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USA's 'Mr. Robot' HBO's 'Ballers' Among Picks For Best Summer TV Series

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:45am

As a flood of at least 120 new and returning series come to TV this summer, NPR's TV Critic picks four shows most worth binge watching by the pool.

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As Panama's Economy Booms, So Do Concerns Over Debt And The Environment

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:18am

Panama's economy, while cooling in recent years, is still growing at astonishing rates compared to its neighbors. But environmental damage and huge government debt are part of the package.

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As Panama's Economy Booms So Do Concerns Over Debt And The Environment

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:18am

Panama's economy, while cooling in recent years, is still growing at astonishing rates compared to its neighbors. But environmental damage and huge government debt are part of the package.

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Martha Stewart's Company Sold For A Fraction Of Previous Worth

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:07am

At its height, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia was worth $2 billion. Her company is being sold to Sequential Brands Group for $353 million. Linda Wertheimer talks to brand analyst Liz Dunn.

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U.S. Reaches World Cup Final After Being Germany 2-0

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:07am

The U.S. team beat top-ranked Germany, 2-0, in a semifinal match Tuesday to advance to the Women's World Cup final. Renee Montagne talks to Grant Wahl, senior writer for Sports Illustrated.

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Clarification On Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:07am

The Supreme Court ruled last week that same-sex marriages are legal. The court's decision applies only to how the government acts. The court said ministers cannot be forced to perform them.

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N.C. Law Strikes A Balance Between Same-Sex Marriages And Religious Freedom

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:07am

As supporters of marriage equality celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling, opponents of same-sex unions are considering how to proceed. Some conservatives say legislation is one way to balance religious liberties with equal protections. And a new law in North Carolina could serve as a model moving forward.

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U.S. And Cuba To Formally Re-Establish Diplomatic Ties

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:07am

For the first time since Dwight Eisenhower was president, the United States will have an embassy in Cuba. The two countries are expected to announce on Wednesday that they'll open embassies in Havana and Washington, D.C.

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All-Star Games Are Worthless If The Players Are Not All-Stars

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:07am

Major League Baseball's All-Star Game may be less starry than usual this year because of Kansas City fans' campaign to get as many Royals players as possible into the game.

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Misty Copeland Seeks To Enspire Other African-American Dancers

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:07am

Misty Copeland made history on Tuesday, becoming the American Ballet Theater's first female African-American principal dancer. In an encore presentation: Steve Inskeep talks to Copeland about her first children's book, "Firebird." It's the story of a young African-American dancer who doesn't think she'll ever be as good as Copeland, who in turn, offers the young dancer much-needed words of inspiration and encouragement.

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U.S. Program Aims To Help Legal Immigrants Reunite With Their Children

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:07am

The plan allows children of immigrants living legally in the U.S. to join their parent and apply for refugee status. One father hopes to reunite with his son and daughter after 16 years apart.

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A Father In California, Kids In El Salvador, And New Hope To Reunite

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:07am

Unaccompanied minors surged across the U.S. southern border last year, fleeing violence in Central America. This year the Obama administration hopes to forestall a new wave with a quiet new program.

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GOP Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush Releases Tax Returns

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:07am

Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax returns, the most ever by a presidential candidate. Releasing returns is a way to show he has nothing to hide. It also pressures other to be as transparent.

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Online Fund Started To Raise Money For Greece's Debt

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:07am

Thom Feeney of London says he was fed up with the showdowns between Greece and its creditors. He started a campaign called Greek Bailout Fund to raise 1.6 billion euros to help pay Greece's debt.

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Historic Vote May Determine Whether Greece Remains In The Eurozone

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 4:02am

Greek voters on Sunday face a referendum on further austerity measures in exchange for bailouts. But the unstated question is whether Greece should give up the euro — the European currency.

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Buy A Meth House Unawares And Pay The Health Consequences

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 3:42am

The residue from meth labs can cause health problems, but people aren't always told that the house they're buying is contaminated. An Indiana law requires disclosure but not mandatory testing.

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Benefits Of Sports To A Child's Mind And Heart All Part Of The Game

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 3:40am

In NPR's most recent poll a majority of American adults say they played sports in their youth. Many say they encourage their kids to play, too, and see health benefits as well as life-long lessons.

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A Phys Ed Teacher Battles Tight Budgets And Childhood Obesity

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 3:39am

Mindy Przeor founded an after-school program in Mesa, Ariz. to get elementary school kids up and running.

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Wal-Mart Refuses Confederate Flag Cake Order; Accepts ISIS Flag

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:03am

After Chuck Netzhammer displayed his ISIS flag cake on Youtube, Wal-Mart apologized. The company told ABC that the local staff didn't recognize the self-proclaimed Islamic State design.

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Police In Texas Needed Help To Get Robot Working

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:52am

Need help with a technical problem — call a kid. It's what police in Duncanville did when their robot stopped working. The Dallas Morning News says a youngster named Mayberry fixed the problem.

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