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11:38 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Today At The High Court, A Triumph For Gay Rights Advocates

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Shots - Health News
11:37 am
Fri June 26, 2015

5 Challenges Still Facing Obamacare

President Obama and Vice President Biden shake hands after the president spoke in the White House's Rose Garden Thursday about the Supreme Court decision in favor of Obamacare.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 12:51 pm

In its first five years, the Affordable Care Act has survived technical meltdowns, a presidential election, two Supreme Court challenges — including one resolved Thursday — and dozens of repeal efforts in Congress. But its long-term future still isn't ensured.

Here are five of the biggest hurdles that remain.

Medicaid Expansion

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The Two-Way
11:36 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Obama: Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling 'A Victory For America'

The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 10:06 pm

President Obama called the Supreme Court's decision affirming the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry a "victory for America" that had "made our union a little more perfect."

In the 5-4 decision, Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion of the court, saying the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Goats and Soda
11:36 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Save Wildlife, Save Yourself?

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 6:57 pm

Everyone knows that keeping our forests and grasslands full of wolves, bald eagles and honeybees is good for the environment.

But could protecting animals and preserving ecosystems also help people not catch Lyme disease or West Nile virus?

Earlier this month, scientists at the University of South Florida reported evidence that higher biodiversity in environments, such as forests in the northeastern U.S. and the Amazon basin in South America, may lower people's chances of getting animal-borne diseases.

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Law
11:36 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Rules That All States Must Allow Same-Sex Marriages

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States

Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday after the U.S Supreme Court handed down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 4:49 pm

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Obama Delivers Eulogy At Funeral For Slain Charleston Pastor

President Obama speaks during services honoring the life of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney on Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 1:49 am

Updated at 3:35 p.m. ET

President Obama, delivering the eulogy at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, said the alleged killer of the pastor and eight other congregants at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church hoped to "terrorize and oppress" but that "God has different ideas."

Noting the public forgiveness expressed toward white shooting suspect Dylann Roof by families of the victims in Charleston, South Carolina, Obama said Roof "didn't know he was being used by God."

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The Two-Way
10:37 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Roberts: 'Celebrate Today's Decision ... But Do Not Celebrate The Constitution'

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, followed by Justice Antonin Scalia, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in 2013
Win McNamee AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 1:40 pm

Updated at 11:49 a.m. ET

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. Those dissenting were the court's four conservative justices: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito.

Roberts' Rationale

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Shots - Health News
9:34 am
Fri June 26, 2015

To Master Stage Fright, Practice Makes Imperfect OK

Sara Solovitch plays the piano in the Terminal B baggage claim area at San Jose International Airport.
Chloe Veltman/KQED

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 1:08 pm

In the past, if Sara Solovitch tripped up while playing the piano she would get flustered and stop. Especially in front of an audience.

"I felt like I had to correct everything and each note had to be perfect," the Santa Cruz, Calif.-based author and pianist. But now, she can breeze through a few bum notes while playing Claude Debussy's lyrical piano piece Reflections on the Water as if no one were listening.

"One of the things I've really worked on has been continuing to play," Solovitch says.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Fri June 26, 2015

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack At Kuwait Mosque

Kuwaiti Information Minister Sheikh Salman al-Humoud al-Sabah (center) consoles worshipers outside the Imam Sadiq Mosque after a suicide bomb attack following Friday prayers.
Reuters/Landov

At least 10 people are dead at a mosque in the Kuwaiti capital after an attack carried out by a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt. The self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

The explosion at the Imam Sadiq Mosque in a residential and shopping district of Kuwait City occurred after Friday prayers, according to The Associated Press.

Reuters quotes the governor of Kuwait City, Thabet al-Muhanna, as saying more than 10 people were killed in the attack on the Shiite mosque.

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The Two-Way
8:34 am
Fri June 26, 2015

At Least 37 Dead After Attack On Hotel At Tunisian Beach Resort

The body of a tourist lies near a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia. Dozens of people were killed Friday when at least one gunman opened fire at the hotel, an interior ministry spokesman said.
Amine Ben Aziza Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 4:54 pm

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

A gunman at tourist hotel on Tunisia's Mediterranean coastal resort of Sousse removed a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and opened fire, killing at least 37 people, including British, German and Belgian tourists, according to government officials in the North African country.

Tunisia's health ministry said dozens were wounded in the attack.

The Associated Press quotes Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui as saying Tunisian security forces had killed the attacker.

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The Two-Way
8:16 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Report: ISIS Goes Door-To-Door Killing Scores Of Civilians In Kobani

Syrian Kurds from Kobani wait behind the border fences to cross into Turkey on Friday. An attack by Islamic State fighters on the Syrian town of Kobani and a nearby village has so far killed at least 146 civilians, the second-biggest massacre by the hardline group in the country, a conflict monitor said on Friday.
Murad Sezer Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:21 pm

Fighters of the self-declared Islamic State have killed some 146 people in a house-to-house massacre of civilians in the Syrian border town of Kobani, a conflict monitoring group says, calling it the second-worse such mass killing by the Islamist extremists since last year.

NPR's Deborah Amos, reporting from southern Turkey, says the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has spoken to witnesses who reported the shooting spree.

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NPR Ed
8:03 am
Fri June 26, 2015

5 Ideas To Ease The Burden Of Student Loans

Students wait outside Everest College in Industry, Calif., hoping to get their transcriptions and information on loan forgiveness and transferring credits to other schools. In April, the school was one of the last Corinthian Colleges campuses to close.
Christine Armario AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 9:14 am

The total outstanding balance of federal student loans: $1.3 trillion.

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The Two-Way
8:03 am
Fri June 26, 2015

U.S. Women Take Out China, Advance To World Cup Semifinals

Goalie Hope Solo of the United States celebrates with midfielder Carli Lloyd on Friday after defeating China 1-0 in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals in Ottawa, Canada.
Jana Chytilova Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 10:26 pm

Update, 9:30 p.m. ET:

The United States pulled out a victory against China on Friday night in the Women's World Cup, winning only 1-0 despite dominating the match.

Midfielder Carli Lloyd's header in the 51st minute made the difference, but the U.S. kept pressure on China all night long and had 17 shots to China's 7.

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Around the Nation
7:35 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Ohio Movie Theater Plays Wrong Movie, Parents Are Outraged

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Europe
7:35 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Italian Man, 91, Graduates Middle School

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The Two-Way
7:08 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Man Beheaded In Terrorist Attack On French Factory

French police secure the entrance of the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon. A decapitated body was found outside the factory.
Philippe Desmazes AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 9:40 am

One person has been killed and at least 12 others injured in an attack on a gas factory in a small town in southeastern France. Officials say it was a terrorist attack: A flag of the self-declared Islamic State was reportedly found at the factory southeast of Lyon.

One suspect has been arrested over the attack, which also included an explosion at the facility operated by Air Products, an American company whose headquarters are in Pennsylvania. It's not yet certain whether he was acting alone.

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Europe
5:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Kosovo: The Pros And Cons Of Being Europe's Newest Country

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:35 am

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Europe
5:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Migrants In French Camp Near English Channel Attempt To Get Into Britain

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:35 am

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Television
5:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Strap In Seinfeld Fans, Hulu Will Be Keeping You Busy

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:35 am

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