12:24pm

Thu September 15, 2011
Around the Nation

A Beloved Car Of Cops And Cabbies Meets Its End

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:24 am

Ford Crown Victorias sit in a parking lot outside a police station in Chicago. Sales of the Crown Victoria climbed 140 percent in August as police departments stockpiled the popular fleet vehicle before Ford ended its production this week.
Scott Olson Getty Images

After more than 30 years, production of the Ford Crown Victoria and Lincoln Town Car has ended. The large, gas guzzling, rear-wheel drive behemoths have been the favorites of limo drivers, taxi drivers and police officers for more than a generation.

The end of the Town Car and the Crown Vic, as it's affectionately known, comes as Ford tries to become a hipper and more fuel-efficient company.

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12:16pm

Thu September 15, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Medicare Advantage Premiums To Drop Next Year

For some Medicare beneficiaries, the good times seem to keep rolling along.

Premiums for seniors enrolled in private Medicare health plans will drop 4 percent in 2012 while benefits remain stable, administration officials said today. In 2011 premiums fell by 1 percent.

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12:10pm

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Boehner To Push GOP Ideas On Overhauling Taxes

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) "plans Thursday to urge the supercommittee charged with cutting the nation's deficit to overhaul the tax code, his most direct remarks about the path the panel should undertake," Politico reports.

According to Politico, "Boehner will prod the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction lower the corporate rate and close loopholes — the preferred GOP method for cleaning up the nation's tax system."

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12:00pm

Thu September 15, 2011
Author Interviews

Wisdom From Award-Winning Author Wideman

John Edgar Wideman is the 2011 Lifetime Achievement winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which recognizes works that have made important contributions to understanding racism and appreciating diversity. Wideman has written 13 novels, six collections of short stories and two memoirs. He talks about his life, works and the award he receives today.

12:00pm

Thu September 15, 2011
NPR Story

A Look At The Latin Grammy Nominees

Puerto Rican hip-hop duo Calle 13 broke records by getting 10 nominations. A flamenco singer was nominated for Best Tango. And earlier this year, the group in charge of the English language Grammys eliminated 31 categories, including Latin Jazz. Host Michel Martin speaks with Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras, the hosts of NPR Music's Alt-Latino podcast.

12:00pm

Thu September 15, 2011
NPR Story

Fashion Week: Bold Surprises On And Off The Runway

Since last Thursday, top designers have been showcasing their Spring 2012 collections in N.Y. Pulitzer Prize-winning style writer Robin Givhan has been on the scene, seeing vibrant colors and bold prints dominating the runway. In the audience, American Vogue chief Anna Wintour was sitting with rapper Nicki Minaj. Givhan also talks about the smashing success of Missoni's limited edition Target line.

12:00pm

Thu September 15, 2011
NPR Story

Crossing Mexico: A Journey Of Grave Perils

Thousands of Central Americans have tried reaching the U.S. border in hopes of better lives. They've faced remarkable dangers when crossing Mexico on the way. Actor Gael Garcia Bernal traveled to Southern Mexico to capture stories of migrants who are targeted by kidnappers and gangs. These stories are compiled in "The Invisibles," his collection of short documentaries.

11:04am

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Global Economy Has Entered 'Dangerous New Phase,' IMF Chief Warns

"We are certainly living through times of great economic anxiety," International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said this morning.

"Exactly three years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers," she cautioned in a Washington, D.C., speech, "the economic skies look troubled and turbulent as global activity slows and downside risks increase."

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10:29am

Thu September 15, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Bioethicists Offer Reward For Proof On HPV Vaccine Claim

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 12:57 pm

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann at the presidential debate sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express in Tampa, Fla., Monday.
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Even as Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann backs off some from an inflammatory claim that a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer led to mental retardation in a young girl, two bioethicists are turning up the heat.

Yes, the leading group of pediatricians in this country slammed Bachmann and said "there is absolutely no scientific validity" to statements that the vaccine against human papilloma virus is dangerous or causes retardation.

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10:10am

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Humble Medal Of Honor Winner Felt 'Like A Failure'

At the White House on Wednesday, President Obama and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer sipped beers and talked. Meyer told CBS News he asked the president for advice on how to be successful. "He said, 'You know, first thing, get an education' and he said 'just take it slow and don't try to make any rash decisions,' " Meyer told CBS.
Pete Souza The White House

There are many remarkable things about what U.S. Marine Dakota Meyer did two years ago in Afghanistan.

NPR's Tom Bowman tells the story of the then-corporal's heroics. Along with Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez-Chavez, Meyer (now a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve) disobeyed orders and undertook a dangerous, six-hour battle to rescue stranded troops who had been ambushed by enemy fighters.

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