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11:03 am
Tue April 21, 2015

On The High School Diploma: A 'Bilingual' Stamp Of Approval?

LA Johnson/NPR

In the 1920s, Aurora Orozco crossed over from Mexico to Texas — a child of African descent who spoke not a word of English. She was an uneasy transplant.

Many years later, in an essay published in 1999, she recalled attitudes towards students who were caught speaking Spanish in school: "My teacher, Mrs. White, would make me stay after class. With a red rubber band, she would hit my poor hands until they nearly bled."

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Shots - Health News
10:06 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Californians Can Now Pay Cash For Health Insurance At 7-Eleven

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 11:29 am

The largest publicly run health plan in the nation, L.A. Care, will allow customers who do not have traditional bank accounts to pay their health insurance premiums with cash.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Tue April 21, 2015

N.Y. Judge Grants Legal Rights To 2 Research Chimps

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 11:30 am

A New York judge has granted two research chimps the writ of habeas corpus – a move that allows them to challenge their detention.

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It's All Politics
9:28 am
Tue April 21, 2015

A Timeline Of Hillary Clinton's Evolution On Trade

Hillary Clinton addresses the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO three weeks before the Democratic primary contest against Barack Obama. Seated at right is Pennsylvania AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 10:51 am

Like many Democrats, including the current president, Hillary Clinton has had difficulty maintaining a consistent position on international trade.

As President Obama seeks fast-track authority for a 12-country Pacific trade deal and Congress inches toward giving it to him, Clinton is hedging on a deal she once strongly backed.

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The Two-Way
7:20 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Blue Bell Widens Recall To All Of Its Products Over Listeria Worries

After initially recalling products made at its Oklahoma facility, Blue Bell is now asking retailers and customers to throw away or return all of its products currently on the market.
Blue Bell

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:04 am

Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries has widely expanded a voluntary recall over Listeria concerns, seeking the return of all of its products currently on the market. Blue Bell products are sold in 23 states.

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Michel Martin, Going There
6:03 am
Tue April 21, 2015

What Can #NOLASCHOOLS Teach Us?

Teacher Towana Pierre-Floyd in her classroom at New Orleans West in 2005. It's a structured charter school set up for students and teachers displaced by the storm.
PAT SULLIVAN AP

What if you had to start your school system over almost from scratch? What if most of the buildings were unusable, and most of the teachers had left or been fired? Is that a nightmare, or your dream come true?

In New Orleans, that was the reality after the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina. That set off a chain reaction that transformed the city's schools forever, first by a state takeover and then by the most extensive charter school system in the country.

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Politics
5:27 am
Tue April 21, 2015

White House Pushes For Fast-Track Trade Authority

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:34 am

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National Security
5:12 am
Tue April 21, 2015

ISIS' Peer-To-Peer Recruiting Style Concerns U.S. Authorities

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:34 am

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Your Money
4:07 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Will New Retirement Rules Protect Americans From Wall Street?

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says proposed rules for financial advisers are meant to protect consumers.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 11:31 am

Saving enough money to retire can be tough. But it's next to impossible if a financial adviser is steering the client into bad investments — and getting big commissions in return. And according to the Obama administration, that's exactly what too many advisers have been doing.

Millions of Americans trying to save for retirement have ended up with investments where high fees cripple their returns over time. U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez says much of that is due to bad advice.

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Religion
2:58 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire

Native Hawaiians dance in honor of Mauna Kea at the base of Pu'u Huluhulu on the Big Island.
Molly Solomon NPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:34 am

In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, while astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build a massive, 18-story telescope.

This is not simply a story of religion versus science. Activists consider the construction of a giant telescope on the island of Hawaii to be a desecration of their sacred land.

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U.S.
2:57 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

This solar panel unit cost about $17,000, less than half as much as it costs to extend the electrical grid a mile. Thompson pays the power company $75 a month to maintain and service the unit.
Ibby Caputo for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 10:32 am

Most people can't imagine living without smartphones or the Internet, let alone without electricity. But even today — even in the United States — there are still people who live without lights and refrigeration. Many are Native Americans living on tribal reservations.

For many, electricity is a luxury; it can even be magical. Derrick Terry remembers the first winter when there were lights on at his grandmother's house.

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Shots - Health News
2:56 am
Tue April 21, 2015

What's At Stake If Supreme Court Eliminates Your Obamacare Subsidy

Carlton Scott pays $266.99 per month for his subsidized health insurance plan. He worries he and his neighbors would lose their insurance without the subsidy.
Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 10:52 am

The Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty. To help coax people to buy a health plan, the federal government now subsidizes premiums for millions of Americans.

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Back At Base
2:54 am
Tue April 21, 2015

National Guard Seeks New Mission After War

The Army spent $300 million to upgrade Camp Atterbury and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center — seen here in this aerial photo from 2012 — for Indiana's National Guard to use to prepare for the wars and Iraq and Afghanistan. But now that troops are coming home, the Guard is looking for new ways to keep the base relevant.
Sgt. Ashley Reed Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:34 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the first of four reports this week about the National Guard.

The Army spent billions of dollars getting the National Guard ready for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now that the money has been spent and troops are coming home, there are questions about the Guard's mission.

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All Tech Considered
5:29 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moore's Law

Intel Corp. co-founder Gordon Moore holds up a silicon wafer at Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., in 2005. Moore's prediction 50 years ago, called Moore's Law, has been the basis for the digital revolution.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:31 am

Fifty years ago this week, a chemist in what is now Silicon Valley published a paper that set the groundwork for the digital revolution.

You may never have heard of Moore's law, but it has a lot do with why you will pay about the same price for your next computer, smartphone or tablet, even though it will be faster and have better screen resolution than the last one.

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Shots - Health News
4:35 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendation On Mammograms

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 6:38 pm

In 2009, I was among the scrum of reporters covering the controversial advice from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that women in their 40s think twice about regular mammograms. The task force pointed out that the net benefits in younger women were small and said women should weigh the pros and cons of screening before making a decision.

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National Security
3:46 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Somali-Americans Arrested In Islamic State Recruiting Plot

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:48 am

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Media
3:45 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

BuzzFeed Under Fire After Deleting Stories Critical Of Its Advertisers

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:23 pm

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Law
3:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Meet The 'Accidental Activists' Of The Supreme Court's Same-Sex-Marriage Case

Jayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer with their four children, Jacob (from left), Rylee, Nolan and Ryanne at a news conference in March.
Valerie Macon Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:23 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court hears legal arguments next week in the legal battle over same-sex marriage. It's an extraordinarily high-stakes clash, but the men and women at the center of it see themselves as incredibly ordinary. The 12 couples and two widowers include doctors, lawyers, an Army sergeant, nurses and teachers.

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Around the Nation
3:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Indiana Governor Extends Public Health Emergency To Fight HIV Outbreak

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:23 pm

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Sports
3:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Alex Rodriguez Closes In On 660 Homerun Record Set By Willie Mays

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:23 pm

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Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

After a full year spent in purgatory, suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs, Alex Rodriguez is back with the New York Yankees, and his bat is blazing.

(SOUNDBITE OF BASEBALL GAME)

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Energy
3:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near

Geologists Dave Tucker (left) and Pete Stelling at the Mount Baker hot springs in Washington's Cascade Mountains. The springs are within the large tract of federal land that could soon be open for geothermal development.
Ashley Ahearn KUOW

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:23 pm

In the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service is set to open more than 80,000 acres for potential geothermal power development. Companies would then be able to apply for permits to build power plants that would harness the heat beneath the surface to spin turbines and generate electricity.

All of this would be taking place in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington state.

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Environment
3:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

BP Oil Spill Anniversary Highlights Changes In Industry Safety Standards

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:23 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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The Salt
2:40 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Appetite For Gulf Seafood Is Back, But The Crabs And Oysters Aren't

Blue crabs brought back to Tony Goutierrez's dock in Hopedale, La. For the past few years, his traps have been coming up empty. "It's sad to see it go, but it's going — this way of life is going to disappear," he says.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 8:53 pm

In 2010, just after the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, seafood restaurants were bombarded with questions from concerned diners: "How bad is the spill?" "Is this from the Gulf?" "Is it safe?" Demand for Gulf seafood tanked.

"You have to remember, that was literally weeks and months on end when you could turn on the TV at any time of day and see an oil well leaking unabatedly into the Gulf of Mexico," says Brett Anderson, feature food writer for Nola.com.

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The Two-Way
2:33 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

'Post And Courier' Of Charleston, S.C., Wins Pulitzer For Public Service

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 7:34 pm

Updated at 3:21 p.m. ET

The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize award for public service for Till Death Do Us Part, a series the award's panel said "probed why South Carolina is among the deadliest states in the union for women and put the issue of what to do about it on the state's agenda."

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Shots - Health News
2:09 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Doctors Don't Always Ask About Pet-Related Health Risks

Reptiles like leopard geckos can bring Salmonella along with them.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 10:07 am

If you're being treated for cancer, an iguana might not be the pet for you.

Ditto if you're pregnant, elderly or have small children at home.

Pets can transmit dozens of diseases to humans, but doctors aren't always as good as they should be in asking about pets in the home and humans' health issues, a study finds.

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The Two-Way
1:49 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Twitter Now Allows Users To Receive Direct Messages From Any User

Twitter changed its direct messaging guidelines Monday. Now, any user can direct-message any other user even if they are not following each other. The new feature is not automatically enabled; users will have to opt in.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 4:04 pm

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET: Twitter responds to harassment questions

"Communicating with people you may or may not know in real life just got easier," says Twitter Senior Software Engineer Nhu Vuong in a blog post announcing a change to Twitter's direct messaging system. The new feature gives users the ability to receive messages whether the user follows them or not. Vuong used an example of an ice cream shop and a fan to show what's changed:

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Code Switch
1:31 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

George Takei And Company To Hollywood Gatekeepers: Fix Your Diversity Problem

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 10:54 am

Remember that Deadline article from a few weeks back? In which the writer pointed out that Hollywood is diversifying — and claimed that's a bad thing?

At least one good thing may come of it:

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Shipwrecks Ahoy: Coast Guard Shares Pics From Crystal-Clear Lake Michigan

A shipwreck is seen near the coast in Lake Michigan, where clear waters recently allowed a Coast Guard helicopter to take striking aerial photos of several wreck sites.
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 2:38 pm

The water is exceptionally clear in Lake Michigan right now, and a Coast Guard helicopter crew used a recent routine patrol to capture striking images of some of the area's many notable sunken ships. Some of them date from the 1800s.

Photos from the flight out of the Coast Guard's Traverse City, Mich., air station show a variety of ships resting on the lake bottom, including the James McBride, a 121-foot brig that sank in 1857.

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The Two-Way
11:58 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Tim Tebow Will Reportedly Return To NFL With Philadelphia Eagles

Tim Tebow, seen here at an NCAA football game last season, will reportedly sign with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday.
John Mersits CSM /LANDOV

Continuing a string of surprises in this NFL offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles will reportedly sign quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year contract to play quarterback. Tebow, 27, hasn't played in the NFL since 2012.

It would be the former Heisman winner's fourth stint with an NFL team. The New York Jets released Tebow in the spring of 2013; later that same year, he was cut by the New England Patriots. Tebow was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos back in 2010, after winning two BCS championships at Florida.

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The Two-Way
10:51 am
Mon April 20, 2015

BuzzFeed Deleted Stories After Complaints From Advertisers

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 4:35 pm

Updated at 5:24 p.m.

The editor of BuzzFeed, the website that carries headlines ranging from "12 Reasons Rain Is Better Than Anything Else" to "EU Ministers To Hold Emergency Talks On Migrant Crisis," has acknowledged the deletion of more than 1,000 posts — three of them following complaints from advertisers — since he was hired in January 2012.

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