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For First Time, Judge Halts Force-Feeding Of Guantánamo Detainee

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 06:01

District Judge Gladys Kessler also ordered the government to keep all videotapes that show the force-feeding of Jihad Dhiab, and she called on the Obama administration to act further.

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Oprah Winfrey's Channel Calls Off Michael Sam Series

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 03:57

OWN had planned a documentary series to feature the first openly gay NFL player in his bid to earn a spot on the St. Louis Rams. The network backed off to give him space "to achieve his dreams."

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Turkish Coal Miner Faces Future After Tragedy

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 03:47

A survivor of the Turkish coal mine disaster that killed more than 250 talks about the hours he spent trapped below ground. He's now afraid to return to mining, and wonders how he'll make a living.

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Measles And Mumps Make A Comeback

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 03:47

Measles and mumps outbreaks in the U.S. are at an all-time high. NPR's Scott Simon talks with professor of preventive medicine William Schaffner about how the viruses are spreading and why.

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Iran Reluctant To Disclose Secret Nuclear Activities

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 03:47

Iran wants relief from economic sanctions, but the International Atomic Energy Agency wants answers about rumored weapons programs before it makes a new agreement.

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How Will Narendra Modi Change India?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 03:47

In a historic election, Narendra Modi and the Hindu nationalist party ousted India's long-ruling Congress party. Scott Simon talks with NPR's Julie McCarthy about what this political shift means for India.

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High Charges By Doctors May Or May Not Be Red Flags For Fraud

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 03:47

The government recently released a trove of information on how much doctors are charging Medicare. It does seem like some doctors are overcharging, but the explanation of high fees can be complicated.

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How South Sudan Came To The Brink Of Civil War

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 03:47

South Sudan is being torn apart by ethnic violence. NPR's Scott Simon talks to David Deng, research director for the South Sudan Law Society, about efforts to save the country from a civil war.

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Russia Says It Will End Space Station Collaboration With U.S.

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 03:47

With the U.S. imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, what happens to U.S. and Russian co-operation in space? NPR's Scott Simon speaks to reporter Geoff Brumfiel about the future of the program.

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Gender And Money At The Helm Of 'The New York Times'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 03:47

Rumors are flying over the firing of The New York Time's first female editor, Jill Abramson. Scott Simon talks with NPR's David Folkenflik about how gender and compensation may have played a roll.

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NAACP Selects Minister, Former Lawyer, As New President

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 03:42

Cornell William Brooks replaces Lorraine Miller, who has been serving as interim chief last since year. Brooks once ran for Congress and used to be a lawyer for the Justice Department and the FCC.

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Nostalgia For What's Been Lost Since 'Brown V. Board'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 01:39

No one wants to return to the system of American apartheid. Public education, with its glaring inequities, is a reminder of all the work left undone.

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Nigerian Abductions Part Of A Terrible Pattern In African Conflicts

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 01:33

Africa's most notorious warlord, Joseph Kony, began mass abductions of schoolgirls in the 1980s. Since then, it has become a recurring feature in conflicts on the continent.

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Lao Military Plane Carrying Defense Chief Crashes

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 00:43

The plane was carrying about 20 people, including the country's defense minister and other senior officials. There was no word on casualties.

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Apple, Google, Agree To Drop Patent Infringement Dispute

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 16:33

The highest-profile suit between the two companies involved one patent essential to the way cellphones operate on a 3G network.

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Record Flooding In Balkans Destroys Communities

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 16:08

It's the worst flooding in Bosnia and Serbia in at least 120 years, triggering dozens of landslides and killing several people.

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Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Ruling Allowing Gay Marriage

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 14:33

In an on again, off again, legal tussle, the high court granted a request from the state's attorney general to put the issuing of licenses on hold.

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The new rules of internships

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 14:25

Summer's almost here, the traditional season of the internship.

 

But interns beware: in the last few years a series of lawsuits against employers offering unpaid internships have changed the rules of the apprenticeship game.

 

Rachel Feintzeig is a management reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and has been writing about the plight of the new internship.

 

In recent years, internships have become a near-necessity for college students trying to stand out in a brutal job market. And while some positions can provide valuable work experience and a glimpse into corporate life, critics maintain that the stints often amount to little more than unpaid labor.

 

A survey last year from the National Association of Colleges and Employers suggests unpaid internships don't help students land full-time jobs. Alums of unpaid internships had full-time job offers at nearly the same rate as those who had no internships at all—about 37%, compared with 62% for those with paid internships.

To read more about how internships are changing, read Rachel's article for the Wall Street Journal

Final Note: Peak Embarrassed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 14:04

In our Final Note for Friday, May 16, I've flashed back to my teenage self: those awkward days when we felt we could do nothing right and mortification lurked at every turn, complete disgrace only a heartbeat away. For me, anyway.

Researchers apparently found the exact age when we're most likely to be embarrassed. "Peak embarrassed," they call it.

17. 2 years of age is that peak point when you're more likely to feel embarrassed by your own actions, according to a 2013 study in the journal Psychological Science.

And that's probably good news for adults, or at least anyone over the age of 17.2 years.

Who's at fault for credit fraud: Company or consumer?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 14:04

We all know we're supposed to check our credit card statements every month to look for fraudulent charges.

But let's be real, we're supposed to do a lot of things.

We're slip up once in a while. And when we do, what safeguards are in place to catch these sneaky charges?

David Lazarus, columnist for the LA Times and frequent Money guest host, has been examining credit cards, and told the story of one woman's unidentifiable credit card charges for the LA Times.

When Kearns fell for AutoVantage's bogus check, the annual fee for the service was $119.99. Over the years it rose to $129.99 and then to $139.99.

Each time it appeared on Kearns' bill, it showed up in a cryptic fashion, usually "TLG*AutoVtg" and a phone number.

"Everything else had a name — CVS, Stater Bros., Best Buy," she said. "This was the only one that didn't."

Kearns mistakenly took the charge as auto maintenance paid for by her husband — an oil change, say, or tire rotation. It wasn't until this year that she finally realized she'd been paying over and over for something she couldn't identify.

To read more from David about credit card fraud, read his column for the LA Times

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