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2:30am

Wed May 15, 2013
U.S.

Budget Woes Mean Big Delays For Small Claims Courts

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 4:14 am

Members of the Save Our Courts coalition rally outside the Los Angeles County Courthouse in March. The county will soon cut the number of courthouses handling small claims cases from 27 to six.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Across the country, cash-strapped state and local governments are not just cutting services — they're also cutting access to courts. The tip of the iceberg may be small claims courts.

These courts, dealing with disputes involving small sums of money, are the workhorses of the judicial system. There are thousands of such courts across the country, but perhaps nowhere are they being cut more dramatically than in California.

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8:59am

Tue May 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Hipsters Singled Out For Being Annoying

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 12:19 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Hipsters: They're known for roasting their own coffee, riding vintage bicycles, listening to vinyl records from obscure bands, and now also for being unpopular. A new report from Public Policy Polling finds only 16 percent of Americans think hipsters are still hip. More than a quarter of those polled said hipsters should have to pay a special tax for being so annoying.

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8:59am

Tue May 14, 2013
U.S.

Vermont Legislature Approves Assisted-Suicide Bill

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 12:19 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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6:10am

Tue May 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Series Of Vehicle Accidents Blamed On Zombie Attack

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 12:19 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Americans have celebrated Charles Ramsey almost every possible way and that includes Stephen Munhollon's tattoo. Ramsey saw trouble at a neighbor's house and rescued the three kidnapped women. Munhollon says he was caught up in the celebration. He's a tattoo artist. Fox 8 in Cleveland says he sat for five hours while another artist tattooed Ramsey's face on the back of his leg. Munhollon says people will ask to have their picture taken next to his calf.

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3:49am

Tue May 14, 2013
Education

Latino High School Grads Enter College At Record Rate

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 4:46 pm

Jackeline Lizama (front) plans to attend a local community college after she graduates next month from her high school in Silver Spring, Md.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

If the headline caught your eye, here's more good news.

Seven in 10 Latino high school graduates in the class of 2012 went to college, according to a recent report by the Pew Hispanic Center.

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3:49am

Tue May 14, 2013
Law

Court: Philly Doctor Guilty Of Murder In Late-Term Abortions

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 12:19 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

A Philadelphia doctor who performed late-term abortions is now facing multiple murder convictions and a possible death sentence. A jury found Kermit Gosnell guilty on three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies that prosecutors said were delivered alive and then killed. Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a female patient. He was acquitted on one count of murder in a fourth abortion.

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3:49am

Tue May 14, 2013
Afghanistan

Younger Generation Poised To Lead Afghanistan's Future

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 12:19 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep, in Washington, with David Greene.

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3:49am

Tue May 14, 2013
Health

Philly Murder Conviction Expected To Inflame Abortion Debate

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 12:19 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, the murder conviction of Kermit Gosnell is likely to bring more sparks to the already heated abortion debate in Washington and across the nation. Those on both sides of the divide have been gearing up for what comes next. Here's NPR's Julie Rovner.

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2:28am

Tue May 14, 2013
Author Interviews

In Somalia, Surviving A Kidnapping Against 'Impossible Odds'

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 12:19 pm

In 2011, Jessica Buchanan was an aid worker in northern Somalia, helping to raise awareness about how to avoid land mines. The north was the relatively safe section of the country; that October, she traveled to the more dangerous southern region for a training. The night before she left, she texted her husband, Erik Landemalm, also an aid worker in Somalia. She asked him a question: "If I get kidnapped on this trip, will you come and get me?"

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2:27am

Tue May 14, 2013
The Salt

Michigan Apple Orchards Blossom After A Devastating Year

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 7:20 pm

Apple Blossoms
Amy Irish-Brown

Last year, almost the entire Michigan apple crop was lost because of 80-degree days in March and then some freezing April nights. This year, the apples are back, but everything always depends on the weather. The state was under a freeze warning Sunday night — a scary prospect if you're an apple grower and your trees have just come into bloom.

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2:26am

Tue May 14, 2013
Author Interviews

'Guns At Last Light' Illuminates Final Months Of World War II

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 12:19 pm

British tanks move to support their infantry during the Battle of the Bulge.
AP

In December 1944, the Nazis looked like a spent force: The U.S. and its allies had pushed Hitler's armies across France in the fight to liberate Europe from German occupation.

The Allies were so confident that the Forest of Ardennes, near the front lines in Belgium, became a rest and recreation area, complete with regular USO performances.

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2:25am

Tue May 14, 2013
Law

Justice Department Secretly Obtains AP Phone Records

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 12:19 pm

The screen on the phone console at the reception desk at The Associated Press Washington bureau.
Jon Elswick AP

The Associated Press is protesting what it calls a massive and unprecedented intrusion into its gathering of news. The target of that wrath is the U.S. Justice Department, which secretly collected phone records for several AP reporters last year. The AP says it's caught in the middle of a Justice Department leak investigation.

The scope of the Justice Department subpoenas is what gives David Schultz, a lawyer for AP, pause.

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6:29am

Mon May 13, 2013
Middle East

Cameron: We Have To 'Step Up Our Help' To Syrian Opposition

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 7:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is meeting with President Obama at this hour here in Washington. They're at the White House. A big topic on their agenda is what to do about the civil war in Syria. We spoke with Prime Minister Cameron earlier this morning.

Prime minister, welcome to the program.

PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON: Good morning. Great to be on. Thank you for having me.

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6:29am

Mon May 13, 2013
Around the Nation

4-Year-Old Boy Chosen As Mayor Of Dorset, Minn.

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 7:41 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. What the mayor of Dorset, Minnesota lacks in experience he makes up for with youthful enthusiasm. Mayor Bobby Tufts is four years old. He won his seat by having his name picked out of a hat. That's an annual tradition for the small town of 22. Mayor Tufts is celebrated in town as a singer, a dancer, and a fisherman.

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6:29am

Mon May 13, 2013
Around the Nation

Well, That's One Way To Stop Smoking

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 7:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Etta Mae Lopez needed help. She wanted to quit smoking. She decided she needed to go someplace where she could not go buy cigarettes. And the place that came to mind was jail. Ms. Lopez says this is the reason she went to a jail, walked up to a Sacramento sheriff's deputy and slapped him in the face. The deputy took her inside the jail, where she slapped him again. After pleading no contest to a misdemeanor, she faces 63 smoke-free days.

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