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4:47 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

With Harvest Season, 'Trimmigrants' Flock To California's Pot Capital

Trimmers prepare the marijuana flower, or bud, to make it more appealing to consumers. They use scissors to snip off the leaves and stems.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:42 pm

California's Humboldt County is known for its towering redwoods. But this region about 200 miles north of San Francisco has another claim to fame. Humboldt is to weed what Napa is to fine wine — it's the heart of marijuana production in the U.S.

Every fall, young people, mostly in their 20s, come from all over the world to work the marijuana harvest. They come seeking jobs as "trimmers" — workers who manicure the buds to get them ready for market. The locals have a name for these young migrant workers: "trimmigrants."

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The Two-Way
4:21 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Court Rules Chimps Don't Have Same Rights As People

Chimps, they are kind of like us — but not quite, a court ruled.
Sonja Probst MD/Landov

We told you last month about an appellate court taking up a case that explored whether chimps had the same rights as people. Today we have an answer: No.

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The Two-Way
3:45 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

At Beer Mile Championships, Scientist Sets New Women's Record

In an image from video of the men's event at the Beer Mile World Championships, competitors are seen poised to open their beers, which they'll guzzle before taking off on their first of four laps.
Flocast

In a dizzying finish, American scientist Elizabeth Herndon set a new women's world record in the Beer Mile World Championships in Austin, Texas, last night, breaking through a tight field to obliterate the previous mark by 11 seconds.

In the men's race, Canadian mailman Corey Gallagher relied on fast drinking to separate himself from the field, turning in a time a hair over 5 minutes, just three seconds off the men's world record.

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The Two-Way
3:30 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

'New Republic', In Major Change, Cuts Publishing Schedule; Top Editor Out

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 6:10 am

The New Republic, the influential, century-old publication that during the Clinton presidency was called the in-flight magazine of Air Force One, announced today a slew of changes and cuts. Its editor, Franklin Foer, and longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier both announced they were leaving the magazine.

NPR's David Folkenflik is reporting on the news for our Newscast unit. Here's what he said:

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All Tech Considered
3:30 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

North Korea's Cyber Skills Get Attention Amid Sony Hacking Mystery

James Franco (left) and Seth Rogen in The Interview. The North Korean dictator promised "merciless counter-measures" if this film was released.
Ed Araquel AP

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 10:32 am

The most closed country on earth — North Korea — is now denying its involvement in one of the biggest corporate hacks in history.

Someone attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment last week and made public troves of stolen data, including five unreleased films, medical records and salaries of nearly 7,000 global employees. But before a recent denial — another North Korean diplomat played coy about the country's involvement.

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Law
3:30 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

'Training Is Not The Problem' In Strained Community-Police Relations

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:47 pm

Noel Leader worked for the New York Police Department for more than 20 years, witnessing firsthand the racial tensions between the community and the police, and within the department itself. He left and founded "100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care." He speaks with Audie Cornish about ways to improve community-police relations following an outpouring of anger at the shootings of two unarmed black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

For Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Aiding Children With Disabilities Is Personal

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was a lead sponsor of a bill that would allow special savings accounts for people with disabilities. She spoke about her son Cole, who has Down syndrome, on the House floor.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:03 pm

The Achieving A Better Life Experience — ABLE — Act, which faced a House vote this week, hit close to home for Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state. "For me personally, this bill is about a little boy who was diagnosed with Down syndrome three days after he was born. His diagnosis came with a list of future complications," she said on the House floor.

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The Two-Way
2:26 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Ayn Rand's Novel 'Ideal' To Be Published Next Year

Ayn Rand, the Russian-born American novelist, is shown in Manhattan, N.Y., with the Grand Central Terminal building in background in 1962. Her novel Ideal will be published next year more than 80 years after she wrote it.
AP

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 11:00 pm

Fans of Ayn Rand rejoice. The New American Library announced today that Rand's novel Ideal is finally being published in the form in which she intended it.

Rand, who died in 1982, wrote Ideal as a novel in 1934. But she didn't like it and set it aside. Later that year, she reworked it as a play, which The Wall Street Journal notes had its New York premiere in 2010.

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Around the Nation
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

New York Braces For More Demonstrations Over Eric Garner

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:51 pm

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U.S.
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Hagel: More Reported Sexual Assaults Are Good For The Military

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:47 pm

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Law
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Justice Department Says Cleveland PD Has Pattern Of Excessive Force

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:15 pm

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Around the Nation
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Ferguson Psychologist Describes Helping Residents Through Trauma

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:47 pm

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Law
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

It's A Complicated Relationship Between Prosecutors, Police

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:47 pm

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Around the Nation
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Portland's Statues Yarnbombed With Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:47 pm

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There are also some must-sees right now in Portland, Oregon - must-see Christmas sweaters. They're all over the city's downtown.

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And not just on ironic holiday hipsters, but on a menagerie of animal statues.

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Around the Nation
2:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Across The Country, Police Brutality Cases On Many Minds

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 4:47 pm

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Science
12:54 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

The Mystery Of The Missing Martins

Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 4:39 pm

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The Two-Way
6:21 am
Thu December 4, 2014

NASA Scrubs Launch Of Orion Spacecraft

NASA's Orion spaceship early Thursday in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Chris O'Meara AP

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 12:38 pm

Update at 9:35 a.m. ET

NASA's Orion spacecraft, which could one day send astronauts to Mars, is stuck on terra firma for at least another day after the space agency's mission control was unable to satisfactorily resolve a number of issues before a 9:45 a.m. ET launch window closed.

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NPR Ed
2:49 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Teachers Go Door-Knocking In Nashville

Teachers in Nashville, Tenn., are knocking on doors to recruit students for public school.
LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 4:04 pm

It's Saturday in East Nashville, Tenn., and LaTonya White finds herself knocking on a stranger's door. It's awkward. Someone peers out at her through the window. White looks away, pretending not to notice. After an uncomfortable few seconds, the door finally cracks open. White seizes her chance:

"My name is LaTonya White. I'm the principal at Rosebank Elementary School. How are you doing?" she asks, glancing at the clipboard in her hands. On it: a list of families in the area with soon-to-be kindergartners. "Yes, you should have a child ready to come to school soon."

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Shots - Health News
1:29 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Health Law's Big Tent Still Leaves Some People Out

Andres Cuartas got help from an agent last March when he signed up for health insurance at a Miami mall. In the last year, the percentage of women who are uninsured has dropped more than the percentage of uninsured men.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:57 am

A Shots post earlier this week by NPR's John Ydstie detailed the "family glitch" in the Affordable Care Act. That's where people who can't afford their insurance at work aren't eligible for help in the new insurance exchanges. Many of these Americans, most of whom make middling incomes, will remain uninsured.

That story got us wondering: Who else is getting left out by health law? And who is getting coverage?

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The Two-Way
7:38 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

'I'm Determined To Get Justice': Eric Garner's Mother And Widow Speak

Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, speaks at a news conference with his widow, Esaw Garner, and others, including the Rev. Al Sharpton (left) on Wednesday.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:05 am

"This fight ain't over. It's just begun. I'm determined to get justice for my husband," Esaw Garner said Wednesday, "because he shouldn't have been killed in that way. He shouldn't have been killed in any way."

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The Two-Way
6:44 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Protests Spread In New York And Beyond Over Eric Garner Case

Protesters shout slogans in New York City's Times Square on Wednesday. A New York City grand jury has decided not to charge a police officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold while trying to arrest him for illegally selling cigarettes.
Adrees Latif Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 8:42 pm

As word spread of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Staten Island man Eric Garner, so did word of planned protests in New York and other cities. And while a main target was Wednesday night's lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, it seems that many protesters were kept away.

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The Two-Way
6:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

#CrimingWhileWhite Opens A Prism On Police And Race

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:24 am

A grand jury's decision that a police officer shouldn't face charges over the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner has sparked anger and protests — along with a Twitter conversation about the idea that police treat people differently based on their race.

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The Two-Way
5:46 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Attorney General Holder Announces U.S. Inquiry Into Garner Case

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 8:30 pm

Saying that several arms of the U.S. Department of Justice have been monitoring the inquiry into the death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "the Justice Department will proceed with a federal civil rights investigation of Mr. Garner's death."

Holder promised an "independent, thorough, fair and expeditious investigation."

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Law
4:03 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

On The History Of Chokeholds In The NYPD

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:34 am

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Fine Art
3:55 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

How Private Collectors Helped Make Miami An Art Destination

Anselm Kiefer's Sprache der Vogel belongs to one of Miami's best-known private collections.
Collection Martin Z. Margulies

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:34 am

Miami has a lot going for it. But as a young city, the one thing it doesn't have is a great, publicly owned art collection. (Though it recently built a $220 million art museum to house one.) What Miami does have is some great private collections of contemporary art that are open to the public. Those private collections helped attract Art Basel, a yearly event that turns Miami into a giant art fair. Every December, Art Basel draws top galleries, top buyers and tens of thousands of visitors.

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The Two-Way
3:55 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Protesters Use #DieIn To Rally In Aftermath Of Grand Jury Decision

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:39 pm

Protesters are staging "die-ins" Wednesday following a grand jury's decision not to indict a New York police officer in the death of Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk over the summer.

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The Two-Way
3:19 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Keyboardist Ian McLagan Dies At 69

Ian McLagan performs at Grimey's Americanarama in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 20. The keyboardist for the Faces and Small Faces, who was also a sideman for the Rolling Stones, died Wednesday. He was 69.
Erika Goldring Getty Images for Americana Music

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 4:05 pm

Ian McLagan, who played keyboard for the English rock bands Small Faces and Faces and was a sideman for the Rolling Stones, died Wednesday in Austin, Texas. He was 69.

His official website listed the cause as "complications from a stroke suffered the previous day."

"I am completely devastated by this shocking news, said Kenny Jones, McLagan's bandmate in Small Faces and Faces.

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History
2:45 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

25 Years Ago, Malta Summit Marked Unofficial End Of Cold War

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:34 am

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AUDIE CORNISH: Political press conferences sound pretty much the same, but we're going to look back at one that was historic.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Question to President Bush from the Izvestia newspaper.

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The Two-Way
2:43 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

17 States Sue Obama Over Immigration Actions

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 4:01 pm

Updated at 5:58 p.m.

Seventeen states, led by Texas, are suing the Obama administration over its recent executive actions on immigration.

"The Constitution prescribes immigration policy be fixed by Congress — not by presidential fiat," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the state's governor-elect, said at a news conference in Austin.

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Law
2:36 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Texas Puts Execution Of Mentally Ill Man On Hold

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:34 am

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