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7:33 am
Thu July 2, 2015

The Top Words Of Wisdom For New Graduates

Check out our updated words of wisdom for new graduates, now including: (top, from left) Kanye West, Jennifer Lee, John Kerry, Maya Rudolph; (bottom, from left) Janet Yellen, Victor Hwang, Zadie Smith and David Carr.
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I've had this phrase running through my head since we started updating our Commencement Speeches database a few weeks ago: "If you're too big for a small job, you're too small for a big job."

Who said that? It was Katie Couric at American University last year.

Who knew that a commencement address could get stuck in your head? Well, the best of these speeches have a lot in common with a great pop song. They are simple, emotional, and pack a universal message into just a few words.

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Around the Nation
7:32 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Despite Short Obit, Doug Led A Full Life

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Food
7:32 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Obama Weighs In: No Peas In Guacamole

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NPR Story
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Justice Department Investigates Airlines For Possible Price Collusion

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:52 am

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Law
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Gerrymandering Exacerbates Partisan Gridlock, Political Scientist Says

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:50 am

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NPR Story
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

NBC News Chief Anchor Lester Holt Wants To Make Each Story Count

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:46 am

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Research News
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Not All Online Restaurant Reviews Are Created Equal

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Economy
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Puerto Ricans Fear Troubled Economy Will Inflict Real Pain

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Business
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Nike's Phil Knight, 77, To Step Down As Chairman

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:32 am

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Parallels
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Sunnis Flee The Islamic State, But Still Fall Under Suspicion

Displaced Sunni Iraqis, who fled the violence in Ramadi, arrive at a makeshift camp on the outskirts of Baghdad, in April.
Ahmad Al-Rubaye AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:32 am

The Nidaa mosque in northern Baghdad looks grand, with clean, modern lines swooping up to a blue-mosaic dome. But inside it's squalid, with piled-up mattresses, cooking pots and almost 60 families. Most are Sunni Muslims who fled the western province of Anbar when the self-proclaimed Islamic State advanced against the Iraqi security forces two months ago.

"We suffered a lot in our journey," says Wafaa Ahmed, a widow who walked for days with three sick children. "But the worst suffering was here in Baghdad."

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U.S.
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Georgia Leads A Push To Help Ex-Prisoners Get Jobs

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:32 am

In the 1990s, states went on a prison-building binge. Today, millions who spent time in those prisons are back in society — and many are struggling to find work.

Jay Neal is in charge of Georgia's new office of re-entry. Its purpose is clear: "Helping Georgia's returning citizens find training, assisting Georgia's returning citizens find jobs," he reads off the website.

Returning citizens is America's new term for ex-prisoners, ex-cons and former inmates.

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Economy
2:22 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Jobs Report Expected To Show 'Stronger Momentum' In Economy

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 8:16 am

Economists surveyed by Reuters are predicting that employers added about 230,000 jobs to their payrolls in June. That's less than the month before but still a pretty strong showing.

Because of the Independence Day holiday, the unemployment report is being released on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. ET. It is normally issued on a Friday.

The U.S. economy slowed a lot over the winter, but as the weather has improved so has the job market. On Wednesday, the payroll processing company ADP said private employers added about 237,000 jobs in June — the biggest gain since December.

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The Two-Way
7:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

POTUS Weighs In: No Peas In Guacamole

This is guacamole, the way we love it, not The New York Times recipe with fresh peas, about which the Twittersphere had something to say – a lot to say, actually.
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Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:13 am

If you were about to talk to President Obama and suggest that he try adding fresh peas to guacamole, don't. The Twitterverse learned this when someone asked Obama what he thought about a recipe The New York Times published that suggested adding fresh peas. The recipe drew a lot of rotten tomatoes from average folks, and someone asked Obama what he thought.

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The Salt
6:40 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

A Dose Of Culinary Medicine Sends Med Students To The Kitchen

University of Chicago medical student Manny Quaidoo adds a pinch of salt to the spinach feta frittata he's learning to cook as part of a culinary medicine class.
Monica Eng WBEZ

When it comes to premature death and disease, what we eat ranks as the single most important factor, according to a study in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Yet few doctors say they feel properly trained to dispense dietary advice. One group, at least, is trying to fill that knowledge gap.

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Latin America
6:22 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Puerto Rico Says With Restructuring It Can Pay Off Debts

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The Two-Way
6:21 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Cities In California Conserved A Lot Of Water In May

The decrease in water usage comes from statewide mandatory water cuts that Gov. Jerry Brown put in place.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 6:49 pm

Cities in drought-plagued California took water conservation seriously in May. Residential water use went down by 28.9 percent in May, according to a press release from the State Water Resources Control Board.

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The Two-Way
5:36 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Senators Call For VA To Explain Why It Couldn't Find Mustard-Gassed Veterans

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 6:18 pm

A group of 12 U.S. senators is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to help World War II veterans who were exposed to mustard gas, after an NPR Investigation found the VA broke a decades-old promise to provide them compensation.

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History
5:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

How Mississippi Defaulted On $7 Million Worth Of Bonds In 1841

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 6:22 pm

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Europe
5:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Greece Moves Forward With Referendum On Proposed Bailout

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 6:22 pm

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Sports
5:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

As The NBA's Free Agency Period Begins, LeBron James Has All The Power

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 6:22 pm

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The Two-Way
5:11 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Justice Department Investigating Airlines For Possible Price Collusion

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 5:46 pm

The Justice Department says it is investigating "possible unlawful coordination" by several major airline carriers. American, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines have all confirmed receiving letters from the Justice Department.

In a statement, American said the department "seeks documents and information from the last two years that are related to statements and decisions about airline capacity."

A United spokesman said the company is complying fully in regard to the probe.

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Race
4:39 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Charleston, S.C., Residents Call On Each Other To Improve Race Relations

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 6:36 pm

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Parallels
4:39 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Who's Behind A String Of Bombings In Ukraine's Black Sea 'Pearl'?

Police search the area near a destroyed billboard reading "Crimea is Ukraine!" following an explosion in Odessa on June 12.
Alexey Kravtsov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 6:22 pm

Oleg Konstantinov, the editor of a news website called Dumskaya in Ukraine's port city of Odessa, pulls up a map on a computer screen in his small, crowded newsroom. It's dotted with red, yellow, orange and green fire-burst icons, indicating where 34 bombings have taken place in the city over the past year or so.

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U.S.
4:39 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Nationwide Crime Spike Has Law Enforcement Retooling Its Approach

Metropolitan Division officers finish another "rollback" operation. They searched the apartment of a paroled armed robber and gang member. These rollbacks are a cornerstone of the Metro Division's strategy of tracking people who may re-offend, and suppressing crime before it happens.
Martin Kaste NPR

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:15 am

Crime in America may be on the rise again. It's too early to talk about a national trend, but there have been troubling spikes in shootings and murders in big cities such as New York, Baltimore and Los Angeles.

Until recently, crime decreased steadily for two decades, and the national murder rate is half what it was in the early 1990s — so police departments are under pressure to crack down. But at the same time, their tactics are under more scrutiny from the public, and they have to be careful not to appear too heavy-handed.

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The Two-Way
4:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Militants Stage Series Of Deadly Attacks In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Militants launched a number of deadly attacks on checkpoints in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula early Wednesday. A group linked to the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Merrit Kennedy filed this report from Cairo for Newscast:

"In Egypt, militants launched a coordinated series of assaults in the restive north Sinai peninsula. The military says 17 soldiers were killed, though local security officials earlier in the day said more than 50 soldiers were killed.

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Recreational Marijuana Is Now Legal In Oregon

In Oregon, people can grow up to four marijuana plants per household.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 5:42 pm

Recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon as of today.

People 21 and older can now possess up to an ounce of pot when away from home and up to 8 ounces at home. It's also legal to grow up to four plants per household.

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Shots - Health News
4:20 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Industry Payments To Doctors Are Ingrained, Federal Data Show

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 4:58 pm

Few days went by last year when New Hampshire nephrologist Ana Stankovic didn't receive a payment from a drug company.

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Code Switch
2:39 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

20 Years Ago, Mount Zion AME Was Set On Fire. Last Night, It Burned Again

Fire crews took two hours to control the blaze at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, S.C., on Tuesday.
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Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 4:06 pm

On Tuesday evening, flames engulfed the 100-year-old Mount Zion AME, a historically black church in Greeleyville, S.C. Authorities are still investigating the cause.

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The Two-Way
2:13 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Somebody Is Cutting Internet Cables In California

The FBI is investigating a string of recent physical attacks on Internet cables in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Shots - Health News
2:11 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Antipsychotics Too Often Prescribed For Aggression In Children

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Powerful antipsychotic medications are being used to treat children and teenagers with ADHD, aggression and behavior problems, a study finds, even though safer treatments are available and should be used first.

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