3:43pm

Thu September 1, 2011
The Commonwealth

Preparedness Ten Years After 9-11

The recognition of the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks has also focused attention on emergency preparation.  September has been proclaimed ‘preparedness month’ at both the national and state levels.  Over the last ten years, Lexington director of the division of emergency management Pat Dugger says central Kentucky has built a good line of communications.

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3:30pm

Thu September 1, 2011
It's All Politics

Don't Read Too Much Into His Comment About 2012 Race, Powell Says

President Obama and former Secretary of State Colin Powell at the White House on Dec. 1, 2010.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Though he said this week that he hasn't decided who he'll vote for in the 2012 presidential race, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said today that shouldn't be seen as some sort of message about his opinion of President Obama — the Democrat who Republican Powell famously endorsed in 2008.

"I'm always undecided in every election" until he knows who the candidates are, Powell told NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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3:30pm

Thu September 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Powell: 10 Years Later, Americans Must Still Guard Against Fear

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, during an address in Washington, D.C., on March 1, 2010.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

"Terrorists can't change who we are," former Secretary of State Colin Powell told NPR's Steve Inskeep earlier today.

Americans, he said, will only lose touch with the freedom-loving, open society we enjoy if we "take such counsel of our fears that we change who we are."

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3:20pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

Goldman Agrees To Halt Mortgage Robo-Signing

Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 4:34 pm

Goldman Sachs and two other firms have agreed to stop some of their more controversial mortgage-signing practices, New York officials said Thursday.

Goldman's mortgage subsidiary had been under fire for what's been called robo-signing. That's when mortgage company officials sign and notarize foreclosure documents without properly reviewing them. Goldman is one of a handful of mortgage providers accused of the practice.

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3:15pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Politics

In Jobs Debate, GOP Targets 'Regulatory Burdens'

Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 6:50 pm

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told members of his party that the jobs crisis would be at the top of their agenda this fall.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

When lawmakers return to Capitol Hill next week, congressional debate is expected to pivot from debt and deficits to the nation's No. 1 concern: jobs.

President Obama will present his plan to boost employment next Thursday before a joint session of Congress. But the Republicans who run the House have their own ideas about what's needed for more jobs — and they've set their sights on what they call job-destroying regulations.

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3:07pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Efforts Founder To Track Long-Term Safety Of Silicone Breast Implants

Originally published on Fri September 2, 2011 9:05 am

A silicone gel implant (left) and a saline gel implant. The FDA agreed to let implants return to the market in 2006, but stipulated that manufacturers track long-term side effects.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Silicone breast implants can cause problems for women who have them, and many have to have surgery to remove or replace the devices within 10 years. But implant manufacturers have done such a poor job of tracking problems that a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel says it may be time for a nationwide database of women with implants.

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3:05pm

Thu September 1, 2011
The Two-Way

On His Summer Break, California College Kid Joins Libyan Rebels

Chris Jeon, 21, doesn't really fit in among the rebels. Reporters found the American kid in the middle of the Libyan desert, wearing a basketball jersey and converse sneakers. One of the rebels handed him an AK-47 and after toying with the safety, Jeon fired a couple of rounds in the air. Jeon, a math major at the University of California, Los Angeles, doesn't speak Arabic and he also knows little of warfare.

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2:58pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Around the Nation

LAPD Officer Puts A Muzzle On Illegal Animal Sales

Cmdr. Andrew Smith with the Los Angeles Police Department helps enforce a city ordinance that cracks down on illegal animal sales.
Gloria Hillard for NPR

Los Angeles is cracking down on illegal animal sales. Thousands are sold on downtown streets every year. Recently, an ordinance went into effect that raises fines on the buyers, but curtailing this underground economy will not be easy.

Behind the wheel of an undercover car, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith admits the nickname Dr. Dolittle isn't the toughest moniker a cop could have.

"But I guess it fit OK, and I didn't really mind," he says.

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1:50pm

Thu September 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Jerry Lewis Will Not Participate In MDA Telethon, Says Publicist

Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 1:55 pm

Jerry Lewis speaks during "The Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis" panel at Television Critics Association Tour in Beverly Hills.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Jerry Lewis will not participate in any way — live or pre-recorded — in this Sunday's telethon for muscular dystrophy. That's the final word, says the comedian's publicist, Candi Cazau. She says she spoke with Lewis last night and he dispelled rumors that he might record a song today that would air as part of the show.

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1:34pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Around the Nation

Avoiding Last Place: Some Things We Don't Outgrow

People near the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder often oppose policies that help those below them, according to a new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The phenomenon is called "last-place aversion."

Ilyana Kuziemko, one of the authors of the paper and an economics professor at Princeton University, tells NPR's Laura Sullivan that last-place aversion is what it sounds like.

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