All Tech Considered
3:22 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Apple Makes A Play For 'Smart Homes' By Connecting Appliances

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 7:57 am

Into the quickly crowding field of automated home gadgets and appliances comes Apple, which announced HomeKit at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday. HomeKit is its entrance into a nascent, fragmented market for home automation, aka the Internet of Things.

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Shots - Health News
3:19 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Odds Of Abuse And Mistreatment Add Up Over Children's Lives

Maltreatment in childhood raises the risk of physical and mental health problems throughout life.
RenoCdZ iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 11:33 am

Children who are maltreated are much more likely to have physical and mental health problems later on. They face a higher risk of suicide and of getting in trouble with the law.

But there's a big gap between the number of people who say they were abused or neglected as children and the official rate of annual confirmed cases, which runs about 1 percent.

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NPR Story
3:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Study Finds Seasonal Workers Worse Off In Fair Trade Operations

A four-year study has found that agricultural workers are worse off in "fair trade" operations. (

A recently released four-year study from the University of London shows that agricultural workers in and near operations with a “Fair Trade certified” label are actually worse off than their non-Fair Trade counterparts.

Rodney North of the Fair Trade group Equal Exchange says the goal of Fair Trade was never to improve the wages of temporary workers, rather its goal was to ensure that small farmers got to keep their land.

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NPR Story
3:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Remembering Ann B. Davis Of 'The Brady Bunch'

Ann B. Davis was best known for playing the part of Alice, the housekeeper on The Brady Bunch. (YouTube screenshot)

Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country’s favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of “The Brady Bunch,” died Sunday at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans talks to Here & Now about her life and her role on the show.

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NPR Story
3:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

New Apple Mac, Mobile Features Coming This Fall

Apple CEO Tim Cook waves during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West center on June 2, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Tim Cook kicked off the annual WWDC which is typically a showcase for upcoming updates to Apple hardware and software. The conference runs through June 6. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple’s Mac operating system is getting a new design and better ways to exchange files, while new features in the software for iPhones and iPads include one for keeping tabs on your health.

Apple executive Craig Federighi pointed out that data from various fitness-related devices now live in silos, so you can’t get a comprehensive picture of your health. That will change, he says, with HealthKit coming to the new mobile software, iOS 8. Apple is also working with the Mayo Clinic to make sure your weight, calorie intake and other health metrics are within healthy ranges.

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The Two-Way
3:06 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Former Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Will Plead Guilty To Fraud

Patrick Cannon, shown here in 2013, is expected to plead guilty Tuesday in a public corruption case.
Chuck Burton AP

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 4:30 pm

Former Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Patrick Cannon is expected to plead guilty to a corruption charge in federal court on Tuesday.

Cannon, who was elected to the post last November, resigned in March hours after being arrested.

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The Salt
2:37 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Sandwich Monday: Caffeinated Beef Jerky

You can really taste the sports!

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 4:01 pm

Today's fitness nuts (and caffeine junkies) have all sorts of energy foods at their disposal: Powerbars, Sport Beans, actual Fitness NutsTM.

But until now, athletes or office workers who wanted their caffeine in the form of desiccated meat were out of luck.

Enter Perky Jerky.

Mike: This is disappointing. I assumed Perky Jerky was made from Couric meat.

Eva: I enjoy this jerky with freshly milked Five Hour Energy drink.

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Arts & Culture
2:33 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

UTSA Marching Band Takes Unprecedented French Trip For D-Day Commemoration

UTSA's Spirit of San Antonio marching band.
Kris Rodriguez

The 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6) is fast approaching and UTSA’s marching band, the Spirit of San Antonio, will be heading to France for ceremonies there.

"The UTSA Spirit of San Antonio was given the honor and privilege of being the premiere ensemble of Sainte-Mère-Église," explained Ron Ellis, director of bands at UTSA.

Sainte-Mère-Église was one of the first towns liberated by the Allies in the D-Day invasion. The city will be the focus of many D-Day commemorations.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

EPA Chief Says Greenhouse Gas Rules Will Save Country Billions

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signs new regulations targeting greenhouse gas emissions on Monday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 5:48 pm

New federal regulations that aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will have a large economic upside, largely through health savings, says Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

"We are talking by 2030 having $90 billion in benefits," McCarthy told NPR's Robert Siegel in an interview airing on All Things Considered.

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2:29 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

What Syria's President Seeks From A Not-So-Democratic Election

Women walk past election posters of Syria's President Bashar Assad on a Damascus street on Monday. Despite the civil war, the election will be held Tuesday in areas controlled by Assad's government. Assad became president after his father's death in 2000 and is assured of winning a third seven-year term.
Khaled al-Hariri Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 7:27 pm

The Turkish border city of Gaziantep becomes more Syrian by the day. New waves of refugees have arrived since January. In the market, Syrian craftsmen hammer out copper pots and plates, as they did back home in Aleppo.

"We left to save our children," says Ali Abu Hassan. "The bombs come every day."

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