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6:53am

Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Reminder: Supreme Court's Heath Care Ruling Possible Today

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:29 am

Waiting for word: The U.S. Supreme Court building.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET: The Supreme Court is done issuing opinions today and its take on the constitutionality of the 2010 health care overhaul was not among them.

The next likely day: Monday.

Our Original Post:

What we said on the last two Mondays applies again today:

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6:21am

Thu June 21, 2012
Asia

Ai Weiwei Says He Is Barred From Leaving China

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:41 am

In a park in Beijing, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei holds a copy of a government document informing him of the expiry of his bail term.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

Dissident and artist Ai Weiwei said Thursday that he has been forbidden from leaving China, despite the lifting of strict bail conditions imposed after he was released from detention last year. This comes a day after a hearing on his tax evasion case, which he was prevented from attending.

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5:26am

Thu June 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Why Wildfire Mitigation Would Pay Off Later

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:21 am

Crews in Colorado are struggling to get the upper hand on the massive High Park wildfire that's destroyed more homes and property than any blaze in the state's history. With Colorado and the rest of the drought-plagued Southwest coming off a winter with record low snowpack, officials are braced for more fires. But previous forest management techniques could be partly to blame for the severe fires.

5:23am

Thu June 21, 2012
NPR Story

Defense Rests In Sandusky Trial

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:36 am

Closing arguments are expected Thursday in the child sex-abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky. The defense for the former Penn State assistant football coach rested Wednesday without Sandusky taking the stand. Sandusky denies charges that he sexually abused ten boys over 15 years.

5:23am

Thu June 21, 2012
NPR Story

Film Critic Andrew Sarris Dies At 83

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:21 am

Film critic Andrew Sarris popularized the auteur theory in this country. That's the idea that the greatest films are the result of a director's singular vision. Sarris died Wednesday at the age of 83.

5:21am

Thu June 21, 2012
NPR Story

Sports Artists LeRoy Neiman Dies At 91

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:21 am

LeRoy Neiman, who painted and sketched the Super Bowl and the Olympics, died Wednesday at the age of 91. You know the paintings when you see them — impressionistic images with bright splashes of color.

4:18am

Thu June 21, 2012
Around the Nation

GPS Study Shows Drivers Will Slow Down, At A Cost

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:06 pm

Traffic rolls past a speed limit sign in Ohio. Researchers believe they have found a new way to encourage drivers to stay within a safe driving speed: giving them a financial reward that diminishes as they speed.
Mark Duncan AP

Some 12,000 Americans die every year in traffic crashes caused by speeding, according to government statistics. Officials have tried many strategies to get drivers to slow down. And now they might have found something that works, after researchers placed a GPS device inside cars that gives drivers an incentive not to speed.

Traffic safety experts have tried using big flashing signs to tell you how fast you're going. (The psychological subtext: Drivers are rational, and they will slow down if they know how fast they're going.)

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3:48am

Thu June 21, 2012
Music

Fred Hammond: A 'Phenomenon' On The Gospel Chart

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:21 am

Gospel singer Fred Hammond has cranked out a chart-topping single.
Courtesy of the artist

3:36am

Thu June 21, 2012
Asia

In Pakistan's Anti-Corruption War, A Lonely Warrior

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:35 pm

Retired senior police investigator Zafar Qureshi, 59, stands outside his home in Lahore, Pakistan, where security guards are stationed 24 hours a day. The former police official has probed some of the highest profile cases of official misconduct in Pakistan, and says he fears for his safety and that of his children in a country that he says is steeped in a "culture of corruption."
Julie McCarthy NPR

Pakistan's National Assembly has been summoned to elect a new prime minister for the fragile coalition of President Asif Ali Zardari. A consensus candidate, current Textile Industry Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin, emerged soon after the Supreme Court's dramatic firing of outgoing Premier Yusuf Reza Gilani.

The court disqualified Gilani from office this week for defying court orders to pursue dormant corruption charges against President Zardari.

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1:31am

Thu June 21, 2012
Latin America

Mexico's Youth Make Voices Heard Ahead Of Vote

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 7:55 am

A man wearing a mask holds up a machete during a protest in May against a possible return of the old ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in Mexico City.
Eduardo Verdugo AP

Mexicans go to the polls July 1 to choose their next president, and polls show that voters seem inclined to embrace the past. The center-left Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which ruled the country for more than seven decades before being ousted 12 years ago, holds a solid lead.

But Mexico's young are making their voices heard: Some fear a return of authoritarian rule; others simply want jobs.

Making Noise

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