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11:11 am
Wed June 26, 2013

After DOMA: What's Next For Gay Married Couples

Edith Windsor is mobbed by journalists and supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court on March 27, when the court heard oral arguments in the case that challenged the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 12:47 pm

The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Wednesday to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act is a monumental victory for advocates of same-sex marriage.

But what happens now that the 1996 federal law that confines marriage to a man and a woman has been declared unconstitutional?

Will federal benefits flow only to same-sex married couples living in states that recognize their unions?

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same-sex marriage
8:04 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling

Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act case.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 12:51 am

The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.

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Shots - Health News
1:37 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Weight loss doesn't help heart health for diabetics in study

Weight loss has been a key component of diabetes treatment for centuries.
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Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 1:23 pm

Hundreds of overweight or obese people with diabetes have been able to do something very few Americans have done: lose a big chunk of weight and keep it off for 10 years.

So should it matter if that epic weight loss didn't reduce the risk of heart disease? Maybe not.

That's one response to the results of the Look AHEAD clinical trial, which checked to see if losing weight reduced heart disease risk in people with Type 2 diabetes.

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The Two-Way
9:56 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of Voting Rights Law

Field Director Charles White of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) speaks at a podium outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
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Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 1:49 pm

By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department regarding voting procedures.

The decision focuses on Section 4 of the Act.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:39 am
Tue June 25, 2013

The man with a 'battery operated brain'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PFknl5YFsE

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 8:49 am

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Shots - Health News
9:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Doctors say wait longer before treating kids' sinus infections

Colds can easily turn into sinus infections in children.
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Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 1:40 pm

Children often get sinus infections after they've had a cold.

It can be hard for parents and doctors to tell when those infections need treatment with antibiotics, and when they should be left to get better on their own.

The nation's pediatricians are trying to make that call a bit easier. In new guidelines released today, they say that it's OK to wait a while longer to see if a child gets better before treating a sinus infection with antibiotics. Now parents can wait and see what happens for 13 days instead of 10 days, the pediatricians recommend.

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Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court
9:12 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Same-sex couple seeks immigration relief from high court

Kelly Costello, 31, (left) and her wife, Fabiola Morales, 39, walk their 4-year-old dog, Blue Elizabeth, around their neighborhood in Potomac, Md. The two have been married since 2012.
Gabriella Demczuk NPR

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 8:19 am

The Sunday morning party in suburban Washington, D.C., had all the trappings of anticipation.

A lace-trimmed bassinet, a jumble of gifts tied with pink and blue ribbons, a "diaper cake" on the table. And chatter about babies, diets, new spring outfits and the coming end of the school year.

But for Sue Costello, the grandmother-in-waiting, the happy cacophony of the baby shower masked an abiding anxiety about the future of her daughter's family and the twins — a boy and a girl — who are due before June's end.

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This Is NPR
8:46 am
Sat June 22, 2013

NPR's Backseat Book Club puts kids' summer reading front and center

NPR

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 1:43 pm

School may be out, but reading is always in – especially when kids get to read along with NPR's award-winning host and special correspondent, Michele Norris.

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The Two-Way
12:56 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Supermoon To Dominate Weekend Sky

A "supermoon" rises in Washington, D.C., on March 19, 2011.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 10:49 am

The largest full moon of the year will grace the night sky Sunday as our nearest neighbor in space makes its closest approach.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Every night you lose more than a pound while you're asleep (for the oddest reason)

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Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 7:21 am

Editor's Note: Robert has added an update to this post. Scroll down to read it.

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It's All Politics
4:59 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Why The Immigration Fight Seems Like The NBA Finals

The final outcome of the congressional fight over immigration will be as unpredictable as the result of Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 3:57 pm

Maybe Game 6 of the NBA Finals has something to teach us about how to watch the immigration debate now taking place in Congress.

Game 6, of course, was the instant sports classic in which the defending champion Miami Heat made an improbable comeback to tie their series with the San Antonio Spurs, three games apiece.

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Shots - Health News
12:45 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

WHO Finds Violence Against Women Is 'Shockingly' Common

Young women listen to a talk on domestic violence and HIV prevention near Lome, Togo, in April. Abused women in sub-Saharan Africa and India are at higher risk for HIV than women who haven't experienced violence.
Darrin Zammit Lupi Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:15 am

Thirty-five percent of women around the world have been raped or physically abused, according to statistics the World Health Organization released Thursday. About 80 percent of the time this violence occurs in the home, at the hands of a partner or spouse.

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Shots - Health News
9:57 am
Thu June 20, 2013

PTSD plagues one in four survivors of stroke

Insomnia, feeling isolated, and bursts of anger are symptoms of the anxiety disorder known as PTSD.
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Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 4:57 pm

A person having a stroke may not be in a war zone, but his or her life is in danger all the same. That's enough to trigger post-traumatic stress disorder in some stroke survivors, researchers say, with symptoms like panic attacks, nightmares and flashes of anger.

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The Protojournalist
9:08 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Haiku in the news: Obama in Berlin

Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 10:24 am

"Citizens who choose ...

To be defined by a wall,

or ... to tear it down. "

From Remarks by President Obama at the Brandenburg Gate. June 19, 2013.

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(If you find examples of Haiku in the News, please send them to: protojournalist@npr.org)

The Two-Way
3:35 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Microsoft Responds To Fan Outcry, Changes Xbox One Policies

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 4:16 pm

Fans spoke, and apparently Microsoft listened.

In a reversal of the company's previous position, Microsoft announced Wednesday that its forthcoming Xbox One gaming console would no longer require a regular Internet connection and would not restrict used or shared games.

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