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3:35am

Wed May 15, 2013
Politics

IRS Inquiries Crossed The Line, Tea Party Groups Say

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 9:51 am

Tea Party activists are calling for a full investigation, and possibly lawsuits, following revelations that the Internal Revenue Service flagged so-called patriot groups for extra scrutiny in applications for federal tax-exempt status.

Among those claiming unjust and unconstitutional targeting by the IRS is a group called TheTeaParty.net, which bills itself as the largest grass-roots conservative Tea Party organization in the country.

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3:33am

Wed May 15, 2013
The Salt

Is Eating Too Little Salt Risky? New Report Raises Questions

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 11:08 am

Eat less salt, but not too much less.
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Americans are repeatedly told to cut back on salt to reduce the risk of heart disease. But there are new questions being raised about the possible risks of reducing sodium too much.

So, how low should we go? Currently, the government recommends that Americans should aim for 2,300 milligrams per day. And people older than 50, as well as those with high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease are advised to reduce sodium even further, down to 1,500 mg per day.

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3:32am

Wed May 15, 2013
Sweetness And Light

No. 1s: The Latest Greatest Of All Time

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 6:19 am

Watch The Throne: Not so long ago Michael Jordan was the GOAT. Now, there's a groundswell to ordain LeBron James as the greatest-of-all-time basketball player.
Fred Jewell/Alan Diaz AP

The Great Gatsby is on the screen again, re-opening the perennial debate about whether or not it is the great American novel. Or was that Huckleberry Finn? Or are we still waiting for the great American novel? Is the title vacant, like most recent Tour de France championships? In the arts, the argument over the great American novel is a rather unusual great fuss about the greatest. In most disciplines there simply doesn't seem to be a passion to constantly assess who's No. 1. Except, except ...

Except in sport.

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3:30am

Wed May 15, 2013
U.S.

Budget Woes Mean Big Delays For Small Claims Courts

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 5:14 am

Members of the Save Our Courts coalition rally outside the Los Angeles County Courthouse in March. The county will soon cut the number of courthouses handling small claims cases from 27 to six.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Across the country, cash-strapped state and local governments are not just cutting services — they're also cutting access to courts. The tip of the iceberg may be small claims courts.

These courts, dealing with disputes involving small sums of money, are the workhorses of the judicial system. There are thousands of such courts across the country, but perhaps nowhere are they being cut more dramatically than in California.

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9:59am

Tue May 14, 2013
U.S.

Vermont Legislature Approves Assisted-Suicide Bill

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 pm

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7:20am

Tue May 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Hipsters Singled Out For Being Annoying

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Hipsters: They're known for roasting their own coffee, riding vintage bicycles, listening to vinyl records from obscure bands, and now also for being unpopular. A new report from Public Policy Polling finds only 16 percent of Americans think hipsters are still hip. More than a quarter of those polled said hipsters should have to pay a special tax for being so annoying.

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7:10am

Tue May 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Series Of Vehicle Accidents Blamed On Zombie Attack

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Americans have celebrated Charles Ramsey almost every possible way and that includes Stephen Munhollon's tattoo. Ramsey saw trouble at a neighbor's house and rescued the three kidnapped women. Munhollon says he was caught up in the celebration. He's a tattoo artist. Fox 8 in Cleveland says he sat for five hours while another artist tattooed Ramsey's face on the back of his leg. Munhollon says people will ask to have their picture taken next to his calf.

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6:23am

Tue May 14, 2013
Health

Doctor's Murder Conviction Likely To Inflame Abortion Debate

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, the murder conviction of Kermit Gosnell is likely to bring more sparks to the already heated abortion debate in Washington and across the nation. Those on both sides of the divide have been gearing up for what comes next. Here's NPR's Julie Rovner.

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4:49am

Tue May 14, 2013
Education

Latino High School Grads Enter College At Record Rate

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 5:46 pm

Jackeline Lizama (front) plans to attend a local community college after she graduates next month from her high school in Silver Spring, Md.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

If the headline caught your eye, here's more good news.

Seven in 10 Latino high school graduates in the class of 2012 went to college, according to a recent report by the Pew Hispanic Center.

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4:49am

Tue May 14, 2013
Law

Court: Philly Doctor Guilty Of Murder In Late-Term Abortions

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

A Philadelphia doctor who performed late-term abortions is now facing multiple murder convictions and a possible death sentence. A jury found Kermit Gosnell guilty on three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies that prosecutors said were delivered alive and then killed. Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a female patient. He was acquitted on one count of murder in a fourth abortion.

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4:49am

Tue May 14, 2013
Afghanistan

Younger Generation Poised To Lead Afghanistan's Future

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep, in Washington, with David Greene.

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3:28am

Tue May 14, 2013
Author Interviews

In Somalia, Surviving A Kidnapping Against 'Impossible Odds'

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 pm

In 2011, Jessica Buchanan was an aid worker in northern Somalia, helping to raise awareness about how to avoid land mines. The north was the relatively safe section of the country; that October, she traveled to the more dangerous southern region for a training. The night before she left, she texted her husband, Erik Landemalm, also an aid worker in Somalia. She asked him a question: "If I get kidnapped on this trip, will you come and get me?"

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3:27am

Tue May 14, 2013
The Salt

Michigan Apple Orchards Blossom After A Devastating Year

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 8:20 pm

Apple Blossoms
Amy Irish-Brown

Last year, almost the entire Michigan apple crop was lost because of 80-degree days in March and then some freezing April nights. This year, the apples are back, but everything always depends on the weather. The state was under a freeze warning Sunday night — a scary prospect if you're an apple grower and your trees have just come into bloom.

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3:26am

Tue May 14, 2013
Author Interviews

'Guns At Last Light' Illuminates Final Months Of World War II

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 pm

British tanks move to support their infantry during the Battle of the Bulge.
AP

In December 1944, the Nazis looked like a spent force: The U.S. and its allies had pushed Hitler's armies across France in the fight to liberate Europe from German occupation.

The Allies were so confident that the Forest of Ardennes, near the front lines in Belgium, became a rest and recreation area, complete with regular USO performances.

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7:29am

Mon May 13, 2013
Around the Nation

Well, That's One Way To Stop Smoking

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Etta Mae Lopez needed help. She wanted to quit smoking. She decided she needed to go someplace where she could not go buy cigarettes. And the place that came to mind was jail. Ms. Lopez says this is the reason she went to a jail, walked up to a Sacramento sheriff's deputy and slapped him in the face. The deputy took her inside the jail, where she slapped him again. After pleading no contest to a misdemeanor, she faces 63 smoke-free days.

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