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3:22 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Portugal Snatches Victory From U.S., Match Ends 2-2

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:11 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

You know, I was driving with the windows down on Sunday afternoon and suddenly heard roaring crowds cheering and chanting U.S.A.. It was a lovely summer day here in Washington, D.C., and the car rolled between two outdoor restaurants where people watching the World Cup on TV saw the U.S. score a goal to go ahead. In the end, the U.S. only tied Portugal 2 to 2. They were playing in the city of Manaus, in the thick heat and humidity of the Brazilian Amazon. NPR's Tom Goldman was there.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHANTING)

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NPR Ed
2:32 am
Mon June 23, 2014

To Boost Attendance, Milwaukee Schools Revive Art, Music And Gym

Students in gym class at Richard Kluge Elementary in Milwaukee. Two years ago, the students had no gym, art, or music classes but that's changing as Milwaukee Public Schools re-hires teachers for these classes.
Erin Toner WUWM

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 1:00 pm

In the stuffy, little gymnasium at Richard Kluge Elementary in Milwaukee, 16 boys and girls are stretching, jumping and marching to music.

Two years ago, the school had no gym, art or music classes due to budget cuts. But now, Kluge students get a so-called "special" class three days a week.

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Shots - Health News
1:29 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Hospitals To Pay Big Fines For Infections, Avoidable Injuries

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:32 am

Medicare is preparing to penalize about 750 hospitals that have the highest rates of infections and patient injuries. The sanctions, estimated to total $330 million over a year, will kick in at a time when most infections and accidents in hospitals are on the decline, but still too common.

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Shots - Health News
1:27 am
Mon June 23, 2014

How A Woman's Plan To Kill Herself Helped Her Family Grieve

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 3:06 pm

This story is in no way an endorsement of suicide. It's a description of one woman's choice and what came of it.

Five years ago, after doctors told her that she had Alzheimer's disease that would eventually steal her ability to read, write and recognize people, Sandy Bem decided to kill herself.

Sandy was 65 years old, an unsentimental woman and strong willed. For her, a life without books and the ability to recognize the people she loved wasn't a life she wanted.

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World
3:09 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

With Changes To Guantanamo Trials, A New Feel To Proceedings

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 4:25 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

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Law
2:30 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Georgia's New Pro-Gun Law Triggers Confusion For Some Residents

Protesters participate in the Guns Across America rally at the state capitol in Atlanta in 2013. The Safe Carry Protection Act goes into effect on July 1, but it's already creating confusion for many Georgia residents.
Tami Chappell Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 6:11 am

Starting on July 1, when the Safe Carry Protection Act goes into effect, Georgians with gun permits will have many more places to take their weapons. The law is considered the most sweeping pro-gun measure passed in the U.S. this year. Opponents call it the "Guns Everywhere" bill.

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Fine Art
9:59 am
Sun June 22, 2014

'The Illustrated Courtroom' Finds Art In Real-Life Legal Drama

Artist Elizabeth Williams sketched NPR's Rachel Martin during their conversation.
Elizabeth Williams

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 11:26 am

For some trials, courtroom sketches are the only images the public ever sees. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with artist Elizabeth Williams about her new book, which looks at 50 years of such drawings.

Shots - Health News
9:36 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Shortage Of Saline Solution Has Hospitals On Edge

Reid Kennedy, materials manager at San Francisco General Hospital, stands next to racks of saline solution. He has had to carefully manage the hospital's supply of saline during this shortage.
Mark Andrew Boyer KQED

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:09 am

Hospitals across the country are struggling with a shortage of one of their essential medical supplies.

Manufacturers are rationing saline solution — essentially pharmaceutical-grade saltwater. The stuff is used all around hospitals to clean wounds, mix medications or treat dehydration. Now drug companies say they won't be able to catch up with demand until next year.

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Health Care
6:01 am
Sun June 22, 2014

In LA, Barbers Cut Hair And Check Blood Pressure

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 10:19 am

A Los Angeles doctor is training barbers to check their customers for high blood pressure. He's targeting the social hubs for black men because of the health risks associated with hypertension.

Law
6:01 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Sexual Harassment, Abuse Systemic In Modeling World

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 5:00 pm

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

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Shots - Health News
3:00 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Americans Weigh Addiction Risk When Taking Painkillers

Generic hydrocodone plus acetaminophen pills seen in a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt., in 2013.
Toby Talbot AP

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 5:55 am

Prescriptions for narcotic painkillers have surged in recent years. Fatal overdoses and abuse of the drugs have risen, too. Doctors and patients are grappling with how to balance the need for pain relief with the potential for trouble.

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It's All Politics
2:57 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Hillary Clinton, The Inevitable? Sure Seems Like It

Sometimes, you just have to accept the inevitable. But there are a couple years left until the Democratic presidential nominee is officially chosen.
Steven Senne AP

The jockeying for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination is already shaping up to be nothing like the 2008 contest. Indeed, it doesn't even resemble a contest. It's not going too far out on a limb to say that, unlike six years ago, the nomination is Hillary Clinton's for the taking, if she wants it.

This will inevitably lead to the idea of her inevitability — and there are few words in politics more despised than that one.

Presidential aspirants have a love-hate relationship with that word when it's attached to them.

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Code Switch
12:41 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home

Despite the challenges to finding affordable housing, blacks and Latinos still say they feel like home ownership is an excellent investment.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 2:30 pm

If it seems like we talk about housing a lot on Code Switch, it's because we do. But the fact is it's really hard to talk about all the ways race correlates to different outcomes — in health or education, say— without talking about where people live. Take household wealth, for example: The major reason whites have so much more of it is because of how much likelier they are not just to own homes, but to own homes in places where that property might appreciate in value.

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Middle East
9:22 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Talks Yield Possible Framework For Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:52 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Negotiators trying to ensure that Iran has only a peaceful nuclear program have less than a month to reach an agreement. A week of talks in Vienna yielded the potential beginnings of a deal. But thorny problems remain unresolved.

As NPR's Peter Kenyon reports, U.S. and Iranian negotiators also spent time fending off questions about the crisis in Iraq.

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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Sat June 21, 2014

The Runner-Up Religions Of America

Courtesy of the ASARB

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 6:30 am

Glance at the map above, Second Largest Religious Tradition in Each State 2010, and you will see that Buddhism (orange), Judaism (pink) and Islam (blue) are the runner-up religions across the country.

No surprises there. But can you believe that Hindu (dark orange) is the No. 2 tradition in Arizona and Delaware, and that Baha'i (green) ranks second in South Carolina?

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Sat June 21, 2014

National Park Service Temporarily Bans Drones In National Parks

Technology journalist Tim Stenovec controls a Parrot Minidrone "Rolling Spider" during a demonstration in June in New York.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:12 am

For now, drones are no longer allowed to fly on National Park lands.

That news comes from the National Park Service, which said the unmanned aerial vehicles had disturbed the peace on several occasions at different national parks.

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NPR Ed
8:03 am
Sat June 21, 2014

A Former Drug Dealer Gives A Great Defense Of The Liberal Arts

The Bard Prison Initiative gives inmates at six prisons around New York state the opportunity to study in person with professors from top colleges and universities in the region.
China Jorrin

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 11:00 am

In preparation for my visit to the 11th annual commencement ceremony of the Bard Prison Initiative, I sat down for a conversation with Donnell Hughes, an alumnus of the program. BPI, as it's called, gives inmates at six prisons around New York state the opportunity to study in person with professors not only from Bard College, but from MIT, Harvard, Columbia, Vassar and local community colleges.

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Sat June 21, 2014

WATCH: Rep. Ryan Takes IRS Commissioner To Task Over Lost Emails

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks at the Center for New Security's Eight Annual National Security Conference in Washington.
Lauren Victoria Burke AP

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:14 am

There were fireworks on Capitol Hill on Friday in the form of testy exchanges and charges that claims by the IRS were "unbelievable," which, if you've watched Washington for any period of time, is the closest politicians get to saying someone lied.

That was the case when Republican Rep. Paul Ryan hammered IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Friday. Ryan was talking about the IRS' assertion that emails from former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, who is accused of targeting conservative groups, were deleted.

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National Security
6:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Report Of Drone Crashes A 'Record Of Calamity'

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:52 am

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Trump Stands Firm On Giant Chicago Sign

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:52 am

Donald Trump and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are warring over a sign on the side of a skyscraper bearing Trump's name. The mayor wants it removed, but Trump has emphatically said no, via the media.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

A Father Passes The Rules Of The Rails To His Son

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:52 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Thirty years ago, Ted Conover wrote "Rolling Nowhere: Riding The Roads With America's Hobos," an account of his time hopping freight trains across America. Asa, his teenage son, read the book last year, and asked his father if he'd show him how to hop a freight. So Ted Conover's account of a father-son adventure appears in the July issue of Outside magazine. And Ted and Asa Conover join us now from our studios in New York. Gentlemen, thanks so much for being with us.

ASA CONOVER: Thanks for inviting us, Scott.

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

An Urban Stonehenge For The New World

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:52 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Today's the start of a new series on WEEKEND EDITION - Summer Stargazing. What better way to begin than with the summer solstice? Early this morning in England, pagans and non-pagans rose to watch the sunrise in perfect alignment with the ancient pillars of Stonehenge.

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Suburban D.C. Bear Gets Social Before Getting Relocated

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:52 am

A bear that was found walking around Bethesda, Md., has been returned to his natural home. But not before gaining a moment of Internet fame with two fake Twitter accounts created on his behalf.

Governing
6:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

With IRS, Email Lost Could Be More Alarming Than A Cover-Up

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:52 am

A former IRS director's missing emails reminded some of the gap on Richard Nixon's Watergate tapes. Columnist Megan McArdle tells NPR's Scott Simon the disappearance indicates bigger problems within the agency.

Iraq
6:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Iraq Turmoil Reignites A Decade-Old Debate

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:52 am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with political correspondent Tamara Keith about the reaction to President Obama's decision to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq.

Animals
3:17 am
Sat June 21, 2014

LA Mountain Lion A Poster Cat For California's Rat Poison Problem

A mountain lion known as P-22 was recaptured in March by National Park Service biologists and treated for mange. Wildlife officials believe the cougar's ill health is the result of exposure to rat poison.
National Park Service

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 3:24 am

Los Angeles' Griffith Park is home to an abundance of wildlife, but a mountain lion known as P-22 is arguably its most well-known four-legged resident. But reports this spring that P-22 became ill from exposure to rodenticides has heightened concerns about the use of the poisons in the state.

National Geographic made the big cat famous after a photograph of him — looking alert and robust in front of the Hollywood sign — appeared in its December issue.

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The Two-Way
5:24 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

CDC Says More Workers Potentially Exposed To Live Anthrax

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:29 pm

U.S. authorities increased to 86 people the number of CDC workers potentially exposed to live anthrax at three laboratories in Atlanta, with at least 52 of them taking antibiotics as a precaution.

The number who may have been infected is an increase from the 75 workers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged on Thursday.

The Associated Press says:

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Around the Nation
3:28 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents

Romero is detained at a county park near McAllen, Texas, after wading across the Rio Grande. He says he left Central America to avoid conscription by street gangs and to join his family in the U.S.
John Burnett/NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:59 pm

Like a marathoner at the end of a grueling race, 16-year-old Jorge Romero sits on the grass, exhausted. A county constable has detained him about a hundred yards from the Rio Grande.

For a month, Romero traveled from El Salvador through Mexico to Texas, avoiding predatory police and gangs, warding off mosquitoes and hunger.

Migrants like Romero are creating a humanitarian crisis for federal border authorities. Record numbers of Central American immigrants are crossing the Rio Grande into South Texas, overwhelming the Border Patrol's limited holding facilities.

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The Two-Way
3:23 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

GOP Lawmakers Confront IRS Chief Over Lost Emails

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies Friday on Capitol Hill. Koskinen was asked to explain the disappearance of emails that could relate to a probe into the targeting of Tea Party groups.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:33 pm

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen got a frosty reception on Capitol Hill today, with Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee accusing him of lying about thousands of lost emails sought in connection with the targeting of conservative groups.

About how the emails came to disappear, Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan told the Internal Revenue Service commissioner: "I don't believe it.

"That's your problem. No one believes you," Ryan said.

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Business
2:57 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

U.S.-Foreign Mergers Raise Calls For Tax Reforms

Medtronic Chairman Omar Ishrak said the $43 billion merger with Covidien isn't just about cutting taxes — it makes business sense.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:08 pm

This week the big medical device company Medtronic said it was moving its legal headquarters from Minneapolis to Ireland. It's part of a $43 billion merger with another medical company, Dublin-based Covidien.

The move is a tax-saving strategy called an inversion and it's growing more common in the corporate world.

U.S. companies make huge amounts of money overseas every year and much of it stays there, stashed away in foreign accounts.

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