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4:17 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

After 57 Years, Man Looks To Sell Rare Gehrig Memorabilia

Jeffrey Quick, 69, holds a family photo of his parents and Lou Gehrig's mother as he and his wife, Joan, stand in their dining room. On the table next to them is a glove signed by Gehrig's Yankees teammates — a gift from Christina Gehrig.
Matt Rainey Matt Rainey for NPR

Jeffrey Quick doesn't have any family ties to legendary Yankees ballplayer Lou Gehrig. But his collection of mementos from Gehrig's life — a glove and a grade-school autograph book among them — are the kinds of things passed down from one generation to the next. And that's how Quick got them. Gehrig's mother, Christina, left them to Quick's mother, back in 1954.

As Quick tells All Things Considered co-host Michele Norris, his mother, Ruth Quick, briefly dated Lou Gehrig, back when he was a single superstar in New York.

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It's All Politics
3:51 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Harry Reid: GOP Must OK Tax Increases Or Ax Falls On Defense

Democrats may have yielded on their demand for tax increases to Republicans to achieve the the debt-ceiling deal President Obama signed into law Tuesday.

But Sen. Harry Reid had a warning for congressional Republicans when he talked Tuesday with Michele Norris, co-host of All Things Considered. Later this year when Congress has to decide on additional ways to cut federal deficits, Democrats intend to stand firm on the need for more tax revenues, the Senate minority leader said.

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Around the Nation
3:32 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

After Tornado, Joplin Creates Makeshift Schools

The former Shopko in the Northpark Mall in Joplin, Mo., is being converted into a temporary high school for 11th- and 12th-graders. A tornado in May destroyed more than half the district's classroom space.
Kansas City Star MCT via Getty Images

Gearing up for the fall is a big job for most school districts. But in Joplin, Mo., where a monstrous tornado killed 160 people and destroyed more than half of the district's classroom space in May, the task is massive.

Thanks to a very resourceful approach, plenty of help and hard work, though, school will start as scheduled — and that means a lot to the community.

The tornado ripped across Joplin on Sunday, May 22, graduation day. The devastation was vast and surreal: phones and power lines in tatters, desperate triage at swamped medical centers, scores missing.

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The Two-Way
3:16 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Reid Says FAA Shutdown Will Continue; Blames House, Delta Airlines

Construction equipment sits idle in front of the half-completed new control tower at Oakland International Airport. Thousands of construction workers on aviation projects have stopped work, as a standoff over funding of the FAA continues.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The Federal Aviation Administration has been in a partial shutdown mode since July 22. And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the shutdown will continue, with some 4,000 federal workers remaining on furlough.

"It'll be closed until... maybe not September, maybe more than that," he tells All Things Considered co-host Michele Norris.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:04 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Four Loko, 11 Young People And A Busy Emergency Room

Cans of fruit-flavored Four Loko in the liquor department of a convenience store in Miami in 2010.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Here at Shots, we've been watching the uproar over the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko ever since college kids last year reportedly started ending up in hospitals after drinking too much of the stuff.

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Politics
3:03 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Debt Impasse Over, GOP Hopefuls Turn To Spending

For the Republicans vying to replace President Obama, the debate on the campaign trail has taken a back seat to the debate in Washington.

Among the GOP presidential hopefuls, the dominant position on the deal is thumbs-down, though some reluctantly supported the agreement.

But now, the issue of federal spending promises to become one of the leading topics of discussion as voters size up the Republican field.

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The Two-Way
2:03 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Giffords Staff Member Describes An Emotional Return To The House

The House of Representatives' vote to raise the debt ceiling Monday was upstaged by the surprise appearance of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), making her first visit to the chamber since being shot in the head in January during a visit to her home state.

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Middle East
1:49 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Egyptians Ready To See Mubarak Put On Trial

Mubarak (shown here in November 2010) is not well enough to be moved to Cairo from his hospital bed in the seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to stand trial, according to his lawyer.
Khaled Desouki Getty Images

Less than six months after he was toppled, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is scheduled to go on trial Wednesday, and a guilty verdict could bring the death penalty.

Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years, is charged with multiple crimes that include corruption and ordering the killing of hundreds of protesters while he struggled to put down a popular uprising.

State television will broadcast the proceedings live, a show that is sure to grip the nation. That is, if it begins as scheduled — or at all.

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Asia
1:35 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

China's Supercomputing Goal: From 'Zero To Hero'

The $60 million Tianhe-1A supercomputer in Tianjin, China.
Louisa Lim NPR

Second in a three-part series

China basked in a moment of technological glory last November when it nudged out the U.S. as home of the world's fastest supercomputer.

The achievement was short-lived — after just six months, a Japanese supercomputer three times as fast supplanted the Chinese machine — but it generated intense national pride.

But questions remain as to whether China's much-vaunted supercomputing program will be able to live up to Beijing's high expectations.

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The Two-Way
1:28 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Missouri Outlaws Student-Teacher Facebook Friendship

Facebook.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 3, 2011 4:12 pm

A law signed into law last month in Missouri is making waves nationally, this week. A small part of the wide-ranging SB54, makes it illegal for teachers to be "friends" with students on any social networking site that allows private communication.

That means teachers and students can't be friends on Facebook or can't follow each other on Twitter for example.

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Law
1:00 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Justice Department Sues Alabama Over Immigration Law

In this June 25, 2011 file photo, participants bow their heads in prayer during a demonstration to protest Alabama's new law against illegal immigration, in Birmingham, Ala.
Jay Reeves AP

Reaction was swift in Alabama on Tuesday after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit to block a new immigration law set to take effect next month.

Alabama's new law — considered the toughest in the country — requires authorities to confirm the status of anyone they stop if there's reasonable doubt that person could be in the U.S. illegally. The law makes it a crime for undocumented immigrants to work, rent an apartment or get a driver's license.

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Norwegian Killer Breivik Quotes Writer; Writer Responds

Anders Behring Breivik, left, leaves an Oslo courthouse in a police car after a hearing. Since then, Breivik has been held in solitary confinement.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Confessed Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's "manifesto" references many statistics and papers dealing with both science and global population. But what if you were a writer — and you learned that the man who killed 77 people had quoted some of your work?

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It's All Politics
12:16 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Now History, Debt-Ceiling Fight Left Much Wreckage In Its Wake

President Obama walks back to the Oval Office after speaking about the Senate's passage of debt-ceiling legislation, at the White House on Tuesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue August 2, 2011 2:13 pm

With the Senate's passage of the debt-ceiling legislation and President Obama having signed it Tuesday afternoon, the nation no longer needs to worry about defaultmageddon, at least not until early 2013 when the U.S. Treasury once again runs out of the room to borrow again.

But even though there wasn't a default, the fight left plenty of wreckage laying about.

Among the casualties was Obama. Yes, he seemed to have narrowly averted becoming the first president to have the nation default during his term.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:36 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Even A Little Exercise Can Help Your Heart

Even 15 minutes off the couch would help.
iStockphoto.com

We all know that exercise is good for us, but sometimes it's can seem too hard to even detach from the couch.

Plus, let's be honest, having the federal government tell us it's a terrific idea to get 2 1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week doesn't really help our motivation much. Sorry.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Tue August 2, 2011

In Light Of Budget Deal, Fitch Ratings Says U.S. Keeps Triple-A Rating

The budget deal struck by President Obama and congressional leaders is enough to merit a triple-A credit rating from Fitch Ratings, one of the three big ratings agencies.

Politico reports:

"Agreement was reached on an increase in the United States' debt ceiling and, commensurate with its 'AAA' rating, the risk of sovereign default remains extremely low," the agency said.

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Conflict In Libya
10:52 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Libyan Rebels Wage 'Mad Max' War In The Mountains

A Libyan rebel poses with his antique bolt-action rifle.
Jonathan Levinson for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:36 am

The sleepy towns in the Western Mountains of Libya come to life right before the country's rebels engage in a fight with the forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The mostly deserted roads suddenly fill with pickup trucks. The rebel fighters bristle with the makeshift weapons that they rely on. The vehicles, some monster trucks, then peel off into the front lines deep in the desert, covered in dried mud that serves as camouflage.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Senate Approves Bipartisan Debt Ceiling Plan

A screengrab of CSpan's coverage of the Senate vote.
CSpan

Update at 2:07 p.m. ET. President Signs Bill:

President Obama has signed into law a bi-partisan bill that raises the debt ceiling and avoids a government default that analysts as well as the White House warned could have had catastrophic effects on the American economy.

Earlier today, the Senate voted 74-26 to send the bill to the president's desk. The AP reports Obama signed the bill privately in the Oval Office.

Our Original Post:

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The Two-Way
10:41 am
Tue August 2, 2011

U.S. May Alter Rules To Let More Aid Into Somalia

Somali refugees wait at dawn at a registration center at the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya Tuesday, to receive aid after having been displaced from their homes in southern Somalia by famine.
Tony Karumba AFP/Getty Images

Efforts to help people in southern Somalia, where famine relief efforts have been stymied by al-Shabaab, a group on the U.S. terrorism watchlist, may get easier in the coming weeks. That's because pending changes to U.S. rules will allow aid groups to deliver food in those areas, according to an AP report.

Citing sources who wished to remain anonymous, the AP says:

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The Picture Show
10:36 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Where Does Money Go When It Dies?

Photographs show money that has been removed from circulation.
Will Steacy Courtesy of Michael Mazzeo Gallery

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:36 am

We've all desperately tried to force a crumpled dollar bill into a vending machine to no avail. Fortunately, when your dollar is that decrepit, it's on death's door and will likely be removed from circulation.

The average lifespan of a $1 bill, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, is 21 months. Eventually, money is destroyed — either by the Federal Reserve itself, or by the places that create it to begin with: the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the U.S. Mint. On average, 5 million unfit currency notes are destroyed each day.

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The Two-Way
10:03 am
Tue August 2, 2011

U.S. Consumers Cut Spending; First Decline In Nearly Two Years

Americans put more of their money into savings in June, at the expense of consumer spending — and that came as a surprise to analysts. The month's drop in spending was the first in nearly two years (20 months).

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Health Care
10:00 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Sebelius Defends Birth Control Without Co-Pays

The federal government recently announced that starting Aug. 2012, insurers must offer female preventive health services without extra costs to patients. Host Michel Martin discusses the controversial plan with the Health and Human Services Secretary. Martin also explores what the debt deal means for the Affordable Care Act with a Senior Correspondent from Kaiser Health News.

Economy
10:00 am
Tue August 2, 2011

After Debt Fight, States Crave Stability

The House voted to pass the compromise spending plan Monday night, but drops in federal and state credit ratings remain possible, particularly for South Carolina. To learn about the bill's local ramifications, host Michel Martin speaks with S.C.'s House Rep. for the sixth district, S.C.'s Treasurer, and the mayor Columbia, S.C.

13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:57 am
Tue August 2, 2011

The Physics Of Real Debt Ceilings: When Nature Says No

Pity the politicians as they struggle to a hammer out a deal on the US debt: the endless negotiations, the late agreements that collapse by the morning news cycle. Everywhere they turn they seem to constrained - hemmed in – by forces pulling in every direction.

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Study Suggests Internet Explorer Users Are, Um, Kind Of Slow

A graph comparing IQs by browser.
AptiQuant

The browser wars are getting personal. A new study gave IQ tests to more than 100,000 English-speaking Internet users from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, and New Zealand. Those results were then compared to what browser each person was using to take the test.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Democratic Party Prepping For Giffords Re-Election Bid

In an interview with CBS' The Early Show, the head of the Democratic party said they expect Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) to "come back to help us full time."

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said the Democratic National Committee was prepping for a re-election bid in case Giffords decides to run.

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Politics
8:36 am
Tue August 2, 2011

One Final Hurdle: Debt-Ceiling Bill Faces Senate Vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to the media after a meeting of Democratic senators Monday at the U.S. Capitol.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

It seems to be all over but the voting.

Hours before the deadline to avert a U.S. default, the Senate was expected to pass legislation Tuesday in time to send it to President Obama and end the self-inflicted debt-ceiling crisis that has shaken confidence in the nation's credit and its political leaders.

The compromise bill, which easily passed the House on Monday night, is virtually assured to clear the Senate by a bipartisan tally. The president has promised to sign it into law almost immediately.

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Politics
8:20 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Inside The Tea Party's Rising Influence

The battle over the debt ceiling may be over, but Congress remains deeply divided.

"Republicans are now taking a well-deserved victory lap while the Democrats are in a state of near total dejection," says journalist Robert Draper. "The Republicans got some cuts, they kept some revenue off the table but most of all, what they've done is dramatically shift the ethos in Washington."

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Shots - Health Blog
8:02 am
Tue August 2, 2011

FDA: Wake Up, People, Those Lazy Brownies Are Unsafe

Lazy Cakes, now sold as Lazy Larry, contain melatonin. The Food and Drug Administration says that ingredient, which helps regulate sleep, is not an approved additive for food.
herbalcity.com/lazycakes

The Food and Drug Administration has given the maker of Lazy Larry relaxation brownies a wake-up call.

The Associated Press reported the agency has warned HBB LLC, the Memphis-based company that sells the brownies, that the melatonin in them has not been deemed a safe food additive. And the FDA says it can seize the brownies, which it considers adulterated, if HBB keeps making and selling them.

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Humans
8:01 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Under Pressure, Soccer Goalies Tend To Dive Right

Team USA's Goalkeeper Hope Solo fails to save Japan's defender Saki Kumagai's goal during the FIFA Women's Football World Cup final match Japan vs. USA on July 17, in Germany. Japan won 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after the final finished 2-2 in extra-time.
John MacDougall AFP/Getty Images

The Japanese women's soccer team stunned the United States a few weeks ago. After a tense match where Team America seemed to have the upper hand throughout, Japan leveled the game with a late equalizer and then went on to win a penalty shoot-out.

New psychological research suggests that soccer goalkeepers and teams aren't only affected by the high stakes pressure of a penalty shoot-out. Without their awareness, goalkeepers also appear to be biased to dive to the right in some situations.

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The Two-Way
7:49 am
Tue August 2, 2011

FBI Reveals More About New Possible Skyjack Suspect

An undated FBI sketch of D.B. Cooper.
AFP/Getty Images

As we reported yesterday, the FBI jump-started D.B. Cooper mania with its revelation it has a new suspect in the unsolved skyjacking that occurred 40 years ago this November.

New details continue to trickle out with each interview with FBI Special Agent Fred Gutt. Among the new bits of information about the man who may or may not prove to be D.B. Cooper:

-- The "suspect" died more than 10 years ago of natural causes

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