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2:03 am
Fri June 12, 2015

A Good But Not Great New Season For Netflix's 'Orange Is The New Black'

Taylor Schilling, left, with costar Laura Prepon on Netflix's Orange is the New Black.
JOJO WHILDEN Netflix PR

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 4:33 am

The third season of Orange Is the New Black begins with middle-class slacker-turned-prison inmate Piper Chapman in a pretty dark place.

How can we tell? She's having a casual conversation about suicide with the prison's electrician. And when she suggests using pills instead of car exhaust in a garage, the electrician dismisses her for choosing a way out that's way too expensive.

"I didn't realize that my hypothetical suicide had a budget," Piper says, sarcastically. A moment later, she realizes, "this is not a healthy discussion."

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Shots - Health News
12:27 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up In 2016, But By How Much?

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 7:20 am

Some health insurance companies are asking for big price increases next year, and that has again riled critics of the federal health care law. But early analysis shows those steep hikes may not affect the majority of consumers.

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It's All Politics
4:10 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Dreams From My Mother: Clinton To Look To Mom In Campaign Kickoff

In this 2007 file photo, Dorothy Rodham campaign with her daughter, then-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, on the campaign trail in Iowa
Paul Sancya Associated Press

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 4:28 pm

Hillary Clinton's campaign kickoff will draw inspiration from her late mother as she seeks to lay out her vision for America.

By detailing the struggles her mother, Dorothy Rodham, went through, the Democratic presidential hopeful will detail Saturday in New York why she's seeking out reforms and priorities for families, telling everyday Americans, "It is your time."

It's the kind of rhetoric that helped elect President Obama twice. He made the focus of his campaigns, especially his reelection, income inequality, which Republicans derided as "class warfare."

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The Two-Way
4:07 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

IRS Announces Effort To Fight Fraudulent Tax Returns

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 5:09 pm

The Internal Revenue Service, hoping to reduce the number of fraudulent tax returns filed each year, says it's partnering with several tax preparation and software firms in an effort to protect taxpayers.

The initiative, announced by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, will include steps the IRS believes will better authenticate the identity of taxpayers and the information included on tax return submissions.

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The Two-Way
4:05 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Union: All Data Of All Federal Employees Hacked

The president of the largest federal employees union says all data for every current and retired federal employee and up to 1 million former employees were stolen by hackers. He says those data include names and Social Security numbers, military service and insurance and pension information.

The government has acknowledged that data of as many as 4 million current and former employees and retirees were stolen, but it hasn't detailed which employees were affected. Nor has it specified which data were stolen.

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U.S.
3:47 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

U.S. Export-Import Bank Targeted By Conservatives

A Boeing 737 at the company's factory in Renton, Wash. Foreign airlines that want to buy Boeing planes often do so with loans underwritten by the Export-Import Bank.
Saul Loeb AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 4:48 pm

Republicans are often seen as the party of business. So it's a little ironic that some of the most vocal opposition to the Export-Import Bank comes from conservative Republicans, such as Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.

"If we're ever going to get rid of all the corporate connectedness, all the corporate welfare, you've got to start with the most egregious one and the most obvious one and that's the Export-Import Bank," he says.

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Sports
3:15 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

With 2-1 Finals Lead, What's LeBron James' Secret Motivation?

Cavaliers forward LeBron James urges on the crowd during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland. The Cavs lead the series 2-1 and host Game 4 Thursday night.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 3:39 pm

Remember the essay LeBron James wrote nearly a year ago, announcing his triumphant return to Cleveland?

"I'm not promising a championship," he wrote. "We're not ready right now. It will be a long process."

Well, time has certainly sped up, especially to the delight of Cavalier fans. The long process he predicted will actually be over with just two more Cleveland wins. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are back at it Thursday night for Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

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The Two-Way
3:01 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Parties Say They Trust Hastert Judge's Impartiality

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert this week pleaded not guilty to breaking banking laws and lying about the money to the FBI. The federal judge in the case will preside over it after the parties declined his offer to recuse himself.
Christian K. Lee AP

The federal judge overseeing the criminal case of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert will continue to preside over it, even though he made campaign contributions to Hastert, as neither the prosecution nor the defense see it as a conflict of interest.

During Hastert's arraignment Tuesday, Chicago U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin acknowledged that in 2002 and 2004, he contributed $500 and $1,000 to Hastert's campaign through his law firm, but he said he had never met the speaker.

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The Two-Way
2:43 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Charges Recommended For Cleveland Officers Who Fatally Shot 12-Year-Old

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 5:09 am

A judge ruled today that there's enough evidence to charge two Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed in November while holding a replica gun outside a recreation center.

As The Associated Press notes, the decision is largely symbolic, because Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine "cannot compel prosecutors to charge the officers."

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Politics
2:35 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Political Consultant To Be Sentenced For Violating Campaign Finance Law

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 3:52 pm

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Europe
2:18 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Scottish First Minister: 'Independent Scotland Would Be A Powerful Voice'

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 3:51 pm

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Performing Arts
2:18 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

'The Flick' Tells The Story Of The Movies, Off The Screen

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 3:39 pm

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History
2:18 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Prison Breaks Past: Several Inmates Have Tried To Escape From N.Y. Prison

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 3:39 pm

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Around the Nation
2:18 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

For Sale: Detroit Land Bank Seeks Buyers For Vacant Houses

The Detroit Land Bank is hoping to get $25,000 for this Tudor-style house in Detroit's East English Village.
Jason Margolis NPR

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 12:28 pm

Detroit has tens of thousands of abandoned homes. The city is experimenting with new ways to repopulate them — including auctioning them online for as little as $1,000. There are deals to be had, but the cost of repairs often exceeds the value of the homes.

The city's worst homes end up with the Detroit Land Bank Authority, a quasi-governmental agency. Craig Fahle, the agency's director of public affairs, shows me around a 1,300-square-foot Tudor-style home on Detroit's far east side.

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NPR Ed
2:18 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Graduation Rates: Chicago Says It Will Keep Better Track of At-Risk Students

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel focused on disadvantaged youth in Chicago in his inaugural speech after being sworn in to a second term as mayor.
Phil Velasquez Chicago Tribune/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 6:51 pm

We have an update on a story we reported yesterday.

The NPR Ed Team's investigation into high school graduation rates found that many states and school districts are using questionable, quick fixes to improve their grad rates.

At the top of that list was Chicago.

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The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Twitter CEO Stepping Down After Disappointing First Quarter

Twitter's Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo gives a speech in 2012 in Cannes, France. The social media company says Costolo will step down as CEO effective July 1.
Lionel Cironneau AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 3:24 pm

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo will step down and the social media powerhouse's co-founder and Chairman of the Board Jack Dorsey will take over as interim head, the company says.

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Shots - Health News
1:37 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Should Tanning Bed Warnings Take A Cue From Graphic Cigarette Labels?

The FDA requires tanning machines to bear a label explaining the risks, but the messages are not particularly attention-grabbing.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 9:13 pm

Young white women like indoor tanning a lot.

Nearly a quarter of them hit a tanning bed in the past year. (The beds are even found on many college campuses.)

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Shots - Health News
1:25 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Got Water? Most Kids, Teens Don't Drink Enough

Kids and teens should get two to three quarts of water per day, via food or drink, research suggests.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 11:17 am

Most American children and teenagers aren't drinking enough fluids, and that's leaving them mildly dehydrated, according to a new study. In fact, one-quarter of a broad cross-section of children ages 6 to 19 apparently don't drink any water as part of their fluid intake.

The Harvard scientists who turned up the finding were initially looking into the consumption of sugary drinks in schools and looking for ways to steer children toward water instead — a much healthier beverage.

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The Two-Way
12:51 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Wrestler Dusty Rhodes, The American Dream, Has Died

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 2:37 pm

Dusty Rhodes, the passionately outspoken wrestler whose career spanned decades, has died at age 69, according to the WWE. Nicknamed The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes was the stage name of Virgil Runnels. He died in Marietta, Ga., an area northwest of Atlanta.

Playing a variety of roles and competing in hundreds of arenas during his wrestling career, Rhodes was often a stand-in for the common man, a fierce fighter who pitted his bulldog physique against more chiseled rivals such as Ric Flair. His victories often came after absorbing a staggering array of injuries.

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Parallels
12:50 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

As Egyptian Activists Vanish, Suspicion Falls On The Security Forces

Egyptian security forces take up positions during anti-government demonstrations in Cairo last November. Egyptian activists have been disappearing in growing numbers, and human rights groups say they believe the security forces are responsible.
Amr Sayed APA\Landov

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 3:49 pm

It happens suddenly. One day, without warning, someone goes out to run an errand or go to class, and they don't come home.

Forced disappearances by Egypt's security forces aren't a new tactic in Egypt, but they're on the rise, human rights groups and activists say. And a cross section of activists, human rights defenders and journalists are being targeted.

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