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4:26 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Texas Ban Of Confederate Flag License Plates

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 5:15 pm

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4:26 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

County Fairs Cancel Bird Shows But Get Creative Amid Flu Outbreak

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 5:15 pm

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Media
4:26 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

NBC Names Lester Holt New Anchor Of Nightly News

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 5:27 pm

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4:26 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

One Teacher's Quest To Build Language Skills ... And Self-Confidence

Whaley walks his students back to class from the library.
Christopher Gregory for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 5:32 pm

It's election season at Canaan Elementary's second grade, in Patchogue, N.Y., and tensions are running high. Today is speech day, and right now it's Chris Palaez's turn.

The 8-year-old is the joker of the class. With a mischievous glimmer in his dark eyes and a thick mohawk, he seems like the kind of kid who would be unfazed by public speaking.

But he's nervous.

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Goats and Soda
3:55 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

What We Can Learn From A Herd Of Hungry Goats

TK
via Youtube

Now that's a gaggle of goats!

There are about 700 of them in the video. They belong to the California business Goats R Us, which keeps 8,000 goats on hand, renting them out to graze on brush, thistles and other undesired plants.

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The Two-Way
3:36 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

4 Ways NBC Might Rehabilitate Brian Williams' Image

Brian Williams at an event in New Jersey in 2014.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 3:54 pm

NBC has worked out a deal to keep tarnished news anchor Brian Williams at the company, sending him to MSNBC to serve as anchor of breaking news and special reports.

But this brings a new question: How, exactly, can NBC get viewers to trust him again?

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The Two-Way
3:34 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Kids' Art Show Takes Over Two Billboards In Times Square

Who? by Sharon Yang, 10, a fifth-grader in Brooklyn. Of this work, she says: "I put a lot of effort in my artwork to make the texture on the tree and the feathers on the owl."
Isaak Liptzin WNYC

For the next few days, two large billboards in New York's Times Square are being given over to art created by the city's public school students. The project highlights students' work that's part of a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"Art is my favorite subject. It lets me see new things," artist and fifth-grader Sharon Yang told a crowd Wednesday, according to member station WNYC.

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The Salt
3:23 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

In Search Of Edible Weeds: Adventures In Urban Foraging By App

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) flower found on the sidewalk in Meridian Hill Park, Washington D.C. It's edible, but isn't on "Wildman" Steve Brill's list of seven.
Ina Yang NPR

The next time you're out pulling weeds in the garden or stepping over a dandelion sticking out from the cracks of the sidewalk, consider where these wild greens could go: your salad bowl.

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The Two-Way
3:21 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Congress Breathes Life Into President's Fast-Track Trade Plan

President Obama's "fast-track" trade proposal, written off by many last week, got a key boost in the House on Thursday when lawmakers voted 218-208 to approve the measure.

The bill now moves back to the Senate, where a vote is expected next week.

The fast-track measure would enable the President to send to Congress, for an up or down vote, a trade deal with Pacific rim nations called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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The Two-Way
3:12 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

NASA: Europa Spacecraft Goes Into Development Phase

An image of Europa released by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., in 1996 by the Galileo spacecraft. NASA says a new probe dedicated to studying the Jovian moon, is going into the development phase.
NASA/JPL AP

NASA has moved a step closer to sending a probe to one of Jupiter's "Galilean" moons, Europa, which is believed to contain a vast liquid ocean that could harbor life underneath an icy surface crust.

In an announcement on Wednesday, the space agency said its mission concept for a Europa probe had completed its first major review and was now entering the development phase.

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It's All Politics
3:09 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Obama Mourns Charleston Deaths, But Laments 'Politics' Of Gun Control

President Obama pauses while speaking in the White House Briefing Room on the church shooting in Charleston, S.C.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 4:12 pm

This post has been updated.

A day after a shooting left nine dead in a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., President Obama mourned the losses and lamented the politics of gun control.

"At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," Obama said from the White House Briefing Room. "It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it."

Still, Obama noted that power is limited.

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The Two-Way
2:47 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Woman To Share Marquee On $10 Bill With Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton is currently on the $10 bill.
BEBETO MATTHEWS ASSOCIATED PRESS

Alexander Hamilton, who has had top billing on the $10 since 1929, will have to share the marquee starting in 2020, making way for a woman's portrait — but it is not yet clear who will get the honor.

"America's currency is a way for our nation to make a statement about who we are and what we stand for," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Shots - Health News
2:41 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

DNA Confirms Kennewick Man's Genetic Ties To Native Americans

This clay facial reconstruction of Kennewick Man, who died about 8,500 years ago in what's now southeast Washington, was based on forensic scientists' study of the morphological features of his skull.
Brittney Tatchell/Smithsonian Institution

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 5:15 pm

New genetic evidence suggests that Kennewick Man, an 8,500-year-old skeleton found in Washington state, is related to members of a nearby Native American tribe.

The DNA may help resolve a long-running scientific mystery, while at the same time reigniting a debate over who should have custody of the remains.

Kennewick Man was discovered accidentally in the mud flat along the Columbia River in 1996. He's caused a ruckus ever since.

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News
2:31 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

This Nigerian singer has a message for Boko Haram

Nneka is a young singer from Nigeria and has her own brave response to guns and violence. The song is "Pray for You. "She wrote it about the presence of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram is a militant Islamist group most infamous for kidnapping young girls, which led to the worldwide Twitter campaign #BringBackOurGirls.

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

It's Official: Brian Williams Out As 'NBC Nightly News' Anchor

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 2:46 pm

Brian Williams won't return to the anchor's chair at NBC Nightly News. Williams is being replaced by Lester Holt, the broadcast's interim anchor, four months after being suspended for misrepresenting his experiences covering the war in Iraq, NBC said Thursday in a statement.

Williams will return to MSNBC, where he was an anchor from 1996 to 2004. There, he will anchor breaking news and special reports, the network said. He will begin his new role in mid-August.

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