

Clinton Correctional Facility officer Gene Palmer, 57, is seen in a picture released by the New York State Police. Palmer was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the escape of two convicted murderers who have eluded a massive manhunt for almost three weeks, police said.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 10:01 am

Clinton County prosecutor Andrew Wylie told reporters late Wednesday night that Gene Palmer carried into the prison frozen patties of hamburger meat that may have had saw blades and drill bits stuffed inside.

The guard also allegedly showed convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat a utility catwalk area behind their cells, which the inmates later used as part of their escape.

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Animals
5:23 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Flamingo Gets A New Leg; Goldfish Gone Wild

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 10:01 am

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Around the Nation
5:10 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Cleveland Indians Manager Is A Big Fan Of Popsicles

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 10:01 am

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Dixie's Long Journey From Democratic Stronghold To Republican Redoubt

Ronald Reagan speaks to a reporter at the Republican National Convention in Florida in 1968. In 1984, Reagan carried in the biggest group of Southern Republicans in Congress since Reconstruction.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 12:11 pm

The tragic events in Charleston this month have released years of racial and political tension in the South, and the pressure is being felt by Republican officeholders across the region.

Why the Republicans? Because it is increasingly difficult to find officeholders in the region who are not Republicans.

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NPR Story
3:09 am
Thu June 25, 2015

David Rohde Details Taliban Kidnapping In 'A Rope And A Prayer'

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 10:01 am

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3:09 am
Thu June 25, 2015

The Dutch Ruling On Climate Change That Could Have A Global Impact

Dennis van Berkel, an attorney with the Dutch environmental group Urgenda, stands on an earthen berm on the outskirts of Amsterdam. The water is higher than the land on the other side of the berm. A Dutch court ruled in favor of Urgenda on Wednesday, saying the Dutch government must cut carbon emissions by 25 percent. Environmental groups in other countries were closely watching the case.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 4:29 pm

In a ruling that could echo far beyond the Netherlands, a Dutch court has sided with an environmental group and said the government must cut carbon emissions by 25 percent in five years in order to protect the country's citizens.

Many other environmental groups and governments have paid close attention to the Dutch case, and there are similar ones in the works in other countries, including Belgium and Norway.

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Goats and Soda
3:01 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Teens Make Film In Broken English To Explain Why They'll Fail English

Screengrab from the film, Present Tense.

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 12:14 pm

Two minutes into Present Tense, a short film made by three high school students in a fishing village in the East African island of Zanzibar, a set of subtitles lay out their mission:

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History
2:38 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Beyond The Battle Flag: Controversy Over Confederate Symbols Unfurls

This Confederate monument in located in a cemetery in a mostly African-American part of Kansas City, Mo.
Frank Morris KCUR

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 11:26 am

The Charleston, S.C., shootings have sparked lots of discussion about the Confederate battle flag, but it's not the only symbol of the Confederacy.

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It's All Politics
6:30 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Bobby Jindal Puts His Kids On Hidden Camera

Announcing his presidential candidacy Wednesday, Gov. Bobby Jindal posted a video, that appears to be shot from a tree, of him and his wife telling their children he's decided to run.
BobbyJindal.com

Bobby Jindal's campaign for the presidency got off to an awkward start, with the above must-see video.

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The Two-Way
5:44 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

New York Agency Says Whole Foods Overcharged Customers In City

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 8:02 am

New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs announced an ongoing investigation into Whole Foods after finding the grocery store routinely overstated weights and therefore overcharged customers in the city for prepackaged food.

The overcharging ranged from 80 cents for a package of pecan panko to $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp, the agency said in a statement. The agency's investigation looked at the city's eight Whole Foods stores.

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The Two-Way
5:43 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

'You're In My House': Obama Shuts Down Heckler At White House

Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama share a laugh after a heckler was removed from the East Room of the White House during a reception to celebrate LGBT Pride Month on Wednesday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 10:26 am

President Obama was addressing same-sex marriage in a speech in the East Room of the White House when he was interrupted by a pro-immigration campaigner.

Obama seemed less patient than he has been in the past, telling the heckler, who called for a halt to all deportations, to leave.

"Hold on a sec," Obama said. "OK. You know what. Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah. No, no, no, no.

"Hey, listen, you're in my house," he added, to cheers from the audience.

Here's the video of the exchange, courtesy of C-Span.

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It's All Politics
4:48 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Bernie Sanders Walks A Fine Line On Gun Control

"I think that urban America has got to respect what rural America is about, where 99 percent of the people in my state who hunt are law abiding people," the 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful said to NPR.
Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 12:08 pm

In the wake of last week's Charleston, S.C., church shootings, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders explained his competing concerns between gun rights and gun safety.

"I think guns and gun control is an issue that needs to be discussed," Sanders told NPR's David Greene in an interview airing on Thursday's Morning Edition. "Let me add to that, I think that urban America has got to respect what rural America is about, where 99 percent of the people in my state who hunt are law abiding people."

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Obama Administration Acts To Ease Family Detentions

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 5:04 pm

The Department of Homeland Security says it is changing its family detention policies, but critics say the steps don't go far enough.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin releasing families now being held at ICE facilities who are "successful in stating a case of credible or reasonable fear of persecution in their home countries."

The families will have to post a monetary bond or other condition of release.

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Around the Nation
4:33 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Texas Abortion Curbs Go Into Effect Soon, Unless Supreme Court Acts

On July 9, 2013, opponents and supporters of a bill to put restrictions on abortion hold signs near a news conference outside the Texas Capitol in Austin. The bill was passed, but has been battled in the courts for two years; now, the law is set to go into effect July 1.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 6:01 pm

At the hands of the Texas Legislature, the last four years have been long for supporters of abortion rights.

The next blow lands on July 1, when a new law will go into effect in Texas and drastically reduce access to abortion services — likely leaving just nine clinics that perform abortions open in the entire state.

The controversial law, passed in 2013, requires clinics to meet tougher building standards and doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

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