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Same-Sex Couples Strive For Marriage Rights In Every EU Country

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:13am

The European Union has standards for labor, trade and sanitation, but same-sex marriage is left to member states. Only about a dozen EU countries recognize such unions.

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Research: Let Your Fingers Stroll Down Yellow Pages' Listings

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:13am

Researchers examined the quality of plumbers in the Chicago area who choose names that are designed to show up first alphabetically in the Yellow Pages. The first company isn't necessarily the best.

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Immigration Changes Create Refugee Crisis Along Dominican Republic-Haiti Border

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:13am

Refugee camps are appearing along Haiti's border with the Dominican Republic as people flee the DR to comply with new immigration laws. It's unclear how the Haitian government will manage the crisis.

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The Struggle To Breathe Life Back Into Empty Schools

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:06am

As urban schools across the country continue to lose students, the question districts like St. Louis face is: What to do with all of those empty buildings?

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:05am

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.

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The Demise Of Old-Style Demolition Derby

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:03am

Demo derby used to be a low-budget hobby for guys who bought jalopies for one last romp before the scrap heap. But the evemt has changed — and some fear it may be running out of gas.

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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:02am

Let our panel of public radio hosts turn you on to new music by Raury, Dafnis Prieto, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Lianne La Havas and more.

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How Finns Make Sports Part Of Everyday Life

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:00am

In Finland, 90 percent of adults take part in sports or exercise at least twice a week. The Nordic nation far outpaces the U.S. in adult sports participation. Free and easy access to facilities helps.

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Tired Of The Big City? Consider Telecommuting From Montana

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:33am

Greg Gianforte, a successful high-tech entrepreneur, is recruiting — not for his company, but for telecommuters to move to rural Montana and bring their high-paying jobs with them.

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Boy Scouts Of America End Blanket Ban On Gay Leaders

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:14pm

The Boy Scouts National Executive Board approved a resolution that would allow "openly gay adult leaders and employees." But local units will still be able to bar gay leaders.

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California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:14pm

Monthly premiums for health insurance plans in the Covered California marketplace will increase by an average of 4 percent for 2016. The price for some plans will drop.

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Narcissistic, Maybe. But Is There More To The Art Of The Selfie?

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:31pm

Some say selfies are a mark of our narcissistic culture. But what about a little photoshopping? Is this further evidence of our vanity — or a platform for our personal brand and self-expression?

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Boy Scouts To Announce End Of Ban On Gay Leaders

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:05pm

The Boy Scouts are expected to end the ban on gay leaders and volunteers Monday. It will still allow troops affiliated with religious groups to deny leadership roles based on sexual orientation.

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With Religious Services, Immigrant Detainees Find 'Calmness'

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:05pm

In-house chaplains have helped detainees cope with daily frustration, even reducing violence in detention centers. But meeting the spiritual needs of people from all over the world is a challenge.

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The 'Shock of Confinement': The Grim Reality Of Suicide In Jail

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:59pm

About 1,000 people die in American jails every year and about a third of those are suicides. Jails often house people who've never been in legal trouble before, and it can have a traumatic effect.

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'I Am Cait' Premieres As Reality Series With A Cause

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:55pm

NPR reviews the premiere of I Am Cait, E! network's new reality series in which Caitlyn Jenner introduces her female identity to her family and explores transgender issues.

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Donors Sue Fertility Industry For Caps On Egg Prices

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:46pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Ashby Jones about putting a price on the human egg. Some donors are calling industry caps on how much women can be paid to be donors unfair.

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35 Women, 1 Story: Bill Cosby Accusers In 'New York Magazine'

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:31pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Noreen Malone about her story in New York Magazine that names and shares personal stories of some of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

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For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:09pm

Greece grows plenty of good agricultural products, but has trouble competing internationally. Many in Greece say it's time for the farm sector to modernize.

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World Cafe Sense Of Place — Stockholm: Small Feet

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:53pm

Small Feet and their big sound are back on World Cafe, this time in Stockholm with the Sense of Place series.

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