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9:37 am
Fri June 26, 2015

5 Challenges Still Facing Obamacare

President Obama and Vice President Biden shake hands after the president spoke in the White House's Rose Garden Thursday about the Supreme Court decision in favor of Obamacare.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 7:47 am

In its first five years, the Affordable Care Act has survived technical meltdowns, a presidential election, two Supreme Court challenges — including one resolved Thursday — and dozens of repeal efforts in Congress. But its long-term future still isn't ensured.

Here are five of the biggest hurdles that remain.

Medicaid Expansion

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Law
9:36 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Rules That All States Must Allow Same-Sex Marriages

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The Two-Way
9:03 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Roberts: 'Celebrate Today's Decision ... But Do Not Celebrate The Constitution'

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, followed by Justice Antonin Scalia, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in 2013
Win McNamee AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 11:40 am

Updated at 11:49 a.m. ET

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. Those dissenting were the court's four conservative justices: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito.

Roberts' Rationale

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The Two-Way
8:39 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Obama Delivers Eulogy At Funeral For Slain Charleston Pastor

President Obama speaks during services honoring the life of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney on Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 11:49 pm

Updated at 3:35 p.m. ET

President Obama, delivering the eulogy at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, said the alleged killer of the pastor and eight other congregants at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church hoped to "terrorize and oppress" but that "God has different ideas."

Noting the public forgiveness expressed toward white shooting suspect Dylann Roof by families of the victims in Charleston, South Carolina, Obama said Roof "didn't know he was being used by God."

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Shots - Health News
7:34 am
Fri June 26, 2015

To Master Stage Fright, Practice Makes Imperfect OK

Sara Solovitch plays the piano in the Terminal B baggage claim area at San Jose International Airport.
Chloe Veltman/KQED

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 7:47 am

In the past, if Sara Solovitch tripped up while playing the piano she would get flustered and stop. Especially in front of an audience.

"I felt like I had to correct everything and each note had to be perfect," the Santa Cruz, Calif.-based author and pianist. But now, she can breeze through a few bum notes while playing Claude Debussy's lyrical piano piece Reflections on the Water as if no one were listening.

"One of the things I've really worked on has been continuing to play," Solovitch says.

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The Two-Way
7:23 am
Fri June 26, 2015

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack At Kuwait Mosque

Kuwaiti Information Minister Sheikh Salman al-Humoud al-Sabah (center) consoles worshipers outside the Imam Sadiq Mosque after a suicide bomb attack following Friday prayers.
Reuters/Landov

At least 10 people are dead at a mosque in the Kuwaiti capital after an attack carried out by a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt. The self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

The explosion at the Imam Sadiq Mosque in a residential and shopping district of Kuwait City occurred after Friday prayers, according to The Associated Press.

Reuters quotes the governor of Kuwait City, Thabet al-Muhanna, as saying more than 10 people were killed in the attack on the Shiite mosque.

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The Two-Way
6:49 am
Fri June 26, 2015

At Least 37 Dead After Attack On Hotel At Tunisian Beach Resort

The body of a tourist lies near a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia. Dozens of people were killed Friday when at least one gunman opened fire at the hotel, an interior ministry spokesman said.
Amine Ben Aziza Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 2:54 pm

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

A gunman at tourist hotel on Tunisia's Mediterranean coastal resort of Sousse removed a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and opened fire, killing at least 37 people, including British, German and Belgian tourists, according to government officials in the North African country.

Tunisia's health ministry said dozens were wounded in the attack.

The Associated Press quotes Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui as saying Tunisian security forces had killed the attacker.

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The Two-Way
6:16 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Report: ISIS Goes Door-To-Door Killing Scores Of Civilians In Kobani

Syrian Kurds from Kobani wait behind the border fences to cross into Turkey on Friday. An attack by Islamic State fighters on the Syrian town of Kobani and a nearby village has so far killed at least 146 civilians, the second-biggest massacre by the hardline group in the country, a conflict monitor said on Friday.
Murad Sezer Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 3:21 pm

Fighters of the self-declared Islamic State have killed some 146 people in a house-to-house massacre of civilians in the Syrian border town of Kobani, a conflict monitoring group says, calling it the second-worse such mass killing by the Islamist extremists since last year.

NPR's Deborah Amos, reporting from southern Turkey, says the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has spoken to witnesses who reported the shooting spree.

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NPR Ed
6:03 am
Fri June 26, 2015

5 Ideas To Ease The Burden Of Student Loans

Students wait outside Everest College in Industry, Calif., hoping to get their transcriptions and information on loan forgiveness and transferring credits to other schools. In April, the school was one of the last Corinthian Colleges campuses to close.
Christine Armario AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:14 am

The total outstanding balance of federal student loans: $1.3 trillion.

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The Two-Way
6:03 am
Fri June 26, 2015

U.S. Women Take Out China, Advance To World Cup Semifinals

Goalie Hope Solo of the United States celebrates with midfielder Carli Lloyd on Friday after defeating China 1-0 in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals in Ottawa, Canada.
Jana Chytilova Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 8:26 pm

Update, 9:30 p.m. ET:

The United States pulled out a victory against China on Friday night in the Women's World Cup, winning only 1-0 despite dominating the match.

Midfielder Carli Lloyd's header in the 51st minute made the difference, but the U.S. kept pressure on China all night long and had 17 shots to China's 7.

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Around the Nation
5:35 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Ohio Movie Theater Plays Wrong Movie, Parents Are Outraged

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Europe
5:35 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Italian Man, 91, Graduates Middle School

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The Two-Way
5:02 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Man Beheaded In Terrorist Attack On French Factory

French police secure the entrance of the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon. A decapitated body was found outside the factory.
Philippe Desmazes AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:40 am

One person has been killed and at least 12 others injured in an attack on a gas factory in a small town in southeastern France. Officials say it was a terrorist attack: A flag of the self-declared Islamic State was reportedly found at the factory southeast of Lyon.

One suspect has been arrested over the attack, which also included an explosion at the facility operated by Air Products, an American company whose headquarters are in Pennsylvania. It's not yet certain whether he was acting alone.

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Europe
3:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Kosovo: The Pros And Cons Of Being Europe's Newest Country

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:35 am

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Europe
3:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Migrants In French Camp Near English Channel Attempt To Get Into Britain

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:35 am

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Television
3:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Strap In Seinfeld Fans, Hulu Will Be Keeping You Busy

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:35 am

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OK, I know what many of you are doing this weekend.

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Funerals Begin At Emanuel AME Church For Bible Study Shooting Victims

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:35 am

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Parallels
3:00 am
Fri June 26, 2015

A Showdown Looms At South Korea's Gay Pride Parade

A religious activist is carried away by police after he tried to stop a gay pride parade in Seoul last year. Christian activists are planning to disrupt the parade again this year.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:40 am

In Seoul, a gay pride parade 15 years in the running is at the center of heated controversy between LGBT groups and Christian activists, who threaten to do what it takes to stop the marchers.

The growing visibility of South Korea's gays and lesbians has led to louder opposition from church groups in recent years, and this weekend's event has organizers preparing for confrontation.

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Goats and Soda
2:58 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Polio Is Active In Only 3 Countries. Soon It Could Be Down To 2

At the health clinic in Minjibir, Nigeria, a child is immunized for polio.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:35 am

Nigeria is on the verge of being polio-free. And that would mean that for the first time ever there's no ongoing polio transmission on the African continent.

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Race
2:57 am
Fri June 26, 2015

A Baltimore Civil Rights Icon Is Still Pushing To Help City's Young

Helena Hicks has remained active in Baltimore through eras of desegregation and the drug trade. Now she gives back to her childhood neighborhood, the same one where Freddie Gray lived.
Jennifer Ludden NPR

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:19 am

When I set out to interview Helena Hicks, I thought we'd talk history. The soft-spoken, 80-year-old who stands just 4 feet 10 inches tall with a sleek, silver bob, is known for her role in helping to desegregate Read's Drug Store chain. But it turns out she's as active as ever, a force to reckon with at any sense of injustice.

"My father taught me that 'you are somebody,' " she says. "If it's wrong, you do something about it."

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It's All Politics
5:17 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Thwarts Efforts To Put Obamacare On Life Support

At the heart of the case ruled on by the Supreme Court Thursday are the exchanges where people go online to shop for individual insurance.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 3:09 am

The U.S. Supreme Court handed the Obama administration a sweeping victory on Thursday, upholding the nationwide subsidies that are crucial to the president's health care law. By a 6-3 vote, the high court ruled that Congress meant all three major provisions of the law to apply to all states and to work in tandem.

The ruling was the court's second decision upholding the Affordable Care Act — three years ago, it upheld the law as constitutional.

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The Two-Way
4:02 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Lawmakers Put Brakes On Resolution To Ban Mississippi Flag From Capitol

The state flag of Mississippi is unfurled against the front of the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., on Tuesday. The flag has been the center of renewed controversy since last week's racially motivated shooting of nine parishioners at a black church in South Carolina.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 9:14 am

A proposed resolution to remove state flags containing any portion of the Confederate battle flag from the U.S. Capitol has been put on hold by House Republicans.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Bennie Thompson, the only black member of Mississippi's congressional delegation, would authorize the Speaker of the House to remove any state flag that contained the Confederate symbol on the House side of the Capitol complex. Mississippi is the only state flag that would be affected.

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The Salt
3:58 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Farewell, Low-Fat: Why Scientists Applaud Lifting A Ban On Fat

On the left, olive oil, which is low in saturated fat and high in more monounsaturated fat, which may lower bad cholesterol levels. On the right, coconut oil, which is 90 percent saturated fat and may raise bad cholesterol levels.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 2:00 pm

There were plenty of tasty tidbits packed into the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report that came out back in February.

As we reported, the panel of nutrition experts that wrote the report said it was OK to eat an egg a day. The scientific evidence now shows it won't raise the amount of LDL cholesterol – the bad kind of cholesterol — in your blood or raise the risk of heart disease.

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Oxford English Dictionary Adds New Words, Offers Clarity On Old Ones

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia unleashed colorful vocabulary against the court's support of Obamacare Thursday. The Oxford English Dictionary explains what he meant.
Brennan Linsley AP

Justice Antonin Scalia called on using old-time language on Thursday to express his contempt for the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Obamacare. He called the majority opinion "jiggery pokery" and "pure applesauce."

Also Thursday, the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary added 500 entries, mostly of the new-fangled variety.

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Parallels
3:50 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

U.S. Army Begins Training Ukrainian Soldiers

Ukrainian national guardsmen practice protecting and recovering wounded comrades as American military trainers watch.
Corey Flintoff NPR

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:11 pm

Fighting surged again this week in eastern Ukraine, where government troops are battling separatist militias and their Russian allies.

NATO is responding by sending troops and equipment to eastern Europe, and it's also giving defensive training to Ukraine's beleaguered army.

First, you need to know how bad things were for the Ukrainian army when separatist militias and their Russian allies began the fight in eastern Ukraine in April 2014.

Miroslav Gai volunteered for the army last winter.

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Parallels
3:37 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

For Poland's Gay Community, A Shift In Public Attitudes, If Not Laws

Marchers carried a multicolor flag during Warsaw's annual gay pride parade earlier this month. Poland prohibits gay marriage but activists say attitudes toward gays have improved in recent years.
Alik Keplicz AP

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 5:17 pm

Around the world, gay marriage is allowed in more than 20 countries. Many European Union nations are enhancing rights for their gay, bisexual and transgender citizens. But Catholic Poland isn't one of them.

This former Soviet satellite constitutionally restricts marriage to a man and a woman. Recent efforts to pass laws to protect the LGBT community in Poland from discrimination and violence have gone nowhere.

But there is one notable change these days — in Polish attitudes.

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Commentary
3:18 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Some Find It Difficult To Heed Calls For Racial Healing After Charleston, S.C.

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 5:17 pm

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Health Care
3:18 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Obamacare Ruling Moves Debate To Presidential Race, Rep. Tom Price Says

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 5:17 pm

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Goats and Soda
3:18 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

The Cycling World May Soon Bow Down Before Nairo Quintana

Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana poses for a snapshot during a training session this month in Colombia.
LUIS ACOSTA AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 5:17 pm

He began biking to get to high school. The return trip was a 10-mile uphill slog. That didn't deter Nairo Quintana. Sometimes he'd even attach a cable to his sister's bike and haul her up the mountain with him.

And now some pundits think that the 25-year-old Colombian athlete could win the grueling, three-week Tour de France, which kicks off on July 4.

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

After Ben Affleck Scandal, PBS Postpones 'Finding Your Roots'

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:54 am

PBS has released details about an internal investigation that found that actor Ben Affleck exerted improper influence by requesting that the show Finding Your Roots hide details of a slave-owning ancestor in his family tree.

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