The Two-Way
10:24 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Evergreen Files For Chapter 11; State 'Clawback' Attempts Loom

Evergreen Solar has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief, hoping to reorganize its debt and continue as a smaller company. Here, its panels are seen on a rooftop near Rome.
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Seven months after it fired 800 employees, Evergreen Solar is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief. The company, which has received tens of millions of dollars in grants and incentives from the state of Massachusetts, will also face calls to return at least some of that money.

In the language of failed businesses, those calls are termed a "clawback" effort.

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Africa
10:00 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Debt At Home, Famine Abroad: America's Aid Dilemma

Despite media reports that food aid for Somalians is being stolen, a bipartisan congressional committee is calling for more U.S. dollars to be sent to the African country. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with members of the House Subcommittee on African and Global Health: Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) and Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.).

The Two-Way
9:56 am
Tue August 16, 2011

$360 Million In Military Contracts Went To Taliban, Other Afghan Criminals

In a trickle-down effect, about $360 million spent by the United States on combat support and reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan ended up in enemy hands. As the AP reports, the U.S. military said the money was handed down by contractors to "the Taliban, criminals and local power brokers with ties to both."

The AP adds:

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Author Interviews
9:24 am
Tue August 16, 2011

America's 'Secret Campaign' Against Al-Qaida

After the Sept. 11 attacks, America responded immediately with a militarized strategy to defeat al-Qaida. But it quickly became clear to analysts in the Pentagon that using warfare alone couldn't counter the terrorist group. In 2005, a group of eclectic analysts at Central Command began looking for a broader, more holistic strategy they could use to target al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:17 am
Tue August 16, 2011

From Betel Leaf Chew To Tobacco, Indians Swap One Vice For Another

A vendor sells betel leaf wrapped in silver foil in Lucknow, India.
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Our colleague over at NPR's foreign desk, Corey Flintoff, filed this radio piece for today's Morning Edition on a rich tradition in India of making and chewing spice and nut packets wrapped in betel leaves called paan. It turns out that paan is being threatened by an influx of cheaper commercially prepared packets containing tobacco.

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Planet Money
8:54 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Germany: From Hero To (Almost) Zero

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Strong economic growth takes the sting out of debt. When a nation's income increases, tax revenues go up. Existing debts become more manageable.

By the same token, when economic growth stalls, debt problems become tougher to solve.

So this morning's news out of Europe is cause for concern: Overall, the EU economy grew by just 0.2 percent between the first and second quarter of this year, officials reported.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Rebels Encircle Tripoli, Threaten To Cut Off Gadhafi Supplies

The Libyan opposition is the closest it's ever been to Tripoli since the civil war began six months ago. According to multiple news outlets, the rebels have slowly worked their way around the city and are now in a position to cut off supplies to Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

That news was paired with the apparent defection of Nassr al-Mabroul Abdullah, Libya's head of public security as well as news that Gaddafi's army fired its first scud missile.

The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
7:45 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Fitch Ratings Affirms United States' AAA Rating

Fitch Ratings, one of the big three ratings agencies, announced today that it was keeping a AAA rating for the United States.

The agency said in a press release that the affirmation "reflects the fact that the key pillars of US's exceptional creditworthiness remains intact." The agency added:

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Shots - Health Blog
7:44 am
Tue August 16, 2011

'Ankle Phone Call' Could Save Time And Money In The ER

In 2009, more than 30 percent of ER visits for lower limb injuries came from sprains and strains, a study found.
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Got a bum leg or ankle?

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The Two-Way
7:24 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Letter: Phone Hacking 'Was Widely' Discussed At U.K. Tabloid

A letter made public today by Britain's House of Commons puts into question just how much top brass at News of the World knew about illegal phone hacking practices. The letter, written by Clive Goodman, a former News of the World royal correspondent convicted of phone hacking, says the "practice was widely discussed in the daily editorial conference, until explicit reference to it was banned by the Editor."

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