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7:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Obama Reassures Allies As He Honors D-Day Sacrifices

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 12:41 pm

President Obama has had an eventful visit to Europe, which included attending the 70th D-Day commemoration in Normandy.

Politics
7:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Senate Bill Would Crack Down On Auto Defects

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 6:04 pm

A GM investigation revealed the company's failure to fix a deadly defect in its cars. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., about a law that would require more transparency.

National Security
7:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

The Long-Range Staying Power Of The B-52

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 6:03 pm

The B-52 bomber has recently undergone an overhaul of its communications systems. The aircraft has remained in continuous service since 1955. We look at what makes it so remarkable and enduring.

National Security
7:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Vets Bring A 'Level Of Selflessness' To Service In Congress

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 6:04 pm

The number of veterans in Congress is at its lowest since World War II. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Seth Lynn of the Veterans Campaign about how he's trying to get those numbers back up.

Politics
7:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Obama Returns To U.S. To Face Prisoner Release Issue

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 6:01 pm

This week the veterans health care scandal gave way to a new political storm over the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, as Washington editor Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.

Around the Nation
7:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

No One Judges The Ride At Americade

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 6:03 pm

This week, bikers in the Northeast are flocking to Lake George, N.Y., for a motorcycle rally called Americade. Some 50,000 visitors take to the streets in tattoos, leather jackets and revving engines.

Sports
7:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Two- And Four-Legged Athletes In The Sports Spotlight

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 12:41 pm

NPR's Scott Simon and sports correspondent Tom Goldman discuss the prospects for a Triple Crown win at the Belmont Stake and look back at an NBA game played with no air conditioning.

The Two-Way
7:33 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Actor Tracy Morgan Injured In A Car Accident In New Jersey

Tracy Morgan performs Live at Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mt. Pocono, Pa.
Bill McCay Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 5:25 pm

Tracy Morgan, the former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star, was injured in a six-car accident early on Saturday, Sgt. Gregory Williams of the New Jersey State Police says.

The accident, Williams said, happened at about 1 a.m. ET., near Trenton.

CNN reports Morgan is in "critical" condition, while USA Today reports the actor and comedian is in "intensive care."

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Shots - Health News
5:50 am
Sat June 7, 2014

A Small Device Helps Severely Nearsighted Drivers Hit The Road

A view of Interstate 65 in Alabama through bioptic lenses, which allow people who are severely nearsighted to drive.
Dan Carsen WBHM

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:22 am

On an interstate heading into Birmingham, Ala., Dustin Jones merges a small white SUV into the flow of traffic. This might seem unremarkable, but Jones has a genetic condition that reduces his long-distance vision. Driving safely hadn't been an option for him, but now, with the help of a little device called a bioptic telescope, it is.

"Life without the ability to drive is exponentially harder," Jones says. "It's just very difficult to do anything at all."

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Economy
5:46 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Job Outlook Brightens For Graduates, Though Problems Linger

Kaitlin Foran, a senior at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, meets with a prospective employer at a job fair at National Harbor in Maryland.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 3:07 pm

Congratulations Class of 2014! You are entering a labor market that offers a record number of paychecks.

On Friday, the Labor Department said the U.S. economy now has 138.5 million jobs, slightly more than the previous high set in early 2008 — just as the Great Recession was tightening its grip.

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Parallels
7:28 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart'

Robert Mayne is being held in a Honduran prison with five other Americans on suspicion of smuggling weapons into the country.
Michael McCabe

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 7:49 pm

Six Americans remain in a rural Honduran prison after being arrested last month on suspicion of smuggling weapons into the country. The men arrived in the Central American nation by boat, ready to begin work on a salvage project along the northern Honduran coast. The men say the guns were on the boat for protection from pirates.

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The Two-Way
7:26 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Armed Man Killed In Attack On Atlanta Courthouse

A photo released by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office shows Dennis Marx, who was shot and killed on Friday after wounding a deputy outside the courthouse in Cumming, Ga.
AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 7:43 pm

A man armed with an assault rifle, several hand grenades, smoke bombs and tear gas opened fire on an Atlanta courthouse, where he was scheduled to plead guilty on drug charges Friday. The assault sparked a gunbattle with police that left the assailant dead and a deputy wounded.

The three-minute shootout ended in the death of Denis Marx, 48, according to Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper, who says the suspect had a history with the department, including at least two arrests on drug charges.

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The Two-Way
6:01 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

GM Recalls 105,000 More Vehicles

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is among the vehicles being recalled.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 6:59 pm

A day after General Motors admitted it failed customers who owned cars with a defective ignition switch, the automaker issued a recall for 105,000 more vehicles, bringing the total number of GM recalls so far this year to 34, involving 14 million vehicles, Michigan Public Radio's Tracy Samilton reports.

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Law
5:44 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Prison Rape Law A Decade Old, But Most States Not In Compliance

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says following federal standards for the Prison Rape Elimination Act is too burdensome for states.
Tom Pennington MCT/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 7:29 pm

The clock is ticking on a decade-long effort to prevent sexual violence inside American prisons. In a recent survey, the vast majority of states said they will try to comply with federal rules. But several others, led by Texas, have protested to the Justice Department.

Jan Lastocy served 15 months in a Michigan prison for attempted embezzlement — her first brush with the law. The assaults began when a new corrections officer showed up at the warehouse where she had been assigned to work as a secretary.

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Monkey See
5:44 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television

Laverne Cox of Netflix's Orange is the New Black.
Netflix

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 7:29 pm

"My femininity was seen as a problem that needed to be solved."

Laverne Cox is talking about her childhood in Mobile, Ala. She remembers being routinely chased and beaten by classmates after school. Cox was born biologically male, and her gender identity was confusing and threatening not just to other children but to the grown-ups in her life as well. Her third-grade teacher warned her mother, "Your son is going to end up in New Orleans wearing a dress if we don't get him into therapy right away."

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