2:37pm

Thu September 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Federal Court Rejects Two Challenges To Health Law

In a win for the administration, a federal appeals court in Virginia tossed two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the sweeping law overhauling the health care system.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed cases brought by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

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2:35pm

Thu September 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama's Guest List Offers Clues To His Themes

Ever since President Reagan's 1982 State of the Union, part of the story of presidential addresses to Congress has been who gets invited to sit with the first lady in the gallery.

Reagan's A-list guest was Lenny Skutnik, who two weeks earlier was among the heroes who helped pull people from the icy waters of the Potomac River after an Air Florida jet crashed shortly following takeoff from National Airport (now known as Reagan National Airport).

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1:46pm

Thu September 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Boy Scouts Find New Home Amid Mountains

Here, an aerial shot of the future site of a Boy Scouts camp in West Virginia.
Noah Adams NPR

In West Virginia, an Appalachian mountain is being transformed into a vast Boy Scout camp. It's more than 10,000 acres and will cost the Boy Scouts of America more than $400 million to build The Summit Bechtel Reserve, also known simply as the Summit.

The year-round high-adventure camp will soon be the permanent home of the National Scout Jamboree — the next one is in 2013 — and the camp will host the 2019 World Jamboree. The Boy Scouts announced on Thursday that they received $85 million in new gifts to help the effort.

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1:41pm

Thu September 8, 2011
The Two-Way

On The Nevada Jobs Front, One Voice Of Hopelessness

We hear it over and over, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its jobs reports: Things out there are not getting any better for those looking for a job.

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1:37pm

Thu September 8, 2011
Business

What Will It Take To Get Companies Hiring Again?

Courtesy of Bob Mitchell

President Obama on Thursday will outline for Congress his new jobs-creation plan amid the grimmest employment picture in decades, with private sector hiring at a virtual standstill and state and local governments cutting jobs by the thousands to plug budget shortfalls.

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1:20pm

Thu September 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Afghan Journalist Was Mistakenly Killed By U.S. Soldier, Report Concludes

Originally published on Thu September 8, 2011 1:25 pm

Ahmad Omid Khpalwak, in an undated photo.
PAJHWOK AFP/Getty Images

An Afghan journalist who was working at the time for the BBC was mistakenly killed by U.S. forces in late July, the allied military command in Afghanistan conceded today.

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1:04pm

Thu September 8, 2011
Politics

Federal Court Tosses Lawsuit Over Health Reform

A federal appeals court in Virginia has dismissed two lawsuits that had claimed President Obama's health care overhaul was unconstitutional.

The unanimous decision was issued Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the second appellate court ruling affirming the government's right to require individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. A federal appeals court in Cincinnati also upheld the law, but an appeals court in Atlanta struck down the insurance mandate.

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1:00pm

Thu September 8, 2011
Sports

NFL Season Kicks Off With New Safety Rules

A growing body of evidence shows that concussions and other head inquires can lead to brain damage and the early onset of dementia. The NFL hopes new rules for the 2011-2012 season will help reduce those injuries, but many fans argue that violence is just part of the game.

1:00pm

Thu September 8, 2011
NPR Story

Can New Federal Policies Get Employers Hiring?

President Barack Obama will lay out his plan to create jobs on Thursday, just days after GOP candidates Mitt Romney and John Huntsman proposed their own jobs plans. But can any federal government policy change spur employers to hire new workers?

1:00pm

Thu September 8, 2011
NPR Story

Understanding History With Guns, Germs And Steel

Many colleges and universities have adopted a freshman common read program, where first year students read the same book during the summer and then discuss it when they get to campus. Jared Diamond, author of the popular pick Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Society, talks about what his book can offer young readers.

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