4:47pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Salt

Survey Says Apple Pie Rules, But There's Lots Of Room For Variety

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 9:52 am

Pies, before and after the NPR pie contest on Tuesday.
Benjamin Morris NPR

We are a nation that puts apple pie above all other pies, and yesterday's survey confirms our audience falls right in line when it comes to the forbidden fruit. But that's not the whole scoop on popular pies.

As we reported yesterday, top American pies bought in the store are apple, pumpkin, cherry, blueberry, and Dutch apple.

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4:41pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

House Committee Cites Attorney General Holder For Contempt

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 4:46 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder during congressional testimony in 2011.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Acting along partisan lines, with a vote of 23 to 17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted this afternoon to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Republicans, who control the committee, say Holder's Justice Department has not turned over all the documents that the committee needs to see as it probes the so-called Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation.

And they want to know more about why the Justice Department initially told a senator that it had not pursued such an operation.

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4:14pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Saving Calif. State Parks: The End Of Public Funding?

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 6:23 pm

Brad Beadell (right) takes his 11-year-old son, William, on his first backpacking trip through Henry W. Coe State Park in Morgan Hill, Calif.
Melissa Block NPR

On July 1, 15 California state parks are slated to be closed permanently to the public — the first such closures in the state's history. They're the victim of budget cuts in a state with a $16 billion shortfall.

Over the past year, park enthusiasts have scrambled to save dozens of parks from closure, including Henry W. Coe State Park, California's second-biggest state park, located about 30 miles south of San Jose.

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4:06pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Death Toll In Nigeria Reaches 98 After Church Attacks, Reprisals

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 4:11 pm

Reprisals after three church bombings on Sunday have continued in Nigeria, and The Associated Press reports the death toll has reached 98.

The AP adds:

"A rescue services official said more than 98 people have died since Sunday after a trio of church bombings sparked reprisals in Kaduna state. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

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3:55pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Regional Coverage

Federal goverment provides grants to local health centers

Three community health centers in central and northern New York are receiving grants from the federal government as part of the federal health care law.

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2:53pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Regional Coverage

The Roman Catholic Church plans "Fortnight for Freedom"

The Roman Catholic Church is using the two weeks running up to the Fourth of July for prayer and advocacy as it continues it's fight against the federal Health and Human Services Department mandate that would force some Catholic institutions to provide health insurance coverage that includes contraception.

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2:51pm

Wed June 20, 2012
-Nature of Things

Powerline Bird Watching

John Weeks explains that keeping an eye out for birds while driving can be both relaxing and informative. The power lines bordering highways provide an abundance of opportunities to sight beautiful birds. Bird watching in the car can be a good way to observe local nature without trekking through rough terrain.

2:45pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

No iPads Or iPhones For You, Apple Store Clerk Tells Iranians

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 2:51 pm

The scene at an Apple store.
Martin Bureau AFP/Getty Images

Sahar Sabet of Alpharetta, Ga., says that when she was in an Apple store at the local North Pointe Mall last week to buy an iPad and an iPhone, she and her uncle were overheard by a clerk.

The sales rep asked what language they were speaking and where they were from. When they said they were speaking Farsi and originally from Iran, Sabet tells Atlanta's WSB-TV, the clerk's response was a shock:

"I can't sell this to you."

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2:11pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

WATCH: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's Press Conference

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:51 pm

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a news conference on Wednesday in Washington, DC.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The Federal Reserve is ready to take further action — including the purchase of Treasury bonds — "to provide support for the economy," the Chairman of the Fed Ben Bernanke said during a press conference.

Bernanke also said that the members of the Federal Open Market Committee had "marked down" their outlooks on the economy.

Most expect there to be little change in the unemployment rate through the end of the year. The consensus, said Bernanke, is that the Fed expects "slow progress" on unemployment and most opinions are "weighted toward slower growth" on the GDP.

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2:02pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Law

Deciding Whether Defendants Should Take The Stand

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:21 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

The defense in the Jerry Sandusky trial rested today without calling the former Penn State assistant football coach to testify, perhaps because he did not help his cause in media interviews after charges surfaced last November. Here's part of his interview with Bob Costas on NBC.

(SOUNDBITE OF INTERVIEW)

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