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Service Jobs, Like Uber Driver, Blur Lines Between Old Job Categories

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 4:04am

The ride-sharing company Uber is appealing a California Labor Commission ruling that one of its drivers is an employee. Uber says he is an independent contractor. And now, there's a new type of job category: the dependent contractor. Dependent contractors are a growing class of workers in Canada and Germany. They are something in between freelancer and employee.

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Writer Roxana Gay: Why I Can't Forgive Dylann Roof

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 4:04am

Forgiveness has been a major theme since the church shooting in Charleston. Many were quick to praise victims' families for their compassion. But writer Roxane Gay says in a "New York Times" opinion piece that she can't forgive the alleged gunman Dylann Roof.

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Flag Controversy Puts S.C. Lawmakers At Odds With Many Constituents

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 4:04am

The murder of State Senator Clementa Pinckney and eight others by an avowed white supremacist has led to a new push to remove the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds.

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Supreme Court Vindicates President; Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 4:04am

The high court preserved a key provision in Obama's signature health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts' written opinion seems to shut the door on further legal challenges to the law.

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Calif. Bill To Require More Children To Be Vaccinated Clears Major Hurdle

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 4:02am

California lawmakers are hoping to increase vaccination rates in that state. The state Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would make it much harder for people to opt out of vaccinating children. It faces one more vote in the Senate before the measure goes to the governor's desk.

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Charleston Stirs Memories Of Young Birmingham Bombing Victim

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 4:02am

Decades before the deadly shootings at a Charleston church, a bombing killed four girls in a Birmingham church. A friend of one of the girls describes the emotional scars both incidents have left.

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Defense Gets Its Turn In Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 4:00am

Two months into the Aurora theater shooting trial, the defense began its case on Thursday. The prosecution called more than 200 witnesses. Two court-appointed psychiatrists testified that, despite some serious mental illness, James Holmes could tell the difference between right and wrong and was legally sane at the time of the shooting. The defense team will call its own experts, who are expected to say Holmes was insane.

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A Showdown Looms At South Korea's Gay Pride Parade

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 4:00am

In Seoul, a gay pride parade that's gone on for 15 years is at the heart of a bitter standoff between organizers and Christian activists. Church groups threaten to stop the parade, in the name of God.

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Alan Rickman Returns To Directing With 'A Little Chaos'

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 3:59am

For the first time in nearly two decades, Alan Rickman is behind the camera, as director of the film, A Little Chaos. It's romance about the creation of one of the gardens of Versailles.

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Obama Addresses Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Subsidies

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:01am

President Obama made comments Thursday about the Supreme Court's ruling that upholds the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are important to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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An Opponent's View On Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:30am

The court's ruling on Obamacare subsidies gives President Obama a win with his signature health care law. David Greene speaks with the Cato Institute's Michael Cannon, who opposes the law.

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Breaking Down The Supreme Court Ruling On Obamacare Subsidies

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:19am

On Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. For details on the ruling, Renee Montagne speaks with Nina Totenberg and Mara Liasson.

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In Win For White House, Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies Nationwide

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:48am

U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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Flamingo Gets A New Leg; Goldfish Gone Wild

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 6:21am

When a pink flamingo in Brazil lost its leg, zookeepers got it a prosthetic leg. In Alberta, Canada, don't flush your goldfish down the toilet — they're multiplying in storm ponds.

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Cleveland Indians Manager Is A Big Fan Of Popsicles

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 6:10am

Terry Francona told MLB.com that he's surrounded by them. He recently ate 17 of the frozen treats — but that he woke up later that night feeling sick to his stomach.

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The Dutch Ruling On Climate Change That Could Have A Global Impact

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:09am

A Dutch court hands environmentalists a big victory with potential global repercussions, ordering the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent.

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David Rohde Details Taliban Kidnapping In 'A Rope And A Prayer'

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:09am

The Obama administration is changing its policy about negotiating with people who hold Americans hostage.Renee Montagne talks to David Rohde, a journalist who was held by the Taliban for months.

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Dutch Court Issues Landmark Climate Change Ruling

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:09am

A Dutch court hands environmentalists a sweeping victory with potential global repercussions, ordering the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent.

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3 Economists Answer This Question: What Keeps You Up At Night?

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:09am

Its been seven years since the great financial crisis that nearly took down the global economy. Our Planet Money team wondered what the next big mess might be. So they asked three economists: what keeps them up at night.

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Business Groups Win After Senate Passes Fast-Tract Trade Bill

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:09am

The Senate has passed fast-track trade authority — completing congressional action, and the measure now goes to the president. The only thing left to vote on is a measure providing federal aid to workers affected by international trade, which the Senate has approved and the House is expected to vote on Thursday. Approval of the fast-track negotiating authority for the president was a big win for business groups.

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