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1:00 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Experts: Flight MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Western Indian Ocean

Chart showing main ocean currents.
American Meteorological Society

An expert in ocean circulation tells NPR's Geoff Brumfiel that it is "highly likely" that currents in the Indian Ocean could have carried debris from the presumed crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 off Australia's west coast to Reunion Island near Madagascar.

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Shots - Health News
12:37 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business

Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, (left) poses with his uncle, Philip Lee, and father Peter Lee (seated) at the younger Peter Lee's home in Pasadena, Calif., in 2013.
Gina Ferazzi LA Times via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:31 pm

If there's such a thing as the first family of health care, the Lees may be it.

Five decades ago, two brothers helped start Medicare. Their father inspired them and they, in turn, have inspired the next generation.

To mark the anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing Medicare into law on July 30, 1965, three Lees sat down to reflect on the U.S. health care system.

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Shots - Health News
12:29 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Sarah Hepola is the personal essays editor at Salon.com.
Zan Keith

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:27 pm

Before Sarah Hepola got sober five years ago, she considered alcohol to be "the fuel of all adventure." These adventures included taking off her clothes in public, pouring beer on people's heads and waking up in strangers' beds. Frequently, Hepola didn't remember these incidents afterward because she had been in an alcohol-induced blackout.

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Movie Reviews
12:29 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

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It's All Politics
12:04 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

#TBT: 40 Years After Jimmy Hoffa's Disappearance, His Legend Lives On

Hoffa, walking at left in front, leads a parade of supporting delegates to the Teamsters Union Convention in Miami Beach in 1957.
AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:30 pm

In the summer of 1975 Teamsters President James Riddle Hoffa — Jimmy Hoffa — was already a legendary figure in both U.S. labor history AND in American pop culture.

As a teenager in Detroit, he took to union organizing early on in the grocery business. He was smart and tough. With an emphasis on TOUGH. A master strategist, he knew how to pick his targets, organize strikes and boycotts, and he rose through the Teamster ranks earning the deep loyalty of truckers and warehouse workers in a city that was becoming an industrial powerhouse.

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The Two-Way
11:59 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Md. Governor Orders Closure Of 'Deplorable' Baltimore City Jail

The Baltimore City Detention Center, seen here in 2013, was found to be riddled with corruption, according to a federal probe.
Lloyd Fox MCT /Landov

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:14 pm

Gov. Larry Hogan says he has ordered the immediate closure of the Baltimore City Detention Center, which a federal probe revealed in 2013 as being riddled with corruption, from smuggling to sex between inmates and guards.

Update at 3:15 p.m. ET: Inmates Were Running Jail, Hogan Says

Saying that the Baltimore facility is the only city prison in the entire country that's run by a state government, Hogan says it is time for a change.

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The Salt
11:39 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Coffee Art: When A Spill Turns Into A Masterpiece

(Left) Afghan girl; (Right) Albert Einstein, by Maria Aristidou
Courtesy of Maria Aristidou

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:26 pm

Ever splashed yourself with coffee or sat a dripping cup down on a white tablecloth? Then you're well aware of the beverage's staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.

For artist Maria Aristidou, it all started with a latte. "I was working on another commission using watercolors, when all the sudden, I spilled all over the drawing," she says.

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The Two-Way
11:22 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

The Ensatina salamander, a lungless species common along the U.S. West Coast, is one of hundreds of species of salamanders endemic to North America threatened by an emerging infectious pathogen.
Courtesy of Tiffany Yap

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:12 pm

Scientists are calling for an immediate ban on live salamander imports in the U.S. to try to prevent the spread of a fungal disease that could potentially devastate wild North American salamanders.

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It's All Politics
10:58 am
Thu July 30, 2015

For Young Voters, Crushing Student Debt Is Front And Center

Dan Tothill, 26, and Megan Brabec, 24, are struggling with high student debt burdens and underemployment. "I hope that I can look back on myself in 10 years, like 'Oh, I was so silly to be worrying about that," Tothill said. "But, at this point, it doesn't feel that way at all."
Jesse Costa WBUR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:44 pm

The economy is always a key issue in presidential campaigns.

But whose economy are we talking about? Many millennial voters are underemployed and crushed under thousands of dollars of student debt.

And perhaps nowhere is the problem more acute than in New Hampshire.

Seventy-six percent of the class of 2013 had loans. On average, each New Hampshire student was carrying $32,795 of debt, according to The Project on Student Debt. It's the nation's biggest student loan debt burden.

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The Two-Way
9:18 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

The Japanese supercomputer K, pictured in June 2012 at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, western Japan. The K computer is currently ranked No. 3 on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers.
Kyodo/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 10:59 am

President Obama has ordered the development of a supercomputer that is some 20 times faster than the world's current record-holder and is expected to go online by 2025.

A machine at China's National University of Defense Technology in Guangzhou, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2) is thought to currently be the fastest supercomputer in existence — variously reported as doing either 34 or 55 petaflops (1 petaflop is equivalent to 1 quadrillion floating-point operations per second).

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