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3:01am

Wed June 27, 2012
Law

Exhale, Chicago, A Little Pot May Be Fine(d)

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 3:00 pm

In Chicago, nearly nine out of 10 low-level marijuana busts result in a dismissal.
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In Chicago, a new policy on marijuana possession would mean adults who are caught with a small amount of the illegal drug would receive a fine instead of being arrested.

It's mostly about money and how best to use police resources.

Under current Illinois law, anyone found with less than about 1 ounce of marijuana can be charged with a misdemeanor. If found guilty, they face up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

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3:00am

Wed June 27, 2012
Crisis In The Housing Market

Morale Takes A Hit At Beleaguered Fannie, Freddie

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 6:47 pm

Created by the federal government during the Great Depression, Fannie Mae became a Washington powerhouse: a highly profitable, private company, protected by the government and boasting huge lobbying clout. But today, Fannie Mae has essentially become a ward of the state.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

The collapse of the housing market has led to plenty of finger-pointing in Washington. Two easy targets are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

These government-backed mortgage giants had to be rescued by taxpayers and now owe the government $188 billion. Still, Fannie and Freddie, which currently make the vast majority of home loans possible, are crucial to supporting the housing market right now.

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11:00pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Remembrances

Ephron: From 'Silkwood' To 'Sally,' A Singular Voice

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 5:59 pm

Author and screenwriter Nora Ephron died Tuesday in New York. She was 71.
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Nora Ephron brought us two of the most indelible scenes in contemporary cinema — and they're startlingly different.

There's the infamous "Silkwood shower," from the 1983 movie, with Meryl Streep as a terrified worker at a nuclear power plant, being frantically scrubbed after exposure to radiation.

Then there's the scene in which Meg Ryan drives home a point to Billy Crystal at Katz's Deli, in 1989's When Harry Met Sally. You know — the one that ends with "I'll have what she's having."

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10:03pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Sweetness And Light

The Man Who Painted Sport, Bright and Beautiful

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 12:44 pm

Artist LeRoy Neiman, who died last week at 91, signs serigraphs of baseball's Mike Piazza (left) in 2000.
Kathy Willens AP

Framed in my library is a sketch that LeRoy Neiman dashed off of me on the back of a menu, when he was watching me speak several years ago. LeRoy, who died the other day, was somewhat better known for another sketch, the "nymphette" that has appeared in Playboy since 1955 — but, of course, he's ever famous for simply being our most celebrated sports artist.

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9:45am

Tue June 26, 2012

9:31am

Tue June 26, 2012
Politics and Government

Undocumented and fighting for immigration reform

Aly Wane is an illegal immigrant from Senegal
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Local immigration reform advocates are pushing for comprehensive immigration reform. One of the loudest voices comes from a man who is in this country illegally.

Aly Wane was born in Senegal in 1976 and, because of a family dispute, came to live in this country in 1984. He went on to high school and college, but because of his family situation he was never naturalized.

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7:32am

Tue June 26, 2012
Around the Nation

Dock Collapses Under Michigan Wedding Party

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 8:25 am

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7:25am

Tue June 26, 2012
Around the Nation

Dozens Protest Mass. Town's Cursing Ban

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 8:25 am

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6:47am

Tue June 26, 2012
Around the Nation

Meet Maryland Live! The Latest East Coast Casino

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 8:25 am

When the $500 million development is finished in October, it will have more slot machines than either the MGM Grand or Bellagio in Las Vegas. But gaming in the North East region, which includes Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, might be outgrowing its customer base.

6:45am

Tue June 26, 2012
Around the Nation

License Plate Readers Spark Privacy Concerns

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 8:25 am

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Chances are that your car's license plate has been photographed recently and downloaded into a data bank. The leading vendor of automated license plate readers says they're now used in nearly every state. Police say they fight crime, but there are privacy concerns about the new technology, as Charlotte Alright reports from Vermont Public Radio.

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5:34am

Tue June 26, 2012
Law

How Will Immigration Ruling Affect Other States?

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 12:59 pm

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In Alabama, a similar but tougher immigration law faces its own legal challenge. That case had been on hold, pending a ruling on the Arizona law. Andrew Yeager reports from member station WBHM.

ANDREW YEAGER, BYLINE: State Senator Scott Beason's phone has been ringing off the hook.

STATE SEN. SCOTT BEASON: Everybody calls and says, you know, have you read the opinion yet? And my answer is always no, because I've been on the phone constantly since. But no, I haven't...

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5:31am

Tue June 26, 2012
Food

App Will Match Farmers With Meat Distributors

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 8:25 am

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And many people want to carve out a slice of the national meat market - that includes people who would like to sell you locally grown meat.

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A company from Kansas City - now, there's a city that knows meat - is developing an application, or app, for smartphones. Nathan Jones wants to help local farmers find distributors.

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5:22am

Tue June 26, 2012
National Security

100 Suspected Radicals May Be Part Of U.S. Military

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 12:44 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

The U.S. military has taken a close look at itself and found evidence of threats within its ranks.

MONTAGNE: The Pentagon, along with the FBI, has conducted more than 100 investigations into possible Islamist extremists inside the military.

NPR has learned that about a dozen of those cases are considered serious.

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4:58am

Tue June 26, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 8:25 am

Visitors to the online travel agency Orbitz see different results depending on what kind of computer they're using, according to The Wall Street Journal. Users of Apple computers are seeing more expensive options than those who search for hotels using a PC.

4:58am

Tue June 26, 2012
Law

Justices Uphold Arizona's Show Me Your Papers Provision

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 8:25 am

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News junkies yesterday had one of those classic moments involving the Supreme Court. The High Court ruled on Arizona's immigration law.

INSKEEP: And there was a period of frantic uncertainty as reporters and analysts tried to figure out what the ruling meant. Now it is clear the Court has given a mixed verdict to Arizona's law, casting doubt on copycat laws in other states.

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4:58am

Tue June 26, 2012
Law

Ariz. Gov. Brewer Calls Supreme Court Ruling A Win

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 8:25 am

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Let's return, now, to the governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer. As we heard a moment ago, she's calling this a win, even though the Court struck down most of the Arizona law and said it would wait and see how the show me your papers provision is applied.

GOVERNOR JAN BREWER: Arizona's and every other state's inherent authority to protect and defend its people has been upheld.

INSKEEP: Governor Brewer is one of many Arizona voices responding to the ruling. Here's NPR's Ted Robbins.

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4:58am

Tue June 26, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 8:25 am

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NPR's business news starts with some yammering.

Microsoft is buying the tech startup Yammer for $1.2 billion, thus proving that you can get a 10 figure sales prices for a company called Yammer. It's the company's attempt to get a social network in its portfolio. Now Yammer, if you're not familiar with it, is like Facebook, but for businesses. It allows employees to see what colleagues in the same company are doing - in case you can't learn that at the water cooler.

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3:35am

Tue June 26, 2012
The Salt

Fancy Names Can Fool Wine Geeks Into Paying More For A Bottle

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 1:56 pm

New York Winemaker Christopher Tracy and a bottle of his Blaufrankisch. The wine's difficult to pronounce name may attract oenophiles.
Charles Lane NPR

Which costs more, a bottle of Fat Bastard or a Tselepou (TSe-le-po)? What about a Cupcake versus some other name that's difficult for Americans to pronounce? Turns out, when it comes to wine, research suggests that the name alone can affect how much consumers are willing to pay for it. But is it that easy to dupe an oenophile?

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3:08am

Tue June 26, 2012
Middle East

As 'Hungry Season' Nears, Yemenis Struggle For Food

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 12:32 pm

Displaced Yemenis receive food aid from the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights in the southern province of Abyan. While food is available in the country, many Yemenis cannot afford to buy it. About 10 million people are going hungry, aid groups say.
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Yemen has long struggled as one of the least developed countries in the world. But now, after a year of protest and unrest that saw the country's longtime dictator step down, the situation for millions of Yemenis is dire.

Aid groups say some 10 million people are now without enough food to eat, and more than 200,000 children face life-threatening levels of malnutrition.

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3:07am

Tue June 26, 2012
World

As NATO Draws Down, Afghans Fear A Brain Drain

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 10:37 am

International aid has poured into Afghanistan in recent years, but it is expected to fall sharply as NATO forces pull out. That will place great strains on the economy, and may lead skilled Afghans to leave if they can't find work. Here, street children in Kabul collect food from an aid group.
Dar Yasin AP

As NATO troops leave Afghanistan, there will also be a decline in aid money that has flooded the country over the past decade and created hundreds of thousands of jobs funded by donor money.

That means fewer jobs for Afghans, and skilled Afghans may be tempted to leave the country as part of a brain drain that could further weaken a fragile state.

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3:05am

Tue June 26, 2012
Business

What's A Taxi Ride Worth? You Set The Price

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 1:07 pm

Eric Hagen charges people only what they can afford in his Recession Ride Taxi in Burlington, Vt.
Kirk Carapezza for NPR

In a recession, watching the meter on a taxi tick higher and higher can be distressing. But in Burlington, Vt., the Recession Ride Taxi lets customers set their own price.

Eric Hagen is a Wall Street banker-turned-cab-driver whose one-man "pay-what-you-want" taxi service has accrued dozens of faithful customers.

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8:06pm

Mon June 25, 2012
The Record

Springsteen's American Dream, Beautiful And Bleak

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:39 pm

Bruce Springsteen onstage during the Born in the USA tour in 1985.
Richard E. Aaron Redferns

I fell in love with Bruce Springsteen for his swagger. It was ridiculous and offered so much hope. Here was a bony dude with the worst haircut ever, who wore T-shirts covered in holes — seriously, he looked like the fry cook at the amusement park where I worked as a counter girl in the summer — making music as big as the known universe.

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1:38pm

Mon June 25, 2012
Law

Ala. Juvenile Murderers Law Ruled Unconstitutional

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1:12pm

Mon June 25, 2012
Law

Supreme Court Makes 3 Key Rulings

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 1:37 pm

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It's been a busy morning at the Supreme Court. Justices released several opinions, including a ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration. That law gave police broad powers to stop suspected illegal immigrants and demand their papers, but civil rights groups said it went too far and gave states too much authority over immigration policy.

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9:39am

Mon June 25, 2012
Politics and Government

Interview: Republican Michael Kicinski, candidate for 22nd Congressional district

Tomorrow is Congressional primary day in New York. In the newly redrawn 22nd district, which runs from the Mohawk Valley, south through Cortland to Binghamton, Republican incumbent Richard Hanna is running for re-election. He's facing a primary opponent, fellow Republican Michael Kicinski.

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9:25am

Mon June 25, 2012
Regional Coverage

Smoke-free SUNY proposed

State University of New York

Top officials in the SUNY system want to ban all tobacco use on its 64 colleges campuses.  Adam Wolfe has the story.

Since 2007, smoking has been prohibited within 20 feet of SUNY buildings. And it's not allowed inside any structure, including dorms, either. But if the SUNY Board of Trustees has its way, smokers won't be able to light up anywhere on SUNY's 64 campuses -- and they mean anywhere -- including outdoor parks.

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8:31am

Mon June 25, 2012
Politics

Interview: Republican Richard Hanna, 22nd Congressional district incumbent

RichardHannaforCongress.com

June 26 is Congressional primary day in New York. Congressman Richard Hanna was elected in 2010 and is running for re-election in the newly redrawn 22nd district.  Hanna spoke with WRVO's Catherine Loper.

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6:59am

Mon June 25, 2012
Around the Nation

Ugly Mugly Crowned World's Ugliest Dog

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 1:37 pm

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6:54am

Mon June 25, 2012
Around the Nation

Ohio Octogenarians Skydive For Charity

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 1:37 pm

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. George H. W. Bush, the first president Bush, made news since leaving office by jumping out of airplanes. Marjorie Bryan says she'd like to join him sometime. She's 83, and on Saturday she parachuted from a plan over Lima, Ohio, as did 82-year-old Marianna Sherman. They raised money for the Blue Star Mothers, whose kids served in the military. They jumped with a retired sergeant who has accompanied the ex-president in midair. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:55am

Mon June 25, 2012
Animals

Famed Tortoise Dies In Galapagos Islands

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 1:37 pm

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And we have a bit of sad news from the Galapagos Islands. The giant tortoise known as Lonesome George, believed to be the last living member of its subspecies - has died. We reported on the tortoise in 2008 when Lonesome George mated with a female from a similar species. The hope was his subspecies would be carried on. But the eggs turned out to be infertile. By tortoise standards, Lonesome George died relatively young. He was believed to be about 100 years old. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

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