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Thu April 23, 2015
U.S.

Some Companies Fight Pay Gap By Eliminating Salary Negotiations

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:56 am

Women stage a protest demanding equal pay for women at a 2012 rally in Miami.
J Pat Carter AP

When it comes to negotiating salaries, the research is pretty clear: women are less assertive than men. It's one reason women who start their careers with a narrower pay gap see it widen over time.

Carnegie Mellon economics professor Linda Babcock, who studies the gender pay gap, says men are four times more likely to negotiate their pay. That keeps women at a disadvantage, though they're not always aware of it.

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7:06pm

Wed April 22, 2015
It's All Politics

Visiting The Everglades, Obama Takes Swipe At Climate Change Deniers

"Part of the reason we're here is because climate change is threatening this treasure and the communities that depend on it," Obama said Wednesday of his visit to Everglades National Park in Florida. "If we don't act, there may not be an Everglades as we know it."
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

President Obama used the backdrop of the Florida Everglades this Earth Day to highlight the dangers posed by a changing climate. He also took a swipe at Florida's Republican governor, who's been accused of discouraging state workers from discussing global warming.

"Climate change can no longer be denied," Obama said. "It can't be edited out. It can't be omitted from the conversation. And action can no longer be delayed."

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6:47pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Salt

Buzz Over Bee Health: New Pesticide Studies Rev Up Controversy

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 11:58 am

A honeybee forages for nectar and pollen from an oilseed rape flower.
Albin Andersson/Nature

It has been about a decade since beekeepers and scientists began documenting a decline in honeybee populations and other important pollinators.

Even if you're not a lover of bees or honey, you should know that bees are critically important to our food supply. They help pollinate billions of dollars of crops each year, from apples and carrots to blueberries and almonds.

So if bees are threatened, ultimately, the production of these crops will be threatened, too.

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6:41pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Music Interviews

The Nearly Lost Story Of Cambodian Rock 'N' Roll

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 9:25 pm

Cambodian band Baksei Cham Krong.
Mol Kamach Courtesy of Argot Pictures

The tragic story of Cambodia in the '60s and '70s is well-known: It became engulfed in the Vietnam War, then more than a million Cambodians died under the Khmer Rouge regime. Doctors, lawyers, teachers — educated people — were targeted in the communist takeover. So were artists and singers.

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6:06pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Court Throws Out Slugger Barry Bonds' Conviction

Former Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds. (March 21, 2011 file photo.)
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5:59pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Remembrances

Julian Koenig, Well-Known Adman, Named Earth Day

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:59 pm

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5:59pm

Wed April 22, 2015
World

Yemen Crisis Creates Even Tougher Challenge For U.S. In Middle East

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:59 pm

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Where does Washington figure in all of this? Well, we're going to ask Nicholas Burns. He's professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at Harvard's Kennedy School. Welcome to the program once again.

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5:59pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Environment

White House Climate Change Policy Faces Legal Hurdle

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:59 pm

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5:59pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Parallels

9 Months Pregnant, An African Woman Risks It All And Heads To Europe

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:23 am

Chantel, 3, and Antoni, 7 months, migrated to Spain from their native Cameroon, with their mother Tatiana Kanga, 25. Tatiana was nine months pregnant with Antoni when they crossed the Mediterranean Sea together in an inflatable boat.
Lauren Frayer NPR

Tatiana Kanga was nine months pregnant and had her 3-year-old daughter in tow when she set out from her native Cameroon, headed for Spain.

Kanga's journey took her and her young daughter, Chantel, across the continent northward to Morocco. From there, they crossed the Mediterranean Sea in a rubber dinghy.

"It was an inflatable boat, with 17 people," Kanga explains. "Seven of them were women, three children — and six of the women were pregnant, including me."

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5:57pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Two-Way

New Orleans Bans Smoking In Bars, Restaurants

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:55 pm

A sign outside The Red Door lounge last weekend warned about the impending smoking ban in New Orleans.
Gerald Herbert AP

You can take your drinks outside on Bourbon Street, but you can no longer bring your smokes indoors.

Effective Wednesday, New Orleans has banned smoking in bars, restaurants and casinos.

The New York Times published an intriguing look at the city's nightlife spots as the ban went into effect.

Here's an excerpt:

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5:06pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Two-Way

NFL Settlement Over Concussions Is Given Final Approval By Judge

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:23 pm

A judge has given a final OK to an agreement that settles injury claims by former NFL players against the league.

The settlement, which pays medical and other benefits to players who suffered concussions and related injuries, could cost the NFL up to $1 billion over 65 years, the AP reports.

The wire service adds:

"The NFL expects 6,000 of nearly 20,000 retired players to suffer from Alzheimer's disease or moderate dementia someday. The settlement approved Wednesday by a federal judge in Philadelphia would pay them about $190,000 on average.

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4:51pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Business

Comcast, Time Warner Push For Merger Approval Amid Opposition

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 8:17 am

Federal regulators are considering whether to approve the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
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Officials of Comcast and Time Warner Cable met Wednesday with federal regulators to discuss the companies' proposed $45 billion merger. The deal would create a single company that would control large parts of the cable TV and broadband Internet markets.

A published report said recently that Justice Department staff members have decided to oppose the deal on antitrust grounds. But company officials are using a lot of firepower to get the deal approved.

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4:49pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Senate OKs Human-Trafficking Bill, Paving Way For Attorney General Vote

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:33 pm

The Senate voted 99-0 to pass a measure that would increase penalties on human trafficking – a move that paves the way for a confirmation vote for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch.

The human-trafficking measure had been stuck in the Senate because of an impasse over language on abortion funding. But as NPR's Ailsa Chang reported Tuesday, the logjam was broken after negotiations between Republicans and Democrats. Ailsa said:

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4:31pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Politics

California Senate Committee Approves Bill Removing Vaccine Exemptions

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:59 pm

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4:31pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Performing Arts

Actors' Equity Implements $9 Minimum Wage For LA's Small Theaters

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:59 pm

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4:08pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Shots - Health News

Why Do Mosquitoes Like To Bite You Best? It's In Your Genes

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 12:19 pm

Mmm. Smells just like your identical twin.
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A study that asked a few dozen pairs of twins to brave a swarm of hungry mosquitoes has revealed another clue to the cluster of reasons the insects are more attracted to some people than others: Genes matter.

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4:06pm

Wed April 22, 2015
It's All Politics

Man Who Shot Reagan Seeks Release From Mental Hospital

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:59 pm

John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in 2003 to seek five-day, unsupervised visits with his parents at their home in Virginia. His current hearing is the seventh time a court has weighed gradually opening the door to Hinckley's freedom.
Evan Vucci AP

The man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 is making a new push for freedom.

John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to a mental institution for shooting the president, Press Secretary James Brady and two law enforcement officers. Now he's asking a federal judge to allow him to live full time with his mother in Virginia.

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4:03pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Acclaimed Australian Wellness Blogger Says She Made Up Cancer Claims

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:26 pm

Belle Gibson is an Australian blogger who said she cured her terminal brain cancer solely through diet and lifestyle, spawning a wellness empire, an award-winning app, a recipe book and a large online following. Trouble is, Gibson now says she made it all up.

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3:49pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Deceptive Cadence

How The Met Opera's Chorus Master Gets 150 To Sound Like One

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 11:05 am

Donald Palumbo became the Met's chorus master in the 2007-2008 season. He sang in choruses all his life, he says, and eventually worked his way up without any formal conservatory training.
Marty Sohl Courtesy of the Met

Metropolitan Opera Chorus Master Donald Palumbo knows voices, and how to instruct singers to protect them.

Palumbo says that all singers have to monitor their voices while rehearsing during the day. The goal, he says, is to insure singers are at their "freshest" and "most solid" for the evening performance.

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3:49pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Shots - Health News

Can A Person With Dementia Consent To Sex?

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 12:18 pm

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Sexual relationships in long-term care facilities are not uncommon. But the long-term care industry is still grappling with the issue.

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3:46pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Television

'Last Man' Will Forte On Beards, Comedy And Bruce Dern's Acting Advice

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 9:25 am

A man and his beard: Will Forte plays a man seeking companionship in a world wasted by disease in The Last Man on Earth.
Jordin Althaus Fox

In Fox's television show The Last Man on Earth, Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte plays a man who survives a deadly virus that has decimated the human population. In the show, Forte's character, Phil, despairs when he thinks he is the last human on earth. He drives around a lonely landscape, creating billboards that announce "Alive in Tucson" on the off-chance that someone will see them.

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3:30pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Parallels

Turks And Armenians Prepare For Dueling Anniversaries On Friday

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 3:16 pm

Armenians lay flowers Tuesday at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia. Armenians on Friday will commemorate 100 years since 1.5 million of their kin were killed by Ottoman forces. Armenians and many historians call it the first genocide of the 20th century, but Turkey fiercely rejects that label.
Karen Minasyan AFP/Getty Images

Armenians are preparing to mark on Friday the 100th anniversary of the killing of as many as 1.5 million of their ancestors by the Ottoman Empire. And Turks are getting ready to celebrate the centennial of a major military victory by the Ottoman forces over the Allied powers at Gallipoli in World War I.

Turkey traditionally holds the Gallipoli ceremonies on April 25, which falls on Saturday this year. But it is moving up the events by one day to Friday in what critics call a clumsy attempt to overshadow Armenian Remembrance Day.

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3:09pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Goats and Soda

A Young Mother's Death Raises Questions Without Answers

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 9:15 am

The grave of the 27-year-old Indian woman who died on Monday from head and spinal injuries.
Wilbur Sargunaraj for NPR

On April 20, 2015, the body of a 27-year-old mother of two was laid to rest in a village in India. She had been admitted to the hospital ten days earlier, with bleeding in the head and a spinal injury that left her paralyzed. She told authorities she had slipped and fallen. NPR contributor Wilbur Sargunaraj had the opportunity to speak with three of her close friends, who said her husband caused her death. Family members would not comment.

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3:03pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Code Switch

In Its Season Finale, 'Fresh Off The Boat' Is Still Wrestling With Authenticity

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:06 am

"Why are you dressed like Chun Li from Street Fighter?" Eddie asks his mom Jessica.
Fresh Off The Boat/ABC

Note: This piece contains spoilers.

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3:01pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Parallels

Of Fruit Hats And 'Happy Tropics,' A Renaissance For Carmen Miranda

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:59 pm

During her lifetime, singer and dancer Carmen Miranda (shown here in a dressing room at the London Palladium in 1948) was a huge success in the United States, but rejected at home in Brazil as a sellout.
George Konig Keystone Features/Getty Images

Known for her outrageous costumes and beautiful voice, Brazilian performer Carmen Miranda was the highest-earning woman in Hollywood in the 1940s.

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2:55pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Google Announces Foray Into The Wireless Business

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:11 pm

Google announced on Wednesday that it is venturing into the wireless business by offering a service called "Project Fi."

Essentially, Google is using the Sprint and T-Mobile networks to provide wireless access to users of Google Nexus 6 phones.

That means that service will be limited, but the real news here is that Google is offering the service with a novel pricing scheme in which customers only pay for the data that they use.

Here's how Google explains it in a blog post:

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2:24pm

Wed April 22, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama: Elizabeth Warren Is 'Wrong' On Trade

President Obama talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the East Asia Summit in Myanmar in November. Obama is trying to strike a 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would include Malaysia.
Christophe Archambault AFP/Getty Images

A full-fledged Democratic trade war has broken out.

"I love Elizabeth. We're allies on a whole host of issues, but she's wrong on this," President Obama said Tuesday night in an interview on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, referring to liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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1:35pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Site Of Capsized Migrant Boat Was 'Like A Floating Cemetery'

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:14 pm

Italian authorities aboard the Italian coast guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti check on migrants who survived a recent sinking in the Mediterranean Sea. The coast guard vessel arrived at Catania's port in Sicily on Tuesday.
Alessandro Di Meo EPA /LANDOV

Even to experienced rescue crews that have been saving migrants at sea for months, the sight of survivors bobbing among corpses in the Mediterranean Sea was a shock. The boat they were on had been stuffed with would-be migrants when it capsized Saturday.

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1:31pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Salt

On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:00 pm

Sprouting broccoli will serve up florets in about 50 days. Not bad for this member of the brassica family.
Laura Whitehead Flickr

Editor's note: A version of this story ran in April 2014.

Yes, it is true that gardening requires patience.

But face it, we live in an impatient world. And gardeners everywhere were depressed by the brutal and endless winter.

So we are understandably eager to get sowing. And to see results by ... well, if not next Thursday, then maybe mid-May?

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1:20pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Two-Way

N.Y. Judge Amends Habeas Corpus Order For Chimps

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:10 pm

A New York judge who granted two research chimps a writ of habeas corpus, effectively recognizing them as legal persons, later amended her ruling, striking out the term "writ of habeas corpus." It is now unclear whether Hercules and Leo, the chimps at Stony Brook University, can challenge their detention.

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