4:16pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Grant Continues Study of Fatal Bat Disease

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

Kentucky is among 30 states that will receive federal funds to boost monitoring for a deadly bat disease. Biologists from the state have already been working to document the spread ofWhite Nose Syndrome, which is a deadly fungus that nearly always kills the bats it infects. U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Ann Froschauer says the additional federal funds will augment that effort.

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4:11pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Technology

What's Next For BlackBerry?

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 5:38 pm

Melissa Block speaks to NPR's Laura Sydell about the outlook for BlackBerry and its creator, Research in Motion.

4:11pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Book Reviews

Alan Cheuse Reviews 'The Colonel'

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 5:38 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The Iranian novelist Mahmoud Dowlatabadi has published nearly 10 works of fiction. His latest novel has been censored in his home country. It's called "The Colonel," and it is out in English, translated from the Persian by Tom Patterdale.

Our reviewer Alan Cheuse says it quickly becomes apparent why the Iranian government blocked its publication.

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4:11pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Middle East

Israeli Draft Roils Arab-Israeli Leaders

Originally published on Sat July 14, 2012 8:45 am

Israeli reservists soldiers and Israeli parents whose children were killed during army service attend a rally in support of a new law to mandate universal military conscription — including ultra-religious Jews who had been previously exempt and Arab Israelis, July 7, in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Jack Guez AFP/Getty Images

The Israeli government is weighing a new law that would impose mandatory military service on religious Jews who are currently exempt, as well as compulsory national service for Israel's Arab citizens.

The issue has inflamed passions, highlighting the increasing religious-secular divide in the Jewish state and Arab Israelis' uneasy relationship with the Jewish state.

An estimated 20,000 Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv over the weekend in support of the proposed changes.

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4:11pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Sports

For R.A. Dickey, Knuckleballs Are Personal

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 11:32 pm

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey delivers his signature pitch, with its unusual grip, against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 6. He's the only knuckleballer in the major leagues, and the pitch has earned him a 12-1 record so far this season.
Kathy Willens AP

R.A. Dickey's career as a major league pitcher has been as unpredictable as his signature pitch, the knuckleball.

And on Tuesday night, the New York Mets' 37-year-old phenomenon will hit a new pinnacle: the pitching mound at baseball's All-Star Game.

He won't be starting for the National League — manager Tony La Russa chose Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants for that honor. But the manager says says Dickey will pitch.

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4:11pm

Mon July 9, 2012
The Salt

Brits Battle For Cheesy Glory By Writing National Anthem For Cheddar

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 8:54 am

The British Cheese Board is looking for a national anthem for cheddar cheese.
iStockphoto.com

4:06pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Why Silk May Someday Be Added To Vaccines

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 4:36 pm

Soft to the touch, silk may also help preserve vaccines and drugs someday.
Fiorenzo Omenetto Tufts University

Silk is in neckties, scarves and some fancy underwear and pajamas. Before too long, it might just help keep people from getting sick with measles or polio.

Vaccines play an important role in health, but can be tricky to transport to the far corners of the world. Many vaccines and some other drugs require constant refrigeration — from the factories where they're made to the places where they're ultimately injected into people.

That's where silk comes in.

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4:03pm

Mon July 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Who 'Owns' The Bush Tax Cuts?

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 4:53 pm

They're called the Bush tax cuts for a reason. And when they were passed in the early 2000s, most Democrats opposed them.

Cut to a decade later: President Obama is calling for a second extension in as many years of the "temporary" cuts, but it won't come without a fight from congressional Republicans.

Given the apparent role reversal, who owns the George W. Bush-era tax cuts now: Democrats or Republicans?

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3:22pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Judging The Health Care Law

Congress' Big Stick Just Got a Little Shorter

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 1:58 pm

Susan Clark (left) argues with another protester about the Affordable Care Act outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts likened the law's Medicaid expansion provision to "a gun to the head" of states.
Kris Connor Getty Images

Nothing breeds lawsuits like uncertainty. That being the case, the Supreme Court's landmark health care ruling is almost certain to open the door to lawsuits challenging the federal government's authority.

The court ruled the federal government can't force states to participate in a major expansion of Medicaid or else risk losing existing Medicaid funds from Washington. That threat amounted to unconstitutional coercion.

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3:14pm

Mon July 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Four More Charged In Border Patrol Killing Linked To 'Fast And Furious'

With wanted posters off to the side, James L. Turgal, Jr., right, FBI Special Agent in Charge, listens as Laura E. Duffy, United States Attorney Southern District of California, announces the indictments on five suspects involved in the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry on Monday.
Ross D. Franklin AP

The Justice Department has unsealed criminal charges against four more people it says are connected to the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, as the FBI offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture of the fugitives.

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