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.

1:00pm

Thu September 8, 2011
NPR Story

How Being Muslim In America Has Changed Since 9/11

Data from the Pew Research Center shows that 55 percent of Muslim Americans believe that it is harder to be a Muslim in the United States since the September 11th attacks, and 60 percent are concerned about the possible rise of Islamic extremism in the U.S.

12:18pm

Thu September 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Thousands Ordered Evacuated, As Rain Continues To Pound Northeast

The headline of today's Philadelphia Enquirer says it all:

Enough already with rain!

Philadelphia along with the rest of the Northeast has had a period of intense rainfall that in some places extends 10 days since the tropical cyclone Irene worked its way across the region.

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12:00pm

Thu September 8, 2011
Music

In Your Ear: DeMaurice Smith

The NFL season starts tonight with a game between the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints. DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, shares some of his favorite songs, including those from Jay Z, Rihanna and Kanye West.

12:00pm

Thu September 8, 2011
NPR Story

Teaching Sept. 11 To A New Generation

Explaining Sept. 11 to young students can be a formidable challenge for teachers. Unis Middle School in Dearborn, Mich. has taken a unique approach through The Living Textbook Project. The program lets students play the role of journalists and report the attacks through different perspectives. Host Michel Martin speaks with April Kincaid, a teacher at Unis who works on the program, and Nour Eidy, one of Kincaid's students.

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