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Health Care
4:35 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

With Discounts For Healthy Behavior, John Hancock Courts Privacy Concerns

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:37 am

John Hancock announced a new program promising discounts for policyholders who wear a fitness tracker, exercise more and go to the doctor. The life insurance company says that if people live longer healthier lives, everybody wins. But privacy advocates worry about all the electronic monitoring.

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Code Switch
4:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

The Navajo Nation's Tax On Junk Food Splits Reservation

About 15,000 families on the Navajo Nation live without electricity. So all of their food has to be non perishable.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 11:19 am

This month, the Navajo Nation did something that no other tribe has successfully done and only Berkeley, Calif., has passed something similar: taxing junk food and soda.

It is an attempt by Navajo leaders to trim obesity rates that are almost three times the national average. But half of the tribe is unemployed and say they can't afford more expensive food.

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Goats and Soda
4:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

On A Scale Of 1 To 10, Brazil Gets A Zero For Disability Access

Rio has hosted competitions that include athletes with physical impairments (above: the open water swim at Copacobana beach for the Rei e Rainha do Mar). But there's never been an event on the scale of the Paralympics.
Buda Mendes Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 6:23 pm

For most disabled residents of Rio de Janeiro, every day is an Olympian struggle.

Pick almost any sidewalk, says Lilia Martins, who uses an electric wheelchair. She chooses one just outside her place of work. The location is relevant because Martins is an advocate for disabled people in Rio. Even here, we only manage to go a short way before the pavement becomes cracked and broken with huge roots popping up. There is literally no way a wheelchair can go on. It's like an obstacle course.

"Except there is no prize at the end," Martins quips.

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Television
2:59 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

'Louie' Hits Its Mark While 'The Comedians' Hasn't Yet Fully Succeeded

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 3:25 pm

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Shots - Health News
2:02 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

What's My Chance Of Having A Baby? A Better Predictor Of IVF Success

In the technique known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection, a fertility specialist uses a tiny needle to inject sperm into an egg cell.
Mauro Fermariello Science Source

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 6:19 pm

Before a couple commit time, money and emotion to the process of in vitro fertilization, they want to know one thing: What are our chances of having a baby?

Success rates vary dramatically by age. In 2013, for example, 40 percent of IVF cycles performed in women who were under the age of 35 resulted in live births, compared with 4.5 percent for women older than 42.

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The Two-Way
11:34 am
Wed April 8, 2015

John Hancock Hopes You'll Trade Activity Data For Insurance Discounts

You don't need to run a marathon — or wear a gorilla suit — to get a discount on John Hancock's new life insurance program. But at least one of them may help.
Rick Rycroft AP

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 12:44 pm

Would you lead a more active lifestyle if it meant lower life insurance premiums? Insurer John Hancock and Vitality, a global wellness firm, are hoping the answer is yes. But there is a condition: They get to track your activity.

The practice is already employed in Australia, Europe, Singapore and South Africa, where Vitality is based.

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Around the Nation
6:45 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Hungry Sea Lion Steals Man's Fish

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 12:20 pm

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Around the Nation
6:13 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Historic Ferguson Election Adds More African-Americans To City Council

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 12:20 pm

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Around the Nation
6:12 am
Wed April 8, 2015

S.C. Police Officer Charged With Murder After Shooting Man In Back

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 3:08 pm

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Sports
5:10 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Connecticut Wins 3rd Straight Women's Basketball Title

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 12:20 pm

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Around the Nation
5:09 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Fight For Water Heats Up In Desert Southwest

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 12:20 pm

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Politics
5:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Chicago Voters Keep Mayor Rahm Emanuel In Office

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 1:26 pm

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Wed April 8, 2015

TV Ads Financed With Secret Money Attack Paul On Day 1 Of Presidential Bid

Sen. Rand Paul launched his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday with a combative message against both Washington and his fellow Republicans, declaring that "we have come to take our country back."
Carolyn Kaster ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 12:20 pm

Welcome to the 2016 presidential campaign. Republican Rand Paul officially entered the race Tuesday, and was greeted with a TV ad calling him "wrong and dangerous" on Iran. The money behind the ad is secret.

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Education
3:48 am
Wed April 8, 2015

States Review Laws Revoking Licenses For Student Loan Defaults

In 22 states, people who default on their student loans can have professional licenses suspended or revoked. The percentage of Americans who default on student loans has more than doubled since 2003.
Butch Dill AP

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 6:21 pm

Clementine Lindley says she had a great college experience, but if she had it to do over again, she probably wouldn't pick an expensive private school.

"I could actually buy a small home in Helena, Mont., with the amount of debt that I graduated with," she says.

Fresh out of school, Lindley says there were times when she had to decide whether to pay rent, buy food or make her student loan payments.

"There was a time where I defaulted on my student loans enough that I never was sent to collections, but just long enough to, honestly, ruin my credit."

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Pop Culture
3:46 am
Wed April 8, 2015

For The Modern Man, The Sweatpant Moves Out Of The Gym

The latest fashion trend for men turns casual sweatpants into designer threads suitable for working professionals. It's called athleisure, and more high-profile retailers are jumping on board.
Craig Barritt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 1:51 pm

They are not blue jeans. They are not slacks. They are not chinos or khakis.

"They're like a jogger," Lee Davis says of his pants, walking through an outdoor mall in Los Angeles called The Grove. He's wearing them with a professional black cardigan over a designer white tee, with a crisp fitted baseball cap and fancy tennis shoes. The pants stand out the most. They fit him impeccably, with clear, tapered lines and a high-end, light-khaki material that flows luxuriously.

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Shots - Health News
3:45 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Doctors Test Tumor Paint In People

Blaze Bioscience is commercially developing the "paint," which glows when exposed to near-infrared light.
Courtesy of Blaze Bioscience

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 5:52 pm

A promising technique for making brain tumors glow so they'll be easier for surgeons to remove is now being tested in cancer patients.

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The Two-Way
10:41 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Keeps His Job In Tough Runoff Election

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands at a campaign office Tuesday, as voters gave him a second term. He won a runoff election against Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 6:24 am

Pushed to the brink in an unprecedented runoff election, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel used a huge campaign war chest and a softened image to survive the threat and win a second term in office.

Emanuel defeated Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who had championed the city's poor and disadvantaged in hopes of becoming Chicago's first Latino mayor, in a race that mirrored divisions between the "Wall Street" and the liberal/progressive wings within the Democratic Party nationally.

In official totals, Emanuel won nearly 56 percent of the vote to Garcia's 44 percent.

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The Two-Way
5:52 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

An Edward Snowden Statue Was Replaced By A Hovering Snowden Image Last Night

An art collective installed an Edward Snowden projection in a Brooklyn park Monday night, after a bust of Snowden was removed by authorities park earlier that day.
Kyle Depew The Illuminator Art Collective

Yesterday in a Brooklyn park, anonymous artists erected a large bust of Edward Snowden, who leaked National Security Agency documents. Animal New York has details:

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The Salt
5:29 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

California Farmers Gulp Most Of State's Water, But Say They've Cut Back

Fields of carrots are watered March 29, 2015, in Kern County, Calif. Subsidized water flowing in federal and state canals down from the wet north to the arid south helped turn the dry, flat plain of the San Joaquin Valley into one of the world's most important food-growing regions.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:54 pm

When Gov. Jerry Brown announced the largest mandatory water restrictions in California history April 1 while standing in a snowless field in the Sierra Nevada, he gave hardly a mention to farms.

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Around the Nation
5:29 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Amid Seattle's Affluence, Homelessness Also Flourishes

Tents are pitched illegally on a sidewalk in Seattle in January. The number of people sleeping outside in the city shot up by 20 percent in just the past year.
David Ryder Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 9:25 am

Homeless shelters in Seattle, one of the nation's wealthiest cities, turn people away each night. Wait lists for low-income housing are years-long. Cars and tents serving as makeshift homes can be spotted all over Seattle and the rest of King County.

Across the U.S., more than a million Americans wound up in homeless shelters in 2013, according to the latest numbers from the Obama administration. Homelessness remains widespread, but in most places, it's been decreasing in recent years.

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Environment
5:29 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Iowa Water Lawsuit Calls Some Farming Practices Into Question

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:54 pm

The state's largest water utility is suing county boards for polluting rivers the city uses for drinking water. At the heart of the fight is whether or not farmers should be forced to comply with federal water quality standards.

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Shots - Health News
5:29 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Medical Students Jump In To Help The Uninsured

NYU medical student Sara Stream (left) examines dancer Jazlyn Caing, who visited the clinic for low-grade orthopedic and respiratory problems.
Fred Mogul/WNYC

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:54 pm

At an Institute for Family Health center near Union Square in New York City, medical student Sara Stream asks a new patient named Alicia what brings her in. The 34-year-old woman arrived last summer from Guatemala, and says she hasn't been seen by a doctor in many years.

Her list of ailments is long.

"I have trouble seeing, headaches, problems with my stomach," says Alicia, who declined to use her full name, because she is in the country illegally. "I feel depressed."

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Shots - Health News
4:58 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Many Obamacare Policyholders Face Tax Surprises This Year

Depending on the amount taken in subsidies, or changes in reported income and family status, some Obamacare policyholders this year will get a bigger refund than expected and others will owe more in taxes.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:54 pm

The old saying goes, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes." But the Affordable Care Act has added a new wrinkle.

For many policyholders, the ACA has introduced a good deal of uncertainty about their tax bills. That has led to surprise refunds for some and higher-than-expected tax payments for others.

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The Two-Way
4:39 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Uber Makes Strong Gains In Corporate Expense Reports

Uber headquarters in San Francisco.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:28 pm

Ride-sharing services are changing the way Americans commute, but just how big their impact is can be gauged by a report released Tuesday.

In the first quarter of 2015, Uber accounted for 46 percent of rides expensed by workers whose employers use Certify, the No. 2 provider of expense-reporting software in North America. Uber's market share in the first quarter of 2014 was 15 percent. Uber's rival Lyft accounted for 1 percent of rides in the first quarter of this year.

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The Two-Way
2:12 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Power Outages Hit Parts Of Washington, D.C., Including The White House

Visitors to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum wait for it to reopen after widespread power outages caused many of the buildings along the National Mall in Washington to shut down temporarily on Tuesday.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 3:19 pm

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

Large portions of Washington, D.C., were hit by power outages Tuesday, momentarily plunging the White House and other buildings into darkness.

The Pepco utility company says the culprit was a transmission line in southern Maryland that caused "a dip in voltage" shortly before 1 p.m. ET. The power company says there was never a loss of permanent supply of electricity, but the situation caused some customers to move to their backup systems, which is what caused the dip in voltage.

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NPR History Dept.
1:57 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

When Wearing Shorts Was Taboo

A golfer wears a long black skirt in mock protest of the USGA ban on golfing shorts in tournament play, 1953.
AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 2:52 pm

As the weather warms more and more and people wear less and less, it's sometimes hard for Americans to remember that there are cultures in other parts of the world that enforce severe dress codes.

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The Two-Way
12:52 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Fate Of Accused Boston Marathon Bomber In The Hands Of Jury

In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Judy Clarke is depicted addressing the jury as defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sits during closing arguments in his federal death penalty trial on Monday.
Jane Flavell Collins AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 4:02 pm

The fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in the hands of the jury that is deciding whether to convict the 21-year-old who has admitted to being the Boston Marathon bomber.

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Shots - Health News
12:48 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Quick Income Changes Can Threaten Coverage For Those On Medicaid

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 5:42 pm

When the earnings of low-income consumers change over the course of the year, a family can risk losing its health coverage if it shifts between eligibility for Medicaid and eligibility for coverage on the health insurance exchanges that were set up under the Affordable Care Act.

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Code Switch
12:00 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Remembering Phyllis Klotman, Who Amassed An Amazing Collection Of Black Cinema

The collection Klotman created would eventually contain more than 3,000 films.
Alvaro Barrientos AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 3:17 pm

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It's All Politics
9:03 am
Tue April 7, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul examines a patient's eyes in his Bowling Green, Ky., office in 2010. Paul, an ophthalmologist, worked on his father's campaign while in medical school.
Joe Imel AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 11:44 am

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced his bid for the White House Tuesday on his website. The 52-year-old former ophthalmologist's libertarian roots sets him apart from the expansive field of Republican hopefuls, most notably in foreign policy and issues like defense spending.

His father Ron Paul, also a physician, gained notoriety in the late-1980s as a presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party, but there are signs the younger Paul is moving more mainstream Republican.

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