Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

AP: Rep. David Wu Is Resigning

Facing an ethics investigation and mounting pressure from his constituents, Rep. David Wu, a Democrat from Oregon, is resigning, the AP reports.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi formally called for an ethics investigation, earlier this week, after allegations surfaced that Wu had a sexual encounter with a teenager in November.

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Tue July 26, 2011

Does Speaking Out Help DSK Accuser?


MICHEL MARTIN, host: I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Now it's time for the Beauty Shop where we talk about a few topics that we think could use a woman's touch. Today we want to talk about a story that has captivated and appalled people on two continents, the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid. The accused is the former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Mental Health

When Bigotry Becomes Madness

Christian extremist Anders Behring Breivik has confessed to committing the recent Norway attacks. Did insanity or pure evil trigger his actions? Host Michel Martin and psychiatrist Dr. Carl Bell discuss whether there's a link between extreme racism and mental illness. Bell is among the authors of The Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders.


Tue July 26, 2011

High Stakes For Latinos In Debt Talks

President Obama's approval rating among Latinos has plunged since his inauguration, says a recent Gallup poll. Yesterday, Obama spoke to the U.S.' largest Latino civil rights group. To learn about Latinos' priorities and political strategies of getting them addressed, host Michel Martin speaks with the National Council of La Raza's Janet Murguia.


Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Is Your Post Office Closing? USPS Is Studying Shuttering 3,700 Locations

A U.S. Post Office in Bristow, Virginia.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

The United States Postal Service announced today it is reviewing 3,700 retail locations across the country for possible closure. (A list is here.)

In a statement, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said customers are not using offices as much as they used to.

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Tue July 26, 2011

In Sweden, A Tempered Approach To Nuclear Waste

Originally published on Thu July 28, 2011 8:13 pm

European geologists have conducted experiments in caverns like this one, at the Aspo Hard Rock Laboratory, since 1995. The Swedish nuclear company SKB hopes to store used nuclear fuel more than 1,500 feet below ground.
Ingrid Becker KQED

First in a two-part series about the long-term storage of nuclear waste. Read Part 2

At least two dozen countries around the globe get energy from nuclear power, yet not one has been able to pull off a permanent disposal site. Finding communities willing to live with such dangerous stuff has been a big sticking point. But in Sweden, two communities have stepped up, and are willing to take the country's waste.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Bowing To Pressure, McDonald's Makes Happy Meals More Healthful

McDonald's cutting down on french fries and adding more healthful items, such as apple slices, to Happy Meals.
Bill Parrish Photography McDonald's

The Happy Meal is headed for a nutrition overhaul.

Bowing to pressure that its kids' meals haven't been healthful enough, McDonald's will downsize french fries and put a fresh fruit or veggie in every Happy Meal.

Apple slices have long been an option with the Happy Meal. But the problem has been that parents have to ask for them in lieu of french fries. That's about to change.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Conflict In Libya

U.S. Looks For Ways To Break Libya Stalemate

Libyan rebel fighters run for cover at the front line near the southwest desert town of Gualish on July 24, as Gadhafi forces started attacking them in an attempt to capture the city.
Colin Summers AFP/Getty Images

It's been more than four months since NATO launched an attack on Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya. Since then, opposition forces have gained ground with help from NATO airstrikes, but Gadhafi's military is holding firm so far.

President Obama and other leaders have called on Gadhafi to leave, but he's clearly not listening. Now, the conflict in Libya has turned into a complicated waiting game.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

7 Counties Declared Disaster Areas

President Barack Obama has declared seven Eastern Kentucky counties a disaster area as a result of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from June 19-23. The state government and local governments — as well as some non-profit organizations — in Bell, Breathitt, Knott, Knox, Lee, Magoffin and Perry counties will be eligible for federal aid to help pay for emergency work and repairing facilities damaged by the severe weather.


Tue July 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

Medal of Honor Demanded for Kentuckian

Pikeville's Chase Goodman is hoping that Kentucky native Dakota Meyer gets nationwide recognition for the Medal of Honor he's to receive for braving enemy fire to retrieve the bodies of four buddies in Afghanistan in 2009. And he hopes the medal will make more Americans aware of the military errors and oversights that, Goodman believes, led to the four men's deaths. Goodman has a personal interest in the story: his half-brother, Marine 1st Lt. Michael Johnson of Virginia Beach, Va., was one of the four men Meyer tried to save.