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Thu June 2, 2011
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The Lake Shore Limited: A Novel

by Sue Miller

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9:59am

Thu June 2, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Rare Bacterial Strain Identified As Cause Of European Outbreak

Originally published on Fri June 3, 2011 9:06 am

A couple of E. Coli bacteria captured in an image from the Helmholtz Center for Research on Infectious Diseases in Berlin earlier this week.
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Update 3:58 p.m.: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director for the division of foodborne, bacterial and mycotic diseases, tells NPR's Richard Harris the bacterium seen in the European outbreak isn't brand new. Tauze identified it as E. coli O104:H4. "This organism that's been isolated from the sick people in Germany has been seen before," he says.

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9:55am

Thu June 2, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Despite Law, China Wants Arms

Joseph A. Bosco served in the office of the secretary of defense as China country desk officer from 2005 to 2006 and previously taught graduate seminars on China-U.S. relations at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is now a national security consultant.

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9:45am

Thu June 2, 2011
The Thistle and Shamrock

The Thistle And Shamrock: What in the World?

Thistle and Shamrock
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21st century contemporary Celtic music may take in Balkan tunes, African percussion, Latin rhythms, and have a gritty urban edge. Are the musicians who draw upon such diverse influences simply creating World Music soup with a dash of Celtic spice? Or are they the innovators of a cutting edge Celtic sound that enhances the global music vibe? See what you think.

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9:33am

Thu June 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Consider The Source: North Korea Says It's No. 2 In Happiness

Everybody's happy. (Korean Central News Agency photo released on Jan. 18, 2009, showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il posing with soldiers.)
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Coming from a country where the leader has been referred to as "the son of God" and where the official news agency has reported about a "mysterious natural wonder" involving a halo at Kim Jong Il's birthplace, this probably shouldn't be too much of a shock:

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9:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Don't Lower Your Minutes Just Yet

Scientists have found a link between cell phone radiation and cancer, causing some mobile users to question whether being constantly connected is worth the risk.
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Harold Pollack is a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Like many other people umbilically linked to my mobile e-mailing, tweets, calls and texts, I'm concerned by the World Health Organization's recent findings regarding mobile phone use and brain tumors. This latest pronouncement prods me to make some lifestyle changes — my favorite one being to waste less time being a slave to my damn cell phone.

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8:45am

Thu June 2, 2011
Opinion

The Root: Find A (Real) Reason For The Whine

From government spending to a next door neighbor, complaints are an everyday occurrence. However, some aren't sure if there's a valid reason behind the grievances.
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John McWhorter is a regular contributor to The Root.

It's all about this business of "contesting." And it's about all of us.

One thing we all know is that if Cornel West actually met Barack Obama alone in a room — and we can be sure this will happen one day, and likely more than once — he would embrace him and call him brother.

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8:41am

Thu June 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dip; Retail Sales Soft

There was a slight decline in the number of Americans who filed first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

It said that 422,000 claims were filed, vs. 428,000 the week before.

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8:26am

Thu June 2, 2011
The Two-Way

In Tripoli: A 'Sense Of Abandonment'

After arriving in Tripoli this week, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson says she's been struck by the "sense of abandoment" in the Libyan capital.

Weeks of NATO air strikes and other allied actions aimed at stopping Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime from attacking rebels have taken a visible toll, Soraya told Morning Edition host Renee Montagne earlier today.

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7:58am

Thu June 2, 2011
The Two-Way

After Sharp Drop Wednesday, Futures Hint At Better Day On Wall Street

Good morning.

There's a new study, as we just reported, that concludes the "global war on drugs has failed." It comes from the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The commission's members include former Secretary of State George Shultz, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and others who have held top policy posts around the world.

Other stories making headlines this hour include:

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7:26am

Thu June 2, 2011
The Two-Way

'Global War On Drugs Has Failed,' Former World Leaders Say

Mexican police at the scene of a drug-related shootout in Juarez on March 21, 2010.
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"The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world," a high-powered commission whose members include former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan warns today.

The report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy goes on to recommend:

-- An end to "the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others."

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7:18am

Thu June 2, 2011
Asia

Tap Shoes May Not Shuffle Off To North Korea

A new report from the United Nations reveals some unexpected items seized as they were headed to North Korea — like dozens of tap-dancing shoes. The U.N. has banned North Korea from importing luxury goods, and apparently that includes tap shoes.

7:13am

Thu June 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Talk Of Warrant Spurs Motel Guests To Call Police

A man checked into a Maryland hotel and proceeded to have a loud phone conversation about the warrant for his arrest. Other motel guests could hear him through the walls and they called police.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
NPR Story

Al-Qaida Claims To Be Involved In The Fighting In Yemen

Increased fighting has been reported in the capital of Yemen. Renee Montagne talks to Les Campbell of the National Democratic Institute about the situation in Yemen.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Law

DOJ Advocates Changes For Crack Cocaine Offenses

The Obama administration says it will support leniency for people already behind bars for crack cocaine offenses. The proposal could send thousands of federal inmates home early. This is a major civil rights issue since law disproportionately affects minorities.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Business

Brazil Moves Forward Constructing World's 3rd-Largest Dam

A controversial dam in the heart of Brazil's Amazon has moved one step closer to construction. Environmentalists say it will devastate the ecosystem and force tens of thousands of people to relocate. Brazilian authorities say they need the energy for the growing nation.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Report: Global War On Drugs Fails

Mary Louise Kelly and Renee Montagne report on the findings of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a group of politicians and former world leaders, who concluded that the global war on drugs has failed.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Business

Merged Company Tries To Retire Massey's Legacy

Shareholders of Massey Energy and Alpha Natural Resources have approved a merger that creates the world's third largest producer of high-priced and high-demand metallurgical coal. Massey became a takeover target after last year's deadly explosion at the company's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Politics

Mitt Romney To Make GOP Presidential Run Official

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney today formally gets into the GOP race for the White House. Mary Louise Kelly talks to NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson, who brings us up to date on the field of candidates so far.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Middle East

Opposition Tries To Define Syria's Political Future

Some 300 Syrian activists are gathered in southern Turkey to chart ways to step up their campaign against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Mary Louise Kelly has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Business

Wal-Mart Makes A Move Into South Africa

South African regulators have given Wal-Mart approval to buy a controlling stake in retailer Massmart. Liabo Setho, a business reporter for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, tells Renee Montagne there had been huge opposition to the deal from trade unions, suppliers and industry groups.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Health

USDA Food Pyramid To Be Replaced By Plate Graphic

Step aside, pyramid. Make way for the plate. The USDA is unveiling its new and improved nutrition guidelines graphic. Its designed to help consumers better visualize what it means to eat healthier.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Sports

Novak Djokovic Close To Tying McEnroe Record

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Jon Wertheim of "Sports Illustrated" about the incredible year Novak Djokovic is having in tennis. With a victory over Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals, Djokovic can equal John McEnroe's record of 42 straight wins to start a season.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Media

Subcontractors Abuse Foreigners Who Staff U.S. Wars

An article in the latest issue of The New Yorker focuses on the mistreatment of foreign workers on U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Reporter Sarah Stillman tells Mary Louise Kelly that workers are enticed overseas by shady contractors, and when the U.S. draws down operations, they're laid off but given no return ticket home.

3:47am

Thu June 2, 2011
Education

'Softened' Regulations Issued For For-Profit Schools

After months of delay, the Department of Education on Thursday issued new rules that could shut down some for-profit colleges and universities.

The department says the regulations are meant to cut off federal aid to schools whose students cannot earn enough to repay their loans. The administration softened the rules in response to industry pressure.

Before he announced the rules, Education Secretary Arne Duncan paid tribute to the important role played by for-profit schools, such as the University of Phoenix.

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12:01am

Thu June 2, 2011
Asia

Phnom Penh's Feat: Getting Clean Tap Water Flowing

Cambodian villagers get water from a truck at a camp in Preah Vihear province, some 300 miles northwest of Phnom Penh. Though 92 percent of households in Phnom Penh have clean running water, many in rural Cambodia rely on trucks or water purification tablets.
Tang Chhin Sothy AFP/Getty Images

The sound of running water — clean running water — is not one you have always been able to hear in the ramshackle lean-tos that pass for homes on the edge of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

Providing clean water is one of the biggest challenges for governments in the developing world. Clean water charities say that thousands of people die every day of preventable diseases as a result of not having clean drinking water, and 90 percent of those who die are under the age of 5.

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12:01am

Thu June 2, 2011
Opinion

Returned Combat Veteran: 'Anxiety Trumps Logic'

Like many U.S. veterans, commentator Benjamin Tupper has read Tim O'Brien's famous book about the Vietnam War, The Things They Carried. Tupper's war was in Afghanistan, but he says O'Brien's observations hold true, decades later.

Most of the physical items we soldiers carry are owned by the government, like body armor and weapons and helmets. These are unceremoniously returned to Uncle Sam as we out-process from military service.

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12:01am

Thu June 2, 2011
Sports

The Scoreboard Doesn't Lie: The Indians Are Winning

Asdrubal Cabrera (left) leads the resurgent Cleveland Indians in hitting. Here, he's congratulated by Travis Buck after crossing home plate.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

The Cleveland Indians are Major League Baseball's biggest surprise so far this season. They have the best record in the American League, despite having one of the lowest payrolls. And they currently lead their division by a healthy margin.

The team's success is surprising nearly everyone. But where have we heard this story before ... a bunch of no-name baseball players, obliterating the competition? Oddly enough, the answer involves Charlie Sheen.

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