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'New Yorker' On Secret Civilian Efforts To Save America's ISIS Hostages

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

Renee Montagne talks to Lawrence Wright of The New Yorker about his article on the impact of U.S. hostage policy on 5 families whose children where held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State.

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White House To Amend Ransom-For-Hostages Rules

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

It is expected to announce changes to the policy on paying ransom for hostages kidnapped by militant groups. It will no longer bar a hostage's family from dealing with and paying ransom to captors.

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Iran Nuclear Talks: Gap Remains Over Access To Iran's Military Sites

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

Talks with Iran are entering a final push toward June 30th, when a temporary nuclear deal expires. Negotiators from the U.S. and other countries meeting in Vienna are seeking extensive inspections, and limits on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for eased economic sanctions. A key question is how much Iran will let the world in on its nuclear activity.

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Review Raises Troubling Question About Marijuana's Safety, Effectiveness

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

A report finds mixed results when it comes to how well medical marijuana works to calm pain and control symptoms. And an editorial says states legalizing pot for medical use may be jumping the gun.

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Calif. Health Officials Aid People Facing Astronomic Drug Bills

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

Specialty medicines have forced some to choose between treatment and paying rent. California will put a lid on the amount anyone enrolled in most Obamacare plans can be charged for high-end medicine.

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Narrative Change Makes White Supremacy Groups More Dangerous, Expert Says

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

The suspected S.C. gunman's embrace of the confederate flag led police to think he'd aligned with white supremacists. David Greene talks to Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty law Center.

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Bulgaria Steps Up Efforts Against Drug Trafficking Across Its Borders

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:05am

Bulgaria has long been a drug trafficking hub. As recently as the the 1990s, the government looked the other way. Now an EU member, it's working to stop the flow of Afghan heroin into Europe.

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The Quieter Sports Season, And Why Tennis Needs Caddies

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:03am

Summer is finally here and commentator Frank Deford rounds up some of the sights and (softer) sounds of the season. And he says it's time for a new job on the courts of Wimbledon.

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A Thorn For Russia, Georgia's Ex-President Pops Up In Ukraine

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 2:42am

As president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili boldly took on much larger Russia in a 2008. He promptly lost. Now he's a governor in another country, Ukraine, which is also doing battle with Russia.

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New Documentary Finds Nina Simone 'In Between The Black And White Keys'

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 1:03am

Simone's recordings still loom larger than the rest of her story. A new film about her life asks the question, What Happened, Miss Simone?

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Obsessed Fan To Remove Miley Cyrus Tattoos

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 6:08am

Carl McCoid has 29 Miley Cyrus tribute tattoos. The middle-aged McCoid tells Britain's Daily Mirror that he's getting some of the tattoos removed after the singer called them creepy and ugly.

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Skinny Jeans Land Australian Women In The Hospital

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 5:50am

The woman suffered nerve and muscle damage after wearing super-skinny jeans. She couldn't walk and was hospitalized. She recovered from her wardrobe malfunction.

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Authorities Find Items Linked To New York Prison Escapees

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:02am

New York State Police say they have found physical evidence in a hunting cabin that they have tied to the two prison escapees in northern New York state. Police have not revealed what the items are, but now say they have more to base their search on.

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Musicians Deny Requests To Allow Their Music To Be Streamed

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:02am

Singer Taylor Swift fought Apple over the weekend, and seems to have won: The company will pay royalties to artists during the free trial period of its new music streaming service. But Swift isn't the only artist to stand up to big online services — you might be surprised who won't turn up in a search on Spotify or YouTube.

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Church Tragedy Inspires Many To Learn More About Charleston's History

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:02am

Some academics, librarians and history students have been rallying around the hashtag Charleston Syllabus, suggesting readings that might help inform the public of some of the history behind recent events in Charleston, South Carolina. Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep report.

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Policy Study Alleged Shooters Whereabouts Before Charleston Church Shooting

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:02am

Dylann Roof is said to have visited slave plantations and a Confederate history museum in the weeks before he allegedly penned a racist rant on a website. Roof is accused of killing nine African-Americans at a historic church in Charleston.

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S.C. Governor Asks State Lawmakers To Remove Confederate Flag From Capitol Grounds

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:02am

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the state capitol, following the shooting last week at the historic black church in Charleston. Nine people were killed.

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The Long And Divisive History Of The Confederate Flag

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:02am

Renee Montagne talks to historian John Coski of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va., about the history of the Confederate battle flag, and why it symbolizes so many different things.

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Anti-Austerity Greek Government Yields Ground At EU Summit

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:02am

The Greek government has been given some time to work out a deal with its creditors. Eurozone and International Monetary Fund officials are scrutinizing the latest proposal.

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LA Council To Vote On Controversial Homeless Ordinances

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:02am

The Los Angeles City Council is set to give final approval to 2 ordinances that would make it easier for police to clear homeless encampments. At the same time, homelessness is increasing.

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