2:57pm

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Federal Judge Rules The FBI's Secret Demands Of Data Are Unconstitutional

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 3:29 pm

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, right, and FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Win McNamee Getty Images

A federal judge in California ruled today that the FBI cannot secretly demand data from banks and phone companies in national security cases. The judge said orders that keep those requests secret violate the First Amendment.

NPR's Carrie Johnson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The demands known as 'national security letters' became a quick and popular tool for the FBI to gather information without a judge's pre-approval in the years after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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2:10pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Education

Youth Radio: Undocumented teens out of the shadows at last

Marco Perez, a senior at Roosevelt High School, gained confidence from the school’s Dreamers Club.
Mitzy Ballesteros

Seventeen-year-old Marco Pérez seems like an ordinary teenager. He wakes early each morning and rides his bicycle to Theodore Roosevelt High School. As a senior, he is applying to college. Yet he has a challenge unlike those of most other college-bound students. He is a “dreamer,” an undocumented immigrant student with dreams of legalizing his immigration status in the United States.

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2:08pm

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

The Man Who Coined 'The God Particle' Explains: It Was A Joke!

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 3:02 pm

This is what researchers at the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider expect a Higgs boson to look like. The Higgs boson is the subatomic particle that scientists say gives everything in the universe mass.
ATLAS Experiment/CERN

We've explained it many times: Physicists are irked when we in the media call the Higgs Boson, "The God Particle."

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1:59pm

Fri March 15, 2013
It's All Politics

Analyst: Portman's Gay Marriage Shift May Be 'Tip Of The Spear' In GOP

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:42 pm

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29, 2012.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

It is a theme that has become increasingly familiar during the rapid evolution of American political attitudes toward same-sex marriage: People who learn that a friend or loved one is gay are far more likely to support same-sex marriage, even if they were once adamantly opposed.

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who became the first Republican in the U.S. Senate to openly endorse same-sex marriage, is simply the latest.

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1:54pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Education

City College of San Francisco stands to lose accreditation

Mary Willis

A decision is due today on the issue of whether City College of San Francisco will lose its accreditation. City College of San Francisco students, teachers, and staff launched a rally outside City Hall on Thursday to express their growing concerns with the college's administration and possible shutdown.

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1:46pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Will San Francisco's buildings stand up in an earthquake?

This past Monday, Riverside County experienced a magnitude 4.7 earthquake. That’s not really news for Southern California, but this is: an earthquake detection system accurately predicted it.

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1:34pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Matchmaker, Er, Match Week, Make Me A Doctor

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 3:16 pm

Match day at Georgetown University School of Medicine on March 15.
Eric Stern for NPR

Match week is the nail-biting time of year that haunts and tantalizes fourth-year medical students with dreams of residency programs. It culminates with the students learning at Friday at 1 p.m. if — and where — a hospital wants to train them to become full-fledged doctors.

Kristin Huntoon, 34, at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, tells Shots the past few months have been nerve-wracking. The fourth-year medical student would notice herself thinking about residency programs while she was in class, or during clinical rotations.

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12:36pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Asia

From Police Chief To Political Office, Jobs Are For Sale In China

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:15 pm

The 12th National People's Congress holds the election for its new president at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday.
Wang Zhao AFP/Getty Images

China's new president, Xi Jinping, who was formally elected Thursday, is already engaged in his own anti-corruption campaign, threatening to go after the key players — the tigers as well as the flies.

Confronting the issue is a matter of political self-interest and survival for China's new leaders. The problem is how to root out corrupt officials when so many are quite literally invested in the system.

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12:31pm

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Record $614 Million In Penalties Levied As Insider Trading Cases Are Settled

Connecticut-based hedge fund CR Intrinsic Investors "has agreed to pay more than $600 million to settle SEC charges that it participated in an insider trading scheme involving a clinical trial for an Alzheimer's drug," the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday.

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11:59am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Runway Scare: Driverless Van Crosses Path Of Passenger Jet At Toronto Airport

A van that had been left running and in gear crossed an active runway at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, seen here in a 2012 photo. The incident, which occurred late Monday, is under investigation.
Bruce Bennett Getty Images

Canadian officials are investigating an incident in which a driverless van traveled across the runway at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, at the same time an Air Canada flight was landing late Monday night. After the plane's pilots reportedly ignored commands to pull up, the jet "narrowly missed" the van, investigators say.

From the CBC:

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