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Calif. Gets A Lesson In Succession: 4 Governors In 4 Days  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:00:34 -0400
The assembly speaker takes over for the senate president pro tem, who takes over for the lieutenant governor, because they all have other obligations during Gov. Jerry Brown's trade trip to Mexico. 
People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:57:54 -0400
Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you're here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives. 
The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:57:00 -0400
Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list. 
Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:57:00 -0400
Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years. 
When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:57:00 -0400
The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history. 
Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:40:00 -0400
People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives. 
New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:36:00 -0400
Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent? 
With Deadline Looming, Lawmakers Reach Deal On VA Health Care  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:07:00 -0400
The compromise plan to be unveiled Monday is expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics and hire more doctors and nurses. 
Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:07:00 -0400
At the East Bay School for Boys, teachers try to channel students' frenetic energy into resilience and creativity. They call shop class "work," and emphasize softer skills like empathy. 
Veterans Advocacy Group Puts Corinthian Colleges On Blacklist  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:02:00 -0400
This past week, a group called Student Veterans of America announced a list of for-profit colleges that they claim are recruiting vets while simultaneously closing and selling off campuses. NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks with SVA president D. Wayne Robinson. 
What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:02:00 -0400
The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane. 
With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:08:00 -0400
A jury gave Courtney Lockhart life in prison in 2010, but a judge sentenced him to death instead. Lockhart has appealed to the state Supreme Court, hoping it will reconsider judicial override rules. 
U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:58:00 -0400
The State Department says the photos show burn marks from the firing of multiple rocket launchers inside Russia and resulting craters on the other side of the border. 
Judges Overturns D.C. Ban On Handguns In Public  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:29:23 -0400
A district court judge says the law that prohibited people from carrying handguns outside their homes violates the Second Amendment. 
How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:33:00 -0400
A researcher has complained that coverage in NPR and other outlets ignores his work and gives undue credit to a sixth-grader's project. But that sixth grader did make an original contribution.