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Minimalist Parenting: Doing More With Less

For many children, summer break is filled with activities like math classes and language lessons. That's leading some parents to wonder what ever happened to a laid-back summer of playing outside and riding bikes? Host Michel Martin speaks with a roundtable of moms about 'minimalist parenting.'
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The Business And Science Of Storm Shelters

There are no definitive numbers on how many people were saved by storm shelters in the deadly tornado in Moore, Okla. There's little doubt that those who sought cover in previously-installed underground shelters and safe rooms were protected. Still, most people in high-risk areas don't have them.
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Supreme Court Declines Review Of Planned Parenthood Case

The justices have refused to disturb a lower court decision that barred Indiana from stripping Medicaid payments to the organization. Six federal courts have ruled that targeted defunding is illegal. This was the first case to reach the Supreme Court.
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Eyelid-Lift Payments From Medicare Rise, And Raise Eyebrows

The number of eyelid lifts paid for by Medicare more than tripled in a 10-year span, according to the Center for Public Integrity. The cost to U.S. taxpayers for the surgery rose to $80 million in 2011, the report says. In one year, a Florida surgeon billed Medicare for about 2,200 procedures.
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Nike Is Cutting Ties To The Livestrong Charity

Cycling superstar Lance Armstrong founded the cancer charity in 1997. After years of denials, he admitted in January that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career. Nike earlier cut ties with Armstrong. Now it is parting ways with the foundation.
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No Delay In Trial Of Man Who Says He Killed Trayvon Martin

The African-American teen's February 2012 shooting death drew national attention. George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder. He claims self defense. Trayvon's family alleges the young man was racially profiled. The trial will begin June 10.
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Should Detroit Bail Out By Selling Van Gogh?

The city of Detroit owes billions of dollars to creditors. Now, the city's emergency manager is trying to figure out how much the city's assets are worth, including pieces at the Detroit Institute of Arts by painters like Van Gogh, Matisse, and Warhol. Host Michel Martin talks about the possibility of selling Detroit's art collection.
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Summer-Like Conditions Are Fueling California Wildfire

The blaze north of Santa Barbara has forced as many as 6,000 people to evacuate homes and campsites. It's thought the fire began Monday at a campsite in the Los Padres National Forest. So far, more than 1,000 acres have been burned. It may be a week before the fire is contained.

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