12:18pm

Thu July 5, 2012
Asia

After A Forced Abortion, A Roaring Debate In China

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 11:09 pm

Feng Jianmei and her husband could not pay $6,000 in fines for violating China's one-child policy. In June, when she was seven months pregnant, local officials abducted her and forced her to have an abortion, her family says. The case has provoked widespread outrage.
Quirky China News Rex Features

Deng Jiyuan and Feng Jianmei, a couple from northwest China's Shaanxi province, have a 6-year-old daughter. Under China's complicated birth calculus, they were barred from having another child. But they tried anyway.

"We planned this pregnancy because our parents are old, they want us to have another child," Deng, 30, explained by cellphone last month from his home in Shaanxi.

That decision led to a sequence of events that has ignited a firestorm and renewed debate over the country's one-child policy.

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11:47am

Thu July 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Zimmerman's Bail Set At $1 Million

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 3:04 pm

George Zimmerman during a court hearing on June 29.
Joe Burbank AP

A judge in Florida this morning set bail at $1 million for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

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11:46am

Thu July 5, 2012
Around the Nation

Land-Grant Universities And Future Of Agriculture

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 3:55 pm

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11:46am

Thu July 5, 2012
Remembrances

Woody Guthrie's Indelible Mark On American Culture

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 9:51 am

Woody Guthrie singing aboard a New York City subway train.
Eric Schaal Life Pictures/Getty Images

The summer of 2012 marks the centennial of the birth of American folk icon Woody Guthrie, on July 14, 1912. A poet of the people, Guthrie wrote some of America's most important songs, including "This Land Is Your Land." He penned ballads that captured the heart of hard economic times and war.

While Guthrie left a lasting mark on music, culture and politics, he struggled with family poverty, tragedies and personal demons.

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11:46am

Thu July 5, 2012
Around the Nation

A Quarter-Century Of Memories Unfurl In AIDS Quilt

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 8:49 am

Visitors view the AIDS Memorial Quilt at the National Mall.
Ebony Bailey NPR

Quilts hold a special place in American culture, reflecting pieces of our lives that are passed on from generation to generation. In 1987, a small group of people in San Francisco started a quilt to document the lives and stories of people who died from HIV/AIDS.

Twenty-five years and thousands of stops later, the AIDS Memorial Quilt returns to the National Mall for the first time in more than a decade. To date, more than 48,000 panels have been woven together to memorialize the lives lost to the pandemic.

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11:45am

Thu July 5, 2012
Books

What Happens When The Honeymoon Is Over?

From the flowers, to the dress, to the cake, it's easy for brides to get caught up in planning the wedding. But after the honeymoon, a lot of couples ask, "now what?" Wedding Cake for Breakfast features essays by 23 brides in the year after they say "I do." Host Michel Martin talks with co-editor Wendy Sherman and contributor Andrea King Collier.

11:45am

Thu July 5, 2012
Africa

'African Booker' Defies Image Of Tragic Continent

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 12:01 pm

The Caine Prize for African Writing recognizes an African writer each year for a short story written in English. This year's prize went to Nigerian Rotimi Babatunde for "Bombay's Republic." It's about a Nigerian soldier who fought in Burma during World War II. Host Michel Martin talks with Babatunde and CNN's Nima Elbagir, one of the judges.

11:45am

Thu July 5, 2012
Election 2012

La Raza Expects Gay Marriage Debate

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we turn to the National Council of La Raza's annual convention. That's the nation's largest Latino civil rights organization, and that group begins its convention this weekend in Las Vegas. I'm joined now by Ron Estrada, who is chairing the event. He's also the vice president of marketing for La Raza. Mr. Estrada, thank you so much for joining us.

RON ESTRADA: Michel, thank you for having me.

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11:45am

Thu July 5, 2012
Election 2012

Romney To Make His Case To NAACP

The NAACP is gearing up for its annual conference in Houston, Texas. Each year, the civil rights group attracts big names, including this year's guest speaker, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Host Michel Martin talks with conference organizer Leon Russell about what's on his members' minds for this year's election.

10:52am

Thu July 5, 2012
Health

Welch Allyn preparing for new tax on medical equipment

Starting next year, there will be a 2.3% excise tax on medical equipment, like this barcode scanner.
Connectologist via Flickr

Despite months of preparation, the CEO of Welch Allyn says a new excise tax on medical supplies will hurt his company's bottom line.

As part of the Affordable Care Act upheld last week by the Supreme Court, a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices sold in the United States will go into effect January 1. The tax is supposed to help pay for the expanded health care coverage.

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