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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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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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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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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.
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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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NPR Story
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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NPR Story
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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The Two-Way
1:14 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Announces Presidential Run

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 4:03 pm

Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday that he's seeking the Republican presidential nomination, joining an already-crowded GOP field.

"My approach is different from most of the other people running for president," Jindal said in New Orleans hours after announcing his run on Twitter. "The United States of America was made great by people who get things done. Not lots of talk or entertaining speeches.

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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Apologizes To Victims, Families Of Boston Marathon Bombing

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (center) is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad (left) and Judy Clarke during his federal death penalty trial on March 5.
Jane Flavell Collins AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 1:00 pm

Updated at 2:28 p.m. ET

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke his silence Wednesday and apologized to the victims and the survivors of the deadly 2013 attack.

"I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, and the damage that I've done," he said Wednesday during his sentencing hearing.

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Parallels
12:00 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

The Reason Cervantes Asked To Be Buried Under A Convent

Archaeologists in Madrid study remains buried under the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians on Jan. 24. Tests proved the remains belonged to Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote. Cervantes wanted to be buried at the convent because the nuns raised money and paid a ransom for his release when he was a young man held captive in North Africa.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza AP

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

It was Miguel de Cervantes' dying wish to be buried inside the walls of Madrid's Convento de las Trinitarias Descalzas — the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians — where a dozen cloistered nuns still live today, nearly 400 years later.

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The Two-Way
11:42 am
Wed June 24, 2015

How The Turtle Got Its Shell

An illustration of Pappochelys, based on its 240-million-year-old fossilized remains. This ancestor to today's turtle was about 8 inches long.
Rainer Schoch/Nature

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

The fossilized remains of a bizarre-looking reptile are giving scientists new insights into how turtles got their distinctive shells.

Some 240 million years ago, this early turtle-like creature lived in a large lake, in a fairly warm, subtropical climate. But it didn't have the kind of shell modern turtles have, says Hans-Dieter Sues, a curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

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Code Switch
11:38 am
Wed June 24, 2015

A Good Read: A White Woman On 'Being An Excuse' For Deadly Racism

People join hands in a moment of silence as thousands of marchers meet in the middle of Charleston's main bridge in a show of unity.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 1:09 pm

At The New Republic, Chloe Angyal pens a piece on the role of white womanhood in America's racial dynamics, and why she will "no longer be an excuse for violence."

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The Two-Way
11:29 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Alabama Governor Orders Removal Of Confederate Flags From Capitol

State workers take down a Confederate national flag on the grounds of the state Capitol on Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala.
Martin Swant AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 12:07 pm

The Confederate battle flag and three other symbols of the Confederacy were taken down Wednesday from the Capitol grounds in Montgomery, Ala., after their removal was ordered by Gov. Robert Bentley amid a growing backlash against the symbols following last week's racially motivated mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina.

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Wed June 24, 2015

U.S. Clarifies Hostage Policy, Saying It Won't Prosecute Families Over Ransom

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 12:54 pm

Better communication with the families of kidnapped Americans — and a pledge that those relatives won't face criminal charges if they pay ransoms — are at the heart of an update to the U.S. federal hostage policy, released Wednesday.

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It's All Politics
10:38 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Hillary Clinton's 3-Word Misstep: 'All Lives Matter'

Hillary Clinton spoke Tuesday at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo.
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Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 3:05 pm

This post was updated at 5 p.m. ET

Hillary Clinton's speech Tuesday at a historic black church in Missouri was mostly well-received by the audience, but three words angered some of the activists she was hoping to appeal to.

Clinton spoke to frequent applause about religion, racism, access to education, repairing communities and the shooting last week in Charleston, S.C.

The church where Clinton spoke, Christ the King United Church of Christ, is in Florissant, Mo., fewer than 5 miles from where the rioting and protesting happened in Ferguson.

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Autopsy Attributes Freddie Gray's Death To 'High-Energy Injury,' Report Says

A mural memorializing Baltimore resident Freddie Gray adorns a wall near the place where he was tackled and arrested by police. The Baltimore Sun says it has acquired a copy of the unreleased government autopsy report in the case.
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Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 12:46 pm

Updated at 12:45 p.m. ET

The death of Baltimore man Freddie Gray was the result of a "high-energy injury" to his spine and was ruled a homicide due to "acts of omission" by police, according to The Baltimore Sun. The newspaper cites a copy of the unreleased autopsy report from the state medical examiner's office.

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Shots - Health News
6:54 am
Wed June 24, 2015

That's Not Fair! Crime And Punishment In A Preschooler's Mind

By age 3, kids already have a burgeoning sense of empathy, ownership and justice.
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Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 8:59 am

Toddlers can throw their fair share of tantrums, especially when you don't yield to their will. But by age 3, it turns out, the little rug rats actually have a burgeoning sense of fairness and are inclined to right a wrong.

When they see someone being mistreated, children as young as 3 years old will intervene on behalf of others nearly as often as for themselves, a study published this month in Current Biology suggests. Just don't ask them to punish the perpetrator.

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Over-Aged: Chinese Authorities Seize Decades-Old Meat

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 10:36 am

China's customs agents have seized thousands of tons of frozen chicken wings, beef and pork that were smuggled by gangs. Weighing more than 100,000 tons, the meat has an estimated value of more than $480 million — but it also poses serious health risks, officials said.

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

French Are Fuming Over Report That NSA Spied On 3 Presidents

French President Francois Hollande leads a meeting about new WikiLeaks allegations of U.S. spying on French presidents.
Charles Platiau/Pool EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 11:01 am

The U.S. ambassador to France has been summoned to the French Foreign Ministry to answer new claims that the NSA monitored the communications of three sitting French presidents and their top staff.

Those said to be targeted include President Francois Hollande, who is holding an emergency meeting today with top French lawmakers.

From Paris, NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports:

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Around the Nation
5:31 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Cat Scares Black Bear Off Porch In Alaska

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 6:05 am

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Wed June 24, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday.
Rainier Ehrhardt AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 4:27 pm

This story was updated at 12:45 p.m. ET

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday he is running for president, becoming the 13th major Republican candidate to enter the race.

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