4:13am

Tue June 25, 2013
Middle East

Qatar Ruler Hands Over Power To Son

Qatar's ruler said Tuesday he has transferred power to the 33-year-old crown prince in an anticipated move that puts a new generation in charge of the Gulf nation's vast energy wealth and rising political influence.

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2:59am

Tue June 25, 2013
Code Switch

As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 11:14 am

At a San Jose, Calif. library, a young reader browses a shelf of books featuring a variety of main characters: ducks, hens, white kids, black kids. Libraries help drive demand for children's books with nonwhite characters, but book publishers say there aren't enough libraries to make those books best-sellers.
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When it comes to diversity, children's books are sorely lacking; instead of presenting a representative range of faces, they're overwhelmingly white. How bad is the disconnect?

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12:03am

Tue June 25, 2013
Shots - Health News

Top Medicare Prescribers Rake In Speaking Fees From Drugmakers

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 5:38 pm

How does the doctor decide what to write on the prescription pad?
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When the blood pressure drug Bystolic hit the market in 2008, it faced a crowded field of cheap generics.

So its maker, Forest Laboratories, launched a promotional assault on the group in the best position to determine Bystolic's success: those in control of prescription pads. It flooded the offices of health professionals with drug reps, and it hired doctors to persuade their peers to choose Bystolic — even though the drug hadn't proved more effective than competitors.

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6:08pm

Mon June 24, 2013
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Alabama has forged ahead in the 2013 Kids Count report.  The annual data ranks each state based on education, family, health and economic factors.  Alabama ranked 44 in the survey, that's about two points up from its usual score.

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5:46pm

Mon June 24, 2013
All Tech Considered

For Modern Jurors, Being On A Case Means Being Offline

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:10 pm

More courts are asking jurors to avoid social media services and tools that have become an integral part of modern life, like Twitter, Facebook, email, texting, instant messaging and Internet research.
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In the Mercer County Courthouse in Trenton, N.J., John Saunders, a jury manager, spends his weekdays shepherding potential jurors. Much of what he tells them regards the paraphernalia of 21st century life: cellphones, tablets and laptops. These are OK to use in the waiting room, he tells them. "We realize life does not stop."

But in the courtroom, it's all phones off. Laptops and iPads stay with Saunders, and jurors are given a tag to reclaim their items. "Unlike the airport, when you return, your item will be there, and no baggage charge guaranteed," he says.

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5:40pm

Mon June 24, 2013
The Record

Remembering The Multidimensional Music Of Bobby 'Blue' Bland

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:10 pm

Bobby "Blue" Bland performs on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, in 1989.
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5:39pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Politics

Border Security Vote A Barometer For Immigration Bill's Chances

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:10 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

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5:39pm

Mon June 24, 2013
U.S.

Among Conservatives, Concerns Grow Over New School Standards

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:10 pm

Tea Party members protest Common Core in Ocala, Fla., in April. The new educational standards, adopted by almost all the states, are the object of a growing conservative backlash.
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"Common Core" is one of the biggest phrases in education today. To many educators and policymakers, it's a big, exciting idea that will ensure that America's students have the tools to succeed after graduation.

But a growing number of conservatives see things differently.

For years, states used their own, state-specific standards to lay out what K-12 students should be learning, for everything from punctuation to algebra. But those standards varied wildly, so the Common Core replaces them with one set of national standards for math and English language arts.

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5:39pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Environment

Congress Not Likely To Pass Sweeping Climate Legislation

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:10 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And now to an issue that lawmakers are not spending a lot of time debating: climate change. Tomorrow, President Obama will lay out a strategy to address the problem, using executive powers. It's an admission that's sweeping climate legislation stands little chance of passing Congress as NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports.

JENNIFER LUDDEN, BYLINE: Aides say Mr. Obama's plan includes limiting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The reaction from House Speaker John Boehner was blunt.

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5:22pm

Mon June 24, 2013
The Salt

Our Beef With BuzzFeed's Viral Article On 8 Dangerous Foods

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 12:42 pm

Heather Rousseau NPR

So I got an email from a publicist asking me if I was interested in what has become a tremendously popular story on BuzzFeed titled "8 Foods We Eat In The US That Are Banned In Other Countries."

Curious, I clicked, as have more than 4 million other readers.

What's my beef? Well, one of the eight bad boys of the U.S. food supply, according to the author, is arsenic.

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