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10:34 am
Thu May 15, 2014

The Pact That Turned A Juvenile Delinquent Into A Medical Doctor

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 11:37 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Our friends at All Things Considered have been collecting stories of moments when people's careers took off. It's called My Big Break.

They recently spoke to Dr. Sampson Davis who grew up in the rough parts of Newark, N.J. He talked about how doing a stint in juvie put his life in perspective.

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It's All Politics
10:13 am
Thu May 15, 2014

After Cory Booker, Newark Takes A New Turn

Ras Baraka (right) is greeted by supporters after casting his vote Tuesday in Newark, N.J. Baraka defeated Shavar Jeffries, a former state assistant attorney general, for the mayoral office Cory Booker occupied from 2006 until October 2013.
AP

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 7:45 pm

It's not Cory Booker's city any longer.

In Newark's first mayoral election since the Democratic senator left for Washington, voters picked a progressive candidate whose election signaled a break from both the Booker era and the period of dominance Republican Gov. Chris Christie has had over New Jersey politics.

Ras Baraka, a city councilman, won election as mayor Tuesday after running a populist campaign that had strong support from unions and other groups on the left.

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Thu May 15, 2014

'She's A Hero!' Boy Says Of Cat Who Fought Off Attacking Dog

An image taken from a video posted by Roger Triantafilo shows a dog closing in on his son Jeremy earlier this week. The family's cat fought off the dog after it bit the 4-year-old boy.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 6:15 pm

A family's story of how their cat ran off a dog that had attacked their young son is making waves far beyond Bakersfield, Calif., as the incident was captured in a dramatic video. Surveillance cameras caught the dog viciously biting Jeremy Triantafilo and dragging him — before the family cat rushes to his rescue.

"She's a hero!" 4-year-old Jeremy said of the cat, Tara, in an interview with KERO 23 TV. He said, "I love Tara a whole lot."

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The Two-Way
9:57 am
Thu May 15, 2014

VA's Shinseki 'Mad As Hell' Over Alleged Delays At Facility

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 1:42 pm

Updated at 2:33 p.m. ET

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told a Senate panel today [Thursday] that he hoped to have a preliminary report within three weeks on the problem of delayed treatment and preventable deaths at VA facilities across the nation.

His testimony came amid allegations that such conditions persisted at a VA hospital in Phoenix. Shinseki said he was "mad as hell" about the reports.

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U.S.
9:28 am
Thu May 15, 2014

San Diego County Wildfires Prompt Evacuations, State Of Emergency

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 9:55 am

More than a half-dozen wildfires are burning in the Southern California county. Thousands of residents have been evacuated. Renee Montagne speaks with reporter Erik Anderson of member station KPBS.

State News
7:57 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Senate President Moves To Save Obama Artifacts For Presidential Library

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 9:44 am

An Illinois Senate panel Wednesday approved a measure to pay tribute to one of the chamber's most distinguished former members.
         
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State News
7:57 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Lawmaker Calls On Quinn To Nix Private Company That Runs Lottery

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 10:02 pm

A state lawmaker wants Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to fire the company responsible for running the state’s lottery.
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Shots - Health News
7:37 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Just One-Third Of People Can Tell If You're Faking That Laugh

Does she really think you're funny, or is she just being polite?
Jon Feingersh/Getty Getty Images/Blend Images RM

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 10:42 am

  • Researcher Greg Bryant Speaks To NPR's Robert Siegel

Scene: The happy-hour office party.

Your boss is relaxed, drink in hand. A little liquid courage of your own, and you approach her, taking a shot at an opportunity to impress. You open with a quip. She chuckles.

But does she really mean it? Or is she faking?

Only one-third of people can tell the difference between a fake laugh and the real deal, according to a study by Greg Bryant, a professor of communication at University of California, Los Angeles.

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Turkish Mine Explosion: Angry Protests As Death Toll Rises

People dig graves Thursday for miners who died in an explosion in Soma, Turkey. Anger over what's being called the deadliest industrial accident in the country's history has set off protests nationwide.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 9:42 am

The death toll in the coal mine explosion in Turkey keeps rising, and anger over the incident has spread around the country. Thousands of people staged protests after a speech from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he suggested such accidents are unavoidable.

Officials say at least 282 mine workers have died in the incident in the city of Soma. That figure seems certain to rise, as about 100 people are still missing. The mine explosion is already being called the deadliest industrial disaster in Turkey's history.

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State News
6:47 am
Thu May 15, 2014

House Panel Approves $13 Billion For K-12 Education

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 9:52 pm

  An Illinois House panel Wednesday signed off on a budget for the state's public school system.

The $13 billion dollar appropriation is almost a billion more than this year's budget, reversing the state's trend of cutting funding for K -12 education.

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