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11:41 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Disputes Made Prevention Panel Stronger, Says Former Leader

"It would be disingenuous of me not to suggest that the link between the ... recommendations and insurance coverage hasn't put an additional focus on our work," says Dr. Michael LeFevre.
Courtesy of Michael LeFevre

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 5:51 pm

For its first 25 years, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force toiled in relative obscurity.

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Business
11:36 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Airlines Vs. Airports: A Dogfight Over Fees Imposed On Fliers

A plane takes off from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on May 25. Airports want Congress to raise passenger fees to pay for improvements.
Trevor Collens AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 2:35 pm

You'd think everyone in the aviation industry would be on the same page about improving air travel. Surely they all want more modern aircraft and upgraded airports, right?

They do. But airlines and airports are in a political dogfight this summer over who should be getting more of your money for improvements.

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NPR Ed
11:28 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Texas Turns Away From Prosecuting Truants

Zaid Yassin and his 5-year-old daughter, Fatima, came to Travis County Court in Austin, Texas, to defend Fatima's 23 missed days of school.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 12:52 pm

For two decades, Texas has treated truancy as a criminal offense. That means most cases were prosecuted in adult courts where children, along with their parents, faced jail and fines of up to $1,500 for missing school — usually 10 or more unexcused absences.

Texas lawmakers now say this policy went too far. So last week, Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed a law that no longer treats truancy as a Class C misdemeanor.

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NPR History Dept.
11:03 am
Tue June 23, 2015

4 Forgotten Fads Of The Past

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 2:55 pm

Unlike fanatics, fad-atics move from craze to craze. And America, with its short national attention span, is the perfect place for fadatics to flourish.

But when does a fad begin to fade? When does a fad become a fixture?

"How long does the typical fad last?" asks Adrian Furnham in the 2004 finance book Management and Myths. "It depends on the zeitgeist." In other words, a vat of variables.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Tue June 23, 2015

James Horner, A Giant Among Movie Music Composers, Is Dead, Agents Say

Composer James Horner, seen here at a movie premiere in 2012, is believed to have died in a plane crash.
Gareth Cattermole Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 11:38 pm

Update: 11:30 p.m. ET

In a statement Tuesday night, the talent agency that represented Horner mourned "the tragic passing of our dear colleague."

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The Two-Way
9:47 am
Tue June 23, 2015

At Long Last, Small Spanish Town Changes 'Kill The Jews' Name

The small Spanish town of Castrillo Mota de Judios recently changed its name from Castrillo Matajudios, or "Fort Kill the Jews." The town approved the name change at the end of 2014 but it did not go into effect until Tuesday.
Cesar Manso AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 10:24 am

After years of debate and a 2014 referendum, a small town in Spain has changed its name from "Castrillo Matajudios" or "Fort Kill The Jews" back to its original name of "Castrillo Mota de Judios" or "Jew's Hill Fort."

According to the Spanish wire service EFE, the town approved the name change at the end of 2014 and after getting approval from its neighboring municipalities, the name change became official on Tuesday.

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Europe
7:12 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Obsessed Fan To Remove Miley Cyrus Tattoos

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:10 am

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The Two-Way
6:59 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Severe Storms Rake Midwest, Damaging Homes, Businesses

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:06 am

A line of severe thunderstorms spawned tornadoes and strong winds across parts of the Midwest on Tuesday.

In Illinois, one of the hardest hit areas was Coal City, a town of 5,000 people just south of Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that authorities believe a tornado raked the area overnight, damaging homes and other buildings.

The Tribune reports:

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World
6:50 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Skinny Jeans Land Australian Women In The Hospital

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:10 am

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The Two-Way
6:41 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Death Toll From Heatwave In Pakistan Tops 600

Pakistani relatives mourn the death of a heatstroke victim outside a hospital in Karachi on Tuesday.
Rizwan Tabassum AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 2:31 pm

Updated at 2 p.m. ET

An intense heatwave in Pakistan has now killed more than 600 people, the government said on Tuesday. Earlier, officials had put the death toll at more than 450.

NPR's Philip Reeves filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"So many people have died over the last three days that morgues in the city are struggling to cope. Karachi's always hot in the summer, but this year has seen temperatures of more than 111 Fahrenheit.

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