Sat July 23, 2011

Obama Calls Urgent Meeting On Debt Ceiling

President Obama has summoned Congressional leaders to the White House, after private deficit reduction talks with House Republican leaders broke down Friday night.


Sat July 23, 2011
Research News

The Kittiwake: Winging It, Survival-Wise

Kittiwake young ingest food regurgitated by their parents.
Annie Feidt

On a remote, treeless island 60 miles south of Alaska's Prince William Sound, an old military radar tower has become one of the best bird observation sites in the world.

Hundreds of black-legged kittiwakes nest on the tower. As one researcher has discovered, the seabirds may have a lot of flexibility when it comes to responding to a changing environment.

The hulking, concrete tower on Middleton Island isn't much to look at. But in 1986, a few black-legged kittiwakes took a liking to it.

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Sat July 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Death Toll Soars In Norway

Authorities in Norway now say more than 80 people were killed Friday at a conference for young people shortly after a massive explosion killed at least seven people in nearby Oslo. It's believed the two incidents are related.

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Sat July 23, 2011

U.S. Looks To European Allies For Defense Help

With U.S. military spending coming under new pressure from congressional budget cutters, Pentagon planners want European allies to pick up a greater share of the defense burden. The question is which way to look.

West European countries are the most accustomed to working with the U.S. military, but they are now the least inclined to invest in defense. To the east, the former Soviet bloc countries are generally eager to help, but their militaries have less experience in joint operations with their U.S. counterparts.

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Sat July 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Your Health Podcast: Calorie Counts To Costly Vaccines

Andrea Lopez takes her blood pressure. She belongs to a group of pregnant women that meets every two weeks to learn how to monitor their health and talk about pregnancy-related issues.
Coburn Dukehart NPR

People with tinnitus hear unpleasant sounds that aren't really there. Doctors can't do much for this chronic ringing in the ears, so it's no surprise that tinnitus patients are often eager to try alternative therapies in search of relief. One promising new approach involves just sitting quietly and listening to the noise.

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Sat July 23, 2011
Around the Nation

Heat: The 'Most Dangerous Natural Disaster'

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:37 am

Pedestrians walk along Market Street in Philadelphia on Friday, as the temperature topped 100 degrees.
Matt Rourke AP

Much of the eastern and central United States remains under an excessive heat warning Saturday morning. Triple-digit temperatures neared or exceeded record highs from Missouri to Massachusetts this week. In Philadelphia, the mercury topped out at a sultry 104 degrees on Friday. Public health workers mobilized to help the elderly and others affected by the heat.

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Sat July 23, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama-Boehner Breakdown Leaves Many Questions, Fewer Answers

President Obama leaves the White House press briefing room after discussing the breakdown in debt-ceiling talks with Speaker John Boehner, July 22, 2011.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Now that the one-on-one debt ceiling talks between President Obama and Speaker John Boehner have broken down, there are obviously more questions than answers about what exactly happened and where matters go from here.

Let's go through just a few of them.

The meta question is obviously will the nation's leaders be able to achieve a deal to raise the debt ceiling before Aug. 2, the date beyond which, the U.S. Treasury says, it won't be able to fend off a default?

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Sat July 23, 2011

Norway Rescuers Search Waters After Island Attack

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:37 am

Police and emergency services search the waters around Utoya island for victims of an attack, on Saturday.
Odd Anderson AFP/Getty Images

A gunman who opened fire on an island teeming with young people kept shooting for 90 minutes before surrendering to a SWAT team, police said Saturday.

Survivors of the shooting spree have described hiding and fleeing into the water to escape the gunman, but a police briefing Saturday detailed for the first time how long the terror lasted — and how long victims waited for help.

When the SWAT team arrived, the gunman, who had two firearms, surrendered, said Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim.

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Fri July 22, 2011

Sen. Lee Discusses Debt Talks Breakdown

Michele Norris talks to Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, about the breakdown of the debt talks.


Fri July 22, 2011
Planet Money

When Patents Attack

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 1:58 pm

Dan Lamont ZUMA Press

Update, July 26: This story from Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and NPR's Laura Sydell aired this weekend on This American Life. (Check out TAL's "Ways to Listen" page to find how you can hear the story.) A shorter version of the piece is also airing today on All Things Considered. Here's the story.

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