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Abortion Restriction Law Is Backed By Federal Court In Texas

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 10:52

A federal appeals court has backed key parts of Texas' controversial 2013 law that critics say would put some clinics at risk of closing.

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Tampa Bay Takes 2-1 Lead Over Chicago In Stanley Cup Final

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 10:49

Cedric Paquette scored for the game-winning goal late in the third period, with help from defenseman Victor Hedman.

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My First Job: Rosie the Riveter

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-06-09 10:25

Marian Sousa didn’t have to look very hard for her first job.

The U.S. government hired her right out of a drafting class at UC Berkeley and Sousa became a draftsman at Shipyard Number Three during WWII.

“Actually, I was 17 and underage so I had to kind of fib,” Sousa says.  

Commonly referred to as “Rosie the Riveter(s)” because of Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting of the same name, women who worked in American military factories were an integral part of wartime efforts.

Norman Rockwell's ''Rosie the Riveter''

For Sousa, a shipyard at peak operation was an exciting place to be.

“It was so busy you could actually see the energy in the air, everybody with a purpose,” Sousa says. 

But there was a somber element to her first job too. The troop transports she was helping to build were taking many men to a war they might not come back from.

“But we knew they were going to bring them back and they did. On those ships, on our ships.”

Sousa and other women who worked on the home front were recently invited to the White House and thanked for their service. Sousa says she even got a kiss on the cheek from the President. The attention Sousa has received on account of her first job has come as a surprise to her.

 “I never expected to be recognized, not only just locally, but by the President of the United States. I never, ever, ever expected that to happen. But it did, and I’m sky high.”

My First Job: Rosie the Riveter

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-06-09 10:25

Marian Sousa didn’t have to look very hard for her first job.

The U.S. government hired her right out of a drafting class at UC Berkeley and Sousa became a draftsman at Shipyard Number Three during WWII.

“Actually, I was 17 and underage so I had to kind of fib,” Sousa says.  

Commonly referred to as “Rosie the Riveter(s)” because of Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting of the same name, women who worked in American military factories were an integral part of wartime efforts.

Norman Rockwell's ''Rosie the Riveter''

For Sousa, a shipyard at peak operation was an exciting place to be.

“It was so busy you could actually see the energy in the air, everybody with a purpose,” Sousa says. 

But there was a somber element to her first job too. The troop transports she was helping to build were taking many men to a war they might not come back from.

“But we knew they were going to bring them back and they did. On those ships, on our ships.”

Sousa and other women who worked on the home front were recently invited to the White House and thanked for their service. Sousa says she even got a kiss on the cheek from the President. The attention Sousa has received on account of her first job has come as a surprise to her.

 “I never expected to be recognized, not only just locally, but by the President of the United States. I never, ever, ever expected that to happen. But it did, and I’m sky high.”

A Gender Revolution Hits The Streets, Two Wheels At A Time

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 10:00

On one ride, a guy knocked one of the girls off her bike. But it didn't discourage these Afghan teens from cruising around Kabul every Friday and challenging the view that woman shouldn't bike.

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Using Obscure Law, Cleveland Residents Seek Arrest Of Police Officers

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 09:59

The residents want two police officers arrested over the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was playing with a pellet gun in a public park last November.

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As American As Iced Tea: A Brief, Sometimes Boozy History

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 09:57

At least as early as Colonial times, Americans were drinking iced tea, though early alcohol-laden recipes had more in common with the cocktail from Long Island than the stuff sold by Lipton.

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Guess Which State Has The Best High School Graduation Rate?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 09:08

The national graduation rate has hit a remarkable 81 percent. Why the steep rise in recent years? Exhibit A: Iowa.

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Hogwarts Hops The Pond: Rowling Reveals U.S. Version Of Wizards' School

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 09:01

In a series of tweets with fans, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling confirmed that Americans have their own version of the legendary school of witchcraft and wizardry.

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Hundreds March In McKinney's Streets To Protest Police Action

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 09:00

The protest came after the town's police department said that it's investigating Friday's incident. An officer who forced a teenage girl to the ground and briefly drew his gun is on leave.

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Luminaries Across Political Spectrum Filed Support Letters For Gen. Petraeus

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 08:23

In letters of support, Republicans and Democrats pleaded with a judge to keep Gen. David Petraeus from jail, after he pleaded guilty to revealing government secrets to his biographer.

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To Beat Insomnia, Try Therapy For The Underlying Cause Instead Of Pills

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 08:19

A review of the medical evidence finds that therapy can break the cycle of chronic sleeplessness by addressing the anxieties that cause many people to stay awake.

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Virginia Court Is Ordered To Reconsider Injunction In Sweet Briar College Case

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 08:16

The legal battle over Sweet Briar's fate has been fast-moving — the private women's school is slated to close on Aug. 25.

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Here's How Inflation Has Eroded American Workers' Overtime Eligibility

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 08:06

The Obama administration might soon make millions of workers newly eligible for overtime, but experts disagree over how the new rules should look.

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The Battles Of A Civil War Re-Enactress

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 06:33

Refused at first as a re-enactor, J.R. Hardman turned to historic, real-life pioneers for inspiration.

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Vincent Bugliosi, Manson Prosecutor And 'Helter Skelter' Author, Dies

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 06:01

After the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others thrust Bugliosi into the spotlight, he won convictions against Charles Manson and his followers.

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Federal Judge Orders Release Of Last 'Angola 3' Prisoner

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 04:26

Albert Woodfox has spent four decades in solitary confinement after he was convicted in the stabbing death of a prison guard. Woodfox's conviction was overturned.

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High School Graduation Rates: The Good, The Bad And The Ambiguous

NPR News - Tue, 2015-06-09 03:49

From Texas to New Jersey, we found a mix of approaches: questionable quick fixes and powerful long-term strategies.

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PODCAST: Cutting remittance fees in times of need

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-06-09 03:00

With GM's shareholder meeting taking place today, there's news that the head of Fiat Chrysler has been shopping around for hedge fund partners to put up money to encourage a merger between the two companies. John Stoll, bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal in Detroit, joins us with more. We'll also take a look at the JOLTS report out today. And we'll talk about how cutting remittance fees after disasters like the recent earthquake in Nepal could be an effective form of post-disaster aid.

PODCAST: Cutting remittance fees in times of need

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-06-09 03:00

With GM's shareholder meeting taking place today, there's news that the head of Fiat Chrysler has been shopping around for hedge fund partners to put up money to encourage a merger between the two companies. John Stoll, bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal in Detroit, joins us with more. We'll also take a look at the JOLTS report out today. And we'll talk about how cutting remittance fees after disasters like the recent earthquake in Nepal could be an effective form of post-disaster aid.

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