12:16pm

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

House OKs Bill To End Air Traffic Controllers' Furloughs

The furloughs of air traffic controllers that have slowed air travel in the past week and frustrated thousands of fliers should soon come to an end.

By a vote of 361-41, the House of Representatives just passed legislation that would allow the secretary of transportation to shift up to $253 million in funds so that controllers no longer have to be furloughed to meet the requirements of sequestration (the mandated, across-the-board spending cuts that began taking hold March 1).

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12:03pm

Fri April 26, 2013
Movie Interviews

'Guilt Trip': Streisand On Songs, Film And Family

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:04 am

Barbra Streisand is Joyce Brewster in The Guilt Trip. The multitalented performer has won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony — a feat achieved by fewer than a dozen artists.
Sam Emerson Paramount Pictures

This interview was originally broadcast on Dec. 17, 2012.

If a good voice is genetic, it's likely Barbra Streisand got hers from her mother. Streisand's mother was too shy to ever perform professionally, but she had a lyric soprano and would sing at bar mitzvahs in their Brooklyn neighborhood when Streisand was a girl.

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11:51am

Fri April 26, 2013
Commentary

'Horrific' And 'Surreal': The Words We Use To Bear Witness

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 3:33 pm

Visitors paid their respects at a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street on April 20, near the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Mass shootings, bus crashes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks — we've gotten adept at talking about these things. Act of God or act of man, they're all horrific. At least that was the word you kept hearing from politicians and newscasters describing the Boston bombings and the explosion at the fertilizer plant in Texas.

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11:49am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Honoring Film Critic Roger Ebert — With A Conga Line

Ebertfest.com

It's not been a full month since Roger Ebert passed away, but his annual Ebertfest continued this month in Illinois with screenings, lectures and guest visits by artists.

The big hit was actress Tilda Swinton, who closed out last Friday night with this touching tribute to the longtime movie critic: a conga line.

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11:36am

Fri April 26, 2013
It's All Politics

FEC: DOMA Limits Political Donations By Gay Married Couples

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 3:46 pm

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Winslow of Massachusetts wants same-sex married couples to have the same right to pool their money for political donations as other married couples. But the Federal Election Commission says the Defense of Marriage Act won't allow it. The constitutionality of DOMA is now before the Supreme Court.
Charles Krupa AP

Maybe it's not your first thought after saying "I do," but federal election law gives married couples some advantages in making political contributions. The Federal Election Commission tried Thursday to make those same breaks available to couples in same-sex marriages — but commissioners said they're thwarted by the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

True, President Obama's Justice Department no longer defends DOMA, and the Supreme Court is weighing whether to get rid of it. But the FEC didn't want to get too far out in front. The vote was a reluctant 5-0.

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10:45am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Country Star George Jones Dies

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 12:13 pm

George Jones in the late 1980s.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Country superstar George Jones, known for "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and a long string of other hits, has died.

He was 81.

According to Webster & Associates, the Nashville public relations firm that represented Jones, he died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was hospitalized there on April 18 for treatment of a fever and irregular blood pressure, the p.r. firm adds.

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10:15am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

South Korean Workers To Leave Industrial Zone In North

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 1:44 pm

South Korean soldiers stand beside barricades as cars drive on the road leading to North Korea's Kaesong industrial complex on Friday.
Jung Yeon-je AFP/Getty Images

South Korea has ordered the withdrawal of its workers from a jointly run industrial zone in North Korea, in a further sign of how relations have gone from bad to worse between the two countries in recent weeks.

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10:06am

Fri April 26, 2013
Economy

U.S. Economic Growth Regained Speed In First Quarter

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:59 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Accelerating economic growth is at the top of NPR's business news.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: U.S. economic growth regained speed in the first quarter of this year, although not as much as economists had hoped. The Gross Domestic Product grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent. Consumer spending is up and home construction rose, but government spending fell and tax increases, as well as federal budget cuts, are expected to slow economic growth later in the year. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

10:00am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Rescuers Still Hope For Survivors In Bangladesh Collapse

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 10:20 am

Bangladeshi volunteers and rescue workers at the site of the factory on Friday.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Rescue workers are still hoping to find survivors from the collapse of an eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh that has killed more than 300 people and left hundreds missing.

Meanwhile, angry relatives of the missing have clashed with police, blaming authorities for the catastrophe at Rana Plaza in Savar, an industrial suburb of the capital, Dhaka.

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9:24am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Big Night For Big Men In Round 1 Of NFL Draft

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 4:47 pm

Eric Fisher, offensive tackle from Central Michigan, was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL draft. He was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rich Kane UPI /Landov

One year after glamour quarterbacks were the big story, NFL teams mostly opted for big, beefy, bruisers during Round One of the 2013 NFL draft Thursday night.

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