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9:40 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Deadline Looms For States To Enroll Thousands In Health Plans

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 3:10 pm

By October 1, states are supposed to have their health insurance exchanges up and running so they can enroll residents.

The exchanges are online insurance marketplaces for individuals and small businesses — where people can shop for a health plan.

Some people will pay out of pocket for their health coverage and others may get some help from the federal government to pay for their premiums.

Polls show that 40 percent of Americans do not know that the Affordable Care Act is in effect, and that percentage is higher for uninsured populations.

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9:39 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Washington Post's Top Editor Optimistic About Sale

A visitor views the front page of the Washington Post, displayed outside the Newseum in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, a day after it was announced that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 2:01 pm

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has bought The Washington Post with $250 million of his own money.

News of the purchase shocked many who thought the Graham family would never sell the newspaper.

In a letter to employees, Bezos said he would be keeping his “day job” at Amazon, and his life in “the other Washington,” where Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle are based.

But his ownership will surely mean big changes at the Post.

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NPR Story
9:39 am
Thu August 8, 2013

As Fort Hood Shooting Trial Begins, A Look Back

Nidal Hasan is on trial for the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at a military processing center in Fort Hood, Texas. (Bell County Sheriff's Department via AP)

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 3:10 pm

After years of delays, the trial of the Army psychiatrist accused of the 2009 mass shooting at a military processing center at Fort Hood, Texas, is underway today under heavy security.

Hours before the trial was set to start, guards with long assault rifles stood watch outside the courthouse. The building is almost entirely hidden by 15-foot-tall stacks of heavy, shock-absorbing barriers that extend to the roof line.

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NPR Story
9:37 am
Thu August 8, 2013

What Will Jeff Bezos Do For The Washington Post?

Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, is pictured in Santa Monica, Calif., Sept. 6, 2012. (Reed Saxon/AP)

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 2:31 pm

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has bought The Washington Post with $250 million of his own money.

Bezos is reportedly an avid reader of newspapers on the Amazon Kindle.

Tech industry analysts call Bezos “the premier disruptor” of markets, from retail business to publishing.

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Shots - Health News
9:37 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Obamacare Hurdle: Consumers Flunk Health Insurance 101

You're not the only one who finds health insurance perplexing.
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Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:37 am

It's hardly news that people are having trouble understanding the nitty-gritty of the Affordable Care Act. Recent polls have detailed the difficulties.

But work by economists at Carnegie Mellon University suggests a big reason for the confusion that's been largely overlooked: The public doesn't understand how health insurance works in the first place.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:36 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The Subtle Mysteries Of Dinosaur Sex

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:33 am

They dominated our planet for 130 million years. You can't do that without having babies, and to have babies, dinosaurs had to have sex. The mystery is — and this is still very much a mystery — we don't really know how they did it.

The key problems being:

First, dinosaur ladies and dinosaur gentlemen were roughly the same size. No big/little asymmetry as with spiders. With spiders, the little fellow mounts the big lady. There are no body-crushing weight issues.

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The Protojournalist
9:30 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The End Of Football As We Know It

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Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:31 am

The Kickoff

It happens every year — air cools, leaves change, Americans talk about the demise of football. This year there may be more talk than usual, for several reasons, such as:

1st Down

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Stars And Stripes: Pair Of Sumatran Tigers Born At National Zoo

A Tigercubcam view of the new cubs, born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Monday.
Smithsonian's National Zoo

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 12:03 pm

The Smithsonian's National Zoo has announced the birth of a pair of Sumatran tigers, a species that has dwindled to less than 500 in the wild. Both mother and cubs are reportedly doing well.

There was no immediate word Thursday on the sex of the cubs.

Four-year-old Damai gave birth on Monday. The new arrivals appear healthy, and so far, "Damai is being a great mom, and is nursing and grooming both cubs," the zoo says on its website.

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All Songs Considered
9:27 am
Thu August 8, 2013

New Music: Elf Power, Bill Callahan, FKA Twigs, More

Clockwise from upper left: Elf Power, Aloonaluna, FKA Twigs, Bill Callahan
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 7:51 pm

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NPR Story
9:27 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Apple Scores Victory In Patent War

Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S III, right, and Apple's iPhone 4S are displayed at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea. (Ahn Young-joon/ AP)

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 4:32 pm

President Obama’s trade representative on Saturday vetoed a ban on imports of some Apple iPads and older iPhones, dealing a setback to rival South Korean electronics company Samsung.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman overruled a June decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which had banned imports of the iPhone 4 and some variations of the iPad 2.

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