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4:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Damaged Businesses Vow Ferguson Will Rebound From Violence

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 4:59 am

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Code Switch
2:51 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Stories Of Your First Thanksgiving In The U.S.

We don't endorse using a trident to carve your turkey.
floodllama Flickr

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 6:07 am

This past week, we called for stories about your first Thanksgiving in the United States. Who'd you spend it with? Where were you coming from? What'd you eat? What'd you think of it? we wondered.

And many of the stories we heard from you were about food: You had issues roasting the turkey properly. Your mom found, um, a creative solution to making your bird a golden brown. You ate a lot of different alternate Thanksgiving meals. Your stories were goofy and weird, but most of them made us smile — here are some of them:

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Shots - Health News
2:49 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Millennial Doctors May Be More Tech-Savvy, But Is That Better?

Medical residents helped with first aid at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, including Dr. Amy Ho, at bottom right.
Courtesy Amy Ho

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 6:07 am

The University of Texas Southwestern class of 2014 is celebrating graduation. Class vice president Amy Ho has shed her scrubs for heels and a black dress. She says with modern technology, med school really wasn't too hard.

"If you want to do the whole thing by video stream, you can," she says. "I would wake up at 10 a.m., work out for an hour or so, get some lunch and then video stream for 6 hours and then go to happy hour. It actually was not that bad."

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The Two-Way
12:00 am
Thu November 27, 2014

In Ferguson And Across The Country, Protests Are More Subdued

Snow falls Wednesday night as Missouri National Guard members stand outside of the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

Protests of Mondays grand jury decision were dampened somewhat on Wednesday night — particularly in Ferguson, Mo., where only a few dozen protesters braved the snow to demonstrate.

NPR's Elise Hu says things are fairly subdued there.

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The Two-Way
11:16 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Judge Rules Fewer Political Groups Can Keep Their Donors Secret

The US Capitol building as seen from the Cannon House Office Building in Washington.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

A U.S. district court judge awarded a victory to campaign finance reform advocates on Tuesday when she ruled the Federal Election Committee was too loosely enforcing a campaign finance regulation passed in 2007, allowing some big-money donors to remain anonymous.

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Business
5:29 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Jacksonville Split Over Joining A Southern Port Dredging Frenzy

Vince Cameron has worked the docks at the Port of Jacksonville for more than three decades. If the city doesn't deepen the port, he says, a new breed of massive cargo ship will instead go to Savannah, Ga., or Charleston, S.C.
Peter Haden WJCT News

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:01 pm

Vince Cameron knows all the people buzzing around the Port of Jacksonville in their bright blaze vests. "My dad was a longshoreman for 44 years on these docks before he retired," he says. "I'm a child of this port."

In his hard hat and with a whistle around his neck, Cameron looks on as a weathered Horizon Lines freighter pulls in from Puerto Rico.

The ship is "a baby in the whole scheme of things," says Cameron, president of the local longshoreman's union. "It's a good ship ... but she's kinda slow and she uses diesel fuel. I mean, she drinks it like water."

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Food
4:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Obama Pardons Turkeys Mac And Cheese

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:39 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF CEREMONY)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Today I'm taking an action fully within my legal authority.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

That's President Obama today. After he faced more than a week of criticism over his executive actions on immigration, today he had a bit of fun.

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U.S.
4:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

In Miami, Haitian Immigrants Wonder What Immigration Action Means For Them

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:39 pm

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U.S.
4:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Obama's Immigration Action Brings Joy, Sadness For Undocumented Irish

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:39 pm

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U.S.
4:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

'Undocumented' Stigma A Barrier In Asian-American Communities

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:39 pm

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Around the Nation
4:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Wintry Weather Means Slow-Going For Many Holiday Travelers

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:39 pm

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Law
4:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Justice Ginsburg Expected Back On The Bench Soon After Surgery

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:39 pm

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Around the Nation
4:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Texas Execution Nears For Murderer Whose Competence Was Debated

Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti has had a long history of mental illness but was allowed to defend himself at trial. He is scheduled to be executed next Wednesday.
AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:39 pm

On Dec. 3, Texas is scheduled to execute Scott Panetti for murdering his in-laws in 1992. There is no doubt he committed the crime, and there is also no doubt that Panetti is mentally ill. But he was deemed fit to stand trial, and he was allowed to defend himself, dressing in a cowboy costume in court, insisting he was a character from a John Wayne movie.

Over the course of the last two decades — and many appeals — his case has gained national attention, and it has shone a spotlight on capital punishment and mental illness.

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Code Switch
4:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

How Ferguson Residents Are Giving Thanks This Holiday Season

Karen Gold paints on a boarded window of her store in Ferguson, Mo.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:39 pm

The kickoff to the holiday season in St. Louis has been overshadowed by unrest following the grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson. And for some residents of Ferguson, the meaning of this year's Thanksgiving — amid the anger, hostility and unresolved issues — is hazy.

The Schnucks grocery store is pretty busy on this cold, gray Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Michael Howell, a local musician picking up a few staples, says he just wants to relax at home and have a little turkey. Howell's home is right near a string of looted and burned businesses.

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Code Switch
2:33 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

In Darren Wilson's Testimony, Familiar Themes About Black Men

A crowd rallies to protest the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Sid Hastings AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 3:29 pm

After Michael Brown was shot dead in August, his mother, Leslie McSpadden, said, "My son was sweet. He didn't mean any harm to anybody." He was, she said, "a gentle giant."

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It's All Politics
1:05 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Justice Ginsburg Recovering After Heart Stent Implant

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her court chamber, in July.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 1:55 pm

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted Wednesday to clear a blocked right coronary artery, but she was expected to be back on the bench when the court reconvenes on Monday.

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Shots - Health News
12:58 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Those Phone-Obsessed Teenagers Aren't As Lonely As You Think

Loneliness may be part of the human condition, but social media don't seem to be harming teenagers' social lives.
Neil Webb Ikon Images/Corbis

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 3:58 pm

A recent dinner with my friends went something like this:

"Wait, who is going to take a Snapchat of all of us when our drinks arrive?"

"Oh no, I can't! My phone is dying."

"Guys, this is such a stereotypical millennial conversation. I am totally tweeting about this."

So I guess I understand why older folk fret that youngsters these days are losing out on authentic social connections because of social media.

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The Salt
11:37 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Native American Side Of The Thanksgiving Menu

Renee Comet Photography Restaurant Associates and Smithsonian Institution

A version of this story was originally published on Nov. 21, 2012.

Everyone knows the schoolhouse version of the first Thanksgiving story: New England pilgrims came together with Native Americans to share a meal after the harvest. The original menu was something of a joint venture, but over the years, a lot of the traditional dishes have lost their native flavor.

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Shots - Health News
11:36 am
Wed November 26, 2014

If Supreme Court Strikes Federal Exchange Subsidies, Health Law Could Unravel

Supreme Court police stand guard during a storm in March.
Michael Reynolds EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 1:28 pm

Exactly what would happen to the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court invalidates tax credits in three dozen states where the federal government runs the program?

Legal scholars say a decision like that would deal a potentially lethal blow to the law because it would undermine the government-run insurance marketplaces that are its backbone, as well as the mandate requiring most Americans to carry coverage.

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The Two-Way
9:34 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Justice Ginsburg Has Heart Procedure, Is Resting Comfortably

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 11:51 am

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing, is "resting comfortably" after a heart procedure, the court said in a statement.

Ginsburg, 81, "experienced discomfort during routine exercise" on Tuesday and was taken to a Washington, D.C., hospital. According to the statement, doctors inserted a stent in her right coronary artery to address a blockage.

"She is resting comfortably and is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours," the statement said.

Update at 10:57 a.m. ET. 'Awake And Demanding Work':

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Wed November 26, 2014

EPA Proposes New Rules To Curb Ozone Levels

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies at an oversight hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 23.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:49 pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new rules today to reduce emission levels for smog-causing ozone, which is linked to asthma and other health problems.

The draft measure calls for lowering the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65 ppb and 70 ppb. The agency said it would take comments on an ozone level as low as 60 ppb.

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Wed November 26, 2014

University Of Virginia Apologizes To Student Who Says She Was Gang-Raped

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:22 pm

The University of Virginia publicly apologized on Tuesday to a student who told Rolling Stone magazine that she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012.

As we reported, the magazine's harrowing account led to protests and a university ban on fraternities until January.

Sandy Hausman, of NPR member station WVTF, filed this report for our Newscast Unit:

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The Two-Way
4:52 am
Wed November 26, 2014

A Calmer Night In Ferguson, Mo., Amid Increased National Guard Presence

Members of the National Guard detain a protester in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday. More than 2,000 National Guard troops spread out across the St. Louis area to prevent another night of rioting and looting after a grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Adrees Latif Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:19 pm

Updated, 6 p.m. ET

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon rejected a call today to appoint a special prosecutor in the Michael Brown case, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.

That's a bad decision, says Mae Quinn. A law professor at the city's Washington University, Quinn told the Post Dispatch that she felt officer Darren Wilson received preferential treatment:

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Around the Nation
4:36 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Reverberates Across The Nation

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:15 am

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NPR Story
4:13 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Plan For Grand Jury Verdict Lacked Follow-Through, Critics Say

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:15 am

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NPR Ed
3:18 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Mississippi Schools Sue State For More Money

Woodley Elementary third grade students write their names into newly donated dictionaries at the school.
Eric J. Shelton Hattiesburg American

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:15 am

In Taneka Hawkins' classroom, 20 kindergarteners wiggle through a mid-morning dance break, waving their arms and jumping around to a guided dance video. It's busy, to be sure, and a bit crowded.

"The children are so small, and a lot of things that we do have to be so hands on, and it's kind of hard when it is more than 20," Hawkins says. A class size of 15, she adds, would be ideal. "I think we could reach more students with that smaller class size."

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The Two-Way
12:41 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Protests Of Grand Jury Decision Fan Out Across The Country

People gather outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on Tuesday.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 8:04 am

Updated at 6:54 a.m.

Public reaction to a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has ranged from fire and looting close to where Wilson shot Michael Brown to peaceful protests nearby.

Other protests were held in large and small cities and college towns across America on Tuesday; photos from those scenes show a variety of demonstrators, tactics and responses.

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The Two-Way
7:16 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Wilson Describes Confrontation With Brown In ABC Interview

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:11 pm

Adding his voice to the mounds of grand jury evidence released Monday night by St. Louis County, Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed Michael Brown, told his side of the story in an interview Tuesday.

Wilson told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he has "a clean conscience" about the shooting; he also said he's sorry for the loss of life. The shooting led to both violent protests and serious conversations about race and law enforcement.

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The Two-Way
6:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Obama: 'No Sympathy' For Those Destroying Ferguson

A local business is boarded up in anticipation of another night of unrest in Ferguson, Mo., Tuesday. A day after people set fire to buildings in the city, President Obama said, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."
Michael B. Thomas AFP/Getty Images

In a speech in which he said he understands the frustrations of people who feel they're not treated fairly under the law, President Obama also stated, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."

The president had been scheduled to speak about immigration policy during his appearance at Chicago's Copernicus Community Center. But he began his remarks by calling for calm in Ferguson, Mo., responding to the fiery unrest that has followed a grand jury's decision not to charge police officer Darren Wilson over the killing of Michael Brown.

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The Salt
5:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

The turkeys at Kate Stillman's farm don't have to be loaded on a trailer and driven hundreds of miles this year. They now meet their ends on the same farm where they lived their lives.
Chris Arnold NPR

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 10:22 am

It's a busy time of year for turkey farmers around the country. And these days, with the growth of the local food movement, small family farms are struggling to keep up with all the orders for birds. So, we went to find out what one New England farmer is doing to get her gobblers from the field to the table. Enter the "abattoir."

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