This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. There's a new generation of boom towns across the American West sparked by the explosive growth of oil and natural gas. When these industries move in, small towns near the fields change almost overnight. Once-sleepy main streets suddenly boast improved schools, libraries and community centers. Quiet rural airports expand to take corporate jets. Restaurants and motels and hardware stores all thrive.
Award-winning chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller bought the French Laundry, a restaurant in Napa Valley California, and turned it into one of the leading fine dining establishments in the world. The French Laundry and Per Se, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City, have both been awarded three Michelin Stars.Thomas has won consecutive "Best Chef" awards from the James Beard Foundation and "Chef of the Year" award by the Culinary Institute of America, among other accolades.
In 2011, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alejandra Schwartz, and her daughter Destiny Bautista, were living in San Diego, Calif., with Schwartz's then-fiance, U.S. Navy Counselor 1st Class Luz Bautista, who was pregnant at the time. Then, same-sex partners weren't able to get the benefits that heterosexual couples could.
Commissary privileges, family center programs, dependent I.D. cards, joint duty assignments and space-available travel on military aircraft are among the military benefits the Pentagon will now extend to same-sex partners, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday.
Next up in an ongoing series of Talk of the Nation conversations with filmmakers nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category at the Oscars: NPR's Neal Conan talks to the filmmakers behind The Invisible War, which investigates the extent of sexual assault in the military.
Through a series of in-depth interviews with victims, the film documents the repercussions of reporting sexual assault and makes an argument for changes in the military adjudication system.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, seen in a file photo, and four other defendants accused of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks appeared before a military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday. The session focused on procedural matters.
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Pretrial hearings in the death penalty trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of planning the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks lasted a little more than an hour Monday before the judge recessed the session until Tuesday.
The men, who all came into the courtroom in camouflage vests and traditional garments known as shalwar kameez, have been in jail — awaiting this trial — for more than a decade.
Pope Benedict XVI is seen Monday after a meeting of Vatican cardinals, where he announced his resignation. He will step down on Feb. 28.
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Joseph Ratzinger celebrates Mass in the mountains of Ruhpolding, southern Germany, in 1952, the year after he was ordained.
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Ratzinger, newly appointed the archbishop of Munich and Freising, greets hundreds of believers as he arrives in Munich, Germany, in May 1977.
Ratzinger is seen with Pope John Paul II in 1979. Two years later, John Paul II tapped Ratzinger to head the Vatican's doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
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Ratzinger conducts a funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, on April 8, 2005.
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Newly elected Pope Benedict XVI visits his former apartment in Rome on April 20, 2005.
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In September 2006, Pakistani Muslims hold a rally in Multan, Pakistan, to protest the pope's controversial comments on Islam. During a speech in Germany, the pontiff had quoted a Byzantine emperor who disparaged Islam.
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The pontiff attends the Easter Vigil in the Basilica of St. Peter in 2007, in Vatican City.
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In July 2008, Pope Benedict visits St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia, and apologizes explicitly for the first time to victims of sex abuse by Catholic clergy, expressing his shame and calling for the perpetrators of "evil" to be brought to justice.
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Pope Benedict arrives at Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba, in March 2012, to celebrate Mass.
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Children dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes dance for the pontiff in April 2012 in Vatican City, during his 85th birthday celebrations.
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Pope Benedict XVI speaks to mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council at the Vatican on Oct. 11, 2012. The 85-year-old pontiff cited his "advanced age" and diminishing strength as reasons for his resignation.
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Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead his Wednesday audience at the Vatican on Nov. 21, 2012.
In a photo from 1999, the Carnival Cruise line Carnival Triumph, foreground, arrives in Miami. Measuring 893 feet in length, the ship has been adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for more than 24 hours, after a fire hit its engines.
Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 12:49 pm
More than 3,000 cruise ship passengers who thought they'd be heading home today have instead been told they'll remain in the Gulf of Mexico until Wednesday, stranded by an engine fire that set their ship, the Triumph, adrift. Onboard power and sewer system outages have been reported. The ship, which was 150 miles north of the Yucatan Peninsula when the fire struck early Sunday, has a crew of more than 1,000.
Pope Benedict XVI, who announced his resignation Monday, was an ardent defender of Catholic tradition. For a quarter-century before he become the pontiff in 2005, he served as the chief enforcer of Catholic orthodoxy.
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Pope Benedict XVI prays in front of the coffin of his predecessor, John Paul II, at St. Peter's Basilica at the end of a beatification ceremony on May 1, 2011, in Vatican City.
The Grammys were last night. Millions tuned in to see who won and who didn't and, of course, the most important thing, who wore what. This year, CBS sent out a memo outlining the expected dress code banning - and, forgive me, but I'm quoting here, "bare, fleshy under-curves of the buttocks and butt crack and puffy, bare-skinned exposure," among other things.
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. It's almost Valentine's Day and we realize that, along with the avalanche of pink hearts and stuff, there's also an avalanche of questions at this time of year from whether it's OK to romance by text message to how do you decide who pays for dinner to how to figure out whether you're in love or just, you know, stuck in the friend zone.
After the 2012 election, many Republicans admit they need to do more to reach out to minorities. The party recently launched a campaign called the 'Future Majority Caucus,' to recruit women and people of color to seek state offices. Host Michel Martin speaks with Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee about the effort.
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Tell Me More is celebrating Black History Month by speaking with African-Americans who've excelled in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. Former astronaut and current NASA administrator, Charles F. Bolden, shares stories of his remarkable journey from segregated South Carolina, to the U.S. Naval Academy, to space.
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We've got some exciting news to share today: Our own Anya Grundmann, Director and Executive Producer of NPR Music, is part of the 2013 Billboard Power 100 list.
She's in pretty impressive company, as other names include Clive Davis, Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Ryan Seacrest and Jimmy Iovine. Now in its second year, the Power 100 highlights major players and influencers in the music industry today.
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Another defeat in the race for president has led to the inevitable round of soul-searching for the Republican Party. This time — unlike, say, in the aftermaths of the defeats of 1964 and 1976 — it is less clear how to get the GOP out of its rut.