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12:27 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Is Raising The Minimum Wage To $15 A Good Idea?

McDonald's employees wait to take orders during a one-day hiring event at a McDonald's restaurant on April 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:47 pm

The New York Wage Board today is expected to endorse a recommendation of a $15 per hour minimum wage for fast food workers. The state’s Labor Commissioner would then make a final decision. Seattle and Los Angeles have also moved towards raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The minimum wage issue also promises to be part of the 2016 presidential campaign. On Sunday in Louisiana, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called for the federal minimum wage to more than double.

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12:27 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Lifting The Boy Scouts' Ban On Gay Leaders

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts prepare to lead marchers while waving flags at the 41st annual Pride Parade Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 6:46 am

The Boy Scouts of America is expected to announce today that it’s ending its ban on gay adult leaders. Church-sponsored troops, though, will still be allowed to “continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own,” according to a statement from the Scouts top executives.

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd talks with Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and executive director of Scouts for Equality, about the significance of the change.

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12:27 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

U.S. Wind Power On Course To Grow Big

The Wyoming Wind Energy Center, located in Uinta County, Wyoming has 80 1.8-megawatt Vestas turbines that are capable of generating enough electricity to power more than 43,000 homes. (warzauwynn/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:47 pm

The Department of Energy says wind power is poised to become one of the country’s largest sources of energy, generating 35 percent by 2050, up from 5 percent today.

And it’s not just the windiest states that will generate wind energy. Thanks to improvements in technology, every state now has the capacity to produce wind power.

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NPR Story
12:26 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Psychiatrist: Walking Stimulates The Brain 'In Many, Many Ways'

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:09 pm

According to psychiatry professor and author John Ratey, something as simple as a walk can improve both physical and mental well being. Ratey is co-author of the book “Go Wild: Free Your Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization.” Last year, he and Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson went for a walk near the Charles River in Boston. Today we revisit that conversation.

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The Two-Way
12:26 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Australia's Jehovah's Witnesses Failed To Report 1,006 Alleged Child Sex Abuses

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 1:36 pm

Australia's Jehovah's Witnesses Church failed to report more than 1,000 cases of alleged sexual abuses against children, a national inquiry has found.

The BBC reports:

"Angus Stewart, counsel for the commission, said that of 1,006 alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse identified by the Jehovah's Witnesses Church, 'not one was reported by the church to secular authorities.'

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Music Reviews
12:05 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

New Release Features Jazz Flutist Sam Most's 'Breathy, Punchy Sound'

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It's All Politics
10:42 am
Mon July 27, 2015

'Offensive,' 'Sad': Reaction To Huckabee's Holocaust 'Oven' Reference

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa earlier this month.
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Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 11:43 am

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said over the weekend that President Obama's Iran deal is so bad it will "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."

Candidates, politicians and groups were quick to denounce — or defend — the Holocaust reference.

Here's Huckabee's full quote, said in an interview with Breitbart News' editor-in-chief, Alexander Marlow, on Saturday:

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Shots - Health News
10:05 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Experiment In Coordinated Care For Medicare Failed To Show Savings

Coordinating care for high-risk patients was expected to save money and improve quality of care. A Medicare experiment didn't pan out.
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A $57 million experiment to provide better, more efficient care at federally funded health centers struggled to meet its goals and is unlikely to save money, says a government report on the project.

The test to coordinate treatment for high-risk Medicare patients in hundreds of communities was one of many demonstrations run by the Department of Health and Human Services' innovation center.

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NPR Ed
9:03 am
Mon July 27, 2015

The Toughest Job In Education? Maybe Not

Rosie The Assistant Principal?
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Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 4:50 pm

It's been a theory of mine that the assistant principal has the toughest job in education.

I got that idea a long time ago, when I was a student teacher at a middle school.

It seemed the assistant principal's job goes something like this:

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The Two-Way
8:39 am
Mon July 27, 2015

A Week Later, Milwaukee Police Still On The Hunt For 'Lion-Like' Animal

A screen shot of a video that shows a lion-like animal walking across a lawn in Milwaukee.
CBS 58

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 8:36 am

For a week, police had been receiving reports of a "lion-like" animal roaming the streets of Milwaukee.

Early last week, a resident even caught video of the creature. The cellphone footage showed what looked like a big, wild cat walking across a lawn:

The sightings increased as the week went by, and the police department closed streets and deployed teams of police officers and conservation officials. NBC News reports:

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The Two-Way
6:13 am
Mon July 27, 2015

In Ethiopia, Obama Calls For An End To Oppressive Tactics

President Obama and his delegation stand Monday during a welcome ceremony with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Tiksa Negeri Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:24 pm

Kicking off a two-day trip to Ethiopia, President Obama called on the country to end its crackdown on journalists and to be more open politically.

Obama spoke Monday at a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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Around the Nation
5:43 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Florida Man Wins Hemingway Look-A-Like Contest

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:11 am

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Around the Nation
5:43 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Free Speech Lawsuit Centers On Health Warnings On Soda

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:11 am

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It's All Politics
4:51 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Republicans Stand Against Cuba Change Despite Public Opinion Shift

A supporter waves a Cuban flag in front of the country's embassy after it reopened for the first time in 54 years on July 20 in Washington, D.C. The embassy was closed in 1961 when U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower severed diplomatic ties with the island nation after Fidel Castro took power in a communist revolution.
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Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 9:51 am

The Cuban flag is flying over the Cuban Embassy in the United States for the first time in 54 years after the two countries restored diplomatic relations in December, but not everyone is celebrating the renewed flow of mojitos from the embassy's Hemingway Bar.

Presidential hopefuls Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who both call the heavily Cuban-American Miami area home, denounced last Monday's new step in U.S.-Cuba relations.

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The Two-Way
4:41 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22-Year-Old Daughter Of Whitney Houston, Dies

Singer Whitney Houston and daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, arrive at a 2011 event in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Dan Steinberg AP

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 8:32 am

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late pop icon Whitney Houston, died on Sunday.

Brown, who grew up in the shadow of fame and dysfunction, had spent months at a Georgia hospital after being found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home.

The Associated Press reports:

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U.S.
3:11 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Moderate Muslims Counter ISIS Propaganda With Their Own Media Strategy

In the video "Does Islam Encourage Violence?" Imam Omar Atia (left) and Zac Parsons discuss modern perceptions of Islam.
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Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:51 am

U.S. officials are concerned about the recruiting efforts of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, as the group has stepped up its online outreach.

One team in southwestern Indiana who opposes the radical Islamist group is taking to the Web to reclaim the message of Islam.

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News
3:11 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Beneath Alaskan Wildfires, A Hidden Threat: Long-Frozen Carbon's Thaw

Some of Alaska's wildfires are dramatic: flames, vast plumes of smoke and firefighting battles. Here, on June 17, a helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska. But even fires that look far quieter, like they're all burned out, can continue to smolder underground — and pose a dangerous threat to permafrost.
Sgt. Balinda O'Neal/U.S. Army National Guard AP

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:38 pm

The Fish Creek Fire in Interior Alaska isn't much to look at. It's about 7,500 acres in size, sitting about an hour south of Fairbanks near the twisty Tanana River. The main fire front — the made-for-TV part, with torching trees and pulses of orange heat — flamed out more than a week ago, leaving behind a quiet charred landscape.

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NPR Story
3:11 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Activists Aim To Expand Reach Of Black Lives Matter Movement

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 9:12 am

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3:11 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Career Diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis Is Charge D'Affaires In Havana

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:11 am

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3:11 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Senate Takes A Step Toward Riving Export-Import Bank

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:48 pm

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3:11 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Turkey Launches Bombing Campaign Against ISIS, PKK Bases

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 4:18 pm

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Shots - Health News
1:57 am
Mon July 27, 2015

A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal The Brain

A nanosecond pulsed laser beam starts the photoacoustic imaging process.
Geoff Story/Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:51 pm

Lihong Wang creates the sort of medical technology you'd expect to find on the starship Enterprise.

Wang, a professor of biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has already helped develop instruments that can detect individual cancer cells in the bloodstream and oxygen consumption deep within the body. He has also created a camera that shoots at 100 billion frames a second, fast enough to freeze an object traveling at the speed of light.

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The Two-Way
5:51 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Hit With Record $105 Million Fine Over Safety Recalls

About 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles, including Dodges, Jeeps, Rams and Chryslers, were recalled on Friday over concerns that they could be remotely hacked. On Sunday, federal regulators announced previous Fiat Chrysler safety recalls had been mishandled and hit the company with a record $105 million fine.
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Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 7:36 am

Federal regulators are fining Fiat Chrysler $105 million for failing to acknowledge and address safety defects in a timely fashion.

The civil penalty — the largest ever imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — will be accompanied by three years of "unprecedented" federal oversight, the agency says. Fiat Chrysler has also agreed to buy back some vehicles from their owners.

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Latin America
4:11 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

A Day Of Triumph In A Time Of Change: Cuba's High Holiday Explained

Cubans gather in Santiago de Cuba to celebrate this year's Revolution Day, the 62nd anniversary of Fidel Castro's first open assault on the forces of President Fulgencio Batista, who would eventually be overthrown by the rebels.
Yamil Lage AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 9:23 pm

On this day 62 years ago, Fidel Castro launched the attack that marked the start of the Cuban revolution. In the years since, the day has taken on emotional significance for the Cuban people — and for the communist government that celebrates it annually.

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Middle East
4:11 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

Lebanon Evicted Syrians From A Refugee Camp; They Refused To Go

Syrian refugees live in makeshift shelters in the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, just a few miles west of the Syrian border.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:04 pm

The Syrian refugee crisis is getting worse by the day.

Not only are more refugees fleeing into Lebanon, but aid to those who have already arrived is being cut dramatically.

The United Nations World Food Program earlier this month slashed the monthly food subsidy for Syrian refugees in Lebanon to just $13.50 per person. Less than a year ago the figure was $30 per person per month. The reason for the decision was reportedly a budget shortfall.

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Around the Nation
3:11 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

Oklahoma Takes A Hard Look At What Police Seize — And How It's Spent

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 12:03 pm

In Oklahoma, some people in charge of enforcing the law seem to be skirting it. State audits have found people in district attorney offices have used seized money and property to live rent-free and pay off student loans.

When state Sen. Kyle Loveless first heard about the audits, he'd already been thinking about amending the civil asset forfeiture laws — mainly because the state doesn't always follow the law.

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Law
3:10 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

What Does California Ruling Mean For Migrants Held At Detention Centers?

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 3:46 am

A federal judge in California has ruled that immigration authorities improperly detained women and children who tried to enter the U.S. illegally. Immigrant rights activists are praising the ruling. Julia Preston, who covers immigration for The New York Times, explains the case.

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The Two-Way
12:57 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

British Cyclist Chris Froome Wins Tour De France

Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain, with the race leader's yellow jersey, celebrates his overall victory on the podium after the 109.5-km (68 mile) final 21st stage of the 102nd Tour de France.
Stefano Rellandini Reuters/Landov

British cyclist Chris Froome rode to his second Tour de France win in just three years on Sunday, edging out his toughest rival, Colombian Nairo Quintana.

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

Syria's Assad Admits Setbacks In Civil War, But Vows To Win

Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during his meeting with the heads and members of public organizations and professional associations in Damascus, on Sunday. Assad acknowledged that the fight against rebels had suffered setbacks, but vowed to win against insurgents.
SANA Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 12:48 pm

Syrian President Bashar Assad, in his first public address in a year, acknowledged that government forces had lost territory to rebels and needed more troops, but he vowed to crush the insurgency that has threatened to topple him.

Assad admitted that his generals have had to shift forces from one front to another to defend key territory and that the loss of some areas have caused "frustration" among ordinary Syrians.

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The Two-Way
10:03 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Judge In Mexico Orders Prison Officials Detained In 'El Chapo' Escape

A hole in the floor of cell number 20, from which drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman escaped on July 11 from the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya, Mexico.
Mario Guzman EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 1:02 pm

Weeks after drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman allegedly got inside help in a daring escape from a maximum-security prison in Mexico, a Mexican federal judge has ordered three officials who worked in the facility's monitoring center at the time of the jailbreak to be formally taken into custody.

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