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5:07 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Lead Exposure May Cause Depression And Anxiety In Children

A child plays in a Beijing park. Health threats caused by pollution have become a major concern in China.
Andy Wong AP

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 9:44 am

Lead is well known for causing permanent behavioral and cognitive problems in children, but a study says it may also cause less obvious problems like depression, too, even at low levels.

That's the word from a study tracking the health of 1,341 children in Jintan, China, where the health effects of pollution from rapid development have become a national concern.

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The Two-Way
5:03 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Nominating New VA Chief, Obama Says 'We Have To Do Better' For Vets

Announcing his nominee for a new chief of the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Obama said the country needed "to do better for all wounded warriors."

"Providing the highest quality care when our veterans need it — that's your incentive," Obama said.

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NPR Ed
4:46 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

A Role Model Pipeline For Young Black Men

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:20 pm

This story is part of the "Men in America" series on All Things Considered.

Fewer than 2 percent of the nation's elementary school teachers are black men. A program at Clemson University in South Carolina is looking to change that.

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Middle East
4:42 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Between Israel And Hamas, 3 Killed Teens Escalate Tensions

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:26 pm

Three Israeli teens who have been missing since June 12 — including one who is a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen — were found killed in the West Bank. Israel blames Hamas and is expected to take action against the militant group. Daniel Estrin talks to Melissa Block from Jerusalem.

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Law
4:38 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

High Court Allows Some Companies To Opt Out Of Contraceptives Mandate

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:07 pm

For the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a for-profit corporation can refuse to comply with a general government mandate because doing so would violate the corporation's asserted religious beliefs.

By a 5-4 vote, the court struck an important part of President Obama's health care law — the requirement that all insurance plans cover birth control — because it conflicted with a corporation owners' religious beliefs.

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