Thu September 22, 2011
The Salt

Shining A Light On The Hidden Hardships Of Tomato Pickers

Originally published on Thu September 22, 2011 1:48 pm

A protester outside a Trader Joe's in Washington, D.C. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, which organized the protest, says Trader Joe's has refused to meet standards set by leaders of the fast-food and foodservice industries for a more humane tomato supply chain.
Claudia Saenz Student/Farmworker Alliance

If you shopped at a Trader Joe's store this summer, you might have passed activists wielding signs in the shape of plump red tomatoes with slogans like "Trader Joe's Exploits Farmworkers." The Florida-based labor rights group behind these picket lines is demanding that the grocer pay an extra cent per pound to the tomato pickers at the other end of the supply chain.

Why? Because those workers are some of the worst treated and lowest paid farmworkers in the U.S., the Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers says.

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Thu September 22, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

End Is Nigh For Over-The-Counter Inhalers That Eat The Ozone Layer

Primatene Mist, a nonprescription inhaler, will no longer be available after December 31, 2011 because it contains chemicals that harm the environment.
David McNew Getty Images

People with asthma who've been relying on cheap, over-the-counter inhalers to get a soothing blast will have to look elsewhere for relief beginning in 2012.

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Thu September 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Fed's 'Twist' Not Enough To Keep Markets Happy

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 1:00 am

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on Thursday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The Federal Reserve can't seem to win.

Stocks around the world fell sharply Thursday, a day after Chairman Ben Bernanke and his Fed colleagues announced their latest plan to cut already-low interest rates in an effort to boost the economy. Analysts said the Fed's "Operation Twist" was actually a signal that the central bank is still extremely worried about the prospects for recovery.

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Thu September 22, 2011
The Two-Way

GOP Rep. Ryan On Obama's Plan: 'Why Would We Want To Do This Again?'

Originally published on Thu September 22, 2011 6:01 pm

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) at NPR headquarters in May.
Erin Schwartz NPR

Earlier this month on Morning Edition, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner made the case for President Obama's latest jobs plan, saying it "would have a substantial, powerful effect on strengthening the economy." Click here to read and hear his conversation with host Steve Inskeep.

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Thu September 22, 2011

Air Force And Navy Turn To Bio-Fuels

US airforce F16 jet fighters sit on the tarmac at the Aviano air base in Italy on March 25, 2011. It tested its jets on fuel made of 50 percent vegetable oil.
Giuseppe Cacace AFP/Getty Images

The Pentagon's hunt for an alternative to petroleum has turned a lowly weed and animal fat into something indistinguishable from jet fuel and now the military is trying to kick-start a new bio-fuel industry.

"To flip the line from 'Field of Dreams', if the Navy comes, they will build it," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a recent speech.

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Thu September 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Diplomats Owe NYC $17.2M For Parking Tickets; DC Is Owed $340,000

A car with diplomat license plates near the United Nations in New York City.
Stephen Chernin Getty Images

There was outrage yesterday over the $16 muffins and $32 snack packs purchased by the Justice Department in recent years.

Today's this is outrageous news:

Diplomats owe the city of New York $17.2 million and owe Washington, D.C., more than $340,000 for unpaid parking tickets, Washington's WTOP-radio reports.

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Thu September 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dipped Slightly Last Week

Originally published on Thu September 22, 2011 8:38 am

There were 423,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment benefits last week, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

That's down 9,000 from the previous week. But, as The Associated Press says, claims "remain elevated" and at a level that underscores the weakness of the labor market.

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Thu September 22, 2011


Thu September 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Backburner Or Frontburner? Views Vary On Palestinian Strategy At UN

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 1:47 pm

The Associated Press says Palestinians remain "undeterred in U.N. statehood bid" despite a U.S. plan to use its Security Council veto to block a move by Palestinian leaders for U.N. membership as a state.

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Thu September 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Girl Scares Off Bear Inside Her Family's Kitchen

In Forest Falls, Calif., 12-year-old Kara Jackson walked into her family's kitchen and found a bear had wandered inside. Home alone, and lacking a weapon, Jackson clapped as loudly as she could, and scared off the bear.