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3:21 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

'Baltimore Sun' Investigation Shows Police Denied Medical Care To Suspects

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:05 pm

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It's All Politics
3:06 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Jeb Bush Would Have Authorized Iraq War — Even Knowing What We Know Now

Then-President George W. Bush jokes with his brother Jeb, the then-Florida governor, in 2006. Jeb Bush has been asked before, and is sure to be again, how he would distinguish himself from his brother.
Mari Darr~Welch AP

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 8:46 pm

If one of Jeb Bush's biggest stumbling blocks to the presidency is his brother's tumultuous tenure in the White House, this past week hasn't been a good one for the former Florida governor.

After telling a group of fundraisers behind closed doors that former President George W. Bush was one of his advisers on the Middle East, the likely 2016 GOP hopeful followed that up telling Fox News' Megyn Kelly that he would have authorized the Iraq War — even knowing what we know now.

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Television
2:50 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

'American Idol' To End After 15 Seasons

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 7:00 pm

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A long-running, groundbreaking television favorite is calling it quits.

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Around the Nation
2:50 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

4 Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Hattiesburg, Miss., Police Officers

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 7:00 pm

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Business
2:50 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

New York Announces Crackdown On Nail Salons

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 1:57 pm

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Law
2:50 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Sister Helen Prejean Says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 'Genuinely Sorry'

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 7:00 pm

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Shots - Health News
2:50 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Tales From 3 Louisianans Who Got Subsidized Health Insurance

Sheron Bazille pays $219.01 a month for her health insurance. She knows the amount down to the penny.
Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 1:11 pm

The politics of the Affordable Care Act in the state of Louisiana aren't subtle: The law isn't popular.

The state was part of the lawsuit to strike down Obamacare in 2012; it didn't expand Medicaid and has no plans to. Louisiana also didn't set up its own marketplace to sell health insurance.

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NPR Ed
2:50 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Preschool By State: Who's Spending And What's It Buying?

Nikki Jones' preschool class at Porter Early Childhood Development Center in Tulsa, Okla. The state offers free preschool for all kids.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:11 pm

Are you a glass half-full kind of person? Or glass half-empty?

Depending on your answer, you'll find the new report on state-funded preschool programs from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University either delightfully encouraging or downright depressing.

For example, glass half-full: Pre-K enrollment is up!

Glass half-empty: It's still pretty low.

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NPR Ed
7:03 am
Mon May 11, 2015

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

Robin Merchant/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 8:04 am

It's getting to be that time of the year when students wipe tears from watery eyes, exchange final goodbyes and throw their graduation caps into the sky. In other words, it's graduation season — and that also means the season of commencement speeches.

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Law
3:14 am
Mon May 11, 2015

U.S. Judge To Rule On Asylum Challenge Involving Families From Central America

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 6:27 pm

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Science
1:25 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Two Guys In Paris Aim To Charm The World Into Climate Action

ADP Co-chairs Daniel Reifsnyder (left) and Ahmed Djoghlaf (center) say their negotiation work is difficult but worth it. "We only have one planet, you know," Reifsnyder says. "We have to protect it."
Courtesy of IISD/ENB

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 4:32 pm

Here's a job that sounds perfect for either a superhero or a glutton for punishment: Get nearly 200 countries to finally agree to take serious action on climate change.

Two men have taken on this challenge. They're leading some international negotiations that will wrap up later this year in Paris at a major United Nations conference on climate change.

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Shots - Health News
1:23 am
Mon May 11, 2015

For Headaches, A Lifestyle Change May Be Better Than A Doctor Visit

Keith Negley for NPR

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 3:07 pm

Terri Bradford has suffered debilitating headaches all her life. Some days the pain is so bad, she says, "By 11 o'clock in the morning, I'm on the couch in a darkened room with my head packed in ice."

Over the years, Bradford, who is 50 years old and lives in Bedford, Mass., has searched desperately for pain relief. She's been to the doctor countless times for countless tests. "Everything I've had, I've had twice," she says. "I've had two spinal taps; I've had so many nerve blocks I've lost count."

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Mental Health
5:08 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

In Palo Alto's High-Pressure Schools, Suicides Lead To Soul-Searching

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 8:51 am

Since October of last year, four teenagers in California's Palo Alto school district have taken their own lives. Tragically, it's not the first cluster of teen suicides this area has seen: In 2009 and 2010, five local teenagers killed themselves by stepping in front of trains, and more suicides followed the next year.

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Mental Health
3:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

After Campus Suicides, Building Community With A Simple Statement

TMAYD founder Izzy Lloyd (right) gives a friend a hug after asking about her day.
Maia Weinstock MIT

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 5:08 pm

In the past academic year, four students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have taken their own lives.

And in the days that followed two of her freshmen classmates' deaths by suicide, 18-year-old Isabel "Izzy" Lloyd noticed something.

"Things just sort of stopped for a week or two and there were people posting on Facebook and sending out emails and Twitter and Instagram and people were saying, 'I care, you can come see me,' " she says.

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Health
3:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Will Pregnancy Tests In Alaska Bars Dissuade Moms-To-Be From Drinking?

A free pregnancy test dispenser hangs next to a condom dispenser in the women's restroom at the Peanut Farm bar in Anchorage.
Anne Hillman/KSKA

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 11:34 am

"Remember the last time you had sex? Were you drinking? Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause lifelong problems for the child."

That's part of the warning on a poster in the women's bathroom at the Peanut Farm bar in Anchorage. It depicts the silhouette of a pregnant woman guzzling straight from a bottle. And it's affixed to a pregnancy test dispenser hanging on the wall.

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U.S.
3:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

International Adoptees Create A New Sense Of Community Together

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 11:37 pm

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U.S.
3:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

At The Heart Of The Freddie Gray Case, Six Officers Remain A Mystery

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 5:08 pm

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All Tech Considered
8:06 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Coming Soon To A Highway Near You: A Semitruck With A Brain

The Daimler Freightliner Inspiration, a self-driving long-haul truck, is seen during an event at the Hoover Dam, May 5, 2015, near Boulder City, Nev.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 4:46 am

Imagine you're on the highway. You glance into the cab of the 18-wheeler next to you — and there's no driver. That day might be getting closer.

Automaker Daimler unveiled a truck last week that drives itself, called the Freightliner Inspiration. But the truck is not yet entirely autonomous.

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Around the Nation
7:24 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Being Transgender At Work Can Be Hard, But Made Easier With An Ally

Bjorn Rune Lie Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 2:44 pm

Bruce Jenner's national TV interview with Diane Sawyer in April ended months of speculation. The former Olympian turned reality TV star revealed that he now identifies as a transgender woman — though he still prefers to be called "he" for the time being.

Jenner was hailed as a hero for his openness on an issue that has caused real heartache for many. National surveys show an unusually high rate of attempted suicide among people who are transgender.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Tornadoes Hit Texas As Tropical Storm Ana Makes Landfall In S.C.

A photo from Thursday shows Dillan Taylor salvaging items from her destroyed recreational vehicle in Oklahoma City following a tornado there. More tornadoes hit the Plains states over the weekend.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 12:50 pm

A series of tornadoes in North Texas over the weekend have left at least one person dead and others missing. Meanwhile, in South Carolina, a weakening Tropical Storm Ana made landfall early this morning near Myrtle Beach, S.C.

One of the tornadoes that hit Saturday destroyed homes in a rural area south of Cisco, a town about 100 miles west of Fort Worth, Eastland County, Judge Rex Fields was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

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The Two-Way
6:37 am
Sun May 10, 2015

3 Suspects In Custody Following Fatal Shooting Of Mississippi Officers

This combination of undated photos released the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation shows, Marvin Banks, left, and his brother Curtis Banks. The brothers have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers on Saturday.
AP

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 12:48 pm

Updated at 9 a.m. EDT

Three suspects are in custody following the fatal shooting of two police officers in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Saturday, NPR's Russell Lewis reports.

According to The Associated Press: "Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said a Hattiesburg officer had stopped a 2000 Gold Cadillac Escalade about 8:30 p.m. CDT Saturday, a second officer arrived to help him and shots were fired. Those were reported to be the first deaths on the Hattiesburg police force in three decades."

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The Howard Project
6:36 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Gratitude, Disbelief, Optimism: Howard Students On Graduation Day

Ariel Alford and Leighton Watson exchange congratulations after Howard University's graduation commencement on Saturday.
Emily Jan for NPR

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 1:32 pm

This weekend, the Class of 2015 graduated from Howard University, a historically black college located about a mile from NPR's headquarters. The new graduates include two of the students who have spent the last semester talking with NPR's Weekend Edition about their college experience.

Leighton Watson and Kevin Peterman are still kind of in denial.

"It's very surreal, because I think a lot of people expect you to feel like you've graduated earlier in the process," says Watson. "But it literally didn't hit me until I was walking off of the stage and out."

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Around the Nation
5:57 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Play Date Protest Held In Support Of 'Free Range' Parents

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 11:29 am

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Around the Nation
5:57 am
Sun May 10, 2015

'300 Men March' Aims For Calm In Baltimore

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 3:37 pm

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National Security
5:57 am
Sun May 10, 2015

NSA Data Collection, Patriot Act Back In The Spotlight

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 3:37 pm

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NPR Ed
4:53 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Counting Poor Students Is Getting Harder

LA Johnson/NPR

Researchers, grant-makers and policymakers have long relied on enrollment numbers for the federally subsidized Free and Reduced-Price Lunch program. They use those numbers as a handy proxy for measuring how many students are struggling economically. The paperwork that families submit to show their income becomes the basis of billions in federal funds.

To be eligible for these programs, a family must earn no more than 85 percent above the poverty line. Just over half of public school students fit that description.

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Shots - Health News
3:57 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Can Volleyball Fight Crime? East Palo Alto Says, 'Game On'

In a FIT zone at Bell Street Park in East Palo Alto, Calif., friends from the neighborhood now gather regularly to play volleyball.
Jeremy Raff/KQED

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 12:01 pm

Sia Kailahi is a tough-looking amateur boxer with dark eyeliner and tattoo-covered arms, but today her boxing gloves are off. She tosses up a volleyball and smacks a serve over a net.

A dozen people, laughing, keep the ball airborne at Bell Street Park in East Palo Alto, Calif. The park sits right next to a freeway exit in a city that has significant crime, despite being surrounded by affluent communities and technology companies. This park has a history as an easy stop-off point for buying and selling drugs.

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Children's Health
4:07 pm
Sat May 9, 2015

Boosting Education For Babies And Their Parents

A group of mothers and infants celebrate a recent graduation from the Harlem Children's Zone Baby College program.
Marty Lipp Courtesy of Harlem Children's Zone

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 10:20 pm

The Harlem Children's Zone is a nonprofit known for its innovative, multifaceted approach to ending the cycle to poverty. It's garnered kudos from President Obama and philanthropists like William Louis-Dreyfus, who recently announced he would donate up to $50 million to the organization.

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U.S.
3:17 pm
Sat May 9, 2015

Texas Governor's Plan To Monitor Military Exercises Splits State GOP

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 6:21 pm

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The Salt
11:54 am
Sat May 9, 2015

GIs Helped Bring Freedom To Europe, And A Taste For Oregano To America

American GIs line up in the street in Troina, Sicily, utensils and dishes in hand, as they wait for a meal from a large pot, July 1943. Oregano grows abundantly in Southern Italy, where many GIs encountered the herb for the first time, and fell in love. Many brought the craving back home with them after the war.
U.S. Army Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 2:45 pm

This week marks the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the great Allied victory over Hitler's forces in Europe during World War II.

What you may not realize is that the war helped forever change the American palate, as returning GIs brought home a craving for a pungent, fragrant herb they had encountered overseas: oregano.

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