Europe
3:20 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Italians Bristle At The Price Of Financial Help

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, right, and Finance minister Giulio Tremonti at a new conference in Rome on Aug. 5. The European Central Bank has agreed to help Italy with its debt crisis, but is demanding tough austerity measures.
Andrew Medichini AP

This week, Italy became the front-line in the battle to save the euro.

But it isn't the Italians taking the lead. With indecision in Rome, the European Central Bank took the unprecedented move of dictating budget-cutting policies to the third largest economy in the euro-zone.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will now have to accelerate tough austerity measures in exchange for help to solve the country's debt crisis.

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The Two-Way
3:06 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

U.S. Official Is First To Attend Nagasaki Ceremony Marking Nuclear Strike

James Zumwalt, deputy chief of the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, offers a wreath of flowers at a ceremony marking the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki.
AFP/Getty Images

A ceremonial bell tolled in Nagasaki, Japan, Tuesday morning, marking the beginning of a moment of silence to remember tens of thousands of people killed by an atomic bomb that fell from a U.S. plane 66 years ago. And for the first time, the ceremony was attended by a U.S. government official.

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Michele Norris is one of the most respected voices in American journalism. As NPR host and special correspondent, Norris produces in-depth profiles, interviews and series, and guest hosts NPR News programs.

Norris also leads the "The Race Card Project," an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America that she created after the publication of her 2010 family memoir, The Grace of Silence. In the book she turns her formidable interviewing and investigative skills on her own background to unearth long hidden family secrets that raise questions about her racial legacy and shed new light on America's complicated racial history.

Europe
2:49 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Why London Exploded Last Night

A British riot policeman stands guard in front of a burning building and burnt out car in Croydon, South London on August 8, 2011.
CARL DE SOUZA AFP/Getty Images

I knew we were in for a rough night here in Stoke Newington in the London Borough of Hackney when my wife called me at 5 p.m. from Sainsbury's, our local supermarket, to say she was in a lock down. They were shuttering the place and the police were telling her trouble had already started outside the Hackney Town Hall. The cops told her to go home and stay off the streets.

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Economy
2:34 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

High Teen Unemployment Molding 'Lost Generation'

Teens perform in a summer theater program in Washington, D.C., where the teen unemployment rate is currently the nation's highest, at nearly 50 percent.
Amanda Steen NPR

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 3:22 pm

The Labor Department's latest unemployment report offered a small sign of hope, with the nation's jobless rate dipping to 9.1 percent in July. But the new numbers also showed that teen unemployment is still on the rise, now at 25 percent.

Across the country, 16- to 19-year-olds are facing the end of the third summer in a row of unemployment rates above 20 percent. Economists warn that if the trend continues, a generation of young people could face a bleak future in the workforce.

Not Making The Cut

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The Two-Way
2:06 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Mysterious Orange Goo ID'ed As Eggs; Alaskan Village Still Worries

Scientists say the microscopic eggs, seen here under magnification, derive their orange color from a droplet of fat.
NOAA

A mysterious orange goo that appeared on the shore of a small village in Alaska has been identified as "millions of microscopic eggs filled with fatty droplets," the AP reports. But researchers say they still don't know what the eggs might hatch, or if they are toxic.

The mass of eggs began appearing last week, surprising even longtime residents of the village of Kivalina. Discovery News, which spoke with a town official, describes the goo:

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Business
1:55 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Truck Industry Welcomes New Fuel Regulations

The Obama administration announced Tuesday the first ever fuel efficiency standards for larger trucks and buses. New vehicles sold in 2018 will go up to 20 percent farther on a gallon of fuel. So far, the truck manufacturing industry is welcoming the rules.

Outside the White House today, the heavyweights of the truck manufacturing industry took the microphone one after another.

"We're happy to be part of this. We really appreciate the process," says Denny Slagle, CEO of Mack Trucks.

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The Two-Way
1:53 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Former Treasury Secretary Says Market Ails Are Europe's Fault

As the closing bell approaches, after another dramatic day on Wall Street, Henry M. Paulson, the Treasury secretary under President George W. Bush told The New York Times that what's happening now in the markets is reminiscent of 2008. That's when the market tanked as Lehman Brothers was allowed to go bankrupt.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:52 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Test a Mother's Blood To Learn Her Baby's Sex Early On

A new fetal DNA test to determine a baby's gender could be more accurate and faster than an ultrasound, researchers say.
André Panneton iStockphoto.com

Boy or girl? Expectant parents are often dying to know. Some mothers are even trying to influence it with their diet. But the tests used to determine a baby's sex before birth leave a lot to be desired.

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Economy
1:04 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Foreigners Still Consider The U.S. A Good Buy

Despite the debt downgrade and recent upheavals in the stock market, foreign investors still consider the United States a good place to put their money for the long haul.

Forget China, India and Brazil. The U.S. still attracts easily the most foreign direct investment – purchases of companies and property, as opposed to stock holdings or government bonds – of any nation in the world.

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