Apparent 'Pipe Bombs' Mailed To Clinton, Obama And CNN

Updated at 9:38 p.m. ET At least seven suspicious packages containing what the FBI called potentially destructive devices have been sent since Monday to several leading Democratic Party figures and to CNN in New York, triggering a massive investigation. Authorities have yet to release any information about a possible suspect or suspects but, in an interview on CNN, New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill said investigators are reviewing security video footage for clues as to who left...

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Eating Sushi Helped Him Learn The Unwritten Cultural Norms Of His Spouse's Family

It’s a feeling that’s familiar to many, the start of a new relationship and then meeting the family with all of their customs and traditions. It’s something Anna Bui and her husband Bryan Salsieder talked about when they came to the StoryCorps mobile booth in Oklahoma City. This story was produced for KOSU by Rachel Hubbard and Dustin Drew, with interviews recorded at the StoryCorps mobile booth in Oklahoma City in early 2018. Locally recorded stories air Wednesdays during Morning Edition and...

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Race And Self-Protection In America: RJ Young's Memoir On Black Gun Ownership

African-Americans and gun ownership. In his new memoir, RJ Young writes about what he calls a “literal arms race … ramped up by racialized fear.” Guests RJ Young , author of " Let It Bang: A Young Black Man’s Reluctant Odyssey Into Guns ." ( @RJ_Young ) Tiffany Ware , founder of the Brown Girls Project , which offers makeup workshops and other activities for building self-esteem in young black girls. Organizes firearms training classes for black women. Douglas Jefferson , vice president of...

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Hoarding: Why Do We Have So Much Stuff?

Jul 1, 2014

The older we get the more material we seem to pack into our homes.

This is never more evident than when we try to move.

Jennifer Martin shares her thoughts on the accumulation of stuff in this week’s JenX.

Jennifer was a museum professional before kids. Now she spends her time as a mother and active Girl Scout volunteer.

When the Supreme Court ruled Monday that "closely held" corporations don't have to pay for workers' contraception, you may have assumed the decision applied only to family-owned businesses.

Wrong. An estimated 9 out of 10 businesses are "closely held."

However, some benefits experts question just how many of those companies would want to assert religious views.

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For more reaction to today's ruling, we go to suburban St. Louis, where there was a grand opening of a Hobby Lobby store today - the company's 605th. Rachel Lippmann of St. Louis Public Radio talked with customers there.

For the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a for-profit corporation can refuse to comply with a general government mandate because doing so would violate the corporation's asserted religious beliefs.

By a 5-4 vote, the court struck an important part of President Obama's health care law — the requirement that all insurance plans cover birth control — because it conflicted with a corporation owners' religious beliefs.

In a 5-4 decision Monday, the Supreme Court allowed a key exemption to the health law's contraception coverage requirements when it ruled that closely held for-profit businesses could assert a religious objection to the Obama administration's regulations. What does it mean? Here are some questions and answers about the case.

What did the court's ruling do?

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The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.

The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.

The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.

The 2014 Oklahoma legislative session officially ended last month, but as The Journal Record’s Marie Price explains, there’s still work to be done and issues to study.

You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol at

Songs announce themselves as essential in different ways. Some knock you off balance; some help you find your rhythm. Some insinuate themselves into your life slowly, until you can't imagine a time they didn't exist; some leap out of car windows, change the course of your week and then vanish.

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Don Gonyea sitting in for Rachel Martin. Tomorrow is the last day of the current Supreme Court session. And the legal community is awaiting decisions in two big cases still pending before the high court.


Education News

Hazel O'Neil

Carla Burton wakes up every weekday at 4 a.m. to drive Lyft and Uber.

Then, after she drives for about an hour and a half in the early hours, she heads back home to get her daughter ready for school.

At 7 a.m., Burton starts her “real job” as an administrative assistant at Star Spencer High School in Oklahoma City.

When her workday ends in the afternoon, she picks up her daughter from school. Then she hits the road again, sometimes driving as late as midnight.

“I have to be out here doing this,” she said.

Emily Wendler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Public school teachers are watching closely as Oklahoma gubernatorial candidates promote and debate their plans for improving health care, tax policy and education.

Alberto Morejon is one of them.

Morejon is an 8th-grade teacher at Stillwater Public Schools largely credited with organizing the teacher walkout in April. He now runs a Facebook page with nearly 80,000 followers, many of them Oklahoma educators.

Hazel O'Neil

Andrea Brawdy, a special education teacher at James Griffith Intermediate School in Choctaw, Oklahoma, just received the first pay raise of her 12-year teaching career: $414 more per month.

Getting this raise was no small feat. Even after teachers around the state demanded a substantial pay increase, they still left their classrooms to take part in a two-week long teacher walkout at the Capitol building this April. They wanted to bring attention to their demands: better pay, better benefits, and better treatment of teachers.

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