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7:53 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Police In Texas Needed Help To Get Robot Working

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:06 am

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The Two-Way
7:34 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Dozens Dead In Indonesia Air Force Plane Crash

Military personnel remove an aircraft wheel at the site where an air force cargo plane crashed in Medan, Indonesia, on Tuesday.
Dedy Zulkifli AP

Dozens of people are dead after an Indonesian air force C-130 Hercules transport plane crashed shortly after takeoff today into a residential area in Medan, the country's third-largest city.

North Sumatra Police chief Ins. Gen. Eko Hadi Sutedjo told reporters the plane was carrying 50 passengers. He said 37 bodies had been taken to the nearby Adam Malik Hospital for identification.

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It's All Politics
7:06 am
Tue June 30, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hopes to reset his political fortunes with his presidential announcement on Tuesday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:01 am

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The Two-Way
7:04 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Greece Hours Away From Defaulting On IMF Loan

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras prepares for a TV interview at the State Television in Athens on Monday. He urged Greeks to vote "no" in Sunday's referendum on the terms of a bailout.
Thanassis Stavrakis AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:42 am

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is urging Greeks to vote "no" in Sunday's referendum on proposals from the country's creditors, saying European leaders will not let Greece exit the eurozone because "the cost would be too high." His plea comes as Greece is hours away from defaulting on its approximately $1.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.

"We ask you to reject it with all the might of your soul, with the greatest margin possible," Tsipras said on national TV on Monday night.

And, he suggested that a "yes" vote would prompt him to resign as prime minister.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Tue June 30, 2015

'Philosopher Kings' Leaves Plato's Republic Far Behind

Jo Walton's The Just City, which came out in January and which I utterly adored, ends on a wicked cliff-hanger: The real-world version of Plato's Republic that scholars and philosophers from different times and places tried to build has fractured along its fault-lines; all is chaos, uncertainty, and recrimination and we don't know what's going to happen to our (by now deeply beloved) point-of-view characters.

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NPR Story
5:33 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Songs We Love 2015, So Far

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Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:29 am

Listen to all of our favorite songs (so far) this year, by either shuffling the entire list or picking a single genre or one of the mixtapes created by NPR Music staff and member station hosts.

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Europe
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Are The French Always On Vacation Or Does It Just Seem That Way?

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:48 am

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Europe
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

A Financial Tragedy Plays Out In Greece: No Money And Debt Is Due

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:41 am

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Parallels
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Would You Buy A Used Car From A Man Named Beer Horse?

NPR's Frank Langfitt (center) has been offering free taxi rides around Shanghai to talk to ordinary Chinese. He drives a Camry around the city, but rented a van for a trip 500 miles outside the city earlier this year. He recently decided to buy a car, which can be a complicated process in China.
Yang Zhuo NPR

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:41 am

I'd been renting a Toyota Camry to give free rides around the city for my series, Streets of Shanghai, about the lives of ordinary Chinese. But the monthly rental fees were killing me, so I figured I could save money by buying a used car.

I went to a reputable used car dealership. The first hint that this would be different than shopping in the U.S. came when I met my salesman, a fresh college grad.

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Law
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Places A Stay On Texas Abortion Law

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:41 am

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Congress Leaves For Recess Without Re-Authorizing Export-Import Bank

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, center, speaks with, from left, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Ellicott Dredges GM Craig Murdock and CFO Joseph Wendel during a tour of the company's manufacturing facility in March. Lew was on hand to promote investment in American infrastructure. The company has utilized the Export-Import Bank's services.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:41 am

An agency of the federal government will have to stop doing business today. That's because members of Congress went home last week for the July 4 recess without reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.

The bank helps American companies sell their goods overseas. The bank's critics say they're stopping corporate welfare.

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Politics
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Obama Expected To Release Rule Governing Overtime

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:13 am

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Environment
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

U.N. Brokers Global Effort To Rein In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:13 am

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Latin America
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Brazil Tries To Rebuild Relations With U.S. After NSA Spying Scandal

President Barack Obama walks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, second from right, during a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:41 am

It's rare that a world leader will cancel a planned state visit to the White House, but that's what happened two years ago when Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff found out that the U.S. had been spying on her and her top aides.

The Brazilian leader is now trying to let bygones be bygones, and is in Washington, D.C., to visit with President Obama.

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Music
12:03 am
Tue June 30, 2015

The Complete List: NPR Music's Favorite Songs Of 2015 (So Far)

The story of music in 2015 goes like this: There are endless ways to listen to endless songs. Looking for something new? There's an algorithm for that. Prefer a human touch? Podcasts, blogs, Beats 1 (maybe!), good old terrestrial radio — take your pick. Honestly, we use all these and more. Many of these songs came to us via Soundcloud or YouTube, Spotify or iTunes. Many others showed up in our inboxes and demanded attention. Some of them we'd been waiting for for years. Some were complete surprises.

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The Two-Way
11:46 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

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

Alejandro Garcia Padilla, the governor of Puerto Rico, discussing the commonwealth's budget earlier in 2015.
Ricardo Arduengo AP

Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Monday that international creditors need to lighten Puerto Rico's nearly $73 million public debt burden.

In a televised speech, Garcia said, given the state of its economy, Puerto Rico's public debt is unpayable. He cited a report by a former chief economist of the World Bank that recommends lenders consider easier terms for the island. Padilla said he will go further and seek a multi-year moratorium on debt payments to allow the island time to rebuild its economy.

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It's All Politics
10:22 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

President Pitches Overtime Rule That Could Raise Wages For 5 Million

President Obama signs a presidential memorandum in March of 2014 that directed the Department of Labor construct a new set of overtime rules, with the goal of making more employees eligible for overtime pay.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 6:38 am

President Obama is expected to release this week a long-awaited rule governing overtime that could affect 5 million people as soon as next year, a source familiar with the plans confirmed to NPR.

The proposed rule would more than double the salary cap under which most workers would qualify for overtime pay whenever they work more than 40 hours a week, the source said. The cap would be raised from $23,660 to $50,440, and indexed to wage growth or inflation, ensuring the cap would move with the overall economy.

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The Two-Way
6:53 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

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

People who oppose vaccinating their children wouldn't be able to cite personal beliefs if the bill became law.
Irfan Khan LA Times via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 8:17 pm

A bill that would make vaccinations a requirement for nearly every schoolchild passed the California Legislature. The bill, SB 277, is now on its way to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. It's one of the toughest vaccination bills in the country, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Parallels
6:36 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Greeks Brace For The Fallout As Deadline Looms

A Greek demonstrator urges a "no" vote in Sunday's referendum on whether Greece should accept international demands for additional financial austerity. He is holding an old 1,000 Greek drachma bank note during a rally in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki on Monday. Some Greeks say the country should leave the eurozone and go back to the drachma.
Giannis Papanikos AP

Giorgos Koronis is welcoming tourists from the U.S. and England at the old Olympic Stadium in Athens, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.

Koronis, 50, has worked for the state for 25 years, mainly at ticket counters at various tourist sites around the Greek capital. But today he's struggling to smile.

He spent Monday morning at the ATM in line with a few retirees from his neighborhood, including his mother.

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All Tech Considered
6:36 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

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

Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue speaks about Apple Music during the keynote at the annual developers conference.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 7:30 pm

Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Rdio, Rhapsody, Pandora — the list of streaming music service goes on and on. On Tuesday, Apple joins that lineup with the launch of its streaming service, Apple Music. Apple will give consumers a three-month trial, and then it will charge $9.99 a month.

But most music lovers still aren't sure why they should pay. Colin Barrett, 31, has tried a few of the streaming services, but he doesn't use them anymore.

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