Shots - Health News
10:32 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Employers May Start Paying You To Buy Health Insurance

Employees pay directly for their health insurance in "defined contribution" plans.
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Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 10:37 am

What if employers started giving workers a chunk of cash to buy health insurance on their own instead of offering them a chance to buy into the company plan? Are workers ready to manage their own health insurance like they do a 401(k)?

The idea that employers might drop their health plans and replace them with a "defined contribution" for employees has been around for years. It's one way for employers to control their expenses in the face of the relentlessly rising costs of health care.

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The Two-Way
10:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

With Just Hours To Go, Federal Court Halts Texas Execution

A Texas judge halted the planned execution of Robert Campbell, saying his lawyers could not fairly prepare an ineligibility claim because the state had not provided them with relevant information. Campbell is mentally disabled.
Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 12:21 pm

Update at 4:57 p.m. ET. Federal Court Halts Execution:

With just hours to go, a federal court has halted the execution of Texas inmate Robert Campbell.

The execution would have been the first since Oklahoma botched one in April.

The ruling has nothing to do with the drug shortage that's dominated the narrative over the death penalty in the country. Instead, Campbell's lawyers argued that the state knew that Campbell was intellectually disabled but did not let his defense team know that.

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Christopher Columbus Ship The Santa Maria May Have Been Found

A 2011 photo shows a replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria, off the Portuguese island of Madeira. The location of the Santa Maria has been a mystery; an explorer says he might have found it.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 5:15 am

It's been missing for more than 500 years. But now there are reports that the Santa Maria, the largest ship among the trio that made Christopher Columbus' first expedition to North America, may be found. Undersea explorer Barry Clifford says he thinks he has found the ship in waters off of Haiti's coast.

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The Salt
9:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Resveratrol May Not Be The Elixir In Red Wine And Chocolate

There are more than three dozen polyphenols in red wine that could be beneficial. But resveratrol may not have much influence on our health.
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Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 2:28 pm

If you've come to treat that daily glass of wine as your fountain of youth, it may be time to reconsider.

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Book News: Each Page Of 'A Drinkable Book' Kills Bacteria In Drinking Water

Each page of the new "Drinkable Book" from the organization WaterisLife can be used to treat water for bacteria.
WaterisLife

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 9:25 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Group Says There's Strong Evidence Syrian Regime Used Chemical Weapons

A screenshot from a video posted to YouTube on April 11, 2014 shows substantial yellow coloration at base of the cloud over Keferzita, Syria.
Human Rights Watch

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 5:40 pm

Human Rights Watch says evidence "strongly suggests" the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people in mid-April.

The group, which investigates allegations of human rights abuses, says the rebels do not have the helicopters used to drop the barrel bombs used on three northern cities.

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Google Must Delete Personal Data When Asked, European Court Says

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 9:06 am

People have the right to have data about them deleted from online databases, the European Court of Justice says, in a ruling issued against Google on Tuesday. The search company had fought a Spanish court's order to remove links to online newspaper articles in a case that began in 2011.

"A Spanish man brought this case, arguing that Google's search results infringed on his privacy," NPR's Ari Shapiro reports for our Newscast unit. "A search of his name brought up an auction notice of his repossessed home from 16 years ago."

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State News
7:06 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Deal reached on university pensions

Even as a broad coalition of unions seeks to prevent any of the pension law from taking effect next month, a new agreement would prevent parts of it from being implemented. It mostly affects university and community college employees nearing the end of their careers.

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State News
6:54 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Two rural school districts consider consolidation

As rural populations and state school funding decline, small school districts in Illinois look at consolidation as an option for survival. Few districts actually go through with the idea. But it could happen this year in south Vermilion County. Last month, school boards for that area’s two smallest districts, Catlin and Jamaica, approved a consolidation referendum for the November ballot. Illinois Public Radio’s Jim Meadows reports.

When the buzzer sounds at Jamaica High School in rural Vermilion County, the next classroom is usually just a short walk down the hall.

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Movies
6:30 am
Tue May 13, 2014

U.S. Airmen Ready For 'Godzilla' Attack, If Needed

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Godzilla better watch out. With a Hollywood version of the cult Japanese monster hitting theaters, U.S. airmen at Kadena Air Base in Japan say they're ready should Godzilla actually rise from the sea. One sergeant suggested to Smithsonian's Air and Space magazine that the Power Rangers might be available, though Chuck Norris is also an obvious choice. Plus, there's air power. The base is home to 50 F15 fighter jets. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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