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'Jiggery-Pokery': The Justices Have A Punny Way With Words

NPR Top Stories - June 30, 2015 - 6:54am

This term it was "ask the nearest hippie" and "what chumps!" Here are some other times phrases like that have added color to Supreme Court opinions.

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A Lyrical Coming Of Age Tale In 'Bird Hill'

NPR Books - June 30, 2015 - 6:03am

Naomi Jackson's first novel follows a pair of Brooklyn sisters sent to live in their mother's small Barbados hometown. Critic Michael Schaub says "it's not a perfect book, but it's a lovely one."

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How 4 Gay Black Women Fought Back Against Sexual Harassment — And Landed In Jail

NPR Top Stories - June 30, 2015 - 5:58am

They're called the New Jersey 4, a group of young women who were catcalled and allegedly attacked in New York. Why did they — and not their harasser — end up in jail? A new documentary digs in.

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Jeb Bush To Release 33 Years Of Tax Returns

NPR Top Stories - June 30, 2015 - 5:50am

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., will release decades of tax returns Tuesday on the same day Hillary Clinton emails are set to be released and when Chris Christie announces his bid for president.

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Wisdom Of The Crowds? Online Effort Seeks To Raise Funds For Greece

NPR Top Stories - June 30, 2015 - 5:49am

A crowd-funding effort to get the $1.8 billion Greece needs to make a loan payment to the International Monetary Fund has so far raised $124,569. Donors get gifts ranging from salads to gift baskets.

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Meet Your New Neighbors, The American Filmmakers

NPR Top Stories - June 30, 2015 - 5:07am

They're two guys in their 20s. And they live with the people they're covering. You can judge the results in their latest documentary, set in a Syrian refugee camp.

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Bookends: Do Genre Labels Matter Anymore?

New York Times book reviews - June 30, 2015 - 4:00am
Dana Stevens and Leslie Jamison discuss whether categorical descriptions are as stable or as useful as they used to be.









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'Philosopher Kings' Leaves Plato's Republic Far Behind

NPR Books - June 30, 2015 - 3:03am

The second volume of Jo Walton's trilogy about the creation of a real-world Republic picks up 30 years after events of the first book. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's an expectation-shattering read.

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‘Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County,’ by Kristen Green

New York Times book reviews - June 30, 2015 - 1:00am
After Prince Edward County closed its public schools, black children had no access to education.









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Puerto Rico's Governor Wants Lenders To Wait For More Than $73 Billion Debt Payments

NPR Top Stories - June 29, 2015 - 7:46pm

In a televised address, the governor said he'll ask international creditors to give Puerto Rico easier terms, starting with a delay in payments. He also warned his people of coming budget cuts.

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President Pitches Overtime Rule That Could Raise Wages For 5 Million

NPR Top Stories - June 29, 2015 - 6:20pm

The regulation, which retailers and restaurants likely will fight, would mean that all employees earning up to $50,440 a year would be guaranteed overtime pay, up from a the current cap of $23,660.

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California Legislature Passes 'Mandatory' Vaccine Bill, Sends It To The Governor

NPR Top Stories - June 29, 2015 - 2:53pm

Children who have specific medical problems, like immune system deficiencies, would be exempt from vaccinations as long as they have confirmation from their doctor.

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Apple Bets Big That You'll Start Paying To Stream Music

NPR Top Stories - June 29, 2015 - 2:32pm

Millions listen to services like Spotify and Pandora, but relatively few of them subscribe. Why should they when there are so many free options? The new Apple Music will be free for only 3 months.

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Greeks Brace For The Fallout As Deadline Looms

NPR Top Stories - June 29, 2015 - 1:52pm

Greeks have lurched from one crisis to another in recent years and have learned to cope with uncertainty. Still, many are worried about what could happen when Greece misses a payment Tuesday.

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The Economic Reality Of The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

NPR Top Stories - June 29, 2015 - 1:41pm

From less-complicated tax filing to reducing uncertainty over medical decisions, the Supreme Court's ruling will have a wide impact on same-sex households. It will also affect corporate policies.

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Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move?

NPR Top Stories - June 29, 2015 - 1:25pm

Monday's decision from the high court technically only applies to the Clean Air Act's standards on mercury emissions from power plants. But it could affect future EPA regulations, legal experts say.

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If The Mess In Greece Is All Greek To You, Then Read This

NPR Top Stories - June 29, 2015 - 1:18pm

This week, Greek will miss a $1.73 billion payment to the International Monetary Fund. The debt crisis has the potential to create financial, economic and geopolitical trouble for Americans.

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ArtsBeat: Rodgers and Hammerstein Biography on the Way

New York Times book reviews - June 29, 2015 - 12:01pm
A biography of the musical writing team Rodgers and Hammerstein is scheduled to be published in 2018.









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Supreme Court Places A Stay On Abortion Law In Texas

NPR Top Stories - June 29, 2015 - 12:00pm

If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, the stay will be lifted and a controversial 2013 law will take effect. The law places new requirements on abortion providers.

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Why You Should Thank A Caterpillar For Your Mustard And Wasabi

NPR Top Stories - June 29, 2015 - 11:57am

Eons ago, cabbage butterfly larvae and the plants they eat began an evolutionary arms race. The result: "mustard oil bombs" that give the plants, and condiments we make from them, distinctive flavors.

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