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NPR Story
3:19 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Could Technology Upgrades Help Stop Welfare Fraud?

Pictured is the Massachusetts State House, where some lawmakers are calling for welfare reform to address controversies over welfare fraud. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 12:40 pm

Officials in Massachusetts are investigating whether to file criminal or civil charges after an auditor’s report last month found that the state had handed out $18 million in questionable benefits — including welfare — to more than 1,000 dead people.

Michigan’s governor Rick Snyder just signed a law to make sure that dead people are not eligible for food assistance.

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NPR Story
3:19 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Is Yahoo Making A Comeback?

This image released by NBC shows Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer appearing on NBC News' "Today" show, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 in New York to introduce the website's redesign. (Peter Kramer/NBC via AP)

Is Yahoo making a comeback? The company’s stock is up nearly 36 percent this year.

Investors have had high hopes since the arrival of CEO Marissa Mayer, who joined Yahoo from Google.

Jason Bellini of the Wall Street Journal joins us to talk about how the company is doing overall.

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NPR Story
11:50 am
Tue July 16, 2013

'Boy Of Baraka' Brings Sweet Change To Baltimore

Detail of Taharka Brothers Ice Cream poster. (Taharka Bros.)

Back in 2005 we introduced you to a group of young men from inner-city Baltimore who spent a year studying in Kenya as part of a small education program called the Baraka School.

The idea was to get the boys away from the crime and drugs in their neighborhood. Their experiences were featured in a documentary called “The Boys of Baraka.”

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NPR Story
11:45 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Britain Anticipates Royal Baby

As part of a publicity stunt, people from a bookmakers office dressed as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right and a British Guardsman, left, stand with a placard with the odds for the name of the royal baby as they pose for the media outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

Bookies are taking bets on the future King or Queen of England: gender, weight, name — even future university and profession.

They’ve hauled in $1.5 million — a record for a non-sports event.

Memorabilia has hit the shelves too — “I love Aunt Pippa” bibs, the “baby duo” pink and blue nail polish kits, “royal baby” cookie tins.

Peter Hunt, the BBC’s royal correspondent, joins us from St. Mary’s Hospital in London where Duchess Kate is expected to give birth.

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NPR Story
11:40 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Australian PM Changes Carbon Tax Ahead Of Election

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd speaks to the media on June 26, 2013. (Rick Rycroft/AP)

Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Tuesday a deeply unpopular carbon tax will be replaced by a less-severe emissions trading scheme a year ahead of schedule, in a bid to lower power bills for households as a tight national election looms.

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NPR Story
12:55 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Fighting Words From Minnesota Rapper Dessa

Dessa's latest album is "Parts of Speech." (Doomtree)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:48 pm

Stephen Thompson, NPR Music writer and editor, brings us a new single from Minnesota rapper Dessa.

“Fighting Fish,” from her new album Parts of Speech, includes lyrics about Greek philosophy and emotional turmoil.

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12:50 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

How TV Shows Cope With An Actor's Death

Cory Monteith at the Los Angeles premiere of "Glee" on May 11, 2009, in Santa Monica, California. (Todd Williamson/Invision via AP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 4:02 pm

Cory Monteith, the 31-year-old actor most famous for playing the high school jock turned glee club singer on the Fox show “Glee,” was found dead on Saturday night in his Vancouver hotel room.

The cause of death has not yet been made public. Monteith had struggled in the past with substance abuse.

It’s unclear how Glee producers will address Monteith’s death as the show ramps up for its new season.

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12:40 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Head Start Programs Try To Deal With Sequester Cuts

Students pose for a picture at a Head Start program run by the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency. (CHC Community Action Agency)

Up to 70,000 children could lose access to Head Start and Early Head Start programs as a result of the federal budget cuts known as the sequester, according to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Local programs are trying to compensate for the cuts by trimming other areas of their budgets, in an attempt to keep the Head Start slots in the program open for children.

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11:50 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Why We Lose Weight When We Sleep

(JuditK/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 4:02 pm

Why do we weigh less in the morning than we do at night?

NPR’s Robert Krulwich decided to find out and he shares his findings with us.

It turns out that much of it has to do with breathing.

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NPR Story
11:45 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Pittsburgh Pirates Get Creative With Money

Pittsburgh Pirates All-Stars pose for a photo before a baseball game at PNC Park against the New York Mets in Pittsburgh Sunday, July 14, 2013. From left they are; relief pitcher Mark Melancon (35), center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22), starting pitcher Jeff Locke (49), relief pitcher Jason Grilli (39), and third baseman Pedro Alvarez (24). (Gene J. PuskarAP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 4:02 pm

Fans of baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates have endured 20 straight losing seasons, the longest stretch of futility among the four professional sports teams.

But as they head into the All-Star break, the Pirates have one of the best records of all the Major League Baseball teams. And the case can be made they did it by smart investing.

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