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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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The Salt
4:27 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Dynamic Duos: How To Get More Nutrition By Pairing Foods

Eating eggs with your salad helps boost absorption of carotenoids — the pigments in tomatoes and carrots.
Photo illustration by Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 2:00 pm

What are the makings of a great salad? You need fresh greens, of course, and then a layer of colorful vegetables like tomatoes and carrots.

That's a good start. But to help the body absorb more of the nutrients packed into this medley, you may want to add something else: a cooked egg.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Strength Of Governors In Presidential Races Takes A Dip In 2016

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 6:27 pm

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World
3:23 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Australia Allegedly Paid Smugglers To Reverse Boat Of Indonesian Migrants

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

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Europe
3:23 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

After Kosovo Emerged From War, Foreign Extremists Radicalized Youth

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

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Around the Nation
3:23 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Changing Demographics Influenced Shift In Southern Political Landscape

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

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The Two-Way
2:50 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Legislation, 60-38

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 5:29 am

The Senate handed President Obama a huge victory Wednesday afternoon, giving him final approval of legislation that enhances his power to negotiate trade deals.

The bill needed just 51 votes, but passed 60-38, making it look almost easy.

But earlier this month, the legislation granting Trade Promotion Authority seemed likely to die because of fierce opposition from many Democrats and some Republicans. Various legislative maneuvers were employed to set back the measure.

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

For Sale: 1.6 Percent Of Australia, Including World's Biggest Cattle Ranch

Workers from the Anna Creek cattle ranch take a break from work on the Oodnadatta Track.
William West AFP/Getty Images

If you're searching for a place that has a big backyard for the kids, look no further.

The largest cattle ranch in the world, Anna Creek, is on the market in Australia. For context, the ranch is about the size of New Hampshire, according to Time magazine.

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The Two-Way
2:40 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

OSHA Launches Program To Protect Nursing Employees

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 9:20 am

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will announce Thursday that it's going to crack down on hospitals, for the first time ever, to prevent an epidemic of back and arm injuries among nursing employees.

Nurses and nursing assistants suffer more of those debilitating injuries than any other occupation, and those injuries are caused mainly by moving and lifting patients.

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Asia
2:28 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

U.S. Calls On Myanmar To Grant Rohingya Citizenship

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

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Asia
2:28 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Death Toll Rises To 800 As Heat Wave Hits Pakistan

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

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The Two-Way
2:27 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

OPM Chief Again Grilled On Data Hack

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta testifies on Capitol Hill again today on the hack of federal employees' personal data in agency computers.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 4:58 pm

The director of the Office of Personnel Management underwent another grilling Wednesday, this time from members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Katherine Archuleta sat for more than three hours as lawmakers questioned her competence and her estimates of how many government workers may have had their data breached in the hacking of OPM's computers discovered this spring.

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Shots - Health News
1:58 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Are You Flossing Or Just Lying About Flossing? The Dentist Knows

I'd rather be sticking needles in my eyes. But that wasn't on the survey.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 10:37 am

There's nothing like jamming a waxed piece of string between your tightest molars and sliding it back and forth. And who doesn't do that once a day, just as the dentist prescribes?

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NPR Story
1:18 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Boston Marathon Bomber Apologizes For The First Time

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized for the deadly attack for the first time Wednesday just before a judge was set to formally sentence him to death.

“I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done – irreparable damage,” the 21-year-old college student said, breaking more than two years of public silence.

To the victims, he said: “I pray for your relief, for your healing.”

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1:18 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

What Is The Supreme Court Doing Behind The Scenes?

The Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on two landmark cases in the next few days – same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act. Advocates and critics of the death penalty are also watching for a ruling on the constitutionality of some lethal injection drugs.

But why do all these big cases come at the same time? What goes on behind the scenes of the Supreme Court as a session winds down? Here & Now’s Robin Young asks NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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1:18 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

CEO Activism And The Corporate Battle Against The Confederate Flag

A search for Confederate flags in Google Shopping on June 24, 2015, did not match any shopping results. (Screenshot)

As politicians across the South are stepping in to call for the removal of the Confederate battle flag and other symbols of the Confederacy, big businesses are also joining the fray. Wal-Mart, eBay, Amazon and others have promised to pull merchandise tied to the flag, in some cases adding strong arguments against the products.

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