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5:52pm

Wed May 27, 2015
It's All Politics

Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn't Quite Ready To Abandon It

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 8:45 am

A view of the death chamber from the witness room at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.
Mike Simons Getty Images

Nebraska's Legislature voted Wednesday to abolish the death penalty, overturning Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto. The state's unicameral legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure in a series of three previous votes.

The repeal comes as other states have experienced complications with new lethal-injection cocktails. But Americans overall still support the practice.

Support for the death penalty has slowly fallen over the past couple of decades, from a high of 80 percent in favor in the mid-1990s to just over 60 percent currently, according to Gallup.

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5:38pm

Wed May 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Rick Santorum Announces Presidential Run

Rick Santorum speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 24, 2012. The Republican announced Wednesday that he is running for president.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Updated at 5:25 p.m. ET

Republican Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania, announced Wednesday that he is running for president.

"Working families don't need another president tied to big government or big money," he said in Cabot, Pa.. "And today is the day we're going to begin to fight back."

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4:45pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Music

Road Trip Playlist Sends You On Your Way With These Songs About Driving

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4:45pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Law

U.S. Justice Department Files Corruption Charges Against FIFA

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:11 pm

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4:45pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements To Lure English Majors

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 12:04 pm

Dr. David Muller, dean of medical education at Mount Sinai, believes that including in each medical school class some students who have a strong background in the humanities makes traditional science students better doctors, too.
Cindy Carpien for NPR

You can't tell by looking which students at Mount Sinai's school of medicine in New York City were traditional pre-meds as undergraduates and which weren't. And that's exactly the point.

Most of the class majored in biology or chemistry, crammed for the medical college admission test and got flawless grades and scores.

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4:45pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Back At Base

Women Fight Their Way Through Army's Grueling Ranger School

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 5:50 am

Soldiers participate in close arm combative training during the Ranger Course at Ft. Benning.
Spc. Nikayla Shodeen U.S. Army

At Georgia's Fort Benning, female soldiers are fighting a two-month battle. Their enemies? Hunger, fatigue, even hallucination. They're fighting their way through the Army's notoriously hard Ranger School, trying to make history by becoming the first women to graduate from it.

It's one of several Pentagon experiments to see how best to move women into ground combat roles. And it's a test that thousands of men before them have failed.

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4:33pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Sports

Aaron Davidson, Miami Sports Marketing Executive, Charged In FIFA Inquiry

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:11 pm

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4:33pm

Wed May 27, 2015
All Tech Considered

Questions Remain About How To Use Data From License Plate Scanners

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:52 pm

License plate scanners have helped police locate stolen vehicles and have even assisted in murder investigations. But with their ability to track a person's every move, skeptics worry about privacy.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

License plate scanners have become a fact of life. They're attached to traffic lights, on police cars — even "repo" staff use them. All those devices have created a torrent of data, raising new concerns about how it's being stored and analyzed.

Bryce Newell's laptop is filled with the comings and goings of Seattle residents. The data comes from the city's license plate scanner, acquired from the police through public disclosure requests. He plugs in a license plate number, uncovering evidence of long-forgotten errands.

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4:25pm

Wed May 27, 2015
It's All Politics

Iowa Group Divorces Itself From Controversial Marriage Pledge

Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats said he does not want to see the "Marriage Vow" pledge used as a weapon against the candidates they might support.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Four years ago, pledges were en vogue in the early going of the Republican presidential primary. But a prominent one, that landed some of the candidates in hot water, is being nixed this time around.

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3:46pm

Wed May 27, 2015
The Salt

In This Test Kitchen, The Secret To A Great Cookbook Is Try, Try Again

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 4:48 pm

Chefs Yotam Ottolenghi (left) and Sami Tamimi pose for the photographer at their company's bakery in London, December 2012.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Underneath railway arches on a nondescript street in North London, you'll find an old warehouse that's the epicenter of the Ottolenghi food empire.

Jerusalem-born food impresario Yotam Ottolenghi and his business partner, Sami Tamimi, started out over a decade ago with one restaurant in London selling fresh, Middle East-inspired food. The business now encompasses several restaurants, an expanding online food business and some cookbooks that have been wildly successful on their home turf and here in the U.S.

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3:11pm

Wed May 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Research Chimps Get Their Day In Court In New York

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 4:02 pm

Should chimps have the same legal rights as these lawyers? Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Foundation, who is representing research chimps Hercules and Leo, says yes. Assistant Attorney General Christopher Coulston disagrees. They both made their arguments Wednesday in Manhattan State Supreme Court in New York.
Richard Drew AP

Two research chimps got their day in court — though they weren't actually present in the courtroom.

Steven Wise, an attorney with the Nonhuman Rights Project, told Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe that Hercules and Leo, the 8-year-old research chimps at Stony Brook University on Long Island, are "autonomous and self-determining beings" who should be granted a writ of habeas corpus, which would effectively recognize them as legal persons. The chimps, he argued, should be moved from the university to a sanctuary in Florida.

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2:09pm

Wed May 27, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Finalizes Rules To Protect Rivers, Streams From Pollution

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 12:31 pm

The Obama administration announced new clean water rules Wednesday that it says will protect sources of drinking water for 117 million Americans, rules welcomed by environmental groups, but bitterly opposed by congressional Republicans and farm state democrats.

The rules clarify which waterways fall under the Clean Water Act.

President Obama, in a statement released by the White House, said that in recent years:

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1:43pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

Supreme Court Says Locals Can Make Pill-Makers Pay For Drug Disposal

Tuesday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to not review an ordinance passed by Alameda County, California, means that drug makers will now need to pay for collection and disposal of unused drugs in the county.
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Many of us have old prescription drugs sitting around in medicine cabinets — so what's the best way to get rid of them?

Some folks simply toss old pills in the garbage, or down the toilet.

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1:24pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Movie Reviews

A Critic Takes On Cannes: Highlights (And Lowlights) Of The 2015 Festival

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1:24pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Author Interviews

For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But 'Love Is Love'

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:25 pm

Maria Bello is famous for her roles on television's ER and in films like Coyote Ugly and A History of Violence, but her new book is about her life off-screen. Whatever ... Love is Love is a memoir about family and relationships that expands on a column Bello wrote in 2013 for The New York Times.

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1:02pm

Wed May 27, 2015
It's All Politics

Scott Walker: State's Ultrasound Law Isn't 'A Crazy Idea'

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 10:17 am

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin speaking to reporters in West Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this month.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

Republican Scott Walker dismissed any controversy over a law he signed in Wisconsin requiring women seeking abortions to get an ultrasound, referring to ultrasounds in an interview on a conservative radio show as "just a cool thing out there."

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12:50pm

Wed May 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Nebraska Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:55 pm

Updated at 5:52 p.m. ET

Lawmakers in Nebraska overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of their vote to repeal the death penalty, making it the first Republican-controlled state in the U.S. to repeal the death penalty since North Dakota in 1973. The vote was 30-19.

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11:36am

Wed May 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

Paralyzed By Doubt? Here's A Guide For The Worrier In Us All

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 8:40 am

A Worrier's Guide To Life
Courtesy of Andrews McMeel Publishing

Feeling anxious? A bit panicky? Fear not — cartoonist and self-proclaimed World Champion Overthinker Gemma Correll is here to help you laugh about it.

In A Worrier's Guide to Life, Correll dishes out her dubious and droll advice on everything from health and hypochondria to attaboy stickers for grownups. (Sample: "I did the laundry.")

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11:01am

Wed May 27, 2015
The Two-Way

More Severe Storms Possible For Flood-Hit Texas

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:05 pm

A man walks along a section of the Blanco River on Tuesday where sweeping floodwaters overturned vehicles and knocked down trees in Wimberley, Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET

Residents of southeastern Texas woke up Wednesday morning to another flash-flood warning, as a new round of thunderstorms rumbled across parts of the already flood-soaked state.

The National Weather Service forecasts more storms for Wednesday across the region, some of them possibly severe.

Near Dallas, the Padera Lake dam was breached for a time, forcing evacuations before officials drained the lake to reduce pressure on the earthen structure.

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10:48am

Wed May 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Arkansas Ban On Abortion After 12 Weeks

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 4:43 pm

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit has blocked an Arkansas law that bans abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The case was filed by two doctors on their own and their patients' behalf.

The court's ruling notes:

"By banning abortions after 12 weeks' gestation, the Act prohibits women from making the ultimate decision to terminate a pregnancy at a point before viability. Because the State made no attempt to refute the plaintiffs' assertions of fact, the district court's summary judgment order must be affirmed."

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10:09am

Wed May 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Penn State Bounces Fraternity For 3 Years Over Nude Photo Scandal

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:13 pm

After news broke in March of a private Facebook page that collected nude photos of women, protesters gathered outside Kappa Delta Rho fraternity at Penn State. The school has banned the chapter for three years.
Abby Drey TNS/Landov

Tripling a penalty that was announced this spring, Penn State has shut down the school's Kappa Delta Rho fraternity chapter for three years, after an inquiry over a Facebook group page that collected pictures of nude women also uncovered other transgressions.

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9:32am

Wed May 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

How A Claim That A Childhood Vaccine Prevents Leukemia Went Too Far

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 8:40 am

Controversy over childhood vaccines may make it too easy to embrace what appear to be new vaccine benefits.
Dmitry Naumov iStockphoto

Sometimes a story takes odd turns as you report it. Every once in while it goes off the rails. That's what happened as I reported on a new study purporting to explain how a childhood vaccine helps prevent leukemia. The experience reaffirmed the lessons I've learned in my years of reporting on vaccines and other scientific research: Be wary of grand claims, get outside perspectives on new research and never, ever rely only on the press release.

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8:56am

Wed May 27, 2015
News

Attempt To Get More People On Board With Organ Donation Backfires

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8:03am

Wed May 27, 2015
NPR Ed

A New Kind Of College Wins State Approval In Rhode Island

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 4:33 pm

Students Carmen Boucher (left) and Hilda Castillo collaborate at a College Unbound weekly seminar.
Tracy Money College Unbound/Big Picture Learning

It's one of the biggest challenges in higher education today: What do you do with the nearly one in five working-age adults who have some college experience, but no degree?

Sokeo Ros was one of them. "I just hated" community college, he says. "I wasn't being challenged."

Ros, 34, was born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand. He dropped out of two colleges, switching majors several times.

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8:03am

Wed May 27, 2015
It's All Politics

Santorum Hopes To Catch Lightning In A Bottle A Second Time

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:06 pm

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the Republican Society Patriot Dinner at the Citadel Military College in Charleston, S.C., in February.
Richard Ellis Getty Images

Updated to reflect that Santorum is now officially in the race.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is praying for political lightning to strike twice.

Even after pulling an upset win in the Iowa caucuses four years ago and going on to survive the longest against eventual nominee Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential hopeful is again the underdog in a much more crowded 2016 field.

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8:03am

Wed May 27, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About Rick Santorum

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:07 pm

Rick Santorum, R-Pa., won Iowa in 2012. He faces a more crowded field this time around.
J. David Ake AP

Updated to reflect that Santorum is now officially in the race.

After taking the silver medal in the 2012 GOP presidential primary, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is making a second bid for the White House. But Santorum faces a very different — and much larger — field than four years ago.

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7:24am

Wed May 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Leader Of Turkmenistan Honors Himself With A Statue

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:54 am

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7:24am

Wed May 27, 2015
Europe

Wedding Agency Offers Couples A Ride In Armored Personnel Carrier

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:54 am

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5:04am

Wed May 27, 2015
Remembrances

Influential Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Dies At 75

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 9:27 am

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5:04am

Wed May 27, 2015
NPR Story

Raging Flood Waters Do A Number On Wimberly, Texas

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:54 am

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