Tue June 18, 2013
NPR Story

House Abortion Ban Not Likely To Pass

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 6:47 pm

The House took up a bill on Tuesday that would ban almost all abortions 20 weeks after fertilization.


Tue June 18, 2013
NPR Story

Letters: Mozart's Violin And The Price Of Potatoes

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 6:18 pm

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read emails from listeners about Mozart's violin and the price of potatoes.


Tue June 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama's Unplanned NSA Discussion

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 4:58 pm

President Obama listens to French President Francois Hollande during the G-8 summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on Tuesday.
Evan Vucci AP

You have to wonder if President Obama ever thought, when he first ran for the White House, that he would need to defend himself from accusations his presidency would be a mere extension of his Republican predecessor.

But there he was with journalist Charlie Rose having to explain why his approach to national security wasn't really like that of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

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Tue June 18, 2013
The Two-Way

'Days Of Rambo Are Over': Pentagon Details Women's Move To Combat

Women in the U.S. military will be integrated into front-line combat units by 2016, the Pentagon says. Here, female Marine recruits stand in formation during pugil stick training in boot camp earlier this year at Parris Island, S.C.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Women in America's armed services will have new options for what units they can join in coming years, the Pentagon says. The military said in January that it will end its combat exclusion that set a minimum size for units in which women could be deployed; the limit kept many women away from front-line combat units. The shift means women could join elite forces such as the Army Rangers and Navy SEALs.

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Tue June 18, 2013
The Salt

The Mystery Of the Ridiculously Pricey Bag Of Potatoes

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 5:39 pm

How much for that bag of potatoes?

On Monday we told you about allegations that America's potato growers had banded together in a price-fixing Potato Cartel.

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Tue June 18, 2013
All Tech Considered

Mexico's Tech Startups Look To Overcome Barriers To Growth

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 6:18 pm

Enrique Lima is a co-founder of Publish 88, a Mexican startup that develops software for publishing companies.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe for NPR

In the past decade, Mexico's tech industry has flourished, growing three times faster than the global average. Most of that growth has been fueled by demand from the United States. But as Mexico's startups strive to make it in foreign markets, they say they need more engineers and ways to finance their growth.

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Tue June 18, 2013

British Leader: Trendsetter, Or A Bit Too Casual?

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 3:29 pm

The G-8 leaders speaking at this news conference in Northern Ireland all lost their ties, but British Prime Minister David Cameron (right) went a step further by ditching his jacket and rolling up his sleeves.
Andrew Winning/WPA Pool Getty Images

British Prime Minister David Cameron is sometimes picked on for his privileged background, and at the Group of Eight summit in Northern Ireland, he sought to go casual.

Not only did he ditch the tie, as did other leaders, Cameron also shed his jacket and even rolled up his sleeves.

Not everyone was won over.

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Tue June 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

FDA Backs Off On Regulation Of Fecal Transplants

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 10:34 am

Bad bug: The bacterium Clostridium difficile kills 14,000 people in the United States each year.
Janice Carr CDC/dapd

Federal regulators are dropping plans to tightly control a procedure that is becoming increasingly popular for treating people stricken by life-threatening infections of the digestive system.

The Food and Drug Administration says the agency will exercise enforcement discretion and no longer require doctors to get the agency's approval before using "fecal microbiota for transplantation."

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Tue June 18, 2013
Music Interviews

Samberg, Taccone And Schaffer: Three's Not A Lonely Island

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 5:09 pm

As kids, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer were all obsessed with hip-hop and TV shows like Yo! MTV Raps.
Courtesy of the artist


Tue June 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Where's Jimmy Hoffa? Everywhere And Nowhere

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 7:59 pm

Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa (left) is pictured in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Aug. 21, 1969.

If it's him, it's going to be a letdown.

For the better part of 40 years, the disappearance of former Teamsters President James Hoffa has been a source of fascination on par with Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and the aliens in Roswell, N.M.

If the FBI finds and identifies his body, as agents are currently trying to do just outside Detroit, it will end the mystery and ruin the suspense, says Bob Thompson, a pop culture professor at Syracuse University.

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