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The Salt
2:00 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared?

Central Illinois corn farmer Jerry McCulley refills his sprayer with the weedkiller glyphosate on a farm near Auburn, Ill. A new assessment of the chemical finds that the (uncertain) risks mainly affect the people who work with it or who come in direct contact with areas where it's applied.
Seth Perlman AP

An international committee of cancer experts shocked the agribusiness world a few days ago when it announced that two widely used pesticides are "probably carcinogenic to humans." The well-respected International Agency for Research on Cancer published a brief explanation of its conclusions in The Lancet and plans to issue a book-length version later this year.

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Parallels
1:58 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball?

Yoan Francisco, a rookie for the Havana Industriales, warms up before a game at Havana's Latin American Stadium. Cuban baseball has been facing hard times, but improved diplomatic relations with the U.S. have raised the possibility of increased cooperation and new opportunities.
Eyder Peralta NPR

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 3:57 pm

It has already been a messy game at Havana's Latin American Stadium, the premier baseball stadium in Cuba. The home team, the Industriales, has given up five runs in the first inning; a shortstop fumbled a ball, an outfielder failed to hustle and an easy out became an extra-base hit.

The home crowd isn't deterred. The vuvuzelas, those ear-splitting plastic horns, still swell when an opposing batter reaches two strikes.

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The Two-Way
1:50 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Russia Loses Bid To Deny Benefits To Spouses Of Gay U.N. Staff

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Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 4:04 pm

The United Nations has approved a plan to give family benefits to the spouses of same-sex employees if they are legally married.

Russia had led an effort to derail the plan, which was announced by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in July. But the U.N. General Assembly budget committee voted 80-43 against Russia's proposal.

There were 37 abstentions, and 33 countries did not vote. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria and China were among the countries that supported Russia.

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

U.S. Will Slow Down Withdrawal Of Troops From Afghanistan

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:14 am

President Obama says the U.S. will slow the drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan.

In a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday, Obama said the U.S. will maintain about 9,800 troops through the end of 2015, instead of cutting the U.S. force to 5,500 as planned.

The Associated Press adds:

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NPR Story
1:39 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

James Corden Is The New Face of 'The Late Late Show'

Actor/host James Corden puts up his own billboard for CBS Television Network's "The Late Late Show" on March 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 4:01 pm

James Corden is the new face of CBS's “The Late Late Show.”

Corden is virtually unknown in the U.S., aside from those of who know him as the baker in Disney's screen adaptation of "Into The Woods."

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans stayed up late, late last night to watch Corden's first show and now shares his impressions with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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NPR Story
1:39 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Britain's 'Greatest Complainer' Doesn't Get Mad, He Gets Even

John Cleese (R) reprises the famous Monty Python "Dead Parrot" sketch on Saturday Night Live. He is a customer trying to register a complaint: he was sold a dead parrot. (Screenshot)

Has your car ever broken down the day after you bought it? Are your flights constantly delayed and overbooked? Did your barber give you the wrong haircut for your wedding day?

You might need the help of the man who’s been called “Britain’s Greatest Complainer.”

Jasper Griegson is a complaint expert and wrote over 5,000 complaint letters on behalf of readers of the British newspaper, The Daily Express.

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NPR Story
1:39 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Americans' Love Of Diet Soda Fizzing Out

Diet Coke sales are down according to one firms research. (Niall Kennedy/Flickr Creative Commons)

New data from the market research firm Euromonitor finds that sales of low calorie soft drinks in the United States fell almost 20 percent over the last five years.

By 2019, sales are projected to fall off by a third since their peak in 2009. Diet Coke has seen its sales fall off by 15 percent in the past two years.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson looks at what’s happening in the soda business with Jason Bellini of the Wall Street Journal.

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The Two-Way
1:31 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Notorious Mexican Criminals Say Prison Conditions Are Inhumane

Reproduction of a letter to the National Commission of Human Rights from criminals, drug dealers, murderers and kidnappers in "El Altiplano," Mexico's highest-security prison.
Ronaldo Schemidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:13 am

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission is dealing with a new case of alleged violations by federal officials. This complaint, however, comes from the country's most vicious and notorious criminals — more than 100 of them.

Nearly 140 prisoners at Mexico's maximum security prison say they're being housed in unsafe and inhumane conditions.

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Code Switch
12:48 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

From A Congresswoman To A 'Queen,' Girl's Dress-Up Photo Series Rolls On

Lily Bushelle (right) dressed up as Shirley Chisholm. In 1968, Chisholm became the first African-American woman elected to Congress.
Courtesy of Marc Bushelle

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 2:18 pm

Janine Harper and Marc Bushelle's photo series of their daughter Lily dressed up as different African-American heroines started as a Black History Month project.

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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Tue March 24, 2015

House Panel Releases Video Of Secret Service Barricade Incident

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 1:19 pm

A congressional panel on Tuesday released a video surveillance tape of an incident near the White House in which a government car driven by Secret Service agents appears to brush a barrier in an area where a suspicious package was being investigated.

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The Salt
11:22 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Why There's A Big Battle Brewing Over The Lean Meat In Your Diet

Never underestimate the power of a footnote.

When a panel of nutrition scientists tasked with updating the government's guidelines on healthy eating released its 500-plus-page tome on Feb. 19, one particular 52-word footnote threw a wrench into the conventional wisdom on lean meat. It caught the meat industry's eye, and it's created a controversy.

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The Two-Way
10:41 am
Tue March 24, 2015

U.S. Providing Reconnaissance Flights Over Booby-Trapped Tikrit

A volunteer fighter with a Shiite militant group known as Jihad Brigades fires his weapon during clashes with Islamic State militants outside Tikrit, Iraq, on Saturday.
AP

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:01 pm

The U.S. is providing surveillance flights over the besieged Iraqi city of Tikrit, where militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State remain holed up, protected by a defensive network of explosives and snipers.

NPR's Alice Fordman reports that a senior military official from the U.S.-led coalition against the militants, also known as ISIS, says the U.S. has been conducting reconnaissance missions over Tikrit since Saturday.

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It's All Politics
10:35 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Calif. Lawyer Proposes Ballot Initiative To Kill Gays And Lesbians

Rainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall in 2013 after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
Noah Berger AP

California's system of direct democracy — the voter initiative process — has produced landmark laws reducing property taxes, banning affirmative action and legalizing medical marijuana.

Now there's a bid to declare that "the people of California wisely command" that gays and lesbians can be killed.

You read that right.

The "Sodomite Suppression Act," as proposed, calls sodomy "a monstrous evil" that should be punishable "by bullets to the head or any other convenient method."

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Shots - Health News
9:31 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Feds Claim Obamacare Launch Is Hindering Government Transparency

Unfilled requests for public records are piling up as the government claims it is being overwhelmed by Obamacare.
Bjorn Rune Lie Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 2:53 pm

A heavy workload caused by the Affordable Care Act, government technology limits and staff shortages are causing unusually long delays in filling public records requests, federal health officials say.

The waits in some cases could stretch out a decade or more.

The Freedom of Information Act requires federal agencies to respond to records requests in 20 working days, though providing documents often takes much longer. The FBI, for instance, recently reported that complex requests could average more than two years to fill.

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Shots - Health News
9:22 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Quality-Testing Legal Marijuana: Strong But Not Always Clean

Andrey Saprykin iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 2:52 pm

Recreational marijuana has been legalized in four states, but that doesn't mean it's a tested consumer product. Some of those potent buds are covered in fungus while others contain traces of butane, according to an analysis of marijuana in Colorado.

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Shots - Health News
9:01 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Even In Nursing, Men Earn More Than Women

If he's a nurse anesthetist, he could be making $17,290 a year more than his female counterparts.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 2:52 pm

Women outnumber men in the nursing profession by more than 10 to 1. But men still earn more, a new study finds.

Even after controlling for age, race, marital status and children in the home, males in nursing outearned females by nearly $7,700 per year in outpatient settings and nearly $3,900 in hospitals.

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NPR History Dept.
8:18 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Old-Timey Slang: 'Polking' Was A Vulgar Word

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 11:48 am

"All slang words are detestable from the lips of ladies," Eliza Leslie said in 1867. She was the author of the Behavior Book, a 19th century etiquette manual published in Philadelphia.

How times have changed. Men and women in contemporary America sling slang around like hash — or like weed. From txt msgs to the Twitterverse, the jargon can be jarring.

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News
8:10 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Germanwings Jet Crashes In The French Alps

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The Two-Way
6:40 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Angelina Jolie Pitt Has Ovaries Removed, Citing Cancer Fears

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 11:39 am

Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie Pitt says she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer.

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Around the Nation
5:36 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Subscriber May Have Put An End To 'Wall Street Journal' Thefts

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:10 am

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The Two-Way
5:03 am
Tue March 24, 2015

As Night Falls, Officials Call Off Search Operation For German Plane

Family of passengers on the Germanwings plane that crashed Tuesday arrive at Barcelona airport.
Emilio Morenatti AP

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 5:00 am

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An Airbus A320 aircraft operated by Germanwings, Lufthansa's low-cost subsidiary, crashed in the French Alps today, likely killing all 150 people on board, French officials said. Germanwings said Flight 4U 9525 was traveling from Barcelona, Spain, to Duesseldorf, Germany.

As night fell on the area, French authorities called off the search operations.

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Around the Nation
4:58 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Authorities Find Businessman Accused Of Faking His Own Death

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:10 am

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The Two-Way
4:47 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Report: Israel Spied On U.S. Nuclear Talks With Iran

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:20 pm

Israel spied on talks the U.S. and its allies are having with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Espionage among friends is not exactly new. In fact, the newspaper reported that the White House discovered the operation when U.S. intelligence agencies "spying on Israel intercepted communications among Israeli officials that carried details the U.S. believed could have come only from access to the confidential talks."

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Tue March 24, 2015

First Listen: 'Carrie & Lowell' By Sufjan Stevens

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 6:15 pm

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Tsarneav Defense Team Tries To Make Its Point Before Sentencing

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:10 am

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Tue March 24, 2015

U.S. Withdraws Remaining Personnel From Volatile Yemen

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:10 am

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Middle East
3:04 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Netanyahu Reveals Aversion To 2-State Solution, White House Says

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:10 am

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Afghanistan
3:04 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Afghanistan Still Relies On U.S., President Ghani Reiterates

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:10 am

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Shots - Health News
1:44 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Many Doctors Who Diagnose Alzheimer's Fail To Tell The Patient

When combined with results of other neurological tests, and in the context of a thorough medical history, atrophy of the brain (shown here in an MRI scan) sometimes indicates Alzheimer's.
Simon Fraser Science Source

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 11:01 am

Doctors are much more likely to level with patients who have cancer than patients who have Alzheimer's, according to a report released this week by the Alzheimer's Association.

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Animals
1:40 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Sea Turtles Test Urban Waters In Southern California 'Jacuzzi'

A recently rescued sea turtle recovering on the banks of the San Gabriel River.
Sanden Totten Southern California Public Radio/KPCC

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 9:59 am

The green sea turtle typically lives in tropical waters, like the shores of Mexico or Hawaii.

But recently, scientists have discovered a population swimming year-round in a river just south of Los Angeles. It's the northernmost group of these turtles known to science.

Visit the 3-mile stretch of the San Gabriel River in Long Beach, wait a few a minutes, and Cassandra Davis says you'll usually see their heads above the water.

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