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3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Who Are The 5 Million Immigrants Covered By Executive Action?

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:32 pm

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And we just heard Scott refer to as many as 5 million immigrants who could be covered by the president's executive action. There are nearly 12 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States. So who are the 5 million?

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The Salt
3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Got A Thanksgiving Time Crunch? Food Is Just (A Few) Clicks Away

The Tyler Florence Thanksgiving meal from Williams-Sonoma goes for $399.95.
Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 3:19 pm

Is the Thanksgiving panic setting in? If so, you're not alone. 'Tis the season for many over-worked Americans to fret over how they're going to throw together a huge meal in a limited window of time.

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Shots - Health News
3:02 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Outreach Workers Look For Gains In Second Year Of Obamacare

Lee Ann Johnson, director of the Missoula Indian Center, encourages Native Americans in Montana to enroll in private coverage through Healthcare.gov at an outreach event on Saturday, November 15.
Eric Whitney

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 6:42 am

With the HealthCare.gov website working for consumers much more smoothly than last year, health officials are focused on reaching out to potential customers.

For starters, they want to people who bought insurance last year to take another look at those plans. And, of course, the exchange wants to bring in new customers who didn't need or skipped insurance last year.

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Code Switch
10:19 am
Tue November 18, 2014

The Many Stories Behind Double-Eyelid Surgery

Double eyelids, single eyelids รขย€ย” ร‚ย” why do we change our eyes, or keep them the way they are?
Claire O'Neill/NPR

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 11:23 am

This is the second half of a look at the history and motivations behind the Asian blepharoplasty, popularly known as "double-eyelid surgery." On Monday, we dug into its background and some of its history. Today, we'll explore the "why."

A lot of assumptions are made about why people undergo double-eyelid surgery. Assumptions like: They wanted to look more white, or they wanted to look less Asian.

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Shots - Health News
1:32 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Doctor Shortage Looming? Maybe Not

Victoria Elizabeth Fischer was presented with a white coat by her grandfather, Dr. Christian Van Den Heuvel, at Georgetown University School of Medicine in August. The ceremony marks the start for each new class of medical students.
Lisa Helfert Courtesy of Georgetown University

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:34 pm

The United States is facing a critical shortage of doctors that could seriously jeopardize the ability of a patient to get medical care in the coming years.

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The Two-Way
5:15 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Ahead Of Ferguson Decision, Governor Declares Emergency

Protesters march in Clayton, Mo., Monday. Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown, a black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer in August.
Michael B. Thomas AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 6:14 pm

With the community of Ferguson, Mo., poised to receive a grand jury decision regarding possible charges in the death of Michael Brown, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday.

Nixon's decision clears the way for the National Guard and state agencies to work together to help quell any potential unrest.

Ferguson, on the outskirts of St. Louis, has been the scene of emotional protests and clashes with police in the weeks and months since Brown, unarmed at the time, was shot to death by police officer Darren Wilson.

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Shots - Health News
5:08 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Toxic Tau Of Alzheimer's May Offer A Path To Treatment

A tangle of protein (green) in this scanning electron micrograph of a brain cell of an Alzheimer's patient lies within the cytoplasm (blue) of the cell. The tangle consists of clumps of a toxic form of tau.
Thomas J. Deerinck Corbis

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:08 am

After years of setbacks, Alzheimer's researchers are sounding optimistic again. The reason: a brain protein called tau.

At this year's Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, D.C., there are more than 100 papers on tau, which is responsible for the tangles that form in the brains of people with Alzheimer's. In the past, tau has received less attention than another protein called amyloid beta, which causes the sticky plaques associated with Alzheimer's.

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Energy
4:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

What You Need To Know About The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Pipes for TransCanada's planned Keystone XL pipeline are stored in Gascoyne, N.D. The U.S. House has voted to approve the proposed project, which would allow crude oil to flow from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Senate plans to vote Tuesday on legislation that would greenlight the project.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 5:36 pm

Update at 7:35 p.m. ET: The Senate voted against completing the Keystone pipeline.

The remaining portion of the Keystone pipeline project, if completed, will be fewer than 1,200 miles long โ€” just a fraction of the existing 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines running beneath our feet in the United States.

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The Two-Way
3:44 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Charles Manson, 80, Gets License To Wed 26-Year-Old Prison Visitor

A marriage license has been issued for 80-year-old serial killer Charles Manson, seen here on Oct. 8, to wed 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton. Burton, who goes by the name "Star," told the AP that she and Manson will be married next month.
California Department of Corrections AP

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 4:39 pm

Charles Manson has been in prison since 1969 and isn't eligible for parole until 2027, but he may be getting married โ€” to a 26-year-old woman who visits him in prison and believes he is innocent.

The Associated Press obtained the marriage license for Manson, 80, and Afton Elaine Burton, who maintains websites advocating for his innocence in the Tate-LaBianca murders.

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Television
3:42 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Bill Cosby's Silence On Rape Allegations Makes Huge Media Noise

Bill Cosby speaks at a press conference about African- American art on Nov. 6.
Evan Vucci AP

This may be the first time in a long while that Bill Cosby can't control the public conversation about Bill Cosby.

Read the recent biography Cosby: His Life and Times, and you see a portrait of a talented performer who took control of his business and career interests early on, forever suspicious of journalists and industry executives who might try to interfere.

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NPR Ed
2:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Channeling Springsteen: Teachers As Performers

Second-grade teacher Amanda Siepiola reads with Cornelia Blixt and Isabelle Posner-Brown.
Gabrielle Emanuel/NPR

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 10:12 am

This fall the NPR Ed team is celebrating great teachers and examining what makes great teaching.

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Shots - Health News
2:24 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Are Modafinil's Brain-Boosting Benefits Hype Or Science?

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:08 am

Nobody gets enough sleep these days and everyone needs to work harder. Sometimes coffee just doesn't seem like it's enough. Thus the temptation to apply pharmacology to thinking smarter, faster and longer.

One option is modafinil, a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat narcolepsy. "I feel like a well-oiled machine 5 days a week on 5 hrs a night," one poster who uses modafinil writes on Reddit.

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Shots - Health News
2:08 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

In California, That MRI Will Cost You $255 โ€” Or Maybe $6,221

Andy Warner/KQED

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 7:53 am

Prices for common medical tests like mammograms and MRIs are notoriously opaque. Negotiated rates between insurance companies and doctors or hospitals are sealed tight by contract. We know there's price variation, but comparing what one insurance company pays versus another is virtually impossible.

That's why we here at KQED in San Francisco turned to members of our audience to help us find out what medical tests and devices cost.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Ebola Patient Being Treated At Nebraska Hospital Has Died

Health workers in protective suits transport Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon working in Sierra Leone who has been diagnosed with Ebola, from a jet that brought him from Sierra Leone to a waiting ambulance in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 6:24 am

Dr. Martin Salia, an Ebola patient who was flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment, has died, hospital spokeswoman Jenny Nowatzke says.

Salia was working as a general surgeon at a hospital in Sierra Leone. Last Monday, despite the fact that he was not working with Ebola patients, he was diagnosed with the virus.

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Code Switch
3:15 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Is Beauty In The Eye(Lid) Of The Beholder?

A plastic surgeon performs a double-eyelid surgery on a patient at the BK Clinic in Seoul in August 2007.
Han Jae-Ho Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 11:25 am

This is part one of a two-part series looking at the history and motivations behind the Asian blepharoplasty, popularly known as "double-eyelid surgery." Find part two here.

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The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays
1:44 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Six Words: 'With Kids, I'm Dad. Alone, Thug'

Marc Quarles, his wife, Claudia Paul, and their children, Joshua and Danielle, live in an affluent, predominantly white neighborhood in California. Quarles says his neighbors treat him differently when his children aren't around.
Courtesy of Marc Quarles

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 7:18 am

NPR continues a series of conversations from The Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words.

Marc Quarles is African-American, with a German wife and two biracial children โ€” a son, 15, and daughter, 13. The family lives in Pacific Grove, a predominantly white, affluent area on California's Monterey Peninsula.

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Shots - Health News
1:41 am
Mon November 17, 2014

The Power Of Suggestion Could Trigger Asthma โ€” Or Treat It

Daniel Horowitz for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 2:41 pm

Lots of things can trigger an asthma attack, but one of the most common causes is odor โ€” anything from the heavy scent of perfume to a household cleaner.

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The Two-Way
5:17 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

HealthCare.gov Has Improved, But Obamacare Still Faces Problems

People wait to enter an Affordable Care Act enrollment event sponsored by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and Community Coalition in Los Angeles. Healthcare.gov's second enrollment period opened Saturday. More 100,000 people applied in the first day.
Michael Chavez AP

The second enrollment period at HealthCare.gov began Saturday, and so far, it's gone much more smoothly than the start of last year's first open enrollment, which was full of glitches and saw only a handful of people able to enroll the first day.

The Department of Health and Human Services said that on Saturday alone, more than 100,000 people applied for healthcare on the site, and more than half a million people logged on.

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Around the Nation
4:22 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Criminal Law Says Minors Can't Consent โ€” But Some Civil Courts Disagree

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 7:00 pm

Protecting young people from sexual predators would seem to be a universally-held value in this country: No state has an age of consent lower than 16.

But in some courtrooms, attorneys argue that children can make decisions about whom they have sex with โ€” and in some cases, those attorneys are winning.

One of those cases is currently under appeal in California. In 2010, a 28-year old middle-school math teacher began a six-month sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student at his school.

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Sports
3:11 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Lakers May Be Losing Games, But They're Still Winning Latino Fans

The Los Angeles Lakers sport "Los Lakers" jerseys each March, for "Noche Latina" games.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 7:00 pm

The Los Angeles Lakers have played just nine games so far this season โ€” and at 1-8, they're already off to their worst start ever. But off the court, the Lakers have become the leader in something the NBA has been working on for almost 20 years: courting Latino fans.

The Lakers are a perfect fit for the job. First off, despite the last few seasons, they're still 16-time NBA champions, the home of legends like Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson.

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Goats and Soda
9:59 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Google Asks Users To Help Fight Ebola โ€” And They Answer With Cash

Google CEO Larry Page.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 10:26 am

When you think philanthropy, Facebook and Google don't usually come to mind.

But maybe in your travels across the Internet this week, you notice that both companies placed banners ads on their pages asking you to help end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Google pledged to match every dollar donated by its users with $2. The company has already reached its limit of $7.5 million โ€” $5 million from Google and $2.5 million from donors.

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The Two-Way
6:17 am
Sun November 16, 2014

G20 Leaders Pledge Growth, Threaten More Sanctions On Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and other leaders at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.
Kay Nietfeld DPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 12:17 pm

President Obama departed the venue of the annual G20 summit in Australia today, declaring it had been a "strong week for American leadership."

The gathering wrapped up by promising to fight climate change and work toward boosting economic growth even as leaders made it clear that new sanctions would be imposed on Russia if Moscow doesn't back down in Eastern Ukraine.

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Around the Nation
3:48 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Yes, The Weather Is Polar. No, It's Not The Vortex

A bicycle messenger struggles through the snow in downtown Cleveland on Friday.
Mark Duncan AP

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 12:27 pm

Much of the country had to bundle up this week owing to some unusually cold weather. Even in the Deep South, residents struggled with temperatures in the low 20s.

With the big chill comes the revival of an ominous phrase: "the polar vortex."

The sinister-sounding label has been hard to escape on TV news. The Today Show warned of the vortex in its promo spots. Some cautioned that the phenomenon might already put the squeeze on holiday shopping.

Even The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon poked fun at the hype.

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The Two-Way
2:53 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Ebola-Infected Doctor Arrives In Nebraska For Treatment

Health workers in protective suits transport Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon working in Sierra Leone who has been diagnosed with Ebola, from a jet that brought him from Sierra Leone to a waiting ambulance in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 9:13 am

A surgeon who became infected with Ebola while in Sierra Leone, the West Africa country hard-hit by the virus, has arrived in Nebraska for treatment.

Dr. Martin Salia, 44, was being transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center after landing at an Air Force base in Omaha.

Salia was diagnosed on Monday while still in Africa. His condition is considered critical. Nebraska Medical Center said in a statement that Salia is "possibly sicker than the first patients successfully treated in the United States."

The Associated Press says:

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Around the Nation
2:29 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

For Best-Selling Truck, Ford Bets Big On Aluminum

A 2015 F-150 rolls off the assembly line at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich. The aluminum-sided F-150 could set a new industry standard โ€” or cost the company its pickup truck crown.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 3:30 pm

The first 2015 Ford F-150 rolled off the assembly line this week, and it is no normal truck. The new F-150 pickup is the first with an aluminum body, making it hundreds of pounds lighter than its predecessors.

Ford isn't taking this gamble on just any truck โ€” the F-150 is the company's most important vehicle. Morgan Stanley estimates the F-Series truck line and SUV derivatives represent 90 percent of Ford's global profits.

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The Two-Way
9:55 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Putin Gets Frosty Reception At G20 In Australia

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks to his side during the family photo session of the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday. Putin was sternly criticized by Western leaders over Moscow's involvement in eastern Ukraine.
Rob Griffith AP

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 1:09 pm

President Obama and other Western leaders gave Russian leader Vladimir Putin an earful at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, today.

Obama said the United States is on the forefront of "opposing Russia's aggression against Ukraine," and referenced the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine โ€” a move widely blamed on pro-Russia separatists armed with surface-to-air missiles provided by Moscow.

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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Sat November 15, 2014

The Wondrous World Of Tom Thumb Weddings

Alex George and Lilliana Bremerkamp pretend to get married in a 2008 Tom Thumb wedding.
Robert LaRouche Courtesy of Holly Bremerkamp

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:20 am

When the "bride" and "groom" walk down the aisle in a Tom Thumb Wedding โ€” as they did just a few weeks ago at the Fellowship Baptist Church on Staten Island in New York โ€” they are:

1) Often not much taller than the backs of the church pews.

2) Paying homage to a pair of 19th century celebrities.

3) Acting out an American ritual with roots stretching back more than 150 years.

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The Two-Way
8:23 am
Sat November 15, 2014

In NPR Interview, Bill Cosby Declines To Discuss Assault Allegations

Entertainer Bill Cosby speaking during a Veterans Day ceremony, on Tuesday. After settling a lawsuit over accusations of sexual assault in 2006, a second woman has come forward with similar claims.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 2:42 pm

Updated on Monday, Nov. 17, at 4:40 p.m. ET.

In an NPR interview with Bill Cosby that aired today on Weekend Edition Saturday, the comedian discusses the loan of 62 pieces of African Art for an exhibition in Washington, D.C.

But there's one thing the 77-year-old actor would not comment on: accusations of sexual assault that have been leveled against him.

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The Two-Way
6:36 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Gen. Dempsey Lands In Iraq As U.S. Presence Starts To Grow

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey briefs reporters at the Pentagon in September about ongoing operations against Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

America's top military leader landed in Iraq today. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, goes to Iraq as the American military presence there ramps up once more.

NPR's Alice Fordham has more:

"The general is welcome in Baghdad, says spokesman Ghassan al-Husseini. Dempsey will have meetings with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and top generals to discuss how to retake areas of the country overrun by the so-called Islamic State and the U.S.-led air campaign, which has struck the extremists over the last two months.

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Environment
6:06 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Success Record is Mixed For Global Climate Deals

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 8:21 am

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