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Shots - Health News
5:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

How Finns Make Sports Part Of Everyday Life

A Helsinki bomb shelter now serves as a shooting range for an archery club.
Rae Ellen Bichell for NPR

In Helsinki, sports facilities pop up all over the place, sometimes in some pretty odd nooks and crannies. One bomb shelter hosts an archery club, another an underground swimming pool and an ice hockey rink.

Though they hardly need it, there's a national plan in Finland to get people to sit less. It reminds them, in fact, that "Under the Constitution ... physical activity is a basic cultural right."

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5:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Immigration Changes Create Refugee Crisis Along Dominican Republic-Haiti Border

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:17 am

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Sports
5:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Cardinals Hire Jen Welter, Possibly NFL's First Female Coach

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5:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

New York's LaGuardia Airport To Get Much-Needed Makeover

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NPR Story
5:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Happy Birthday! Bugs Bunny Turns 75

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NPR Story
5:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Boston Drops Out Of The Running For 2024 Olympic Games

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:57 am

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NPR Story
5:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

China's Stock Market Unnerves Investors With Another Nosedive

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:40 am

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NPR Story
5:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Automakers Still Trying To Get Infotainment Systems Right

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NPR Story
5:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Research: Let Your Fingers Stroll Down Yellow Pages' Listings

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 6:12 am

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NPR Story
5:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Same-Sex Couples Strive For Marriage Rights In Every EU Country

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 6:06 am

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5:13 am
Tue July 28, 2015

The Struggle To Breathe Life Back Into Empty Schools

Eliot Elementary in St. Louis, Mo., closed 10 years ago. The building remains empty.
Tim Lloyd/ St. Louis Public Radio

Virginia Savage lives in a part of north St. Louis, Mo., that's filled with vacant buildings, including Marshall Elementary. It has been closed for years now, and vines crawl into the building's smashed-out windows. The playground is littered with empty liquor bottles.

Savage went to school at Marshall as a young girl, and now she sees bigger problems beyond all those blemishes: "Drug dealers, drug users, eyesore. That's what I see."

In St. Louis, the student enrollment is one-fourth the size it was in the 1960s. That drop has led the district to close 30 or so schools.

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Shots - Health News
8:04 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

At sign-up events like this one in Los Angeles in 2013, Covered California pledged "affordability" in health insurance as one of its main selling points.
Lucy Nicholson Reuters/Landov

Monthly premiums for California's 1.3 million Covered California customers will rise a modest 4 percent, on average, officials with the agency said Monday. This increase is slightly less than last year's increase of 4.2 percent for consumers who bought policies on the state's health insurance marketplace.

Some consumers could even achieve a reduction in their premium, of an average of 4.5 percent, if they choose to shop around.

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All Tech Considered
6:31 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Narcissistic, Maybe. But Is There More To The Art Of The Selfie?

To selfie, or not to selfie?
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 7:40 pm

The smartphone has given us a whole new genre of cultural expression: the selfie.

If you're into selfies, it's safe to say you've probably taken one, and maybe wished you didn't have those dark circles under your eyes.

Now there are plenty of apps out there to fix that.

But whether you think your selfies can be elevated to art may depend on how much effort you are willing to put into them.

A Personal Brand Boost

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U.S.
6:30 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

With Religious Services, Immigrant Detainees Find 'Calmness'

Detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., gather for a Sikh prayer service.
Liz Jones KUOW

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 7:24 pm

When undocumented immigrants move through government-run detention centers in the U.S., it can take months before they find out if they'll be deported or allowed to stay in the country.

During this long wait, many become frustrated. And some turn to religion.

It's the job of the in-house chaplain to help connect detainees to religious services.

Keith Henderson, chaplain at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., says, "I love it. I love the job," partly, he says, because he likes challenges.

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Around the Nation
6:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Boy Scouts To Announce End Of Ban On Gay Leaders

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 7:24 pm

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The executive board of the Boy Scouts of America has ended its outright ban on gay scout leaders today, but there's a caveat. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports that the resolution allows each scout unit to decide for itself whether to accept gay adult leaders.

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Around the Nation
6:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

The 'Shock of Confinement': The Grim Reality Of Suicide In Jail

A cell at New York's Rikers Island jail. About 1,000 people die in American jails every year, and about a third of those are suicides.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 7:24 pm

The case of Sandra Bland has raised anger and suspicions nationwide since she was found dead in a jail cell in Hempstead, Texas, two weeks ago. Bland's family and supporters have rejected the medical examiner's finding of suicide, and the criminal district attorney for Waller County, Texas, says he's recruited two outside lawyers to assist in the investigation of her death. The local investigation has been reviewed by the FBI, and local prosecutors have pledged to bring the case to a grand jury next month.

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Television
6:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

'I Am Cait' Premieres As Reality Series With A Cause

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 7:24 pm

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Health
6:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Donors Sue Fertility Industry For Caps On Egg Prices

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 7:24 pm

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U.S.
6:06 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

35 Women, 1 Story: Bill Cosby Accusers In 'New York Magazine'

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 7:24 pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Noreen Malone about her New York Magazine cover story. For the first time ever, the majority of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault were photographed – 35 of the 46 who have come forward. There are also individual portraits with accounts from each of the women, which often include strikingly similar details.

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