6:37pm

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Mexico Captures Alleged Leader Of La Familia Cartel

Originally published on Tue June 21, 2011 6:50 pm

Mexico's secretary of the Council on National Security said authorities had captured one of the most wanted men in organized crime. The Mexican daily, El Universal reports that Alejandro Poiré said José de Jesús Méndez Vargas, or "The Monkey Méndez," the alleged leader of La Familia Michoacana cartel had been captured in Aguacalientes without any confrontation.

"With this arrest, we've destroyed what was left of the leadership of the organization," El Universal quotes Poiré as saying.

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6:23pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Planet Money

The Tuesday Podcast: When Will The Economy Get Better?

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 4:54 pm

Job seekers in line at a job fair in Michigan.
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Unemployment is still dangerously high. But things are looking up for both households and companies.

On today's Planet Money, economist Mark Zandi says households have been steadily reducing their debt over the past few years.

The number of credit cards outstanding, bank cards, retail store cards, peaked at almost 600 million back in August of 2008. As of the end of May, we are down to less than 500 million.

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6:15pm

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

After U.K. Arrest, Hacker Group LulzSec Responds With Bravado

Today, British police said they arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with distributed denial of service attacks on, among other sites, the U.S. Senate and the CIA. Police said Ryan Clearly was linked to the hacker activist group LulzSec.

The Guardian reports:

Investigators believe the arrest is significant and linked to the attacks based mainly at websites belonging to US institutions and organisations.

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6:14pm

Tue June 21, 2011
It's All Politics

Roles Reverse As Obama Seems More Hawkish Than Many In GOP

How much has the nation's political landscape changed after 10 years, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and whatever we define Libya as?

So much so that a Democratic president who ran as an anti-war candidate, at least on Iraq, has come to look like a hawk when compared to Republican presidential candidates.

On the eve of his Wednesday evening speech to the nation in which he will announce how he plans to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan, it's Obama who finds himself fending off calls for a rapid drawdown of U.S. forces there.

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6:02pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Planet Money

JPMorgan Pays $154 Million To Settle Charges It Misled Investors

From our colleagues at ProPublica:

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that JPMorgan Chase has agreed to a $154 million settlement for allegedly misleading investors in mortgage-securities deal involving the hedge fund Magnetar.

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5:35pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

New Cigarette Labels Are Gruesome On Purpose

Out with the old warning label
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The Food and Drug Administration's revamp of its dated anti-smoking campaign was long overdue. And, although the new graphic images make us a bit squeamish, that's kind of the point.

But how did they get to be so gruesome?

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5:24pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Serious Surgical Mistakes Persist, Despite Safety Rules

Doctors who talk to a patient before surgery are less likely to operate on the wrong limb than those who first see the patient when he or she arrives in the operating room.
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Back in 2004, the Joint Commission, a group that certifies health care providers, issued rules to try and prevent wrong-site surgery — terrible blunders involving the wrong limb or the wrong surgery.

The rules were supposed to became mandatory in hospitals and accredited outpatient centers. At the time, the president of the group that issued the rules called them so obvious that even if they weren't "quite Dick and Jane" simple, they were "pretty close."

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5:12pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Music News

Bon Iver Gets Bigger And More Complex

Bon Iver.
D.L. Anderson

It's been three years since For Emma, Forever Ago, the debut album that landed Justin Vernon's band Bon Iver on virtually every best-of list for 2008.

Now, Bon Iver has released the follow-up to For Emma, titled Bon Iver. The song titles draw from the names of places — real, imagined or a combination of both, like "Minnesota, WI."

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5:12pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Music Lists

Fighting Over Our Favorite Albums Of 2011 (So Far)

Calm down, Thom. The King of Limbs didn't make the cut for our 25 favorite albums of the year so far, but at least one of us still loves you.
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Yeah, we know. When we made a list of our favorite records of the year so far, we left off Helplessness Blues and The King Is Dead. Among the other casualties: Let England Shake, So Beautiful or So What, Tomboy, Nine Types of Light and The King of Limbs.

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5:10pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Business and the Economy

Deal to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom Near

Kentucky State Fair Board President Harold Workman says he’s still hopeful that Kentucky Kingdom amusement park can be reopened in 2012. Workman told a panel of state lawmakers recently that the board and Louisville Metro Government are close to finalizing an agreement to re-open Kentucky Kingdom next year. He says it will take a total investment of about $50 to bring the park back to life.

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