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A bathtub ring marks the high-water line on Nevada's Lake Mead, which is on the Colorado River, in 2013.
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:24

In 1922, seven states drew up a plan for dividing the waters of the Colorado River. But they overestimated how much water the river could provide — and now 40 million Americans face a water crisis.

Tama had held sway as stationmaster of the Kishi train station since 2007.
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:15

Tourists would come to the Kishi train station near Wakayama City to see the feline hanging out in her office — a converted ticket booth — wearing a railway hat and collar.

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:12

A sculptor and a geologist are melting hundreds of pounds of rock in a giant cauldron to create realistic lava flows. Cool! NPR reporter Adam Cole pays a visit to learn more about lava's allure.

Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers took turns responding to a tweet that dismissed women's sports as "not worth watching."
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 13:27

Unfortunately for Sports Illustrated analyst Andy Benoit, two people who noticed his dismissal of the Women's World Cup were Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers.

Pallas Athena Wedding Gown, Size: 6, Pearl/Sequin Beading. Color:Ivory (Lot 25)
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 13:19

The agency regularly auctions off surplus government items and is now conducting its first online auction of bridal items. If you need to accessorize, there are also veils, tiaras and bouquets.

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., will announce Tuesday that he is running for president.
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 13:10

WNYC's Matt Katz reports that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is getting in the presidential race Tuesday. He would be the 14th Republican to launch a bid for the White House.

Nuns greet Pope Francis as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican today. The pope, speaking at his weekly general audience, said sometimes it is "morally necessary."
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 13:01

Francis, speaking during his weekly general audience, said couples splitting may be required to protect "the weaker spouse" and children.

E-cigarettes are marketed as a safer way to inhale nicotine, but the evidence remains unclear on benefits and harms.
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:31

It's easy to think that hardcore smokers will never quit, and thus e-cigarettes without the smoke is a better alternative. The changing demographics of smoking suggests otherwise, a study finds.

In an interview with Morning Edition host David Greene, Sanders discussed foreign policy, racial tension and his 2016 chances.
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:28

In an interview with Morning Edition host David Greene, Sanders discussed foreign policy, racial tension and his 2016 chances.

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:27

A final House vote marked a stunning victory for the president by clearing his path to completing the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal involving the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations.

The Oklahoma State Capitol is one of many legal battlegrounds that remain for the Affordable Care Act.
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:00

Bills to advance or cripple the federal health law in statehouses didn't come to a halt in the months that lawmakers awaited the Supreme Court decision. They may well smolder for months or years.

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:31

The case hinged on six words: "an exchange established by the state." The court agreed with the government's view that that could mean any exchange, including one set up by the federal government.

The Supreme Court handed a victory to the Obama administration and civil rights groups on Thursday when, by a 5-4 decision, it upheld a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination.
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:26

The court decided the case by a 5-4 margin, saying that claims of racial discrimination in housing cases shouldn't be limited by questions of intent.

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:16

President Obama made comments Thursday about the Supreme Court's ruling that upholds the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are important to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:06

"Crocodile tears are flooding our nation's capital today," Sen. Ted Cruz said in a statement after the Supreme Court upheld subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

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