4:34 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Rockets Fired Toward U.S. Embassy In Afghanistan

Afghan security officials carry the body of a fallen comrade after several armed Taliban militants launched attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday.
S. Sabawoon EPA /Landov

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 4:07 pm

Insurgents rained a barrage of rockets and gunfire on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters Tuesday in a brazen attack in Afghanistan's capital that underscores their ability to stage operations even as coalition forces hand over security to Afghan troops.

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It's All Politics
10:34 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Rick Perry Takes Tea Party Debate Licking, Keeps Ticking; Race Seems Stable

Stop Rick Perry.

That was the goal of the other Republican presidential candidates who came to the CNN/Tea Party Express debate Monday evening, to make GOP voters see the Texas governor and front-runner for their party's presidential nomination as less of a shiny new object and more as damaged goods.

By the end of the two-hour debate in Tampa, Fla., his rivals may not have knocked him out of the lead but they gave any Republican voters with doubts about Perry plenty more to fuel their concerns.

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10:01 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

In Northern Japan, Residents Face A New Reality

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan offshore on March 11, setting into motion a tsunami that engulfed large parts of northeastern Japan and triggered a nuclear meltdown at a power plant in Fukushima. On March 26, a man walks among debris in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
Athit Perawongmetha Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 13, 2011 6:22 pm

Miyo Tatebayashi used to live about three miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant, which suffered a crippling accident when the March 11 tsunami struck Japan.

On a recent day, she had just returned from a government-organized trip to the radiation zone in Fukushima prefecture along Japan's northeast coast. She had wanted to see her house.

"When I got out of the bus with my daughter, we were smiling. 'It's there,' " she recalls saying. "But when we actually saw our place, I thought, 'Oh, there is no way.' "

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Health Care
10:01 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Calif. Medicaid Expansion: A Lifeline For Ex-Convicts

Healthy Oakland physician assistant George Pearson listens to Darren Thurmond's breathing after Thurmond is released from San Quentin State Prison earlier in the day. Thurmond will go to Healthy Oakland for all of his primary care.
Alex Liu KQED

California has embarked on an ambitious expansion of its Medicaid program, three years ahead of the federal expansion that the health law requires in 2014. At least half a million people are expected to gain coverage — mostly poor adults who never qualified under the old rules because they didn't have kids at home.

Among those who stand to benefit right now are ex-offenders. Inmates often leave California prisons with no consistent place to get medical care. But that's changing.

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6:46 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Mead urges passage of wolf deal as drafted

CHEYENNE, WY (wpr) - While some legislators and agriculture groups ponder Wyoming's wolf management agreement with the U-S Department of Interior, Governor Matt Mead says he is working behind the scenes to convince lawmakers to agree to the idea. It changes some boundaries where wolves must be managed, but it allows for wolves to be shot on sight in most of the state. For the deal to be finalized lawmakers will have to pass legislation. Mead says he hopes that will happen.

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6:44 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

UW Attorney tries for better prosecution and reporting on the Wind River Reservation

WIND RIVER, WY (wpr) - The U.S. Attorney's office held its annual conference last week in Riverton. This year's theme was "Empowering Native American Women."
U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, Kip Crofts, says the conference responds to publicity about inadequate investigation and prosecution of sexual assault and domestic violence cases on Indian reservations. He's referring to a report by the Government Office of Accountability, compiled between 2005 and 2009, where 67-percent of sexual abuse offenses were declined by federal prosecutors.

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6:42 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Park Ranger recoverying following shootout

GLENDO, WY (AP) - A Wyoming park ranger is recovering from injuries he suffered in a shootout that left another man dead. Ranger Phil Martindale was shot in the chest on Friday near
Glendo State Park in southeast Wyoming.
Authorities say the shootout occurred after Martindale and an
officer with the Platte County Sheriff's Office stopped a motorist
on the east side of the reservoir. County officials say the
motorist fled the scene and was killed in a shootout with officers
at a nearby residence.

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The Two-Way
4:56 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

In Oral History Interviews, A Very Candid Jackie Kennedy

Over the past few days, we've gotten snippets of a seven-part interview with Jacqueline Kennedy conducted in 1964 by the historian and Kennedy aide Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

What's emerged is that these tapes aren't your usual gloss on history, instead it's a very candid Jackie Kennedy, who was speaking honestly and disarmed a short time after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.

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3:32 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Bank Of America Tries To Right Acquisition Wrongs

A worker sweeps in front of a Bank of America branch in Chicago. On Monday, the bank announced plans to lay off 30,000 employees, or about 10 percent of its staff, over the next few years.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The nation's largest bank said Monday that it will cut 30,000 jobs over the next few years. Bank of America has been plagued by losses after buying the home lender Countrywide, and many investors have lost faith in the bank, driving its stock down 50 percent this year.

Meanwhile, Bank of America has been selling off parts of its business to raise more capital.

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The Road Back To Work
3:10 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

The Road Back To Work: Randy Howland

Whitney Curtis for NPR

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 11:30 am

Randy Howland, 51, is glad to be working again. He spent four months at the end of 2011 searching for work, again, the second time in one calendar year.

He's working in collections for a financial institution, working with people who are behind on their mortgages. He gathers information and figures out what opportunities there might be for a loan modification or refinance.

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