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3:51 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

As Washington Prepares To Legalize Pot, Congressman Threatens To Arrest Mayor

Washington, D.C., mayor Muriel Bowser in November of 2014.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 4:10 pm

With hours to go before the District of Columbia legalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana, a Republican congressman is threatening the federal city's mayor with arrest.

Initiative 71, which was approved by 70 percent of voters last November, has brought to the surface the District's long struggle to govern itself. As the Constitution and federal law mandate, the District does not have voting representatives or senators in Congress and every law passed by the District has to be reviewed by Congress.

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World Cafe
3:30 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Phil And Dave Alvin On World Cafe

Dave Alvin.
Rich McKie WXPN

The Blasters with Dave and Phil Alvin were an integral part of the Los Angeles punk scene in the 1980s, as well as the blues scene and even the cowpunk scene. Their high energy R&B was hard to deny. Phil sang, Dave played guitar and wrote songs. They parted acrimoniously in 1986, and it wasn't until last year's album of Big Bill Broonzy songs, Common Ground, that they recorded together again.

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Code Switch
3:14 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

'Her Calling Was To Help People Understand One Another': Remembering Dori Maynard

Dori J. Maynard, of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, speaks during a forum at Preservation Park's Nile Hall in Oakland, Calif., in 2013.
Jane Tyska Bay Area News Group

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 7:18 pm

In a heartfelt tribute, Fusion Voice's deputy editor Latoya Peterson recalled her seven-year relationship with journalist Dori Maynard as one of "an advisor, a mentor, and a beloved friend." Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard institute for Journalism Education, died Tuesday night at her home in Oakland, Calif. She was 56.

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The Two-Way
3:10 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Acclaimed Documentary Filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky Dies At 58

Co-director Bruce Sinofsky attends the Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory press day at HBO Studios on Jan. 6, 2012, in New York City.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 5:14 pm

Peabody and Emmy Award winning filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky has died at age 58.

Sinofsky and his longtime co-director, Joe Berlinger, made such acclaimed documentaries as Some Kind of Monster, about the heavy metal band Metallica and Brother's Keeper, about four brothers in rural upstate New York. They are perhaps best known for Paradise Lost, a trilogy of films about three teenagers convicted of killing three little boys in West Memphis, Ark.

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NPR Story
2:57 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Refinery Strike Continues Into Fourth Week

Members of the United Steelworkers Union and other supporting unions picket outside the BP refinery on February 10, 2015 in Whiting, Indiana. Workers at the BP refinery walked off the job Sunday morning after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract. They join workers at other oil refineries and plants in the first nationwide refinery strike since 1980. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A nationwide oil refinery strike continued this week and expanded to 15 plants. The United Steelworkers union organized the walkout, after the union’s contract with oil companies expired.

One of the latest refineries to be impacted is the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, the largest of its kind in the country. CNN’s Maggie Lake joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details.

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NPR Story
2:57 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Will Elizabeth Warren's Populist Message Shape 2016?

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during a hearing before Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee February 10, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 6:51 pm

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is an unusual rookie politician. The freshman senator has a seat at the leadership table and a loudspeaker many veteran politicians would envy. Her fans are hoping she’ll run for president in 2016, but Warren insists she’s not. So what is Senator Warren’s emerging role in the Democratic Party? From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Asma Khalid of WBUR reports.

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NPR Story
2:57 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Senate Dems Agree To GOP Plan To Fund Homeland Department

Senate Democrats on Wednesday signed onto a Republican plan to fund the Homeland Security Department without the immigration provisions opposed by President Barack Obama. The announcement by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid put the Senate on track to pass the bill as a partial agency shutdown looms Friday at midnight.

The House’s response was uncertain. Earlier Wednesday, House Republicans reacted tepidly at best to the plan from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who proposed decoupling the issue of DHS funding from immigration.

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All Songs Considered
2:54 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Jimmy Page Reflects On 40 Years Of Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti'

Jimmy Page is remastering and reissuing all of the Led Zeppelin albums, along with previously unreleased recordings.
Ross Halfin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 4:32 pm

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All Tech Considered
2:14 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

The World Loves The Smartphone. So How About A Smart Home?

Guido Rosa Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 3:23 pm

My coffee maker is texting me again. It's scheduled to make coffee tomorrow, the message says, but I need to refill its water tank. Welcome to the future.

The Mr. Coffee Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker with WeMo — yes, that is its official name — is just one of many household appliances being remade to connect to the Internet and take care of themselves. There are thermostats, smoke alarms, washing machines and even $1,000 Bluetooth-connected toilets.

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National Security
2:14 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

A Hard Look At The Risks Of Transporting Oil On Rail Tanker Cars

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Music Reviews
2:14 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

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Shots - Health News
1:57 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Eyelashes Grow To Just The Right Length To Shield Eyes

A calf sports platinum blonde lashes.
Mike Horrocks/Flickr

Attaching fake eyelashes might make give you a few extra millimeters to bat at your date, but they could also be channeling dust into your eyes. That's because the ideal eyelash length is about one third the width of an eye. And that goes for 22 different animals, not just humans.

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The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

FBI Arrests 3 Men For Allegedly Plotting To Join Islamic State In Syria

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 2:43 pm

The FBI has arrested three men from Brooklyn for allegedly plotting to join the so-called Islamic State in Syria.

In a press release, the Justice Department said that the men — two citizens of Uzbekistan and one a citizen of Kazakhstan — have been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

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World Cafe
1:43 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Gary Burden On World Cafe

Gary Burden
Rich McKie WXPN

Check out this video of an unusual interview with art director and album cover designer Gary Burden. He takes us up and down Laurel Canyon and discusses his experience living there in the '60's and '70s.

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Code Switch
1:41 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

African Emoji CEO: Apple 'Missed The Whole Point' With Its Diverse Emojis

Here's a set of Afro-centric emoticons that Oju Africa's CEO thinks trumps Apple's new diverse emojis.
OjuAfrica.com

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 7:23 pm

Alpesh Patel, the CEO of African-based emoji company Oju Africa, thinks Apple missed the mark with its new set of iPhone emoji options, which offers more skin-tone options than before.

"Look at their new emoticons — it's all about skin colour," he told Vice's Motherboard. "Diversity is not about skin colour — it's about embracing the multiple cultures out there that have no digital representation."

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World Cafe
1:11 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Harvey Kubernik On World Cafe

David Dye and Harvey Kubernik.
Rich McKie WXPN

We get the history of the bohemian area of Hollywood known as Laurel Canyon from historian and author Harvey Kubernik. His book Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon describes the musically fertile area that has provided escape for Angelenos since the 1920's.

The Two-Way
12:49 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Toronto Police Try To Uncover Riddle Of Mystery Tunnel

Deputy Chief Mark Saunders speaks at a news conference in Toronto on Tuesday. A mysterious tunnel discovered in Toronto near one of the venues for this summer's Pan American Games contained a rosary with a crucifix and poppy. Police said there is nothing to suggest the tunnel was linked to criminal activity.
Aaron Harris Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 2:04 pm

Police in Toronto are asking for the public's help to solve the riddle of a mysterious tunnel discovered more than a month ago. Investigations have so far been unable to determine who built the tunnel or its purpose, but its discovery has fueled security concerns ahead of the Pan American and Parapan American Games in Canada this summer.

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The Two-Way
12:34 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Supreme Court Sides With Fisherman In Case Of The Missing Fish

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 3:18 pm

Commercial fisherman John Yates and his crew were fishing for red grouper in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Cortez, Fla., in 2007. His vessel was boarded by John Jones, a state Fish and Wildlife officer who was working on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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It's All Politics
12:23 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Rep. Boehner: House Has 'Done Its Job' On Homeland Security Funding

House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Wednesday: "The House has done its job to fund the Department of Homeland Security and to stop the president's overreach on immigration. We're waiting for the Senate to do their job."
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 8:46 pm

Update at 6 p.m. ET: Senate To Move Forward On Vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Wednesday afternoon that they would move forward with a vote on a so-called "clean" funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, meaning it would have no policy provisions attached targeting President Obama's immigration policy.

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Workers Sue Daimler Trucks In Oregon, Alleging Racial Discrimination

Saying they were threatened with violence and harassed by white co-workers, several current and former employees of a Daimler Trucks plant in Portland, Ore., have filed a lawsuit seeking some $9.5 million. The plaintiffs are African-American.

The lawsuit comes a month after Daimler Trucks settled civil rights complaints with other minority workers at its Portland plant for $2.4 million.

From Portland, NBC TV station KGW reports:

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The Salt
11:32 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Produce Pride: Showing The Love With Vegetable Tattoos

Siblings Jessica and Oliver Schaap of Holland, Mich., test out the temporary vegetable tattoos known as Tater Tats.
Courtesy of Jenna Weiler

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 3:24 pm

If you really love vegetables and want to tell the world, there are many ways to do so. You can join a community supported agriculture group, or CSA. You can plant a garden in your front yard. And you can broadcast your passion with t-shirt or sticker slogan like "Eat More Kale" or "Powered By Plants."

Now, there's also the option of adorning your body with vegetable body art.

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The Two-Way
11:31 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Secret Service To Fly Drones Over Washington, D.C.

Secret Service officers search the White House grounds on Jan. 26 after an unmanned aerial drone was found there during the middle of the night.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 2:32 pm

Tourists may soon have a new attraction to look at when they visit the nation's capital. The U.S. Secret Service says it will begin flying drones over Washington, D.C., in the near future.

The decision comes just weeks after a small unmanned — and unarmed — drone landed on White House property. In late January, as we've reported, a government employee lost control of the "quad copter," crashing it in the early morning hours.

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All Songs Considered
11:29 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Viking's Choice: Bosse-de-Nage, 'A Subtle Change'

Bosse-de-Nage.
Georges Monceaux Courtesy of the artist

Bosse-de-Nage's III was one of 2012's most exhilarating black-metal albums, with movement that lunged from ponderous post-rock to searing screamo mania without inhibition, even if it paradoxically came from an anxious state of mind. The Bay Area band's fourth full-length album (and first that isn't self-titled), All Fours, continues on that path, but somehow sounds darker and more vicious in its attack. Listen to the explosive "A Subtle Change."

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Obama Administration Intensifies Criticism Of Israel's Netanyahu

Secretary of State John Kerry told a House panel Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's judgment on talks with Iran "may not be correct."
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 6:23 pm

Updated at 5:45 p.m.

Secretary of State John Kerry sharply criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "judgment" on talks with Iran on its nuclear program — the latest Obama administration official wading into the controversy stirred by the Israeli leader's planned talk to Congress on March 3 on the dangers posed by the Islamic republic.

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Goats and Soda
10:34 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Please Don't Let An Earthquake Hit When I'm In The Shower

A bicyclist passes a home damaged in a 2011 earthquake at Bhaktapur, some 7 miles southeast of Kathmandu.
Prakash Mathema AFP/Getty Images

What would you do if you lived in a city where you faced the world's greatest risk of dying in a catastrophic earthquake?

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The Two-Way
10:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Inglewood Approves Plan For NFL Stadium, In Deal Involving Rams Owner

Fans hold a "Los Angeles Rams" sign during a San Diego Chargers game against the St. Louis Rams last year. Both teams are part of proposals to build new NFL stadiums in the L.A. area.
Donald Miralle Getty Images

The Los Angeles area is another step closer to hosting an NFL team, after the Inglewood, Calif., city council approved a proposal for an 80,000-seat NFL stadium. The development plan includes St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

The unanimous vote Tuesday night came after "a consultant compared stadium noise in surrounding neighborhoods to that of bird calls," member station KPCC's Ben Bergman reports.

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Shots - Health News
9:58 am
Wed February 25, 2015

May I Move My Son Off My Insurance So He Can Buy On The Exchange?

Some people are trying to figure out how to become eligible for coverage on the health insurance marketplaces. Others are wondering how the Affordable Care Act may affect coverage they buy for their children under previously established state programs.

I am covered by my employer's health plan, but I'm not happy with it. My son is 21 and currently covered under my plan. While I realize that I am not eligible for Obamacare, I am curious if I can terminate my son's policy so that he might be eligible.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:27 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Bryan Hymel's Hefty High Cs

Tenor Bryan Hymel sings shining high Cs in the Rossini aria "Asile héréditaire."
Dario Acosta Warner Classics

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 3:22 pm

Pavarotti, roll over. There's a new king of the high Cs. His name is Bryan Hymel and he pops off no fewer than 10 of them in "Asile héréditaire," the Rossini aria that opens his new album Héroïque, released Tuesday.

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Wed February 25, 2015

'2014 Was A Catastrophic Year,' Amnesty International Says

Citing violence and a refugee crisis in Syria and elsewhere, Amnesty International says international groups haven't done enough to help. Earlier this month, an injured Syrian girl was treated at a makeshift clinic, after government air strikes on a rebel-held area northeast of Damascus.
Abd Doumany AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 11:46 am

Governments "must stop pretending the protection of civilians is beyond their power," Amnesty International says in its human rights report for 2014. The group faults the U.S. on a range of issues, from the use of excessive force by police to rights abuses in the name of fighting terrorism.

"Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians," Amnesty says. "And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need."

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Europe
8:05 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Siberian Prison Inmates Craft Fatherland Day Ice Sculptures

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