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Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:32:00 -0400
Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal. 
This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:03:00 -0400
He lived in a village in Tanzania. He dreamed of being an astronaut. Now he's studying in a Florida flight academy — and hoping his secret potato salad recipe will bring support to pay the tuition. 
Nazi War Crimes Suspect Dies In U.S. One Day Before Extradition Order  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:33:00 -0400
A Philadelphia judge issued an order today granting a request for Johann "Hans" Breyer to be extradited to Germany. But Breyer's lawyer said the 89-year-old former Auschwitz guard died Tuesday. 
Two Prominent Museum Directors Encourage 'New Ways Of Thinking'  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:24:33 -0400
Host Michel Martin speaks with the directors of the National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of the American Indian. Both institutions are celebrating important anniversaries this year. 
Part-Time Work, Unpredictable Schedules: What's The Fix?  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:24:33 -0400
Many part-time workers have to manage unpredictable hours and schedules, which can take a toll on employees. Host Michel Martin learns about how some government officials are addressing the concern. 
States Help New Mothers Get Birth Control Through Medicaid  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:44:00 -0400
New York and five other states are helping women on Medicaid get contraception immediately after giving birth. New moms can get an IUD or long-acting implant before leaving the hospital. 
A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:34:00 -0400
In the digital age, our online accounts don't die with us. A proposed law might determine what does happen to them. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased. 
Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:29:00 -0400
A significant percentage of obese kids think their weight is just fine. But do they need to know the truth to get healthier? 
Atlantic City's Casino Crisis: A Cautionary Tale  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:45:39 -0400
With the announcements of the planned closures of the Showboat and Trump Plaza casinos, the New Jersey town that once had the monopoly on gaming in the northeast is at a crucial turning point. 
Rubio Interview Sparks Heated Comments On Immigration, Economy  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:45:39 -0400
Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Walter of Cook Political Report about the social media response to his two-part interview with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. 
Conflicting Obamacare Rulings Set Stage For Supreme Court Face-Off  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:45:39 -0400
Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting views of the subsidies available under Obamacare. The problem is the language in one subsection of the 950-page law — boiling down to just three words. 
Airlines Cancel Service To Israel Amid Heightened Aviation Safety Concerns  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:45:39 -0400
A number of major airlines have suspended service to and from Tel Aviv as the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza intensifies. That's leaving passengers to find other arrangements. 
The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:45:39 -0400
Congress is supposed to hold U.S. spy agencies accountable. But as Edward Snowden's disclosures revealed, intelligence officials have not always provided a full or accurate picture. 
What Do The New Obamacare Rulings Mean For People Getting Subsidies?  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:45:00 -0400
The Affordable Care Act was the subject of two conflicting court opinions Tuesday. One upheld the subsidies that help middle- and low-income people afford health insurance; the other rejected them. 
U.S. Intelligence Tracking What Happened To Flight MH17  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:45:00 -0400
Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have proof that a surface-to-air missile was launched when the airliner went down and have ID'd people in a recorded conversation implicating the culprits.