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Mon July 6, 2015

'Vendetta' Recalls The Ruthless Rivalry Between Bobby Kennedy, Jimmy Hoffa

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 8:02 pm

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The Two-Way
4:18 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

S.C. Senate Takes A Strong Step Toward Removing Confederate Flag

The Confederate battle flag flies at the South Carolina State House in Columbia late last month. The state's Senate voted Monday to remove the flag; after one more vote on the bill, it will head to the House.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:58 pm

By a 37-3 tally, the South Carolina Senate has given more support to moving a Confederate battle flag from its spot flying on the State House grounds to the Confederate Relic Room. The Senate will need to approve the bill one more time before it can go on to the House.

Monday afternoon's vote was on the the bill's second reading; the Senate will hold another vote Tuesday on its third reading, around 10 a.m. ET. That means the House won't begin to consider the bill until at least Wednesday.

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The Two-Way
4:03 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Recent Islamic State Losses Show It Can Be Defeated, Obama Says

President Obama delivers remarks Monday at the Pentagon after a briefing on U.S. efforts against the Islamic State.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:41 pm

Updated at 5:26 p.m. ET

President Obama has warned that the campaign against the so-called Islamic State "will not be quick" as he cited gains made in Iraq and Syria by the coalition fighting the militant group.

"This will not be quick," Obama said at the Pentagon. "This is a long-term campaign."

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The Two-Way
2:54 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Reddit CEO Apologizes Days After User Revolt Over Firing Of Popular Figure

The popular reddit question-and-answer section /r/IAmA, along with hundreds of others, has shut down in an apparent protest over the dismissal of a key figure at the social sharing site.
Screengrab from reddit.com

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:57 pm

Reddit CEO Ellen Pao has apologized to users of the popular website reddit, citing a "long history of mistakes" that resulted in an insurrection last week in which moderators shut down many of the site's most popular sections to protest the dismissal of a key figure in the site's popular r/IAmA section.

Here's part of Pao's apology that was posted on the site Monday:

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Shots - Health News
2:51 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Knowing How Doctors Die Can Change End-Of-Life Discussions

Nora Zamichow says if she and her husband, Mark Saylor, had known how doctors die, they might have made different treatment decisions for him toward the end of his life.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 10:42 am

Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she felt performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients.

It looks nothing like what we see on TV. In real life, ribs often break and few survive the ordeal.

"I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life," she says. "I would be doing the CPR with tears coming down sometimes, and saying, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry, goodbye.' Because I knew that it very likely not going to be successful. It just seemed a terrible way to end someone's life."

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Obama To Meet With Vietnam's Communist Party Chief Amid Concern Over China

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter shakes hands with Vietnam's General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on June 1. Trong will meet with President Obama in the White House on Tuesday.
Luong Thai Linh EPA/Landov

Nguyen Phu Trong — the head of Vietnam's communist party and one of most powerful figures in the Southeast Asian nation — will meet with President Obama on Tuesday for a historic meeting aimed at strengthening ties between the two nations.

The 71-year-old party secretary said Friday that he hopes to build trust between Washington and Hanoi 20 years after President Bill Clinton normalized diplomatic ties and four decades after the end of the Vietnam War.

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The Two-Way
2:45 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Lawyers File Motion For New Trial

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 4:00 pm

Less than two weeks after he was sentenced to die for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has begun the process of seeking a new trial.

Tsarnaev's lawyers filed a preliminary motion Monday that will reportedly seek to overturn his conviction and his death sentence. More from the Associated Press:

"The motion did not contain any details on what grounds they plan to argue, saying only that a new trial is 'required in the interests of justice.' "

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It's All Politics
1:46 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Donald Trump, 'Wrestling A Pig,' And The GOP's Struggle To Reform

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're bringing drugs; they're bringing crime, their rapists; and some, I assume, are good people," Donald Trump said while announcing his campaign last month.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 6:18 am

Republicans have been talking about reforming their party since President Obama's re-election in 2012. The recent Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare and the reversal of several Southern Republican governors on the Confederate battle flag gave the GOP a new chance. But change can be hard.

In presidential years, the party has a math problem, according to GOP strategist Steve Schmidt. He points out that while Democrats are attracting growing segments of the population, like Latinos and Asians, Republicans are relying on their traditional base of white voters.

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The Salt
1:15 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

Workers with Ceria wait for a pipe-welding machine to finish connecting two sections of plastic irrigation pipe in Bario, Malaysia. The company has brought mechanized farming to the Kelabit Highlands.
Jerry Redfern for NPR

Change typically doesn't come fast or often in the Kelabit Highlands in the interior of Malaysian Borneo. "Go slowly" is both a motto and a way of life here. For centuries, even millennia, locals have gathered and grown their own foods in the dense tropical jungle.

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Greece's 'Erratic Marxist' Leaves Legacy Of Sound Bites

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis walks toward his motorcycle following a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, Greece, on March 15. Varoufakis said Monday he was resigning, a day after Greeks voted to reject terms of a bailout imposed by Greece's creditors. Varoufakis was one of the leading campaigners behind the "no" vote.
Pantelis Saitas EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 7:26 pm

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Movie Reviews
1:01 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Country's Kacey Musgraves Mixes Wit And Sincerity In 'Pageant Material'

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:11 pm

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Author Interviews
1:01 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

The New Science Behind Our 'Unfair' Criminal Justice System

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 9:03 am

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Goats and Soda
12:47 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Cuba Is First To Earn WHO Seal For Ending Mother-Baby HIV Transmission

A pregnant woman in Cuba with HIV would be referred to a policlinico, like the one above, for specialized care.
Courtesy of Pan American Health Organization/WHO

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 3:50 pm

A woman has HIV. She becomes pregnant. What are the chances that she can deliver a baby who is not infected?

In some countries, like Yemen, for example, only 11 percent of pregnant women with HIV receive treatment to prevent their babies from being infected. For women who aren't part of that fortunate group, the chance of passing HIV to their infant is as high as 45 percent.

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Shots - Health News
12:18 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

After Measles Outbreaks, Parents Shift Their Thinking On Vaccines

Most of the people who got measles in last year's outbreaks hadn't been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.
Photo illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 1:16 pm

Nothing like a good measles outbreak to get people thinking more kindly about vaccines.

One third of parents say they think vaccines have more benefit than they did a year ago, according to a poll conducted in May.

That's compared to the 5 percent of parents who said they now think vaccines have fewer benefits and 61 percent who think the benefits are the same.

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Book Reviews
12:15 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Dead-Cinch Thrillers: 4 Books To Get Your Heart Pounding

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:37 pm

I've just spent much of the past two weeks on my couch, reading suspense fiction. The result of all that heavy lifting is this list of recommendations — four thrillers, very different in style and MO, but all deadly accurate in their aim to entertain.

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