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7:49 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 12:03 pm

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:49 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 12:03 pm

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Mr. Right (Foot), The Canine King's Speech, McNuggetsaurus.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:49 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 12:03 pm

More questions for the panel: The First Pants, A Knapsack for One Nap Stands, Hornythology.

It's All Politics
7:16 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Health Law's 4th Birthday Divides Democrats, Unites GOP On Message

As the Affordable Care Act's fourth anniversary approached, Democrats were less unified in their message than Republicans.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 7:49 pm

With the fourth anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Affordable Care Act this weekend, if you were a Democrat boasting about the health law, you were more than likely a party official or lawmaker with a seat so safe you could publicly celebrate the occasion.

Like Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat who in 2012 beat her Republican opponent by nearly 30 points, scheduling an enrollment event at a Chicago community college Saturday and inviting the news media.

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The Two-Way
6:49 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Defense Of 'Whitey' Bulger Has Cost Taxpayers More Than $3 Million

A courtroom sketch of James "Whitey" Bulger (left) and defense attorney J.W. Carney, Jr.
Margaret Small AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 7:06 pm

The defense of notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger has cost American tax payers a little more than $3 million.

The Boston Globe reports that public defenders made their billing public in a court filing on Friday.

The Globe reports:

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Shots - Health News
6:27 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Insurance Chief Suggests Adding A New, Lower Level Of Health Plan

America's Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignagni says she would loosen regulations on which insurance plans comply with the Affordable Care Act by adding a "lower tier" option that could entice healthier people.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 7:26 pm

Rather than letting people keep their old health plans that don't comply with the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act, the head of the group that represents the nation's health insurance companies is floating an alternative: weakening the requirements.

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The Two-Way
6:14 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Declined: Visa, MasterCard Freeze Out Targeted Russian Banks

A woman holds a portrait of Russia's President Vladimir Putin during celebrations on the main square of the Crimean city of Simferopol after in its official annexation on Friday.
Shamil Zhumatov Reuters/Landov

In what has likely come as a rude shock to some Russians, Visa and MasterCard have stopped processing payments at several of the country's banks as part of U.S. sanctions aimed at punishing Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

The BBC reports that four banks have been affected, "all of which have links to Russians blacklisted by the U.S."

Russia's RIA Novostri reports:

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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
6:06 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:22 pm

A literary agent receives a dangerous manuscript in Chris Pavone's The Accident. It debuts at No. 9.

NPR Story
6:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Sabiduria: Healing Through Art Therapy

After surviving a violent relationship, Carolyn "Mima" Texidor's pain unearthed a hidden talent: painting. In this week's Sabiduría, Mima's healing art as a venue for new and undiscovered artists.

NPR Story
6:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Feeling the Burn

Generally, pain's a bad thing. But sometimes, you want to feel the burn. Latino USA's A.C. Valdez got tips for taking the heat at the annual jalapeño-eating contest in Laredo, Texas.

NPR Story
6:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Breastfeeding While Latina

Leading the pack, more than 80% of Latina mothers breastfeed. Still there are misconceptions. Brenda Salinas talked to Latina moms about the pressure of getting it "right" — whatever that means.

NPR Story
6:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

An Explosion in Harlem

The gas explosion in Spanish Harlem displaced nearly 90 residents. City officials are concerned those undocumented won't seek help in fear of being deported. We talked to some now living in shelters.

NPR Story
6:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Latinas and Eating Disorders

About 10% of Americans struggle with eating disorders. But among Latinos, this disease often goes underreported and undiagnosed. And some evidence suggest that Latinos might be more susceptible.

NPR Story
6:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Two-Dollar Dance Bars

Men who work hard to support far away families often get lonely. They pay two dollars a song to dance with women at "bailarina bars." Marlon Bishop reports from Queens, NY.

NPR Story
6:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

U-Visa: Helping Domestic Violence Survivors

Undocumented and abused, survivors of domestic violence fear that if they call the police, they'll be deported. But a little-known program called the "U-Visa" can help. Ashley Lopez reports.

NPR Story
6:02 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas has a Pulitzer Prize, but lacks a green card. He gives his views on media bias against undocumented immigrants and on President Obama as the #DeporterInChief.

The Two-Way
5:28 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan Gay-Marriage Ban

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:48 pm

A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, making the state the latest to see such a prohibition overturned on constitutional grounds.

The Associated Press reports:

"[U.S. District] Judge Bernard Friedman ruled Friday, two weeks after a trial. Two Detroit-area nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

"It was not clear if gay marriages could begin immediately."

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Shots - Health News
5:27 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds And Firms Still Deciding

Some employees say e-cigarettes increase their productivity and help them steer clear of tobacco. But health regulators are looking into possible risks to e-cig users — and to co-workers.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 8:50 am

E-cigarettes aren't yet federally regulated as tobacco products, but many cities and some states are already moving to include the devices in their smoking bans. Such bans are raising a debate about whether e-cigarettes should be permitted to be used in smoke-free workplaces.

Gary Nolan was a two-pack-a-day cigarette smoker until he switched to e-cigs. Now Nolan, who hosts a libertarian talk show based in Columbia, Mo., freely puffs — or vapes, as it's come to be called — at work.

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The Two-Way
5:03 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

WATCH: A Big Upset Leads To Some Awesome Dancing

The Mercer Bears celebrate with after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 78-71 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
Grant Halverson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 7:27 pm

How big an upset was No. 14 Mercer's victory over No. 3 Duke today?

Mark caught us up on the actual news.

Here is video that simply shows you:

Update at 7:22 p.m. ET. The 'NaeNae':

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The Two-Way
4:29 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Prosecutor David O'Neil To Head Justice's Criminal Division

David O'Neil.
Justice Department

Longtime prosecutor David O'Neil will become the acting head of the criminal division at the Justice Department, a position that puts him in charge of a vast portfolio ranging from financial fraud investigations to public corruption and kleptocracy among foreign leaders.

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