5:13am

Mon June 25, 2012
Around the Nation

Georgia To Begin Sales Of Cross-State Health Insurance Policies

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 4:57 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We're expecting soon to learn Supreme Court decisions on two gigantic cases. One case involves the Arizona immigration law. The federal government has challenged that law as an intrusion into federal authority.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Justices are also deciding the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. The main challenge is to the individual mandate, which after 2014 would require most people to get health insurance or pay a fine.

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5:13am

Mon June 25, 2012
Environment

Alaska Glacier Studied For Clues On Water Supply

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 1:37 pm

Researchers measure the Eklutna glacier in Alaska to see how long the water it provides will last. The glacier supplies Anchorage with both drinking water and hydro power.
Annie Feidt for NPR

Anchorage is one of the few North American cities that depend on a glacier for most of their drinking water. The Eklutna glacier also provides some of the city's electricity, through hydro power. So a team of researchers is working to answer a very important question: How long will the glacier's water supply last?

To get that answer, those researchers have to shovel a lot of snow. "It gets to be the consistency of really strong Styrofoam once you get down, maybe six or eight feet," glaciologist Louis Sass says as he flings pristine snow out of a growing hole in the glacier.

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3:02am

Mon June 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Obesity Stokes Rheumatoid Arthritis With More Than Just Extra Weight

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 11:36 am

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can cause painful inflammation in the fingers and other joints.
Richard Rudisill iStockphoto.com

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes painful joint inflammation and can be debilitating for many people who suffer from it. New research shows that the female hormone estrogen, along with proteins produced by the body's fat cells, may play an important role in the development of the disease.

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3:01am

Mon June 25, 2012
All Tech Considered

Prevent Your Password From Becoming Easy Pickings (Or PyPfbEp)

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 11:35 am

Your crafty password may not be powerful enough to overcome a cyberattacker. Earlier this month, LinkedIn urged its users to change their passwords after a database was hacked, exposing millions of passwords.
Mihai Simonia iStockphoto.com

When 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords were stolen earlier this month, the revelation made Internet users think again about their ubiquitous words and phrases, and what they can do to make their online accounts a bit safer.

Shoppers in a suburban Seattle mall were asked recently about their password habits. Aaron Brown and Erin Gilmer have very different approaches.

"I try to keep as few as possible," Brown said.

And Gilmer said she has too many.

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3:00am

Mon June 25, 2012
Mitt Romney

Romney's Next Challenge: Woo Skeptical Republicans

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 11:30 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets attendees at the conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Orlando, Fla., on June 21. The presumptive GOP nominee took knocks from congressional Republicans during the party's presidential primaries.
Charles Dharapak AP

The battering Mitt Romney took from Republican rivals during the primary made big news. What seemed less noteworthy at the time — the knocks he took from Republicans in Congress — is now much more significant if there is to be a President Romney.

"He's the least of the candidates running right now that would be considered a Tea Party candidate," Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., told CNN.

After Romney won Florida, GOP Rep. Allen West told CBS that Romney has to do a far better job in "making the appeal as far as being a strong constitutional conservative."

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2:59am

Mon June 25, 2012
The Salt

We Evolved To Eat Meat, But How Much Is Too Much?

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 11:31 am

Paleo diet promoter John Durant digs into some ribs.
Allison Aubrey NPR

You won't catch John Durant in a tie. Shoes are optional, too. He has traded cubicle life for something a little wild: Promoting the diet and lifestyle of our ancestors from the paleolithic era. He's blogging and writing a book about his approach.

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2:57am

Mon June 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Many Migraines Can Be Prevented With Treatments, But Few Use Them

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 11:36 am

A promising crop of new migraine treatments could alleviate the suffering of millions of Americans.
iStockphoto.com

Millions of Americans suffer from migraine headaches so severe they miss work, social gatherings and important family events.

But that doesn't have to be the case, according to Charles Flippen, a University of California, Los Angeles, neurologist and researcher. "Everyone says, 'Oh, well, everyone has headaches,' so they just push through and suffer in silence," says Flippen.

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2:55am

Mon June 25, 2012
Dead Stop

In Alaskan Cemetery, Native And Orthodox Rites Mix

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 11:33 am

A spirit house in the Eklutna Cemetery in Alaska.
Diana Derby

The first thing you see at Alaska's Eklutna Cemetery is a tidy white church, with copper-colored onion domes that are topped by the three-barred Russian Orthodox cross.

The church is a reminder of the days when Alaska was claimed by imperial Russia. But it hardly prepares you for the unique combination of Native American and Russian Orthodox influences in the graveyard beyond.

Our guide is Aaron Leggett, who waits patiently under a light but steady rain to explain his community's burial traditions.

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5:02pm

Sun June 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Egypt Celebrates, But Tough Road Ahead For New President, Muslim Brotherhood

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 8:35 am

Fireworks illuminate Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday to celebrate the victory of Mohammed Morsi in the country's presidential election.
Amr Nabil AP

The winner of Egypt's first competitive presidential election is the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi. The official announcement was made Sunday to the cheers and jubilation of a massive crowd in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Challenges remain, however, as the ruling military council has effectively stripped the incoming president of most of his powers. The popularly elected Parliament, dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, was also dissolved.

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3:43pm

Sun June 24, 2012
Music

The Co-Opting Of Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture'

Originally published on Sun June 24, 2012 7:11 pm

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his "1812 Overture" in 1880.
Wikimedia Commons

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his piece The Year 1812, Festival Overture in E flat major in commemoration of the Russian Army's successful defense of Moscow against Napoleon's advancing troops at the Battle of Borodino. Most Americans, however, know the piece as the bombastic tune that accompanies Fourth of July fireworks shows all over the country.

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