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2:40pm

Sat August 27, 2011
Around the Nation

El Paso Weathers Drought, Thanks To Lawn Policy

For decades, the city of El Paso, in far West Texas, defied the look of most desert communities, with neighborhoods boasting lush, green lawns and residents freely running their sprinklers.

Then a study came out in 1979 that showed just how close El Paso was to a crisis: At its rate of water use, the city would run dry within 36 years.

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2:30pm

Sat August 27, 2011
The Two-Way

N.J. Gov. To Senior Citizens: Please Get On The Buses And Leave

"I can't make you ... I'm not going to arrest you."

But please, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) just told 600 senior citizens who live in Atlantic City: Let the state evacuate you before Hurricane Irene slams into the high-rise buildings where you live.

The residents have so far refused to leave.

Christie said the state is going to send buses to the seniors' buildings in the hopes they can be convinced to go to inland shelters.

"Let us walk you downstairs and put you on those buses," he added.

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1:40pm

Sat August 27, 2011
World

Is Libya The First 'True Arab Revolution?'

The Libyan rebels' takeover of Tripoli may be a landmark of the movement known as the Arab Spring, but does it qualify as a revolution?

James DeFronzo, author of the book Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements, thinks it's still too early to tell.

"You have to have some great structural, institutional change for an uprising to eventually be legitimately called a revolution," he tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan.

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1:23pm

Sat August 27, 2011
Africa

U.S. Aids Hunt For Gadhafi, Drawing On Iraq Lesson

A bullet-riddled mural portrait of Moammar Gadhafi sits on a wall in Tripoli. Libyan rebels are looking for the former leader, aided by foreign intelligence services and U.S. spy drones.
Francois Mori AP

It took a U.S.-led invasion force of more than 200,000 troops nine months to scour Iraq's nearly 170,000 square miles before they captured Saddam Hussein, in one of the largest manhunts ever.

Now, Moammar Gadhafi is on the run in Libya — but chasing after him is a much smaller and less well-equipped force of Libyan rebels. They're trying to track down a fugitive who, like Saddam, is well-armed, well-funded and capable of winning popular support and sowing instability simply by evading his pursuers.

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1:11pm

Sat August 27, 2011
Africa

In Libya, Gas Prices Rise As Rebels Seek Control

Originally published on Sat August 27, 2011 2:07 pm

Rebel supporters burn books on the philosophy of Gadhafi in Tripoli on Saturday. Libyan rebel leaders say they're negotiating with regime loyalists in holdout towns.
Sergey Ponomarev AP

Libyan rebels fought to gain control of a major supply road to Tripoli on Saturday, seizing a border crossing with Tunisia and strengthening their hold on the oil-rich country as they hunt for Moammar Gadhafi.

Controlling the road from the Tunisian border to the capital would help ease growing shortages of fuel and food, particularly in the battle-scarred city.

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12:00pm

Sat August 27, 2011
The Two-Way

First Irene-Related Deaths Reported

The first deaths in the U.S. related to Hurricane Irene to be reported come from North Carolina.

The Raleigh News & Observer writes that:

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11:52am

Sat August 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Insurers Prepare For Flood Of Claims From Irene

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:29 am

Chris Pittman (left) and Frank Eckel board up a storefront in Cape May, N.J., in anticipation of Hurricane Irene.
William Thomas Cain Getty Images

As Hurricane Irene makes its way north, insurance companies are scrambling to get claims adjusters and other personnel in place up and down the East Coast and into New England.

Companies will be assessing the damage once Irene is through battering the northeastern states. If the hurricane hits as wide an area as is predicted, insured losses could be in the billions of dollars.

On the boardwalk of Ocean City, Md., Tony Russo Jr. is boarding up the windows of his family's restaurant, Tony's Pizza.

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9:40am

Sat August 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Mayor Bloomberg On Evacuations: 'You Have To Start Right Now'

Earlier today, a man pulled his luggage up Wall Street — one of the low-lying areas — in Manhattan.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Hoping to convince anyone who is ignoring the mandatory evacuation orders for those living in New York City's low-lying areas, Mayor Michael Bloomberg just warned that if anyone hasn't already moved to higher ground, "you have to start right now."

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8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Around the Nation

New Jersey Shore Empties Ahead Of Irene

On the New Jersey Shore, officials have ordered mandatory evacuations and residents are preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irene. NPR's Jeff Brady reports.

8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Economy

Policymakers Seek Prescription For Ailing Economy

Originally published on Sat August 27, 2011 7:56 pm

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke walks past reporters as he arrives at the economic policy symposium at Jackson Hole in Moran, Wyo., on Friday.
Reed Saxon AP

Think of the U.S. economy as a patient who is bedridden after a long illness.

At an annual policy conference this weekend in Jackson Hole, Wyo., what they're discussing is not just about how to get the patient up and hobbling around, but how to get him running wind sprints. The meeting's title is "Achieving Maximum Long-Run Growth."

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8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebels Plan Rule, Prepare Final Assault

Originally published on Sat August 27, 2011 10:53 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News, I'm Scott Simon. Libyan rebels say they've secured most of Tripoli and taken a key border crossing to Tunisia. That crossing is vital to getting food and supplies into the Libyan capital where the human situation is growing dire. Members of the rebel council in Benghazi say they're relocating to Tripoli where they will set up an interim government that will rule Libya into 2012. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. Soraya, thanks for being with us.

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8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Economy

Obama Considers New Solutions For The Housing Market

The Obama administration is considering several new ideas to help shore up the struggling housing market. As first reported by The New York Times this week, one proposal would allow homeowners with government-backed mortgages to refinance them at the current, lower interest rates. Host Scott Simon talks with Columbia University's Christopher Mayer, who helped introduce the mortgage refinancing proposal in 2008.

8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Politics

Disloyalty Charges Threaten N.H. GOP Chair

Presidential candidates aren't the only Republicans jockeying for position in the state that holds the first presidential primary. Jack Kimball, New Hampshire's GOP chairman, is fighting to remain in office. The Tea Party-backed newcomer was elected to lead state Republicans just seven months ago. He now faces removal amid charges of incompetence and disloyalty. New Hampshire Public Radio's Josh Rogers reports.

8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Race

One Man's Moment With Martin Luther King Jr.

The memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., opened on the National Mall this week. NPR's Ari Shapiro introduces us to one man for whom this moment caps a long family story.

8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Sports

Persistence Pays Off: 60-Year-Old Swims Channel

You know the old adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again?" Well, Pat Gallant-Charette certainly does. Last Monday, on her third attempt since 2008, the 60-year-old from Westbrook, Maine, swam across the English Channel in less than 16 hours. Host Scott Simon talks with Gallant-Charette, who is now the oldest American woman to swim the English Channel.

8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Sports

Sports: Dim Stars At U.S. Open; MLB Pennant Races

The bright lights and raucous crowds of the U.S. Open are here, but this year, the talent isn't shining. In baseball, the front-runners are pulling ahead of the also-running, just before the last month of the season. Host Scott Simon talks sports with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine.

8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Hurricane Irene Crashes Into East Coast

Originally published on Sat August 27, 2011 10:53 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Hurricane Irene has arrived. The storm has already struck parts of North Carolina. Some 200,000 people there are without power. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urged caution as Irene moves up the East Coast.

Secretary JANET NAPOLITANO (HOMELAND SECURITY): Irene remains a large and dangerous storm. People need to take it seriously, people need to be prepared.

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8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Hurricane Irene's Power Is Less, Scope Is Wide

Hurricane Irene has reached the coast of North Carolina, bringing heavy rains and winds of 85 miles per hour. But there IS some good news. The storm is turning out to be less powerful than forecasters expected. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR science reporter John Hamilton about the latest on Hurricane Irene.

8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Around the Nation

New York Scrambles To Safety As Irene Nears

Originally published on Sat August 27, 2011 10:53 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, host: New York City officials have ordered the mandatory evacuation of roughly 370,000 people who live in low-lying areas of the city. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that everybody living there should be gone by 5 pm today.

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: Now, we've never done a mandatory evacuation before and we wouldn't be doing it now if we didn't think this storm had the potential to be very serious.

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8:00am

Sat August 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Hurricane Flattens Business For OBX Pancake House

As Hurricane Irene swirls toward the North Carolina coast, many local business owners are despairing the loss of business during their busy season. Host Scott Simon checks in with Steve and Kristine Kiousis, who own the pancake house, Stack 'Em High, in Kitty Hawk, N.C.

6:30am

Sat August 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Irene Starts Bashing East Coast

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:29 am

Wind blows against palm trees on a beach in Ocean City, Md., on Saturday.
Patrick Semansky AP

6:14am

Sat August 27, 2011
Mitt Romney

Can Romney Stay The Course As The CEO Candidate?

Mitt Romney's national front-runner status in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination took a hit this week, with national polls showing that he has been eclipsed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

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5:37am

Sat August 27, 2011
Science

At New Madrid Fault, Shaky Guesses On Next Quake

Originally published on Sat August 27, 2011 10:53 am

The New Madrid earthquakes broke up rock like this section of rock face, which was later filled with sand. This photo, from Mississippi County, Mo., was taken in 1904.
M.L. Fuller (Image 336) USGS

The magnitude-5.8 earthquake that rattled the eastern U.S. on Tuesday took everyone — even geologists — by surprise. But even when there are reasons to think an earthquake could be around the corner, scientists still can't make good predictions.

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5:15am

Sat August 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Joplin Debris 'Reborn' In Kansas City Art Project

A crowd previews a selection of art from the Reclamation Project, which has reused debris from the tornado in Joplin, Miss.
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.

Pieces of twisted metal and scrap wood left behind by a massive tornado that tore through Joplin, Miss., are now sitting in a gallery in Kansas City. The sculptures and paintings from the wreckage are to be sold at auction Saturday.

Ann Leach is a grief counselor who has lived in Joplin for 14 years. She's one of the survivors of the May tornado, which left 159 people dead. When the tornado struck, Leach was protected by a slab of sheet rock that fell on top of her, forming a protective barrier.

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6:15pm

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

2,400 Flights Cancelled Ahead Of Hurricane Irene

Originally published on Fri August 26, 2011 6:17 pm

Irene is already causing travel headaches: Airlines have cancelled 2,400 flights so far. As it works up its way through the East Coast of the United States, Bloomberg reports, it is forecast to move through busiest airspace in the country.

That means: Delta has cancelled 1,300 flights; Jet Blue will drop 75 percent of its weekend trips; American Airlines is planning to scrap 265 flights.

Bloomberg adds:

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5:40pm

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

FAA Says Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Is Ready For Passengers

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives at Tokyo's Haneda airport as fire engines spray it with water during a test flight.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Three years behind schedule and several billion dollars over budget, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is finally set for its first commercial flight. The Federal Aviation Administration gave the plane its OK and Boeing will make its first delivery in September.

Bloomberg reports:

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5:22pm

Fri August 26, 2011
NPR Story

Looking Into Libya's Most Notorious Prison

One of Moammar Gadhafi's last major strongholds in Tripoli has fallen to rebel forces. Among the survivors of the ferocious street fighting are prisoners from the Abu Salim prison, some of whom have been jailed for more than two decades.

4:58pm

Fri August 26, 2011
U.S.

Hurricane Irene Cuts Short Jersey Shore Summer

Rain from Hurricane Irene has started falling off the coast of the Carolinas. All the way up to Maine, residents are preparing for the storm, which is expected to pound much of the East Coast this weekend.

On the Jersey Shore, Cape May County officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation.

The small community of Stone Harbor sits on a barrier island and early Friday morning, the sounds of tourists were replaced by drills as business owners covered windows with plywood.

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4:06pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Perry Hopes To Turn Medical Liability Record Into Votes

Just a few weeks into his campaign, Texas Gov. and presidential candidate Rick Perry isn't talking a whole lot about health care, except to criticize President Obama for last year's law. And he's not considered a health care expert. But he's is passionate on one point: Fixing the nation's health care system must include a major reform of the medical malpractice system.

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3:53pm

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

The Northeast Has Seen A Hurricane Lull, But It Doesn't Mean There's No Risk

National Hurricane Center

Over the past decade or so, we've seen hurricanes pound the Gulf states. Of course foremost in the national consciousness is still Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall near New Orleans in 2005.

Not only that but if you exclude Florida, the last major hurricane — meaning category 3 or stronger — to make landfall in the Eastern Seaboard was Hurricane Fran, which made landfall in North Carolina in 1996. But during the past two decades, the Gulf Coast has seen Andrew in 1992, Opal in 1995, Bret in 1999, Charley and Ivan in 2004 and Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005.

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