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Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies At 91

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 09:15

The actress who starred with Sidney Poitier in the 1961 classic A Raisin in the Sun died Wednesday. She was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her work in American Gangster.

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Teen Smoking Hits A 22-Year Low, But Other Tobacco Uses Rise

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 09:14

Public health officials have dreamed of getting cigarette use down to 16 percent of teens, and that day has come. But some are turning to hookahs and electronic cigarettes, so the news isn't all good.

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Facebook Ad Targeting Will Use Even More Of Your Data

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 09:14

It will start drawing on Web browsing data to determine what ads users see, while allowing them to edit their own data profiles. Privacy advocates say the changes put too much burden on consumers.

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Who Runs The World? Rutgers Says Beyonce

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 08:52

Rutgers University students now have a homework assignment they might look forward to: Listening to Beyonce. Professor Kevin Allred discusses his course, Politicizing Beyonce.

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How Dreaming Big Led One TV Star To His Big Break

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 08:52

Before Cesar Millan became a TV personality, he was a homeless, undocumented immigrant from Mexico with a dream. He reveals how his career took off as part of NPR's series, "My Big Break."

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President's Student Loan Action Might Be Too Little, Too Late

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 08:52

President Obama signed an order that will cap student loan repayments at 10 percent of income for millions of borrowers. Georgetown University's Anthony Carnevale discusses whether it will help.

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Is Teacher Tenure Really The New Brown V. Board Of Education?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 08:52

A California judge ruled that the state's teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional because they disproportionately affect poor and/or minority students. Education Week's Stephen Sawchuk explains.

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Did Eric Cantor Forget That All Politics Are Local?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 08:52

The House majority leader says he will step down from that post after a surprise loss. For more, host Michel Martin speaks with Republican strategist Ron Christie and Univision's Fernando Espuelas.

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U.S. Drones Kill 13 Suspected Militants In Pakistan

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 08:40

The strikes are the first by the U.S. in nearly six months, and come just days after the Pakistani Taliban staged an audacious attack on Karachi airport, Pakistan's largest.

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Forget 10,000 Steps. For Happy Knees, 6,000 Will Do It

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 08:28

People are often told to walk 10,000 steps a day to be healthy. But if your goal is to avoid being crippled by knee arthritis, just 6,000 a day will to it, a study finds. And 3,000 is a good start.

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Has The FDA Brought On A Cheese Apocalypse? Probably Not

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 08:10

An FDA official warned that wooden boards used to age cheese could harbor harmful bacteria. But cheesemakers say they've long had safety measures in place to prevent any contamination from the boards.

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President George H.W. Bush Celebrates 90th Birthday With Parachute Jump

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 07:48

The former president had vowed on his 85th birthday that he would repeat a parachute jump on his 90th. Today's jump was his eighth.

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New Jersey Ambulance Companies Take Medicare For A Ride

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 07:05

The Garden State costs Medicare more than any other state for ambulance rides per kidney dialysis patient. A crackdown is set to start, but at one big dialysis center, ambulances remain everywhere.

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British Court Blocks All-Secret Trial For Terrorism Suspects

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 05:42

The Court of Appeal ruled that while the core of the trial can be held in secret, portions of it must be open to the public. It also allowed the suspects, known until now as AB and CD, to be named.

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Time For Kickoff: World's Attention Focused On World Cup

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 05:01

Host Brazil faces Croatia today in the first game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But much of the attention in the run-up to the event has been focused on strikes, controversies and unrest.

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How Dame Shirley Jumped Over Tech's Gender Gap In The 1960s

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 04:09

Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley founded one of the U.K.'s first software startups, run almost entirely by women. The industry still has gender inequality, but Shirley showed alternatives were possible.

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Lawmakers Hope To Send Unified VA Bill To Obama By Late June

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 03:54

The Senate and House have both voted to overhaul veterans' health care. Their votes come amid the controversy over long wait times at VA facilities for veterans seeking care.

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Do Brazilians even want soccer anymore?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-12 03:30

With the World Cup kicking off in Brazil today, many commentators have questioned the state of Brazil’s economy, considering the costs associated with the soccer championship.

Click on the audio player above to hear a discussion about the economics underlying the competition with Adolfo Laurenti, Chief International Economist at Mesirow Financial, and Leon Krauze, host of “Open Source” on Fusion TV.

Militants Make Gains In Iraq Amid Report U.S. Rebuffed Calls For Help

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-12 03:14

Al-Qaida-linked fighters have taken Mosul and Tikrit, while Kurdish fighters have seized Kirkuk. Meanwhile, a news report says the U.S. rejected Iraqi calls for an airstrike against the militants.

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The painting that was suddenly worth millions

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-12 03:00

Britain's National Trust now has a Rembrandt on its hands. Well, it's had the painting -- a portrait of the artist -- for several years, but until a few weeks ago the work of art was held in storage, thought to be a fake. 

After months of investigation, analysts and researchers are putting the price of the painting -- deemed authentic -- at $50 million, several times what it was worth before.

Click the audio player above to hear art critic Blake Gopnik discuss the business of art, branding, and the worth of the master's hand. 

So how much is a "selfie" worth? 

The Rembrandt has been referred to as one of the more expensive "selfies" ever created. Sure, the Ellen Oscar selfie has cache, but can it compare to the most pricey paintings and photographs artists have made of themselves throughout history?

While Britain's National Trust has no plans to sell their new Rembrandt, many "selfies"  have been auctioned for millions of dollars.

Click through the slideshow above to see some of the most expensive "selfies" ever sold.

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