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Apple Bets Big That You'll Start Paying To Stream Music

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 14:32

Millions listen to services like Spotify and Pandora, but relatively few of them subscribe. Why should they when there are so many free options? The new Apple Music will only be free for 3 months.

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Greeks Brace For The Fallout As Deadline Looms

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 13:52

Greeks have lurched from one crisis to another in recent years and have learned to cope with uncertainty. Still, many are worried about what could happen when Greece misses a payment Tuesday.

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The Economic Reality Of The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 13:41

From less-complicated tax filing to reducing uncertainty over medical decisions, the Supreme Court's ruling will have a wide impact on same-sex households. It will also affect corporate policies.

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SCOTUS rules against EPA regulations

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-06-29 13:33

The Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama two victories last week: the Affordable Care Act will keep its subsidies and same-sex marriage became legal in all 50 states. But in a 5-4 decision on Monday, the Supreme Court decided against the Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution regulations.

The regulations would have limited emissions from coal-fired plants, but the court's decision centered on the issue of environmental benefits versus industry cost. 

Justice Antonin Scalia, on behalf of the court, wrote, "The agency must consider cost — including, most importantly, cost of compliance — before deciding whether regulation is appropriate and necessary." Scalia added, "It is not rational, never mind 'appropriate,' to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits."

The EPA's rules will stay in effect until a District of Columbia appeals court decides whether the rules will be amended or thrown out entirely.

Supreme Court Rules In Coal Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 13:25

Though Monday's decision from the high court technically only applies to the Clean Air Act's standards on mercury emissions, it could affect future EPA regulations, legal experts say.

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If The Mess In Greece Is All Greek To You, Then Read This

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 13:18

This week, Greek will miss a $1.73 billion payment to the International Monetary Fund. The debt crisis has the potential to create financial, economic and geopolitical trouble for Americans.

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Europeans take refuge in gold

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-06-29 13:00

Let's circle back to the lack of mobility Greeks and their money are dealing with right now.

Bloomberg News is reporting that Europeans have been buying gold — traditionally the safest of safe havens — at quite a clip this month.

The U.K. Royal Mint says sales of gold coins to Greeks was "double the five-month average in June." 

Private coin retailer CoinInvest.com says it's sold out, and that it's the French, Germans and Greeks who are buying.

The rest of the world ... meh.

Gold closed up about 0.5 percent today in New York.

Supreme Court Places A Stay On Abortion Law In Texas

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 12:00

If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, the stay will be lifted and a controversial 2013 law will take effect. The law places new requirements on abortion providers.

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Why You Should Thank A Caterpillar For Your Mustard And Wasabi

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 11:57

Eons ago, cabbage butterfly larvae and the plants they eat began an evolutionary arms race. The result: "mustard oil bombs" that give the plants, and condiments we make from them, distinctive flavors.

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Medical School Hopefuls Grapple With Overhauled Entrance Exam

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 11:50

The results are coming in for the first medical school candidates who took a revamped exam that includes a wider range of subjects, including psychology and sociology.

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In Some States, Defiance Over Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 11:38

The court ruled last week that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. The ruling was welcomed by many, but there was criticism, too.

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The U.S. Now Has A 'Girls Count' Law. But Don't Boys Count, Too?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 11:26

Some 220 million children under age five do not have a birth certificate. A new U.S. law pledges to support efforts to register girls around the world. Should the law mention boys as well?

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NBCUniversal Is Cutting Ties With Donald Trump

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 11:25

The media company is ending its relationship with the presidential hopeful after comments he made about Mexican immigrants.

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Curb Your Appetite: Save Bread For The End Of The Meal

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 11:02

A hot bread basket is a tasty way to start off dinner. But all those carbs before the main fare can amp up appetite and spike blood sugar. Saving the carbs for the end of the meal can help avert that.

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Solar-Powered Airplane Begins Long Journey From Japan To Hawaii

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 10:59

It's expected to be the longest leg of the Solar Impulse's planned around-the-world flight, a trip that will last five days and five nights.

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Sri Lanka's War Is Long Over, But Reconciliation Remains Elusive

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 09:55

The civil war is now six years in the past. But thousands of Tamil families are still looking for loved ones who disappeared during the conflict.

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Supreme Court Blocks Obama Administration Plan On Power Plant Emissions

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 07:24

In a 5-4 ruling, the court says the Environmental Protection Agency should have taken into account the costs of complying with regulation.

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Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 07:16

Many companies are expected to expand coverage to same-sex spouses if they already offer benefits to opposite-sex spouses. But the recent Supreme Court decision doesn't require them to do so.

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Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Redistricting Commission Targeting Gridlock

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 06:47

Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission was formed 15 years ago, after voters took the power to redraw districts away from the state's Legislature.

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Supreme Court Says Use Of Lethal Injection Drug Is Legal

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 06:09

Lawyers for Oklahoma death row inmates argued midazolam does not reliably induce a coma-like sleep, violating the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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