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3:24 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

More Storefront 'Roommates' Splitting Space, Customers

Toni Riffel, the coffee guy, and Sarah O'Brien, the pastry lover, didn't know each other before they came together to share this space in Atlanta's Grant Park neighborhood.
Tom Nguyen Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 4:08 pm

More businesses across the country are teaming up to share space and customers. And while the economic marriages of convenience can have real advantages, they also come with some some stresses.

Sarah O'Brien is the owner of the Little Tart Bakeshop in Atlanta and shares a space with Octane, a local coffee roaster. She describes the relationship like having a roommate.

"We have to split our bills, we have to split the cleaning duties. It's just like having a roommate, you know, without the chore chart," she says.

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Around the Nation
3:24 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Announces Anti-Discrimination Plan

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:27 pm

Sigma Alpha Epsilon announced Wednesday a plan to eliminate instances of racial discrimination and insensitivity among its members nationwide. The fraternity's move follows the disbanding of its University of Oklahoma chapter for racially offensive actions.

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Around the Nation
3:24 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Penn State Suspends Fraternity After Nude Photos Posted Online

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:27 pm

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Sports
3:24 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

First Round Of NCAA College Basketball Tournament Underway

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:27 pm

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Code Switch
3:12 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Starbucks Campaign Already Inspiring Awkward Conversations About Race

"It's also interesting because I'm actually black, but you assumed otherwise," Jay Smooth told Nancy Giles.
MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes

Starbucks' campaign to get people talking about race has already birthed a very public, very cringeworthy conversation about race. Jay Smooth, a radio DJ and video blogger, was on MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes Tuesday night, discussing the coffee company's "Race Together" campaign with fellow guest Nancy Giles, a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning.

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Shots - Health News
2:11 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

How Much Can Women Trust That Breast Cancer Biopsy?

Pathologists use slides like this one to look for signs of cancer in breast tissue.
Boilershot Photo Science Source

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 3:06 pm

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, the person who does the diagnosing is a doctor she never sees — the pathologist.

But though pathologists do a great job of identifying invasive cancer, they aren't as good at spotting two less clear-cut diagnoses that bring women a lot of uncertainty and worry, a study finds.

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Shots - Health News
1:46 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Teens Say They Change Clothes And Do Homework While Driving

Hey, I'm not texting. Surely this is safe.
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Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 3:08 pm

While most teenagers recognize that texting while driving is a bad idea, they may be less clear about the risk of other activities – like changing clothes.

Twenty-seven percent of teens say they sometimes change clothes and shoes while driving, a study finds. They also reported that they often change contact lenses, put on makeup and do homework behind the wheel.

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The Salt
10:06 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Cowboy Cravings: Fried Cookie Dough And Other Rodeo Calorie Bombs

(Left to right) Rodeo concessions include the loaded potato; deep-fried chocolate cupcake and the Texas Tater Twister, a spiral-cut tater on a sausage, deep-fried.
(Left and Center)Robert Young/Flickr; Dave 77459/Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 5:06 pm

American state fairs have gotten competitive about wowing fair-goers (and the media) with their ever more outrageous concessions.

Among the immoderate new dishes of 2014? The cheeseburger stuffed with macaroni and cheese on a Krispy Kreme bun at the California State Fair, and the deep-fried breakfast on-a-stick at the Minnesota State Fair.

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NPR Ed
6:07 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Common Core Means 3 Tests In 3 Years For Michigan Kids

As political battles rage over the Common Core, teachers like Jennifer Bahns at the University Prep Academy middle school in Detroit are trying to prepare their students for the first major Common Core exams this spring.
Erin Einhorn Hechinger Report

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 10:54 am

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Read more about the Common Core.

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The Two-Way
4:57 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Letter To White House Tested Positive For Cyanide, Secret Service Says

The Secret Service has confirmed that an envelope sent to the White House tested positive for cyanide. Further testing was underway.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:54 pm

A test on an envelope that arrived at the White House Mail Screening Facility on Monday indicates that it contains cyanide, according to the Secret Service. The agency did not announce to whom the letter was addressed. Further tests are being conducted to confirm the results.

Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback says:

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U.S.
4:22 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Secret Service Wants Another White House (For Practice)

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 10:23 am

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All Tech Considered
1:15 am
Wed March 18, 2015

SXSW Debuts Robot Petting Zoo For A Personal Peek Into The Future

DAR-1 is one of the many social robots with facial recognition abilities on display for the robot petting zoo at the South by Southwest interactive festival.
Jack Plunkett AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:43 pm

Robots can be scary. Dystopian films such as The Terminator tell the story of a world where robots take over.

But for some, robots are more like R2-D2, the cute bot from Star Wars. At this year's South by Southwest interactive festival, a petting zoo is aiming to evoke those same feelings. But, not just any petting zoo: a robot one.

BlabDroid is a small robot, less than a foot high, with bulldozer wheels, a cardboard body and a smile on his face. He's cute, but asks tough questions.

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Sweetness And Light
1:09 am
Wed March 18, 2015

News From The Charity Stripe

Arizona State fans showcase their Curtain of Distraction during a game against UCLA on Feb. 18 in Tempe, Ariz.
Rick Scuteri AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 10:23 am

It's the venerable custom in tennis and golf for the crowd to be still and quiet when players hit their shots.

Now, since even ordinary baseball batters have some success hitting against 98 mph fastballs with 40,000 fans standing and screaming, do you really believe that great athletes like Novak Djokovic or Rory McIlroy couldn't serve or putt with a few thousand fans hollering? If they'd grown up playing tennis or golf that way, that is. When disorder is a sustaining part of the game, players, in effect, put it out of their minds. Hear no evil, see no evil.

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The Two-Way
9:34 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Largest Group Of U.S. Presbyterian Churches Allows Same-Sex Marriages

Tammy Brown, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of North Alabama, reads a proposed amendment to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) on Feb. 21 at First Presbyterian Church in Florence, Ala. The amendment allows Presbyterian ministers to officiate at marriages of same-sex couples in states where that is legal. A majority of presbyteries have approved the measure.
Kay Campbell Landov

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 3:38 pm

The Presbyterian Church (USA), which includes more than 4,000 ministers and 1.8 million members of their congregations, approved new language Tuesday that allows its churches to perform same-sex marriages.

In a statement, the Covenant Network of Presbyterians said the change would become effective June 21.

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Code Switch
6:18 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Old Land Battle Resurfaces In Georgia Between The Gullah And The Government

Hundreds of adult wood storks gather on the tops of trees at the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge.
Stephen B. Morton AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 2:19 pm

More than 70 years ago, the federal government took land from descendants of West African slaves, known as the Gullah, living in Georgia. Now they're fighting to get it back.

In 1942, they were given just weeks to leave marsh property on the Georgia coast so that the U.S. military could construct an air base for training pilots and conducting anti-submarine flights. Twenty years later, the former base and the land around it were converted into the 2,762-acre Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Secret Service Director Grilled About Agency Scandals In House Hearing

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Tuesday that it took five days before he was informed that a car carrying two agents struck a security barrier outside the White House.

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Around the Nation
4:17 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Lost Camera Survives Two Years Submerged In Wyoming's Salt River

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 6:00 pm

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Now a story of lost and found. It was 2012. A man from Idaho went fishing on Wyoming's Salt River with his father.

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John Cassinelli says he and his dad were having a nice time.

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Around the Nation
3:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Movement Built On False Rumors, Columnist Says

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Washington Post opinion writer Jonathan Capehart about his column, " 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Was Built On A Lie." Capehart says he regrets the building of a movement on the false rumors that Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Mo., while putting up his hands in surrender.

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Law
3:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Closing Arguments Underway In Atlanta Test Cheating Trial

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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Code Switch
3:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Can New York Police Build Trust Among Public Housing Residents?

Reginald Britt first moved into the Taft Houses, a public housing complex in East Harlem, in 1976
Alexandra Starr

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 1:42 pm

In New York City, the police department has been re-examining the way it patrols public housing since the shooting of Akai Gurley late last year. Gurley, who was African-American, was unarmed when he was fatally shot by a rookie officer in a Brooklyn housing complex. His death highlighted tensions between police and the people who live in public housing.

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Law
3:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Tsarnaev's Former Best Friend Takes The Stand In Boston Bombing Trial

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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Sports
3:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

49ers Linebacker Chris Borland Retires Early Fearing Brain Damage

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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Around the Nation
3:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

First Gay Group Marches In NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

An LGBT group carried its own banner for the first time ever in New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade Tuesday. But Irish gay groups are disappointed that parade organizers selected an employee group from NBC, which is the event's official television broadcaster.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns Amid Spending Scandal

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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Shots - Health News
3:15 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Your Drinking Habits May Be Influenced By How Much You Make

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Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 6:30 am

To keep people from getting into trouble with alcohol, it would help to know why they're at risk.

Genes make some people more susceptible to dependence or addiction, while the surroundings exert a stronger pull on others. But it's been devilishly hard for researchers to sort those out. Context — who's drinking where and when with whom — matters a lot.

Add in money and it gets even trickier. And we're not talking about whether you can afford microbrews.

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Code Switch
1:10 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Here's What People Are Saying About Starbucks' 'Race Together' Campaign

Me: "My name is Rigoberto." Starbucks barista: "Giorgio?"
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:49 am

If your name isn't traditionally white-sounding, there's a good chance it's been misspelled by a coffeehouse barista. It's awkward when that happens, but is it the perfect time to engage in a dialogue about race and ethnicity? Starbucks seems to think so.

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NPR Ed
11:33 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Talking About Great Teachers At SXSWedu

"Great teaching is: Finding the pathway in each student to help them to express their own deep-seated intelligence and then push it beyond their expectations. Rosanne Somerson, Rhode Island School of Design president."
Elissa Nadworny/NPR

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 4:59 pm

The NPR Ed Team is all about great teaching — so how could we attend the annual SXSW education conference and not ask folks to tell us about their favorite teachers?

NPR History Dept.
10:01 am
Tue March 17, 2015

7 Creative Wedding Ideas From History

Grant and Amanda Engler celebrate in jet packs at their wedding ceremony in 2012 in Newport Beach, Calif.
Lenny Ignelzi Associated Press

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 10:43 am

Wedding websites today are aswirl with inventive suggestions, including 10 Unique Wedding Venues from Burnett's Boards; 23 Unconventional But Awesome Wedding Ideas from Buzzfeed and 21 Most Unique Ceremony Ideas from Emmaline Bride.

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Shots - Health News
7:55 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Most N.Y. Marketplace Plans Lack Out-Of-Network Coverage

If you're a New Yorker shopping for health insurance on the state's exchange, you won't be able to find a health plan with out-of-network coverage unless you live around Albany or in the far western part of the state.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 7:20 am

More than a dozen insurers offer plans on the New York health insurance marketplace. Depending on where shoppers live, they may have more than a hundred options to choose from.

But despite being spoiled in many ways, there's one popular feature that most New Yorkers can't find in any of the health plans offered on their state exchange: out-of-network coverage.

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All Tech Considered
7:35 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Facebook's Suicide Prevention Tools Connect Friends, Test Privacy

After a post has been flagged for review, Facebook intervenes with a supportive message.
Facebook

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 1:41 pm

People who struggle with suicidal thoughts will often reach out to friends and family first. But when our social circle lives online these days, the biggest social media networks grapple with how to intervene and with getting users the right kind of help.

Facebook is the latest social media network to roll out support resources for suicide prevention. The company is now trying to combat suicide by doing what it does best — connecting friends.

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