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10:00 am
Wed September 14, 2011

'Civil, Sober' Super Committee Gets To Work

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 8:51 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, Host:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, it's an article of faith that parents are going to try to work hard and sacrifice so they can leave something to their kids. But a new survey shows that that's less and less the case for millionaire baby boomers. We'll hear more about that in just a few minutes. That's this week's Money Coach conversation.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:28 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Fear of Antidepressants Leads People To Shun Treatment

As common as antidepressant use has become, many depressed people still fear treatment.
Amanda M Hatfield Flickr

Antidepressants are the second-most-prescribed drug in the U.S., making them seem about as common as Pez candy.

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Around the Nation
9:16 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Is Walmart A Magnet For American Mayhem?

In virtually every county, there is a Walmart open every hour of every day and every one of those Walmarts is being visited by 37,000 people a week — that's 220 people an hour, in every Walmart every hour of the day. Here a Walmart worker pulls carts at a store in Pittsburg, Calif. on June 20.
Paul Sakuma AP

Dispatches from the field: A customer was nabbed by police for sampling raw meat at a Walmart in Pennsylvania. A woman said she had an encounter with a bat at a Walmart in Minnesota. A family of five was living in a car at a Walmart in Florida.

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Wed September 14, 2011

'Wi-Fi Refugees' Are Moving To West Virginia To Escape Radio Waves

"Dozens of Americans who claim to have been made ill by Wi-Fi and mobile phones have flocked to the town of Green Bank, W.Va.," the BBC reports.

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The Two-Way
8:25 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Gulf Spill Blamed On Poor Management, Bad Cement Job, Other Missteps

"A key federal report blames poor management, key missteps and a faulty cement job by BP and others for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history and the deaths of 11 rig workers," The Associated Press reports.

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Report: White House 'Tried To Rush' Decision On Solar Firm Loan

May 26, 2010: President Obama tours the Solyndra solar panel company with Executive VP of Engineering Ben Bierman.
Pool Getty Images

One of the scoops of the day, from The Washington Post:

"The Obama White House tried to rush federal reviewers for a decision on a nearly half-billion-dollar loan to the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra so Vice President Biden could announce the approval at a September 2009 groundbreaking for the company's factory, newly obtained e-mails show."

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It's All Politics
6:51 am
Wed September 14, 2011

GOP's Bob Turner Wins Weiner's House Seat In N.Y. Upset

Republicans had reasons to cheer and Democrats to despair Wednesday with the upset special election victory in New York City of a Republican retired businessman who will complete the congressional term of Anthony Weiner, the Democrat who exited the U.S. House because of a sexting scandal.

Bob Turner, a 70-year old former cable television executive, beat David Weprin, a 55-year old, state assemblyman, in a district which had, until Tuesday, been reliably Democratic for nearly 100 years.

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The Two-Way
6:38 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Retail Sales And Wholesale Prices Unchanged In August

A sharp drop in energy costs helped keep prices at the wholesale level unchanged in August vs. July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

According to BLS, while food costs went up 1.1 percent, energy costs fell 1 percent.

Still, over the 13 months ended Aug. 31 the producer price index rose 6.5 percent, BLS added.

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Release Of American Hikers Not Imminent, Iran's Judiciary Says

The limits of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's authority appear to be showing again with word from that country's official news outlet that:

"Iran's Judiciary has rejected recent media reports on the imminent release of the two American nationals that were convicted of spying on behalf of the United States."

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The Two-Way
5:55 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Democrats Suffer 'Demoralizing' Defeats In New York And Nevada

"Republicans pulled off an upset in Tuesday's special election in New York City to replace former congressman Anthony Weiner," NPR's Joel Rose reports. "Bob Turner claimed victory over Democrat David Weprin."

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The Two-Way
5:30 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Inside Kabul Siege Site:Attackers' Bodies, Walls Riddled With Bullet Holes

Afghan Security personnel stand above the body of one attacker, on the 10th floor of the building in Kabul from which RPGs and other weapons were fired.
David Gilkey NPR

An attack on the U.S. embassy and other buildings in the heart of Kabul's diplomatic district that lasted 20 hours is now over.

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Animals
2:50 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Born To Prey: Watch T. Rex Come Alive

Kent Stevens & Scott Ernst University of Oregon/Vizme

Tyrannosaurus rex roamed the Earth some 65 million years ago. In the century since the first skeleton was unearthed in Montana, our understanding of how the giant predator lived, moved and behaved has evolved. Watch the videos below to see the latest T. rex research in motion.

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Conflict In Libya
10:01 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Freedoms Flourish On Walls Across Tripoli

Caricatures of the ousted Gadhafi have sprung up all over Tripoli. This image of Gadhafi in chains is on a wall in the capital's Fashlum neighborhood.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 6:14 pm

In Tripoli, residents are painting the town red, green and black, the new colors of the Libyan revolution.

Under Moammar Gadhafi, the regime strictly controlled the images that were allowed in public. Storefronts had to be painted green. English was banned on signs. Anti-regime graffiti was quickly painted over and could be met with a harsh response.

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Sweetness And Light
10:01 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

The NCAA And The So-Called 'Student-Athlete'

The NCAA lost control of college football contracts in the 1980s, forcing it to rely on fees paid to broadcast its annual basketball tournament. Here, CBS broadcasters Jim Nantz, left, and Clark Kellogg interview North Carolina coach Roy Williams and player Ty Lawson after a 2009 game.
Joe Murphy Getty Images

Sports fans love to designate certain games as "the greatest ever," the "match of the century" and so forth. Well, I would like to state that a piece in the October issue of The Atlantic Monthly, which was released online Tuesday, may well be the most important article ever written about college sports.

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Animals
10:01 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Bone To Pick: First T. Rex Skeleton, Complete At Last

When the T. rex skeleton was first put on display, it was presented standing vertically, in this Godzilla-like pose, as seen at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History around 1950. Recent studies show the dinosaur actually kept its body horizontal. Watch the videos here to see how T. rex walked.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The back rooms of museums are like your grandparents' attic, only the stuff is more exotic — things like fossilized jellyfish, dinosaur eggs, or mummified princes.

And if you look carefully, you'll find objects that once changed science but are now largely forgotten. You might call them Lost Treasures of Science. This is a story of one of those objects — a special bone that's part of a special skeleton.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:01 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Fatal Car Crashes Drop For 16-Year-Olds, Rise For Older Teens

Richard Meehan, 16, with his car at his home in Shelton, Conn in 2008. Researchers say tougher licensing laws have led to fewer fatal car crashes involving 16-year-old drivers.
Bob Child ASSOCIATED PRESS

Terrified to see your teenager behind the wheel? You're not alone. But a new study finds tougher state licensing laws have led to a decrease in fatal accidents, at least among 16-year-olds. That's the good news.

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Politics
10:01 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

GOP Opposes Obama Call To Pay For Jobs With Taxes

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 1:21 pm

Republicans aren't exactly crazy about the public works spending President Obama proposes in his $447 billion jobs bill sent to Congress this week, but they are even less enamored with how the president wants to pay for it: by ending a slew of tax breaks for wealthy individuals and corporations.

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Middle East
10:01 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Palestinians Seek To End Stalemate With U.N. Bid

As the Palestinians plan to make a bid for statehood at the United Nations next week, many Palestinians see it as a way to break years of deadlock with Israel.

The Israelis, meanwhile, see only diplomatic fallout and the potential for violence.

For Palestinians, the U.N. plan is loaded with symbolism. The central post office in the Palestinian city of Ramallah is issuing a series of commemorative stamps and postcards this month. For the first time, they will identify the country of origin as Palestine.

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Politics
10:01 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Republican Wins N.Y. Democrat Weiner's House Seat

Bob Turner, center, joined by his wife Peggy, right, and family smiles as he delivers his victory speech during an election night party in New York. Turner says his shocking win in a heavily Democratic New York City district is a "loud and clear" message to Washington.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 6:28 am

Republicans pulled off an upset in Tuesday's special election in New York City to replace former congressman Anthony Weiner. Bob Turner claimed victory over Democrat David Weprin.

Democrats hold a 3-1 registration advantage in the district that spans parts of Queens and Brooklyn. And they put scores of volunteers to work canvassing, but none of it was enough to stop Turner.

"We've been asked by the people of this district to send a message to Washington, and I hope they hear it loud and clear," Turner said in his victory speech shortly after midnight.

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The Two-Way
5:18 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Merkel Tries To Reassure Markets On Chance Of Greek Default

A day after her finance minister said the possibility of an "orderly default" by Greece should be on the table, German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to reassure markets by saying that Germany will continue to finance Greece.

As The Wall Street Journal explains it, what Merkel is saying is that Europe will not allow Greece to be forced to declare bankruptcy or leave the eurozone. The paper adds:

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The Two-Way
4:40 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

NYPD Investigating Officers' Dirty Dancing

A New York City police man seen dancing in a video.
screenshot WorldStarHipHop

We're breaking from the serious news for a few minutes to bring you a bit from New York City, where a group of New York City's finest may be in hot water for having a little too much fun at the city's West Indian American Carnival parade.

The parade happened Sept. 5, but after a video of the dancing uniformed cops was posted on the website WorldStarHipHop and then went viral on YouTube, the New York City Police Department announced today it was launching an investigation.

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Economy
3:56 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Census: 2010 Saw Poverty Rate Increase, Income Drop

The nation's poverty rate rose last year to 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 in 2009, according to a new report from the Census Bureau.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 1:33 am

The nation's poverty rate rose last year to 15.1 percent, the highest level in 17 years, according to new data from the Census Bureau. The agency's latest poverty report, released Tuesday, shows that 46 million people were poor and that the median income dropped last year by more than two percent to about $49,445.

Not unexpectedly, the continued lack of jobs was the main cause.

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The Two-Way
3:55 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

How Paying $5 Million For Lunch With Warren Buffett Paid Off

Warren Buffett.
Seth Wenig AP

Ted Weschler of Charlottesville, Va., paid $2.6 million dollars at a charity auction in both 2010 and 2011 to have lunch with Warren Buffett.

In a press release, yesterday, Berkshire Hathaway announced that Weschler was joining Buffett and another partner to manage some of Berkshire's equity holdings. But the interesting part comes later in the release, when the company says:

Warren Buffett, Berkshire's Chairman, will continue, however, to manage most of the funds until his retirement.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:54 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Pediatricians Fact-Check Bachmann's Bashing of HPV Vaccine

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann during a Republican presidential debate Monday in Tampa, Fla.
Mike Carlson AP

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 3:30 pm

Now the nation's pediatricians have waded deep and early into the race for the presidency. In an unusual instance of political fact-checking of a candidate's statements by physicians themselves, the American Academy of Pediatrics has a tough prescription for Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann: Get your facts straight on the HPV vaccine.

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Economy
3:54 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

A Potential Super Hero For The Supercommittee

Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf testifies before the supercommittee on Capitol Hill on Sept. 13.
J. Scott Applewhite ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tuesday's hearing in the supercommittee was supposed to be about the history of the current debt crisis. Almost nothing causes more partisan bickering than that. Each party is fervent in its belief about who drove the government into the ditch — namely, the other guys.

On Tuesday, however, Doug Elmendorf, the man who runs the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), immediately dispensed with the question of blame and laid out the options for the supercommittee.

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Economy
2:55 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Businesses In Joplin, Mo., Find Economic Opportunity

Anthony Owens, right, repairs the roof of a tornado damaged home with James Davis, left, and Dwain Payne on July 30 in Joplin, Mo. All three men came up from Mobile, Ala., looking for work following the May 22 tornado that devastated Joplin, killing 160 people and destroying 7,500 homes and as many as 500 businesses.
Scott Olson Getty Images

It's been nearly four months since a tornado slammed into Joplin, Mo., destroying about one-third of the city. More than 525 businesses were in the direct path of the storm.

Now as they rebuild, business owners are seeing some opportunities in the wake of their tremendous losses.

'Can Do' Attitude

After the tornado hit, the building that housed the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Joplin was destroyed. A safe used to store narcotics was one of the only things to survive and even it got knocked over by the powerful winds.

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Middle East
2:38 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Palestinian Plan Puts U.S. In A Bind

A Palestinian flag is raised in front of European Union headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday. The Palestinians are expected to seek statehood at the United Nations next week.
John Thys AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration is scrambling to head off what it fears will be a diplomatic train wreck at the United Nations next week.

After years of gridlock in Mideast negotiations, the Palestinians plan to seek U.N. membership as a state on territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war. That territory includes the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and the plan would go through the Security Council, where the U.S. has already promised to use its veto.

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

What A Year: Disasters Have Been Declared In All But Two States

Volunteer firefighter Jason Collard at a wildfire in Strawn, Texas, in April.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Partisans on both sides continue to argue over whether to put more money into the coffers of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is running short of cash because there have been so many tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters this year.

The political bickering is nothing new, of course.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:03 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

The 'Next Big Step': Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks And Strokes

iStockphoto.com

They're calling it Million Hearts – a newly launched campaign to put a half-dozen simple and proven public health strategies into wider practice. Federal health officials say it can prevent a million heart attacks and strokes between now and 2016.

Federal officials call it "the next big step" in cardiovascular prevention. There's lots of evidence it's an achievable goal.

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