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9:37 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Last Chance To Ask About Health Law Before Sign-Up Deadline

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Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 10:23 am

This is it. The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act this year is March 31. With time running out, the questions about how the health law and the exchanges work keep pouring in. Here are a few more to check out while the clock ticks down.

My son will be 19 in May. I claim him as a dependent on my taxes. If I don't provide for his medical coverage and he is unemployed and makes no income, how is he supposed to pay his penalty? Or are they going to take his penalty out of my tax return because he is a dependent on my return?

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Tue March 25, 2014

More Bodies Recovered From Washington State Mudslide

The massive mudslide that killed more than a dozen people is shown in this aerial photo taken Monday near Arlington, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 9:10 pm

Updated at 9:55 p.m. EDT

Emergency workers recovered two more bodies in the search for survivors after the massive slide near Oso, Wash., bringing the official death toll to 16.

Up to eight more fatalities have been located but not recovered, which would put the total at 24, said Snohomish County Fire Chief Travis Hots at a press conference Tuesday evening.

"We have found no signs of life," Hots said. "That's the disappointing part."

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The Two-Way
7:25 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Obama: Russia Making 'Series Of Calculations' After Crimea

President Obama, accompanied by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, speaks during their joint news conference at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on Tuesday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 1:27 pm

(This post was updated at 11:30 a.m. ET.)

President Obama on Tuesday said that he believed that Russia was "still making a series of calculations" regarding any further moves after its annexation of Crimea, but that there was no expectation of dislodging it by force from the Black Sea peninsula.

"What we can bring to bear are the legal arguments, the diplomatic arguments," he said at a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte following a nuclear security summit in The Hague.

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The Salt
6:33 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Can You Open A Bottle Of Wine With A Shoe? Yes, But It Ain't Pretty

My attempt at opening a wine bottle with a tennis shoe.
Maggie Starbard/NPR

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:31 pm

There's a rumor swirling around on the Internet: If you have a bottle of wine, but no corkscrew with which to open it, then a shoe will do the trick nicely.

Really?

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The Two-Way
6:20 am
Tue March 25, 2014

White House To Propose Halting NSA Bulk Collection Of Phone Data

The sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 2:42 pm

President Obama is preparing to announce a plan to scrap the government's systematic collection of bulk phone records as part of a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency's controversial electronic surveillance activities.

The New York Times, quoting senior administration officials, reports:

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The Two-Way
6:14 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Bad Weather Suspends Search For Flight 370 In Indian Ocean

Family members of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 tearfully shouted slogans during a protest Tuesday in front of the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing.
Kim Kyung-hoon Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 8:59 am

Angry relatives of passengers aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vented their anger at Malaysian officials Tuesday as rough weather in the southern Indian Ocean temporarily halted the search for wreckage from the airliner.

The BBC reports:

"In Beijing, relatives of passengers on board the plane released a statement accusing the Malaysian government of trying to 'delay, distort and hide the truth.'

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Around the Nation
6:09 am
Tue March 25, 2014

14-Year-Old Texas Girl Writes Policeman A Ticket

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 6:33 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene with a reminder that no one's above the law. Tommy King from the Baytown, Texas Police Department was in an apartment complex. He parked his patrol car on a curb in a fire lane, backing in when a sign clearly read head first. A resident, Annie James - she's 14 - saw the violation and gave King a ticket.

Animals
6:04 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Shearing Olympics Lacks Shaggy Sheep

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 6:33 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Thousands of athletes wanted to compete in the Winter Olympics. The Olympics of sheep shearing has a different problem: Ireland's Golden Shears World Championship suffers from a shortage of shaggy sheep. It's a seasonal thing, spring is a time to sell shaggy sheep. Organizers have 5,000 so far but they need six. So they're making farmers an offer: haircuts for year-old ewes - free.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Education
4:11 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families

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Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 11:11 am

In the past 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from about $9,000 to nearly $30,000 today. The percentage of students carrying debt has shot up from less than half to nearly 70 percent these days.

At a large public high school in Freemont, Calif., southeast of San Francisco, Alyssa Tucker and Thao Le sit on a metal table. Both come from families with modest incomes.

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Business
4:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Chevron Pizza 'Scandal' Leaves Small Town Divided

Joann Herrington holds up the gift certificate to Bobtown Pizza that she and her husband received from Chevron three days after a natural gas well exploded up the hill from their home in Mount Morris, Pa.
Katie Colaneri WHYY

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 4:05 pm

More than 12,000 people from the Netherlands to San Francisco have signed a petition demanding that Chevron apologize for insulting Bobtown, Pa., after the energy giant responded to an explosion of one of its natural gas wells by giving nearby residents coupons for free pizza.

The explosion killed a young worker.

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