3:48pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Middle East

U.S. Steps Up Pressure On Syria With Sanctions

On the eve of a major address on the Middle East, President Obama took a significant step Wednesday in responding to the Syrian government's recent crackdown against protesters.

Obama signed an executive order imposing sanctions aimed at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as well as several other top Syrian officials. The sanctions include freezing assets that fall under U.S. jurisdiction and, for the most part, barring American individuals and companies from trading with the Syrian officials.

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3:44pm

Wed May 18, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama Campaign T-Shirts Mock Birthers

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How best to marginalize an already dwindling conspiracy movement and raise some campaign cash at the same time?

President Obama's re-election campaign has at least one answer. For a campaign donation of at least $25, it's offering a limited edition t-shirt that pokes fun at the birther controversy.

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3:34pm

Wed May 18, 2011
The Two-Way

United Apologizes For Reinstating 9/11 Flight Numbers

Last night, Airline Route, a blog that reports on air routes, reported that United Airlines was reinstating flight numbers UA175 and UA093. The two numbers had been retired since Sept. 11, 2001, when Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center and Flight 93 crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.

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3:32pm

Wed May 18, 2011
All Politics are Local

Social Media Change Primary

Candidates in last night’s primary election were celebrating and commiserating in hotels, restaurants and campaign headquarters across the state. But the real action was online. Even for a contest with 10 percent turnout, activity on Twitter was feverish at times for followers and users of the #kyelect and #kyelects hashtags.

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3:29pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Rubber Check Ring Bilking Lexington

Police are looking for the masterminds behind an unusual theft ring that enlists homeless people to cash fraudulent checks at banks. The scam has netted "tens of thousands of dollars," Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. About 60 fraudulent checks are thought to have been cashed.

3:29pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Is The L.A. Food Truck Bubble Ready To Burst?

Originally published on Wed May 18, 2011 7:03 pm

Long before the new wave of gourmet trucks came to Los Angeles, Raul Ortega started a taco truck in East Los Angeles called Mariscos Jalisco. Last year at the L.A. Street Food Fest, Ortega won "Best in Show" and the "People's Choice Award."
Mandalit del Barco/NPR

The gourmet food truck craze that started in Los Angeles may be reaching its peak. These days, hundreds of gourmet food trucks are roving the Los Angeles streets, selling everything from Korean tacos to grilled cheese sandwiches, Indian street food to $12 hamburgers.

"It seems like every day, you see a new truck on Twitter," says Matt Chernus, who co-owns Grill 'em All. "It's getting to the point where you've got to wonder if this city can really hold this many trucks. Once you start seeing a copycat of every truck, you're going to see a downward spiral."

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3:02pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Monkey See

What's The Fall TV Season About? Masculinity, Fairy Tales, And The '60s

Tim Allen stars on ABC's new sitcom, Last Man Standing.
Randy Holmes ABC

It's only natural, I think, that my eyes have crossed after hearing about more than 30 new fall shows from four networks in the last three days — with the CW still to come tomorrow. But it's not too early to take note of some of the emerging themes that will make multiple appearances on the fall schedule.

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3:00pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Politics

Coburn's Departure Deals Blow To Deficit Talks

A bipartisan group of senators known as the Gang of Six has been trying for months to strike a deal on deficit spending and the debt.

Now, that sextet may be over. On Tuesday night, Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn called it quits. Still unclear, though, is whether his departure proves fatal to a grand debt-reduction bargain between Republicans and Democrats.

An Impasse

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3:00pm

Wed May 18, 2011
NPR Story

Early In Campaign, Gingrich Faces Controversy

Newt Gingrich's early days as a presidential candidate are reminding a lot of people of his time as Speaker of the House, angering conservatives with comments about Paul Ryan and then revealing his wife's enormous credit line at Tiffany's.

3:00pm

Wed May 18, 2011
NPR Story

Catholic Bishops Release Sex Abuse Report

Why did the Catholic Church experience a sexual abuse crisis? There are no simple answers, according to a five-year study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice that was released on Wednesday. But the reasons suggested in the report are unlikely to satisfy critics of the church.

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