12:03am

Tue June 4, 2013
Code Switch

New Survey Takes A Snapshot Of The View From Black America

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 5:19 pm

African-Americans said they were optimistic about the future despite anxieties about possible financial hardships.
Barry Gregg Corbis

You might think African-Americans might be more pessimistic about their lives. The housing crisis decimated pockets of black wealth. The black unemployment rate has been nearly double the national average for several years.

But according to findings from our survey of more than 1,000 African-Americans, you'd be wrong.

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7:22pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Miss. Turns To 'Cord Blood' To Track Down Statutory Rapists

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 8:43 am

Gov. Phil Bryant, at the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Summit in Jackson, Miss., in 2012, supports a controversial effort to identify men who impregnate teen girls.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Mississippi lawmakers have embarked on a controversial campaign to discourage older men from having sex with teenagers.

Starting in July, doctors and midwives in the state will be required by law to collect samples of umbilical cord blood from babies born to some girls under the age of 16. Officials will analyze the samples and try to identify the fathers through matches in the state's DNA database.

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7:18pm

Mon June 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Mississippi Man Indicted On Charges Of Mailing Ricin Poision

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 8:45 pm

James Everett Dutschke has been indicted on five counts related to letters containing the poison ricin that were sent to President Obama and others.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

James Everett Dutschke, the Mississippi man arrested in April on suspicions that he sent letters containing the poison ricin to President Obama and other officials, has been indicted on five federal charges, from sending threats in the mail to knowingly making and possessing "a biological agent... for use as a weapon."

Maximum punishments for the counts leveled against Dutschke, 41, range from five years to life in prison.

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6:53pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Law

Supreme Court Rules DNA Can Be Taken After Arrest

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that looked at whether police could take DNA samples from people who had been arrested but not yet convicted of a crime.
Alex Brandon AP

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can routinely take DNA samples from people who are arrested but not yet convicted of a crime, and see if the DNA matches any samples from unsolved crimes in a national database.

The 5-to-4 decision split the court's conservative and liberal blocs, with conservative Justice Antonin Scalia authoring a fiery dissent. Twenty-eight states and the federal government have enacted laws that provide for automatic DNA testing of arrestees.

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6:31pm

Mon June 3, 2013
It's All Politics

White House-Issa Fight: Nasty But Normal In Washington

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 7:35 pm

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, is just doing what Congress does at times of divided government.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Anyone searching for the place where the friction between the Obama White House and congressional Republicans is throwing off the most angry sparks need look no further than the clashes between the administration and Rep. Darrell Issa.

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5:44pm

Mon June 3, 2013
U.S.

Calif. Firefighters Rush To Get Ahead Of Early Fire Season

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 4:39 pm

The Summit Fire burned hot and fast up the Banning Pass area, near Beaumont, Calif., on May 1, leaving a moonscape in its wake. Houses that had cleared brush and wood from around their property were left unscathed.
Nathan Rott NPR

Fire season is off to an early start in the West. Across California, a hot and dry spring has fire crews on alert. Northeast of Los Angeles, thousands of firefighters are making progress toward controlling the so-called Powerhouse Fire, which has burned more than 30,000 acres and destroyed several homes.

And with no rain in sight, firefighters are out readying homes for a particularly bad year.

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5:43pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Love In The Time Of TB: A Young Family Fights An Ancient Foe

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 10:33 am

Oxana and Pavel Rucsineanu walk to the tuberculosis hospital in Balti, Moldova. Oxana and their new baby live in an apartment, but Pavel still has to stay at the TB ward, fighting for his life.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Oxana and Pavel Rucsineanu fell in love under the drug-induced haze of powerful tuberculosis medications. It was the summer of 2008. They were both in their late 20s, and they should have been in the prime of their lives.

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5:24pm

Mon June 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Bradley Manning Court-Martial Begins In WikiLeaks Case

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 8:50 pm

The trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, seen here last month, began Monday with prosecutors saying he delivered thousands of classified documents to America's enemies when he provided data to WikiLeaks.
Patrick Semansky AP

Starkly different views of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning were presented Monday, the first day of his court-martial on charges that he aided the enemy when he gave a large batch of classified data to WikiLeaks that was then posted online.

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4:57pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Music Interviews

Authentic Early Jazz, From A 23-Year-Old 'WomanChild'

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 6:53 pm

Cecile McLorin Salvant's new album is titled WomanChild.
John Abbott Courtesy of the artist

Jazz musicians Cecile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl, both in their 20s, have already racked up major industry pr

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4:14pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Middle East

What Prompted The Protests In Turkey?

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 6:53 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

For some insight now into the roots of the Turkish protests, we turn to Turkish newspaper columnist, Asli Aydintasbas. She's been a frequent critic of Prime Minister Erdogan's justice and development party, the AKP, and she joins us from Istanbul. Welcome to the program.

ASLI AYDINTASBAS: Hi. Good to be here.

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