Wed June 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Man Linked To 2010 D.C.-Area Shootings

Federal sources say ballistics evidence ties a man arrested at Arlington National Cemetery last week to a series of mysterious shootings in the Washington, D.C., area.

Yonathan Melaku, 22, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, has been in custody since police found him wandering last week after the cemetery had closed. He was carrying a backpack he said was full of explosives. The FBI later determined the material in the backpack was inert.

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Wed June 22, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Food Industry And Health Experts Face Off Over Food Package Labeling

The small print in the bar at the top of the Corn Pops box is an example of industry's voluntary approach to enhanced nutrition information.
Marina Dominguez/NPR

For some of us, the regular trudge to the grocery store is a trial all by itself. But consumers trying to make healthier choices are often left scratching their heads in wonder at the sheer volume of food products with claims about less fat and more whole grain.

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Wed June 22, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Egyptian Workers Who Fled Libya Struggle At Home

Originally published on Wed June 22, 2011 9:40 pm

Egyptians who fled fighting in Libya carry their belongings at the Egyptian-Libyan border in Salloum, Egypt. The International Organization for Migration estimates that more than 105,000 Egyptians have returned from Libya.
Hussein Malla AP

For the Egyptian youth who spearheaded the protests that led to the ouster of autocrat Hosni Mubarak in February, the revolution was an exhilarating, crowning moment.

But for young Egyptian laborers caught in the violent backwash of the region's revolts, the Arab spring has proved financially and psychologically crippling.

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Wed June 22, 2011

N.C. Considers Paying Forced Sterilization Victims

Barely 40 years ago, it wasn't uncommon for a single mother on welfare, or a patient in a mental hospital in North Carolina, to be sterilized against her will.

But North Carolina wasn't alone: More than half of states in the U.S. had eugenics laws, some of which persisted into the 1970s.

North Carolina is now considering compensating its sterilization victims. A state panel heard from some of them Wednesday. They were mostly poor and uneducated — both black and white — and often just girls when it happened.

'They Cut Me Open Like I Was A Hog'

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Wed June 22, 2011
The Two-Way

'Jackass' Star Ryan Dunn Was Drunk In Fatal Crash

The AP reports that "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn was drunk when he and a passenger were killed in a car crash in Pennsylvania. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, according to a toxicology report. The AP adds:

The report said Dunn's blood-alcohol level was 0.196 at the timeof the crash early Monday morning. The legal limit for drivers inthe state is .08.

The report was released Wednesday by West Goshen Township Police.

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Wed June 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Target Tuesday: In Afghanistan, A Mortar Attack Caught On Tape

Specialist Gregory Goodrich, from Paw Paw Michigan, with Butcher Troop, part of the US Army 1st Infantry Division, fires a Mark 19 grenade launcher at a Taliban mortar team as incoming rounds were hitting just outside the bunker at Combat Outpost Wilderness in Paktia provence, eastern Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

Our colleagues, embedded with troops in Afghanistan, witnessed a dramatic attack yesterday. NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman tells Michele Norris on today's All Things Considered that the attack happened while they were at a Combat Outpost called Wilderness, which is a short helicopter ride from the city of Khost.

"I was actually coming back from brushing my teeth and there was this massive explosion, maybe 40 yards away," said Tom. Soldiers started screaming "mortars, mortars!" And Tom headed for cover.

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Wed June 22, 2011

Auto Industry Adjusts To New Normal: Low Sales

A salesman looks at Ford Fusion cars with customers on the lot at the Serramonte Ford dealership in Colma, Calif. This year, Ford Motor Co. reported its best first-quarter earnings since 1998, at $2.6 billion.
David Paul Morris Getty Images

The U.S. auto market is slowly rebounding. But even as sales increase, they're still not at the peaks hit 10 years ago. In 2000 and 2001, more than 17 million automobiles were sold in America. Last year, just under 12 million were sold.

But many analysts, dealers and executives believe the industry is actually healthier selling far fewer cars.

"That 16 to 17 million sales level that we experienced was not a normal situation," says Jeremy Anwyl, CEO of car site Edmunds.com.

He says a lot of the factors that kept car sales high won't be seen again.

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Wed June 22, 2011
NPR Story

Grunting At Wimbledon

Michele Norris and Robert Siegel check in on complaints of grunting at Wimbledon.


Wed June 22, 2011
The Record

Following Claire Chase: A Week In The Life Of The Modern Freelance Musician

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:43 am

Melanie Burford

Claire Chase offered to send a helicopter to pick me up each morning during the seven days I followed her to produce this story.

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Wed June 22, 2011
Planet Money

Why We Tip

If you ask people why they tip, they'll say it's obvious. They tip for good service, of course. It's a reward for a job well done.

But a leading theory on tipping suggests that's not really why we do it.

Studies show that the size of the tip doesn't have much to do with the quality of service. The weather, how sunny it is, what kind of mood people are in, these factors matter just as much as how satisfied the customers are with the service they receive.

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