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Animals
5:17 am
Sat June 21, 2014

LA Mountain Lion A Poster Cat For California's Rat Poison Problem

A mountain lion known as P-22 was recaptured in March by National Park Service biologists and treated for mange. Wildlife officials believe the cougar's ill health is the result of exposure to rat poison.
National Park Service

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:24 am

Los Angeles' Griffith Park is home to an abundance of wildlife, but a mountain lion known as P-22 is arguably its most well-known four-legged resident. But reports this spring that P-22 became ill from exposure to rodenticides has heightened concerns about the use of the poisons in the state.

National Geographic made the big cat famous after a photograph of him — looking alert and robust in front of the Hollywood sign — appeared in its December issue.

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The Two-Way
7:29 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

CDC Says More Workers Potentially Exposed To Live Anthrax

U.S. authorities increased to 86 people the number of CDC workers potentially exposed to live anthrax at three laboratories in Atlanta, with at least 52 of them taking antibiotics as a precaution.

The number who may have been infected is an increase from the 75 workers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged on Thursday.

The Associated Press says:

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Around the Nation
5:31 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents

Romero is detained at a county park near McAllen, Texas, after wading across the Rio Grande. He says he left Central America to avoid conscription by street gangs and to join his family in the U.S.
John Burnett/NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:59 pm

Like a marathoner at the end of a grueling race, 16-year-old Jorge Romero sits on the grass, exhausted. A county constable has detained him about a hundred yards from the Rio Grande.

For a month, Romero traveled from El Salvador through Mexico to Texas, avoiding predatory police and gangs, warding off mosquitoes and hunger.

Migrants like Romero are creating a humanitarian crisis for federal border authorities. Record numbers of Central American immigrants are crossing the Rio Grande into South Texas, overwhelming the Border Patrol's limited holding facilities.

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Law
4:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Settlement Spells Apparent Final Chapter To Central Park Rape Case

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:08 pm

New York City has reportedly reached a settlement with five men who were wrongly convicted of the brutal 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park. If approved, the reported $40 million settlement would bring an apparent end to one of the most sensational crime stories in recent city history.

Television
4:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Sputtering On Fumes, 'True Blood' Has Outstayed Its Welcome

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:08 pm

HBO's True Blood, which returns for its final season Sunday, is a prime example of a TV show that kept going long after it should have ended. It's not alone, though: Other shows have stayed too long at the party, including Dexter and Law & Order: SVU. Why is it that some shows stay on air well after they've run out of creative juice?

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The Impact of War
4:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

To Treat PTSD, Veterans Have A Vast Array Of Ineffective Solutions

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:08 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

A new study raises questions about the effectiveness of mental health care for veterans. Researchers found that neither the VA nor the Pentagon tracks the success of treatment for PTSD. The Pentagon sponsored this study, which was conducted by the Institute of Medicine. The results follow the scandal over waiting times at VA hospitals and they add a new layer to concerns about veterans' health care. Here's NPR's Quil Lawrence.

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Shots - Health News
3:01 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

West Africa Is 'Overwhelmed' By Ebola

A UNICEF field worker talks to villagers in Liberia's Foya District about how to prevent Ebola disease.
Ahmed Jallanzo EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:40 am

People are hiding from health care workers. New cases are turning up in unexpected places. At funerals, family members don't always follow the advice not to touch the body of the deceased, which may still harbor the deadly virus.

These are a few of the signs that, in the words of public health specialist Armand Sprecher of Doctors Without Borders, the Ebola outbreak that began in West Africa in February is "not under control yet."

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Shots - Health News
12:39 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Former Foster Care Youth Get Help Paying For Health Care

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Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:59 am

When Joseph Hill turned 21, he went from being homeless to being homeless and uninsured.

Hill grew up in foster care. He entered the system when he was 3 months old, and lived in 10 different foster homes in San Diego. At 19, he aged out of foster care and faced an abrupt transition into adulthood.

At first he received health insurance under Medi-Cal, California's version of Medicaid. But those benefits disappeared when he turned 21.

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The Salt
12:19 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Going Against The Grain: FDA Threatens Brewers' Feed For Farmers

Although the FDA seems to have backed off, farmers and brewers are still nervous about the FDA's rule, which will be proposed again at the end of summer.
Shelly Pope/KQED

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:57 pm

Want to infuriate the entire brewing industry? Start poking around its trash.

That's what the Food and Drug Administration discovered when it threatened to dramatically affect how breweries use their spent grain.

Last fall, the FDA proposed a new rule: Facilities producing feed for animals should be subject to regulations similar to those in food manufacturing. Any facility producing animal feed would be required to produce a written plan to identify and minimize contamination.

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Barbershop
12:00 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

'Shop' Guys On The World Cup: Can The U.S. Come Out On Top?

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

I'm Audie Cornish, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Now it's time for the weekly visit to the Barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shapeup this week are writer Jimi Izrael, with us from Cleveland. Hey there, Jimi.

JIMI IZRAEL: Hey A.C.. What took you so long, sister?

(LAUGHTER)

IZRAEL: I'm sorry, go ahead with your intro. Go with your intro, my bad. Go ahead.

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Sports
12:00 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

A Dangerous 'Ritual': Chewing Tobacco In Baseball

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn's death has revived conversations about the use of smokeless tobacco in the sport. Tobacco and baseball researcher Ted Eaves discusses why so many players use it.

Faith Matters
12:00 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Baptist Preacher: Compel Congregants, Don't 'Guilt' Them

Pastor Amy Butler will take the helm of New York City's progressive Riverside Church later this year. She discusses her desire to become a faith leader and explains her vision.

Politics
12:00 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Obama On Iraq: Defense Strategy Or Political Compromise?

President Obama announced that he's prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq. Analysts join guest host Audie Cornish to discuss some of the biggest political stories of the week.

Monkey See
9:45 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Buddy Movies And First Impressions

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This week, the recent opening of 22 Jump Street — among many others — gets us talking about the buddy film. Not just the buddy-cop movie, but the buddy-frat movie, the depressingly rare female-buddy movie, and whatever else they come up with to create what Glen calls "the background noise of American popular culture." We talk about whether the straight-man/comic dynamic is going away, the long history of buddies, and the "bromance" idea with which not all of us are entirely comfortable.

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Shots - Health News
9:14 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Sanctions Common Against Doctors With Odd Medicare Billing

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:37 am

Over the past couple of months, media organizations including ProPublica have been busy dissecting data released by Medicare on payments made to health professionals in 2012.

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