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11:43 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Top Democrat Insists Party Will Hold Senate — But Turnout Is Key

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaks to party members during their meeting last summer in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:00 pm

As increasingly confident Republican leaders predict big midterm election gains, the head of Democratic National Committee put on her game face Tuesday and insisted the party will hold control of the Senate.

The Democrats' grass-roots organization, said Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and what she characterized as the GOP's continuing alienation of women, minority, LGBT and middle-class voters, bodes well for her party this fall.

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The Two-Way
11:12 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Ukrainian Servicemen Reported Shot By Masked Soldiers In Crimea

Armed men, believed to be Russians, stand guard near the Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye outside Simferopol, on Monday.
David Mdzinarishvili Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:51 pm

A Ukrainian serviceman reportedly was shot and killed and another wounded by masked assailants who stormed a base in Crimea's main city of Simferopol, hours after Russia announced it would annex the Black Sea peninsula.

Ukrainian military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov tells Reuters by telephone from Crimea that it was unclear who the attackers were. He described them as "unknown forces, fully equipped and their faces covered."

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Shots - Health News
11:11 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Opting Out Of Your Insurance Plan's Network Can Be Costly

A vaccination that would be free inside a health plan's network can result in a bill when administered by an unapproved doctor.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 1:34 pm

Many plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces offer a trade-off: lower premiums in exchange for limited choices of doctors and hospitals. But consumers who opt for these plans with the idea that they'll go out of network when necessary may be taking a big financial risk.

The health law generally limits how much consumers can be required to pay out of pocket for medical care (not including premiums). In 2014, the limit for an individual plan is $6,350 and for a family plan, $12,700.

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The Two-Way
11:11 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Is There A Method To Your March Madness?

Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin and his teammates are among the teams thought to have a strong chance of winning this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament. Are the Gators your pick?
Curtis Compton MCT/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 8:45 am

The odds are that somebody in your office or shop is trying to get you to toss a few bucks into the pool and fill out the brackets for this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, which gets underway tonight. Fans of the women's championship might also be after you.

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Planet Money
11:07 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists?

Artists painting mural
Tim Pannell Corbis

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 12:59 pm

A few weeks ago, we were sitting around the office arguing over this simple question: Who had richer parents, journalists or people working in finance? Doctors or artists? More generally: What's the link between household income during childhood and job choice during adulthood?

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The Two-Way
10:37 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Chechen Leader Known As 'Russia's Bin Laden' Reported Dead

An undated video image of Doku Umarov, taken from files made available by IntelCenter.
AP

Chechen separatist leader Doku Umarov, whose attacks on Russian civilians earned him the nickname "Russia's Bin Laden," is dead, according to an insurgency website.

However, it's worth noting that this is not the first time Umarov's death has been announced.

The BBC reports via Kavkaz Center, the main website of Russia's Islamic militants, that Umarov "became a martyr," but had no further details.

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All Songs Considered
10:27 am
Tue March 18, 2014

5 Dance Moves We Learned At SXSW 2014 In GIFs

Kristina Hanses (of Swedish performance art duo Kristal and Jonny Boy) getting ready to bust a move.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Remember when you were little and you relied on friends or music videos to learn the latest dance moves? You couldn't rewind MTV to break down the steps, and you might look a fool for sashaying left instead of right, or whatnot. This is the beauty of the GIF, a motion suspended in looped animation that allows you all the time in the world to get that shimmy down. SXSW was full of crazy dance moves and we had Adam Kissick capture five worth emulating.

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The Two-Way
9:59 am
Tue March 18, 2014

VIDEO: Flames Spread After Helicopter Crashes In Seattle

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 4:03 pm

Two people were killed and one was critically injured when a KOMO News helicopter crashed and burned Tuesday near Seattle's Space Needle, the station reports.

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Remembrances
9:58 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Remembering The Late Politician Reubin Askew

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 11:51 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we'd like to remember the life of a man who expanded the American political landscape in ways that are still felt today. Former Florida governor Reubin Askew died recently at the age of 85. He was a Democrat who served as governor in a largely conservative Florida in the 1970s. While in that office, he took a progressive stance on racial equality and pushed through legislation to overhaul ethics and taxes.

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Health Care
9:58 am
Tue March 18, 2014

What You Need To Know As Health Care Deadline Looms

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 11:51 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. The Obama administration announced yesterday that 5 million Americans have now enrolled in the Affordable Care Act, and that might be surprising news for some who tried to sign up and were met by major website problems early in the rollout. If you are not one of those 5 million, you still have about two weeks to sign up or figure out if you might be able to stay in a plan you already have.

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Parallels
9:31 am
Tue March 18, 2014

For Afghans In Camps, A Harsh Life With No End In Sight

David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 5:58 pm

The Nasaji Bagrami camp for internally displaced Afghans sits on the outskirts of Kabul, a vast expanse of crumbling mud structures with tarps and tent sheets for roofs. These structures look like ruins from hundreds of years ago, but they're actually only about 5 years old.

About 360 families live here in absolutely primitive conditions: Litter is strewn about, children wander around barefoot in the cold, barely clothed yet still smiling and playing with each other.

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Tue March 18, 2014

WATCH: Physicist Gets 'Smoking Gun' Proof Of His Theory

Andrei Linde receives the "smoking gun" proof of his inflation theory from fellow physicist Chao-Lin Kuo.
Stanford University

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:58 pm

When the news of a lifetime finally arrived at their door, Stanford physicist Andrei Linde and his wife wondered aloud if one of them was expecting a delivery.

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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Kids Think The Darndest Thoughts

When you were growing up, did you believe something that you later learned — as an adult — wasn't true?

We tossed that question to the Internet and answers came flooding in – more than 7,000. (Thank you all.) Turns out, many people had endlessly entertaining thoughts as children.

Certain ideas popped up over and over: Teachers live at school. Quicksand will swallow me up. Factory smoke stacks are cloud-making machines.

Perhaps misconception – like misery – loves company.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Here Are The 24 Heroic Stories Behind Today's Medals Of Honor

Vietnam veterans Melvin Morris (center), Jose Rodela (obscured) and Santiago J. Erevia (left) received the Medal of Honor from President Obama at the White House on Thursday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 6:50 am

This post was updated at 4:09 p.m. ET.

Old wrongs were righted Tuesday afternoon, as The Associated Press says, when President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans.

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Shots - Health News
8:28 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Yes, It's A Headache. No, You Don't Need A Brain Scan

Younger women are most likely to go to the doctor with a headache.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 2:04 pm

Headaches may be the most common human malady, accounting for one-quarter of all doctor visits.

It's almost always just a headache. But what if it's a brain tumor? Shouldn't I get a CT scan or MRI exam just to make sure?

Evidently I'm not alone in that thought. People in the United States get $1 billion worth of brain scans each year because they have a headache, according to researchers at the University of Michigan.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Tue March 18, 2014

More Theories But Still No Sign Of Missing Malaysian Jet

A Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency pilot scans the sea below for any sign of Flight 370.
Edgar Su Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 9:38 am

The search continues for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the 239 people on board. They disappeared on March 8 when the jet apparently turned west while over the Gulf of Thailand. It was on a flight that should have taken it from Kuala Lumpur north to Beijing.

Now, a search that stretches far to the south in the Indian Ocean to far to the north in Central Asia is underway. The area covers more than 3 million square miles.

Tuesday's headlines help highlight the latest developments:

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The Two-Way
5:38 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Book News: U.K. Campaign Wants To Slay Pretty Princesses, Valiant Knights

An artist's rendering circa 750 A.D. of an Anglo-Saxon king and his armor bearer preparing for battle.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
5:12 am
Tue March 18, 2014

West Is Ruled 'By The Gun,' Putin Says As He Annexes Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin pool EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 4:21 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': Ellen Barry, Moscow correspondent for 'The New York Times,' talks with NPR's Renee Montagne
We updated this post as Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke and other leaders reacted.

Wasting no time and showing no sign that he's concerned about Western objections or economic sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea on Tuesday.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue March 18, 2014

All Sides Of A Divorce, Told In Fresh, Lively 'Papers'

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:20 pm

The "woe that is in marriage," the subject of the Wife of Bath's Prologue in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, is a great old subject. Susan Rieger's smart and wonderfully entertaining domestic comedy, with all its shifts of tone from the personal to the legal and a lot in between, takes up this old problem and makes it fresh and lively — and in some places so painful, because it has to do with a child torn between two parents, you don't want to go on. But you do. The power and canniness of this bittersweet work of epistolary fiction pulls you along.

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All Tech Considered
5:03 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Weekly Innovation: Paper Notebooks That Become Digital Files

Mod Notebooks sell for $25 each, which includes a prepaid envelope and digitization.
Courtesy of Mod Notebooks

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:14 am

Each week, we highlight an innovation you might not have heard of yet. This week's innovation is a twist on something invented thousands of years ago: paper.

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The Salt
3:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Japanese Tea Ritual Turned 15th Century 'Tupperware' Into Art

Courtesy Freer Gallery of Art

Eight hundred years ago, tea was rare in Japan. It arrived from China in simple, ceramic storage jars. Chinese ceramists churned these jars out with little care or attention; they stuffed tea leaves into them and shipped them off.

The jars were "the Chinese version of Tupperware," says Andrew Watsky, a professor of Japanese art history at Princeton.

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World
3:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Sen. Durbin Says U.S. Is Ready To Provide Nonlethal Aid To Ukraine

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:07 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

Just before residents of Crimea voted to break away from Ukraine and join Russia, a group of U.S. senators visited Kiev. They were showing support for Ukraine's new government, and also offering U.S. help. Among them was Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin. We reached him by phone in Chicago, and asked if the U.S. and Europe have to accept that Crimea is now part of Russia.

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Shots - Health News
3:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Despite Setbacks, Bipartisan Support Remains For Colorado Exchange

Patty Fontneau, executive director and CEO, of Connect for Health Colorado, acknowledged there were problems with the exchange when it opened.
Eric Whitney for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 5:56 am

Being the first to try something can be rewarding. Remember how amazing it was to have the first iPhone? But then, sometimes there's a downside, like using that early version of the iPhone map tool that led to some wrong turns.

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Business
3:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Primark To Pay $10 Million To Victims Of Bangladesh Factory Collapse

British clothing retailer Primark says it will pay $10 million in compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh last year. The tragedy killed more than 1,100.

Digital Life
3:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Investors Pool Money Online To Buy Real Estate

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:27 am

The crowdfunding trend — where people donate money through sites like Kickstarter to back projects — has grown quickly. Now investors are pooling their money online to buy real estate.

Business
3:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Businesses Help Guide Workers Down Path To Citizenship

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:28 am

Silicon Valley companies have launched a drive to provide citizenship services on-site to employees holding green cards. The belief is that such employees become more valuable workers.

Paying For College
3:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High

World War II veterans and other students at the University of Iowa in 1947. That year, due to federal assistance from the GI Bill, 60 percent of the school's enrollment was made up of veterans.
Margaret Bourke-White Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 11:59 am

If you want to get an earful about paying for college, listen to parents from states where tuition and fees have skyrocketed in the last five years. In Arizona, for example, parents have seen a 77 percent increase in costs. In Georgia, it's 75 percent, and in Washington state, 70 percent.

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World
3:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Has Crimea Referendum Sparked A New Cold War?

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 5:52 am

Host Renee Montagne talks with New York Times correspondent Ellen Barry in Moscow about what Vladimir Putin's land grab in Ukraine says about this moment in the post-Soviet history of Russia.

World
3:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Putin Moves Foward With Plans To Annex Crimea

Host David Greene speaks with NPR's Gregory Warner about Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval of a draft treaty to annex Crimea.

Parallels
3:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

After 300 Years Of Marriage, Scotland Contemplates U.K. Divorce

Pro-independence campaigners attend a rally In Edinburgh, Scotland, in September.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 8:22 am

Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom for more than 300 years. This fall, that could change. In mid-September, a referendum on independence will determine whether Scotland breaks off from England, Northern Ireland and Wales to become a sovereign nation.

Scotland's largest city, Glasgow, is ground zero in this debate. The East End of this city is poor and run down, with some of the worst health figures in Europe. Men here are expected to live into only their mid-50s, some 30 years less than in wealthy areas.

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