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How The Senate Health Care Bill Could Disrupt The Insurance Market

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:00am

In their Affordable Care Act repeal bill, Senate Republicans dropped the requirement that all Americans get health insurance. But they also kept the mandate that insurance companies cover everyone.

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Snakebites Make The List Of 'Neglected Tropical Diseases'

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:00am

They claim about 100,000 lives a year. WHO has now put snakebites on its list of "neglected tropical diseases."

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Alaska's 40 Years Of Oil Riches Almost Never Was

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:00am

Oil began flowing down the trans-Alaska pipeline in 1977, transforming Alaska into a wealthy state. But if it wasn't for one man, the Prudhoe Bay oil field may not have never been found.

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Meet President Trump's Outside Legal Team

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:00am

A business lawyer with a major role in 1990s tobacco litigation, a specialist in religious liberty cases and a seasoned Washington hand are helping the president navigate numerous investigations.

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'The Force' Is Basically 'Game Of Thrones' With Cops — And That's Pretty Great

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:00am

Don Winslow's new novel is packed with crooked cops and crookeder crooks, all defending their territories and trying to maintain a status quo where everyone earns, everyone eats and no wars break out.

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DeVos Appoints CEO Of A Student Loan Company To Head Federal Aid Agency

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 5:00am

Plus school district secession, student borrower complaints, and more.

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Imagining Daniel Day-Lewis In A Life Without Acting

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 4:53am

Daniel Day-Lewis says he is no longer going to act. Weekend Edition guest host Melissa Block remembers an interview she had with him that might shed some light on what he'll do next.

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More Than 140 May Be Buried After Landslide In Southwest China

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 3:40am

Chinese state news says 141 people are missing, according to the provincial government, after a landslide of mud, rocks and boulders buried the town of Xinmo in Sichuan province.

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Third Former Vanderbilt Football Player Found Guilty in Rape of Unconscious Student

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:51pm

A Nashville, Tenn., jury convicted 23-year-old Brandon Banks in the 2013 gang rape of a fellow student. Two former teammates have also been convicted and another has yet to be tried.

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North Carolina Televangelist Indicted On Charges Of Tax Crimes

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 7:21pm

The televangelist and author of books on faith and finances has allegedly carried out various forms of tax fraud for more than a decade, according to a grand jury's indictment.

Illinois Bishop Decrees No Communion, Funeral Rites For Same-Sex Spouses

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 6:36pm

Bishop Thomas Paprocki is telling priests in his diocese not to offer sacraments to people in same-sex marriages. A Catholic LGBT group calls the decree "mean-spirited and unchristian in the extreme."

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Tupac Shakur Biopic 'All Eyez On Me' Hit With Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:49pm

Kevin Powell conducted Tupac's career-defining interviews; now he's suing the filmmakers behind the biopic for using them without his permission.

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Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:09pm

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

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For The Venezuelan Opposition, Protests Are 'Like A War'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:47pm

Venezuela has been in political and economic turmoil for months. Daily demonstrations, food shortages and a crackdown on the opposition have forced the country into a near state of collapse.

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Episode 780: On Second Thought

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:39pm

Flip-floppers, this one's for you. Changing your mind is hard, but it's one of the smartest things you can do.

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Shakespeare Companies Suffer Backlash After 'Julius Caesar' Controversy

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:32pm

The uproar over the New York Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar has spread to other cities. And it appears to be only because they are companies with the word "Shakespeare" in their name. Staff at Shakespeare Dallas have received death threats, even though the company isn't performing Shakespeare at the moment.

Wisconsin Ironworker Challenges Paul Ryan For House Seat

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Randy Bryce, a Wisconsin ironworker, who announced this week he will challenge House Speaker Paul Ryan in the 2018 midterm election.

Saudi Arabia And Neighboring Arab Nations Present Demands To Qatar

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Bernard Haykel, professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, about the conditions laid out for Qatar by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf neighbors for normalizing relations.

Supreme Court Sides With Wisconsin In Property Rights Case

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:32pm

The Supreme Court sided with the state of Wisconsin on Friday in a land dispute case. The justices upheld Wisconsin court rulings that the family was not entitled to compensation over development regulations that block the sale of the family's adjacent lot.

Carrier Steelworker Responds To Movement Of Jobs To Mexico

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with T.J. Bray, a steelworker at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis where President Trump said he saved over 1,000 jobs. Last month, Carrier told the state that 600 people will be laid off, and those jobs will be transferred to Mexico.

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