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Some lawmakers are raising concern that the Senate health care bill could aggravate the problem of healthy people going without insurance, driving up costs for everyone else.
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 06:00

In their Affordable Care Act repeal bill, Senate Republicans dropped the requirement that all Americans get health insurance. But they also kept the mandate that insurance companies cover everyone.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appointed current student loan company CEO Wayne Johnson to head the federal student loan agency this week.
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 05:00

Plus school district secession, student borrower complaints, and more.

Daniel Day-Lewis, the three-time Oscar winner and incomparable film chameleon announced his retirement from acting.
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 04:53

Daniel Day-Lewis says he is no longer going to act. Weekend Edition guest host Melissa Block remembers an interview she had with him that might shed some light on what he'll do next.

Chinese military police and rescue workers at the site of a landslide in in Xinmo village, Sichuan province on Saturday.
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 03:40

Chinese state news says 141 people are missing, according to the provincial government, after a landslide of mud, rocks and boulders buried the town of Xinmo in Sichuan province.

Brandon E. Banks and his attorney Katie Hagan listen during his trial June 19 in Nashville. The jury on Friday convicted Banks of rape and sexual battery.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 22:51

A Nashville, Tenn., jury convicted 23-year-old Brandon Banks in the 2013 gang rape of a fellow student. Two former teammates have also been convicted and another has yet to be tried.

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:21

The televangelist and author of books on faith and finances has allegedly carried out various forms of tax fraud for more than a decade, according to a grand jury's indictment.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., has barred priests from performing sacraments for people in same-sex marriages. Above, Paprocki testifies against an Illinois same-sex marriage bill in 2013.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:36

Bishop Thomas Paprocki is telling priests in his diocese not to offer sacraments to people in same-sex marriages. A Catholic LGBT group calls the decree "mean-spirited and unchristian in the extreme."

Andy Slavitt was in charge of running the federal agency that oversees the Affordable Care Act from 2015 to 2017.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:36

Andy Slavitt was acting administrator of the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services until January. He calls the new Senate health care bill "the ugly step-sibling" of the House bill.

Soybean leaves showing evidence of damage from dicamba. Thousands of acres of soybean fields have shown this kind of damage this spring.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:09

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

Zola the gorilla, back in action.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:06

We'd explain further, but really, the headline kind of speaks for itself.

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:12

A 1979 state supreme court ruling said it's not rape if a person changes their mind during sex and their partner doesn't stop. A North Carolina lawmaker wants to make it a crime.

Astronauts thinking deep thoughts.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:02

Over half of the 7.5 billion humans on Earth live in just seven countries. What will the planet's population picture look like in 2100?

Ray Tensing, the former University of Cincinnati police officer, testifying on the seventh day of his retrial in Hamilton County Common Pleas earlier this month at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:31

Jurors couldn't agree on a verdict in the murder and manslaughter case against former police officer Ray Tensing over his fatal shooting of black motorist Sam DuBose in 2015.

The silver carp captured Thursday in Illinois just downstream of the T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam. It weighs about 8 pounds and measures 28 inches long.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:17

A commercial fisher captured the silver carp beyond the barriers built to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The incident is raising alarms from local lawmakers.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in watches a test-firing of an indigenously developed ballistic missile at the state-run Agency for Defense Development in Taean, South Korea.
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:21

Military strength is needed for dialogue with North Korea to work, President Moon Jae-in says. Officials say the Hyunmoo-2 missile, with a range of nearly 500 miles, hit its target accurately.

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