11:32am

Thu June 13, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous

Robert Krulwich NPR

What is it about dolphins? They have very, very big brains, and that makes we humans, whose brains are nothing to sniff at, nervous. We don't know what to make of them.

The latest example: On May 17 in India, the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued an order to all Indian states banning dolphin amusement parks. No leaping out of pools to catch balls, no jumping through hoops. Forcing dolphins to entertain humans, the ministry said, was morally unacceptable.

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10:53am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Two-Way

At Least 93,000 Syrians Have Died During Conflict, U.N. Says

Mourners carry the body of a man killed last fall in the northern Syrian town of Azaz.
Philippe Desmazes AFP/Getty Images

"The constant flow of killings continues at shockingly high levels," the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said Thursday as her office reported there have been at least 92,901 conflict-related deaths in Syria since March 2011.

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10:48am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Natural DNA Cannot Be Patented, Supreme Court Rules

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 11:28 am

In a decision that could have broad-reaching effects on the future of science and medicine, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that:

-- "A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated."

-- But, synthetically created "strands of nucleotides known as composite DNA (cDNA)" are "patent eligible" because they do not occur naturally.

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10:30am

Thu June 13, 2013
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Governor Robert Bentley is heading to Europe this weekend to sell Alabama to business executives overseas.  Specifically, the Governor will fly to Paris, France, Friday.  He and a delegation will attend the annual Paris Air Show.  Bentley said will focus on recruiting suppliers for the new Airbus manufacturing plant in Mobile.  Governor Bentley is scheduled to return to the state next Wednesday. 

Failing List Delayed

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10:21am

Thu June 13, 2013
Code Switch

Share With Us Your Own 'I Have A Dream' Speech

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 10:30 am

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech.
AP

Note: Our friends at Tell Me More are beginning a series culminating in the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Here's the scoop:

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10:21am

Thu June 13, 2013
Shots - Health News

New York Hospitals Shelve Rivalries For Proton Beam Project

An image with radiation doses from proton therapy superimposed.
Wikimedia Commons

During the recent debate in Washington, D.C., over whether to let to local competing hospital systems build rival proton beam therapy centers, an obvious question was raised: Why not team up?

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10:10am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Gannett To Buy TV Station Owner Belo For $2.2 Billion

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:05 pm

Gannett headquarters in McLean, Va.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Gannett Co. plans to buy TV station owner Belo for $1.5 billion in cash and $715 million in debt in a deal that will make it one of the nation's largest owners of network television affiliates.

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10:09am

Thu June 13, 2013
Local News

WVAS Local News

Governor Robert Bentley is heading to Europe this weekend to sell Alabama to business executives overseas. Specifically, the governor will fly to Paris, France, Friday. He and a delegation will attend the annual Paris Air Show. Bentley said he will focus on recruiting suppliers for the new Airbus manufacturing plant in Mobile. The governor is scheduled to return to the state next Wednesday. List Delayed The Alabama Board of Education has delayed releasing a list of schools that are failing under language included in the Alabama Accountability Act.

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9:55am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Turkey's Prime Minister Issues Warning To 'Lawbreakers'

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 11:01 am

A protestor with a gas mask uses a mobile phone to read the news on social media as demonstrators gather at midnight Thursday in Istanbul's Taksim Gezi Park.
Ozan Kose AFP/Getty Images

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a strong warning to the protesters camped out at Taksim Square in Istanbul.

He said that within 24 hours, the situation at the square would be resolved. As The New York Times reports, the tough talk was tempered with an olive branch of sorts: Erdogan hinted that a referendum could decide whether a mall would be built in place of a park next to the square.

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9:52am

Thu June 13, 2013
Code Switch

Census Shows Continued Change In America's Racial Makeup

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 2:21 pm

Thursday's data comes from a set of annual population estimates released by the Census Bureau.
iStockPhoto

Asian-Americans were the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in America, now comprising almost 19 million people, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau.

And the state with the fastest-growing Asian population? South Dakota. Home to Mount Rushmore, Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little Town on the Prairie," and now Kharka Khapangi — a Bhutanese refugee who moved from the state of Washington to Sioux Falls, S.D., in 2011.

"It's easy to find a job here in South Dakota, so people from other states, they are also moving here," Khapangi said.

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