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Wal-Mart Refuses Confederate Flag Cake Order; Accepts ISIS Flag

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:03am

After Chuck Netzhammer displayed his ISIS flag cake on Youtube, Wal-Mart apologized. The company told ABC that the local staff didn't recognize the self-proclaimed Islamic State design.

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Police In Texas Needed Help To Get Robot Working

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:52am

Need help with a technical problem — call a kid. It's what police in Duncanville did when their robot stopped working. The Dallas Morning News says a youngster named Mayberry fixed the problem.

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Dozens Dead In Indonesia Air Force Plane Crash

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:34am

The C-130 Hercules transport plane crashed shortly after takeoff today into a residential area in Medan, the country's third-largest city.

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5 Things You Should Know About Chris Christie

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:06am

The New Jersey governor has seen his political stock fall, but he'll try to begin anew with his official presidential announcement on Tuesday at his high school alma mater.

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'Philosopher Kings' Leaves Plato's Republic Far Behind

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:03am

The second volume of Jo Walton's trilogy about the creation of a real-world Republic picks up 30 years after events of the first book. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's an expectation-shattering read.

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Greece Hours Away From Defaulting On IMF Loan

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:03am

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is urging Greeks to vote "no" in Sunday's referendum on proposals from the country's creditors. He says European leaders won't let Greece exit the eurozone.

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Songs We Love 2015, So Far

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 4:33am

Listen to all of our favorite songs (so far) this year, by either shuffling the entire list or picking a single genre or one of the mixtapes created by NPR Music staff and member station hosts.

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U.S. Supreme Court Places A Stay On Texas Abortion Law

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided that 10 abortion clinics in Texas may remain open. The delay gives clinics time to appeal to appeal to the nation's highest court.

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Congress Leaves On Recess Without Re-Authorizing The Export-Import Bank

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

An obscure government agency is about to shut its doors due to an ideological fight in Congress. The Export-Import Bank has helped U.S. companies sell their goods abroad for decades but will likely wind down operations after July 1st if Congress doesn't act.

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U.N. Brokers Global Effort To Rein In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

Speeches by high-level representatives were an attempt to keep momentum going as the world moves toward a key summit in Paris this year, which may produce an agreement to control greenhouse gases.

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Some Texas County Clerks Delay Licenses For Same-Sex Marriages

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

The Supreme Court ruled last week that same-sex marriage is legal. In Texas, the attorney general told public officials they don't have to issue licenses if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.

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As Budget Deadline Approaches, Illinois Faces A Government Shutdown

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

The budget expires on Tuesday and there's no sign of agreement on a new one. It's the first time in a dozen years that the solidly Democratic legislature has had to deal with a Republican governor.

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A Financial Tragedy Plays Out In Greece: No Money And Debt Is Due

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

Greece's bailout money is gone, and it will miss a payment due to the IMF. Linda Wertheimer talks to Joanna Kakissis and Peter Spiegel of The Financial Times about Greece's tenuous hold on the Euro.

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Congress Leaves For Recess Without Re-Authorizing Export-Import Bank

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

A government agency is about to close. The Export-Import Bank has helped U.S. companies sell goods abroad for decades, but it will likely wind down operations after July 1 if Congress doesn't act.

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Obama Expected To Release Rule Governing Overtime

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

The plan raises the cap under which most workers must get overtime for working more than 40 hours a week. It doesn't require congressional approval, but is expected to be criticized by businesses.

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Brazil Tries To Rebuild Relations With U.S. After NSA Spying Scandal

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

Two years ago, President Dilma Rousseff canceled a planned state visit after discovering the U.S. was spying on Brazil. Since that time, her popularity has nosedived, and so too has Brazil's economy.

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Facing Massive Debt, Puerto Ricans Warned Belt Tightening Will Be Needed

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

Puerto Rico's governor says the U.S. territory will be unable to pay off some of its more than $72 billion debt, and that terms will have to be renegotiated. He's also calling for big budget cuts.

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New Jersey's Chris Christie To Join GOP Presidential Field

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

Gov. Chris Christie has battled recent bad publicity and sinking poll numbers. While he's been essentially campaigning for months, Christ is expected to officially join the crowded field on Tuesday.

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Are The French Always On Vacation Or Does It Just Seem That Way?

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:58am

Many French people now enjoy nine weeks of vacation a year. Vacation in France is seen as a human right, one expert says, but it divides the haves from the have nots.

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Supreme Court Concludes Term With Death Penalty Ruling, Looks Ahead

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:57am

The court wrapped up on Monday, supporting the use of a controversial drug in executions by lethal injection. The justices also set up cases to be heard next term on affirmative action and abortion.

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