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1:22pm

Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

With Seconds To Spare, 70-Year-Old Woman Finishes 100-Mile Endurance Race

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 2:30 pm

Gunhild Swanson, 70, clocked 29:59:54 in the Western States Endurance Run on Sunday.
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The Western States Endurance Run is the world's oldest 100-mile race — and among its toughest. Runners begin the race in Squaw Valley, Calif., climb more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line in Auburn, Calif.

Here's what that looks like:

This year's male winner was Rob Krar, 38, of Flagstaff, Ariz., who completed the course in 14:48:59. That's an incredible time. But the loudest cheers at the finish line on Sunday were reserved for 70-year-old Gunhild Swanson of Spokane Valley, Wash.

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12:58pm

Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

11:59:60 — Look For An Extra Tick Of The Clock Tonight

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:38 pm

Clocks around the world, like Big Ben, will have an extra second added tonight.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

If you're worried about finishing everything on your to-do list, you'll get an extra second today to cram it all in.

The extra second is called a "leap second." At the very end of the day, the clock will read 11:59:60 Universal Time (the official time that international timekeepers use) or 7:59:60 p.m. ET.

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12:48pm

Tue June 30, 2015
NPR Ed

Frozen In Time, Remembering The Students Who Changed A Teacher's Life

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:14 pm

La Johnson NPR

Jonathan Kozol looks back on the events he wrote about 50 years ago, in Death at an Early Age.

In this short film by LA Johnson, he reads from Page 188:

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12:31pm

Tue June 30, 2015
Shots - Health News

Branding Teen Drivers As Newbies Doesn't Prevent Crashes

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 4:44 pm

Marking novice drivers' cars doesn't help reduce crash rates when it comes to learner's permit holders, study finds.
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Nothing says "I'm a new driver" more than a fire-red label stuck to your license plate for all to see. That's what happens in New Jersey to anyone with a learner's permit under age 21. But identifying these newest drivers doesn't necessarily help reduce crash rates, research finds.

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11:53am

Tue June 30, 2015
Parallels

Single Mom Leads Double Life On The Streets Of Shanghai

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 3:59 pm

People walk on the Bund, the riverfront area next to the financial district in Shanghai. Many foreigners have descended on Shanghai to make money on China's economic expansion. NPR's Frank Langfitt met one such woman as part of the free taxi rides he's been offering.
Aly Song Reuters/Landov

Editor's Note: NPR Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt once drove a taxi as a summer job. He decided to do it again, this time offering free rides around Shanghai in exchange for stories about one of the world's most dynamic cities. Here's his latest installment.

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11:45am

Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Chris Christie Declares His Candidacy For President

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:06 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands with (from left) his wife, Mary Pat Christie, and their children, Patrick, Sarah, Andrew and Bridget, on Tuesday at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J.
Mel Evans AP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose political career has taken almost as many turns as a roulette wheel at an Atlantic City casino, is running for president.

He made the announcement Tuesday at Livingston High School, which he attended and where he was class president. Declaring "America is tired of hand-wringing and indecisiveness and weakness" in the White House, Christie said he is ready "to fight for the people of the United States of America."

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11:23am

Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Asked To Divide Zero By Zero, Siri Waxes Philosophical (And Personal)

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 2:36 pm

Siri's answer to the brain-teaser question "What's zero divided by zero" generates a response that people find both funny and unnerving.
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The Internet is abuzz about the latest Easter egg found in Apple's Siri, as the virtual assistant gives a philosophical — and, to some, a personal — response to the question "What is zero divided by zero?"

Siri's on-screen answer is straightforward. But her more elaborate verbal reply easily surpasses the simple "Does not compute" with which robots in old sci-fi movies used to announce a bout of cognitive dissonance. For one thing, her answer invokes Cookie Monster.

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10:57am

Tue June 30, 2015
It's All Politics

'Jiggery-Pokery': The Justices Have A Punny Way With Words

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 2:52 pm

Justice Scalia has pioneered using the words "tutti-frutti," "argle-bargle" and "jiggery-pokery" in the dissenting opinions of the nation's highest court.
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Supreme Court justices have been turning heads this month with their choice of words, as well as with their landmark rulings.

June decisions have given us Justice Elena Kagan's bountiful Spider-Man allusions, Chief Justice John Roberts' exclamation of "What chumps!" and Justice Antonin Scalia's exhortation to "Ask the nearest hippie."

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9:58am

Tue June 30, 2015
Code Switch

How 4 Gay Black Women Fought Back Against Sexual Harassment — And Landed In Jail

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 1:53 pm

The New Jersey 4 stand together.
Blair Dorosh-Walther Blair Dorosh-Walther

Everyone agrees on one thing: On the night of Aug. 18, 2006, Dwayne Buckle catcalled Patreese Johnson.

Johnson and six of her friends, all young lesbians of color, were walking down Sixth Avenue in New York City's West Village to hang out at the clubs in one of the gayest neighborhoods in America. That's when Buckle, a then-28-year-old black filmmaker, called out to Johnson, who was 19 at the time, with an obscene comment.

"Mister, I'm gay," Johnson says she told Buckle, trying to wave him off.

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9:57am

Tue June 30, 2015
It's All Politics

Jeb Bush To Release 33 Years Of Tax Returns

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 2:43 pm

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at a campaign event Saturday in Nevada.
John Locher AP

Jeb Bush will release 33 years of tax returns later this afternoon, a Bush campaign aide confirms to NPR.

"This is more than any presidential candidate in the history of the United States," Bush spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger wrote in an email. "This display of transparency is consistent with the high level of disclosure he has practiced during his life in public office."

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9:49am

Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Wisdom Of The Crowds? Online Effort Seeks To Raise Funds For Greece

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:42 pm

A collection of old Greek Drachma and euro notes and coins.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

Updated at 12:14 p.m. ET

Only 1,599,888,909 euros to go. A crowd-funding effort to raise the 1.6 billion euros (about $1.8 billion) Greece needs to make a loan payment to the International Monetary Fund has so far raised 111,091 euros ($124,569) from 7,275 donors.

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9:07am

Tue June 30, 2015
Goats and Soda

Meet Your New Neighbors, The American Filmmakers

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:34 pm

Temple, left, and Ingrasci, far right, get to know a few of the 81,000 Syrian refugees at the Zaatari camp.
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8:58am

Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Topples Top-Ranked Germany 2-0 To Reach World Cup Final

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 10:20 am

Carli Lloyd of the U.S. (in white) celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick Tuesday night in the Americans' 2-0 World Cup semifinal victory against Germany.
Elsa Getty Images

Updated, 9 p.m. ET:

In a battle between a fantastic attack and a fantastic defense, the latter prevailed, as two penalty kicks — one made, one whiffed — and a late insurance goal gave the U.S. a 2-0 win over Germany and a berth in the Women's World Cup soccer final.

After American forward Alex Morgan tumbled over a German defender — a foul that appeared to occur outside of the box — forward Carli Lloyd got a penalty shot past Germany's Nadine Angerer, whom the U.S. had kept busy all night.

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8:06am

Tue June 30, 2015
Around the Nation

Wal-Mart Refuses Confederate Flag Cake Order; Accepts ISIS Flag

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7:53am

Tue June 30, 2015
Around the Nation

Police In Texas Needed Help To Get Robot Working

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:06 am

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7:34am

Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Dozens Dead In Indonesia Air Force Plane Crash

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:23 pm

Military personnel remove an aircraft wheel at the site where an air force cargo plane crashed in Medan, Indonesia, on Tuesday.
Dedy Zulkifli AP

Updated at 12:22 p.m. ET

Dozens of people are dead after an Indonesian air force C-130 Hercules transport plane crashed into a residential area in Medan, the country's third-largest city, shortly after takeoff Tuesday. An Indonesian military spokesman put the toll at 74.

Air force spokesman Rear Marshal Dwi Badarmanto said 74 bodies were recovered from the crash site. The dead included air force personnel and their relatives, he said.

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7:06am

Tue June 30, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About Chris Christie

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:54 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hopes to reset his political fortunes with his presidential announcement on Tuesday.
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This post has been updated to reflect Christie officially getting in the race for president.

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7:04am

Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Greece Seeks New Bailout From Eurozone, Misses Loan Payment

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:13 pm

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras prepares for a TV interview at the State Television in Athens on Monday. He urged Greeks to vote "no" in Sunday's referendum on the terms of a bailout.
Thanassis Stavrakis AP

Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET

The International Monetary Fund confirms that Greece has officially missed a loan payment and is in arrears.

Just hours before Greece was due to make the payment of approximately $1.8 billion dollars, the Greek government asked for a new bailout from countries that use the euro currency.

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5:48am

Tue June 30, 2015
Europe

A Financial Tragedy Plays Out In Greece: No Money And Debt Is Due

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 3:46 pm

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5:18am

Tue June 30, 2015
Latin America

Brazil Tries To Rebuild Relations With U.S. After NSA Spying Scandal

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:06 am

President Barack Obama walks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, second from right, during a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Evan Vucci AP

It's rare that a world leader will cancel a planned state visit to the White House, but that's what happened two years ago when Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff found out that the U.S. had been spying on her and her top aides.

The Brazilian leader is now trying to let bygones be bygones, and is in Washington, D.C., to visit with President Obama.

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4:58am

Tue June 30, 2015
Politics

Obama Expected To Release Rule Governing Overtime

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 6:35 pm

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4:58am

Tue June 30, 2015
NPR Story

Congress Leaves For Recess Without Reauthorizing Export-Import Bank

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 6:13 pm

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (center) speaks with (from left) Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Ellicott Dredges GM Craig Murdock and CFO Joseph Wendel during a tour of the company's manufacturing facility in March. Lew was on hand to promote investment in American infrastructure. The company has utilized the Export-Import Bank's services.
Patrick Semansky AP

An agency of the federal government will have to stop doing business today. That's because members of Congress went home last week for the July Fourth recess without reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.

The bank helps American companies sell their goods overseas. The bank's critics say they're stopping corporate welfare.

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4:58am

Tue June 30, 2015
Law

Supreme Court Reprieve Lets 10 Texas Abortion Clinics Stay Open For Now

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 12:38 am

The U.S. Supreme Court gave a reprieve to Texas clinics that provide abortion services.
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Tuesday would have been the last day of operation for 10 clinics in Texas that provide abortion services. But on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court, in one of its final actions of this session, said the clinics can remain open while clinic lawyers ask the court for a full review of a strict abortion law.

Two dozen states have passed regulations similar to the ones being fought over in Texas.

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4:58am

Tue June 30, 2015
Code Switch

Making The Law Respect Gender Identity After Death

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 11:04 am

Filmmaker Christopher Lee attends a 1999 film festival.
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4:58am

Tue June 30, 2015
Parallels

Would You Buy A Used Car From A Man Named Beer Horse?

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:46 pm

NPR's Frank Langfitt has been offering free taxi rides around Shanghai to talk to ordinary Chinese. He drives a Camry around the city, but rented a van for a trip 500 miles outside the city earlier this year. He recently decided to buy a car, which can be a complicated process in China.
Yang Zhuo for NPR

I'd been renting a Toyota Camry to give free rides around the city for my series Streets of Shanghai, about the lives of ordinary Chinese. But the monthly rental fees were killing me, so I figured I could save money by buying a used car.

I went to a reputable used car dealership. The first hint that this would be different than shopping in the U.S. came when I met my salesman, a fresh college grad.

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4:58am

Tue June 30, 2015
Law

Supreme Court Concludes Term With Death Penalty Ruling, Looks Ahead

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 1:52 pm

The gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. On Monday the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
Sue Ogrocki AP

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued the last of its opinions for this term — on the death penalty, anti-pollution regulations and the power of independent commissions to draw congressional and state legislative districts. In addition, the court issued a set of orders that set up cases to be heard next term on affirmative action and abortion.

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6:53pm

Mon June 29, 2015
The Two-Way

California Legislature Passes 'Mandatory' Vaccine Bill, Sends It To The Governor

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 8:17 pm

People who oppose vaccinating their children wouldn't be able to cite personal beliefs if the bill became law.
Irfan Khan LA Times via Getty Images

A bill that would make vaccinations a requirement for nearly every schoolchild passed the California Legislature. The bill, SB 277, is now on its way to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. It's one of the toughest vaccination bills in the country, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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6:36pm

Mon June 29, 2015
Parallels

Greeks Brace For The Fallout As Deadline Looms

A Greek demonstrator urges a "no" vote in Sunday's referendum on whether Greece should accept international demands for additional financial austerity. He is holding an old 1,000 Greek drachma bank note during a rally in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki on Monday. Some Greeks say the country should leave the eurozone and go back to the drachma.
Giannis Papanikos AP

Giorgos Koronis is welcoming tourists from the U.S. and England at the old Olympic Stadium in Athens, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.

Koronis, 50, has worked for the state for 25 years, mainly at ticket counters at various tourist sites around the Greek capital. But today he's struggling to smile.

He spent Monday morning at the ATM in line with a few retirees from his neighborhood, including his mother.

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6:36pm

Mon June 29, 2015
All Tech Considered

Apple Bets Big That You'll Start Paying To Stream Music

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 7:30 pm

Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue speaks about Apple Music during the keynote at the annual developers conference.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Rdio, Rhapsody, Pandora — the list of streaming music service goes on and on. On Tuesday, Apple joins that lineup with the launch of its streaming service, Apple Music. Apple will give consumers a three-month trial, and then it will charge $9.99 a month.

But most music lovers still aren't sure why they should pay. Colin Barrett, 31, has tried a few of the streaming services, but he doesn't use them anymore.

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6:32pm

Mon June 29, 2015
It's All Politics

Lethal Injection Ruling Draws Out Justices' Passionate Opinions

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 7:02 pm

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that under the majority's reasoning it would not matter if the prisoner was being "drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death, or actually burned at the stake," as long as there was no more humane method of execution available. Justice Antonin Scalia orally rebutted Justice Stephen Breyer's dissent, calling it "gobbledygook."
Carolyn Kaster AP

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a major blow to death penalty opponents, upholding the use of a controversial drug as part of a three-drug execution cocktail. The vote was 5-4, with unusually passionate and sometimes bitter opinions from the majority and dissenting justices.

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