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11:19am

Mon June 29, 2015
Law

Supreme Court Wraps Up Big Term With Death Penalty, Redistricting And More

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:22 pm

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11:16am

Mon June 29, 2015
Shots - Health News

Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage

The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Friday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The right to marry in any state won't be the only gain for gay couples from last week's Supreme Court ruling. The decision will likely boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans.

The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers that offer health benefits make the insurance available to same-sex partners who aren't married. Virtually all of them offer coverage to spouses.

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10:58am

Mon June 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Redistricting Commission Targeting Gridlock

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 8:12 pm

U.S. states' efforts to counter extreme gerrymandering won a victory Monday, as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a bipartisan Arizona panel that draws the state's districts. The court's vote was 5-4; Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, as did Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the opinion for the majority, in which her citations included James Madison writing in The Federalist Papers.

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10:46am

Mon June 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Says Use Of Lethal Injection Drug Is Legal

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:47 pm

Updated at 10:46 a.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, says the sedative used in Oklahoma's lethal injection cocktail does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Here's the background to the case, in the words of SCOTUSblog:

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9:15am

Mon June 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Taiwan Water Park Fire Claims First Victim

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 2:28 pm

Police investigators inspect the stage area after an explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan, on June 28.
AP

A 20-year-old woman who suffered burns to 90 percent of her body in Saturday's explosion at a music event in Taiwan has died, the first fatality in the disaster at the water park that burned 498 people. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the colored powder sprayed from the stage during a rap performance to catch fire.

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7:44am

Mon June 29, 2015
Africa

After Slaughter Of Tourists, Tunisia Cracks Down On Islamists

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:29 pm

Police patrol the beach at Sousse, Tunisia, on Sunday. Tunisian authorities have deployed additional security forces, closed some mosques and banned some Islamist groups in the wake of Friday's terrorist attack at a beachfront hotel.
Abdeljalil Bounhar AP

Tunisia was in shock after at least 38 foreign tourists were killed Friday at a beachside hotel, apparently by one man: Saifeddine Rezgui, who was in turn killed by police.

Amid the horror, there was defiance in the air in the seaside town of Sousse. Hundreds of foreign tourists decided to stay, and were out on the beaches. And local residents held a patriotic demonstration, waving the red national flag and chanting about unity in a palm-fringed square.

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7:44am

Mon June 29, 2015
Animals

Thousands Attend Funeral For Japan's Feline Stationmaster

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:22 pm

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7:43am

Mon June 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Captured Convict David Sweat In Critical Condition

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:21 pm

David Sweat, who escaped along with Richard Matt from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y.
New York State Police AP

David Sweat, one of two convicted murderers whose escape June 6 from a New York prison sparked a statewide manhunt, is in critical condition after being shot Sunday by a state police sergeant.

Sgt. Jay Cook spotted Sweat walking down a rural road near the town of Constable, N.Y., near the border with Canada, and ordered him to stop. When Sweat tried to flee, Cook shot him twice, authorities said.

"The nightmare is finally over," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a Sunday news conference.

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7:19am

Mon June 29, 2015
Europe

German Distillery Is Unsympathetic To Greece's Debt Issue

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:22 pm

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7:06am

Mon June 29, 2015
The Two-Way

European Leaders Warn Greeks On 'No' Vote In Referendum

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:30 pm

Pensioners, who usually get their payments at the end of the month, wait outside a closed bank in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Monday. Greece's government announced capital controls, and the country's banks remained closed Monday.
Giannis Papanikos AP

Updated at 11:42 a.m. ET

European leaders are warning Greeks who vote "no" in Sunday's referendum will be choosing to leave the eurozone, the bloc of countries that uses the common currency.

"It is democracy, it is the right of the Greek people to decide what they want for their future," French President Francois Hollande said in Paris. "What is at stake is whether or not Greeks want to stay in the eurozone (or) take the risk of leaving."

The comment was echoed by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who said on Twitter:

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6:28am

Mon June 29, 2015
NPR Ed

7 Solutions That Would Improve Graduation Rates

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:26 pm

This month we reported the findings from our nationwide investigation into the forces driving the nation's rising high school graduation rate. We found some solid educational approaches — and some questionable quick fixes.

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5:05am

Mon June 29, 2015
Religion

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Doesn't Make It Biblically Correct, Pastor Says

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 3:56 pm

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5:05am

Mon June 29, 2015
Around the Nation

Investigators Probe Fires At 6 Black Churches In 5 Southern States

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 8:01 pm

Flowers left at the front door of Glover Grove Baptist Church in Warrenville, S.C.
Will Huntsberry NPR

Updated at 7:45 p.m. ET

Investigators continue their examination of a fire at the Glover Grove Baptist Church of Warrenville, S.C.

Fires damaged Glover Grove and some other black churches in the days following nine shooting deaths at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, raising concerns that the incidents were hate-inspired arsons.

Now, in the case of Glover Grove, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has released the following statement, saying it still doesn't know how the blaze started.

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5:05am

Mon June 29, 2015
Around the Nation

Manhunt Over: N.Y. Authorities Capture Remaining Inmate

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:22 pm

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5:05am

Mon June 29, 2015
Around the Nation

Residents Grow More Desperate Without Water In California Town

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:22 pm

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5:04am

Mon June 29, 2015
It's All Politics

Cruz: Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Will Be 'Front And Center' In 2016 Campaign

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:40 pm

Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz says the Supreme Court overstepped its bounds on same-sex marriage and health care.
Lydia Thompson NPR

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz intends to make his opposition to the Supreme Court's decision last week to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide "front and center" in his presidential campaign.

In an interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Sunday in New York City, the GOP presidential hopeful doubled down on his belief that the court had overstepped its bounds in both the marriage decision and in upholding Obamacare. And as a result, Cruz said, the justices should be subject to elections and lose their lifetime appointments.

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4:15am

Mon June 29, 2015
Shots - Health News

Can Technology Ease The Burden Of Caring For People With Dementia?

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:18 am

Arturo Martinez watches his wife, Aurora Martinez, put on makeup in their San Rafael, Calif., home. She has Alzheimer's.
Lynne Shallcross for NPR

A doctor I interviewed for this story told me something that stuck with me. He said for every person with dementia he treats, he finds himself caring for two patients. That's how hard it can be to be a caregiver for someone with dementia.

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3:28am

Mon June 29, 2015
Shots - Health News

Vaccine Against Meningitis B Gets A Boost From CDC

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:22 pm

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Parents, take note! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine committee has expanded its recommendation for immunization against meningitis B, a rare but potentially deadly strain of meningitis.

The committee's revised guidance, issued late last week, broadens the group of young people that the CDC thinks should consider getting the shot, and increases the likelihood that health insurance policies will pay for the injection.

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6:48pm

Sun June 28, 2015
Music Interviews

The Sound Of Twin Danger: Frank Sinatra Meets The Clash

Twin Danger's Vanessa Bley and Stuart Matthewman
Sunny Khalsa Courtesy of the artist

Cocktail jazz isn't a sound you hear very much in pop music these days. But a duo known as Twin Danger is causing a scene with their self-titled debut album and live shows.

It's a familiar mood for saxophonist Stuart Matthewman; he co-wrote many of the biggest hits for Sade, like "No Ordinary Love" and "Your Love Is King."

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5:57pm

Sun June 28, 2015
U.S.

Funerals And The Future Of The Confederate Flag

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5:56pm

Sun June 28, 2015
U.S.

In The Aftermath Of Charleston, Many Whites Ask What They Can Do To Fight Racism

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:59 pm

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And in the aftermath of those shootings in Charleston, many white Americans are wondering how they can fight racism. Karen Grigsby Bates from NPR's code-switch team reports on some suggestions.

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5:54pm

Sun June 28, 2015
U.S.

How The Entertainment Industry Helped Influence Support For LGBT Issues

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 3:00 pm

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5:52pm

Sun June 28, 2015
Energy

An Oil Rig Arrives In Alaska, On Its Way To The Arctic

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5:21pm

Sun June 28, 2015
Parallels

For Americans Seeking Affordable Degrees, German Schools Beckon

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 2:34 pm

Berlin's Humboldt University — named for its founder, the 19th century philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt, and his brother, naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, pictured here — is one of several German universities attracting U.S. students. More than 4,000 Americans are studying in German universities.
Markus Schreiber AP

Looking to escape the staggering costs of a university education in the United States? You are not alone. And German education officials say a growing number of Americans are heading to the land of beer and bratwurst to get one.

At last count, there were 4,300 Americans studying at German universities, with more than half pursuing degrees, says Ulrich Grothus, deputy secretary general of the German Academic Exchange Service.

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4:39pm

Sun June 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Police Capture Prison Escapee David Sweat, Ending Weeks-Long Manhunt

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:57 am

David Sweat, who escaped along with Richard Matt from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y.
New York State Police AP

Updated at 7:40 p.m. ET

David Sweat, one of two inmates who escaped from a prison in upstate New York earlier this month, has been shot but taken alive just days after his accomplice, Richard Matt, was killed by police.

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3:40pm

Sun June 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Multiple Shark Attacks On Carolina Beaches

For the second time in as many days, a swimmer off North Carolina's Outer Banks has been attacked by a shark.

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2:25pm

Sun June 28, 2015
Shots - Health News

Texas Defends A Woman's Right To Take Her Placenta Home

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:19 am

Melissa Mathis holds a container of freeze-dried placenta capsules.
Carrie Feibel/Houston Public Media

After giving birth, some women save the placenta in order to consume it in the following weeks. In fact, Texas just passed a law giving women the right to take the placenta home from the hospital, the third state to do so.

Science doesn't support a lot of the claims of its purported benefits. But for Melissa Mathis, it's about her rights. Last year she had her baby, Betsy, in a Dallas hospital. When Mathis took Betsy home, she wanted to take the placenta home, too.

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10:00am

Sun June 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Kuwait Says Saudi Responsible For Mosque Suicide Bombing

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 3:13 pm

People gather near flag-draped coffins of Kuwaiti Shiite victims from Friday's suicide bombing at a mosque in the capital.
Khider Abbas EPA/Landov

The suicide bomber who attacked a Shiite mosque in Kuwait last week, killing 27 people, was a Saudi national who flew into the neighboring Gulf nation hours before carrying out his deadly mission, Kuwaiti officials say. The self-declared Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack.

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9:57am

Sun June 28, 2015
The Two-Way

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Breaks Up On Liftoff

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 4:58 pm

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft breaks apart shortly after liftoff Sunday at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
John Raoux AP

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket experienced what the private space launch company calls "some type of anomaly in first-stage flight" about two and a half minutes into its flight.

NASA commentator George Diller confirmed that "the vehicle has broken up."

Pieces could be seen raining down on the Atlantic Ocean over the rocket's intended trajectory. More than 5,200 pounds of cargo, including the first docking port designed for NASA's next-generation crew capsule, were aboard.

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9:08am

Sun June 28, 2015
It's All Politics

A Less-Restrained Obama Finally Says 'Bucket'

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:22 pm

With less than two years left in his presidency, President Obama has been less scripted and appears less confined by politics.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

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