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4:03 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

High Court Ruling Revives Law Against Out-Of-State Pollution

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:07 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Some communities are unlucky recipients of air pollution that blows in from other states and today, those areas got good news by way of a Supreme Court ruling. It revives a major air pollution rule that was knocked down by a lower court. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports it's another big victory for the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Around the Nation
4:03 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Farmers And Frackers Wrangle For Water In Shadow Of Calif. Drought

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:40 pm

California's drought has developed an interesting relationship between farmers and oilers: California oil wells produce more water than oil, and Chevron filters that water and sells it to a local water district. Interest in the technology is growing in the Central Valley, but high costs and uneasy relations between oil and agriculture might get in the way.

News
4:03 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Donald Sterling Banned For Life From NBA, Fined $2.5 Million

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:40 pm

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned for life from the league. The decision, coupled with a $2.5 million fine, comes in the wake of Sterling's racist remarks.

Shots - Health News
4:02 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

A Brief Tour Of The Alimentary Canal, From Spit To You Know What

There's a lot more going on in our guts than just digestion.
Andreas Lindlahr iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:41 am

Not so long ago, the workings of the digestive system were of interest only to gastroenterologists and 10-year-old boys. But the gut is now chic, with its microbiome playing a huge role in human health, and passing gas deemed a sign of healthy gut microbes.

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NPR Story
3:28 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Exploring 'What We Left Behind' In Iraq

New Yorker writer Dexter Filkins finds an increasingly authoritarian prime minister — Nouri al-Maliki — sectarian violence, and concern for the future. Iraq holds parliamentary elections Wednesday.

The Salt
3:19 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Amazon Book List Reveals What's Hot In American Regional Cuisine

Region by region, Amazon food editors found the favorite cookbooks from across America.
Amazon

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:26 pm

From upstate New York's heirloom veggie craze to the Pacific Northwest's baking boom, regional fare is taking off.

But with zillions of cookbooks coming out every year, how do you figure out which culinary jewels will be worth your precious time and shelf space?

Amazon, that giant aggregator of all things, breaks down about 500 regional cookbooks into manageable bites by curating what it considers the best of its vast collection.

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The Two-Way
3:12 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Rosie The Riveter's World War II-Era Plant Faces Demolition

Just two days and $1 million stands between the wrecking ball and the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti Township, Mich.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:37 pm

We told you last year about the uncertain future of the Michigan factory where the iconic Rosie the Riveter and thousands of other women built B-24 bombers during World War II. Sadly, it could be the end of the road for the Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti Township.

The Associated Press reports Tuesday:

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NPR Story
2:36 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Craig Ferguson To Leave 'The Late Late Show'

After a ten year stretch with “The Late Late Show”, Craig Ferguson has announced his plans to step down as host. (Sonja Flemming/CBS)

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

CBS is losing yet another late-night host. After a 10-year stretch with “The Late Late Show,” Craig Ferguson has announced his plans to step down as host.

Ferguson’s announcement comes less than a month after David Letterman broke the news to his studio audience that he would be retiring from the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

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NPR Story
2:36 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

A Push For Less Fanfare, More Meaning At Bar Mitzvahs

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

Some 80 percent of Jewish children who complete their Bar or Bat Mitzvah don’t continue to practice Judaism, or even go to synagogue, after their ceremony.

Now, some educators in the Jewish “Reform Movement” hope to stop this attrition. The key, they say, is to reduce the fanfare and add more meaning.

New England Public Radio’s Susan Kaplan takes us to a temple in Wellesley, Massachusetts, that’s one of 13 across the country giving it a try.

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Krulwich Wonders...
2:33 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Plants Talk. Plants Listen. Here's How

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:06 am

They don't have eyes. Or ears. Or what we would call a nervous system. But plants can talk. And they listen. Let me show you how.

First, we'll need a plant eater. This one's perfect: It's an aphid, a hungry little critter who loves to munch on fresh, green leaves ...

Next, we arrange lunch. We choose a bunch of young, healthy bean plants with lots of broad, green leaves ...

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NPR Story
2:15 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Violence Overshadows Iraq Election

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

An attack north of Baghdad killed at least 11 people today, one day before the parliamentary election that will determine the country’s prime minister and president.

There are more than 9,000 candidates for the 382 seats in the Iraqi Parliament but the campaign has been overshadowed by the steady drumbeat of attacks.

More than three dozen people died in a series of bombings yesterday. Still, there is hope that the election will bring some peace to the country three years after U.S. combat troops pulled out.

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NPR Story
2:07 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Clippers Lose Endorsement Deals Over Sterling Controversy

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 9:03 am

Companies like Kia, State Farm, Red Bull, Virgin America and CarMax announced they are cutting ties with the Clippers amid controversy over racist comments team owner Donald Sterling allegedly made. CarMax called the comments “completely unacceptable.”

The lost revenue could give the NBA additional incentive to suspend Sterling for conduct detrimental to the league, one sports attorney said. The NBA is planning a news conference Tuesday to discuss its investigation into Sterling.

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NPR Story
2:07 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

More Sanctions Imposed On Russia, But To What End?

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

The U.S. and European Union are adding new names to the sanctions list, to protest Russia’s interference in the political turmoil in Ukraine.

But Bryan Early argues that economic sanctions often fail. He tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that sanctions imposed by the U.S. on a particular entity or country can harm American businesses.

And then there’s the case of North Korea. It’s isolated by the U.S., but plenty of other countries will to do business with it.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

In the Face of Criticism, Obama Defends His Foreign Policy

U.S. President Barack Obama attends a joint press conference with Philippine President Benigno Aquino at the presidential palace on April 28, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. (Malacanang Photo Bureau via Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

Many have criticized President Obama for his response to crises in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, demanding that he take a more assertive approach.

While speaking at a press conference in the Philippines, President Obama defended his foreign policy and questioned his critics’ remarks.

NPR’s White House Correspondent Scott Horsley discusses the criticisms aimed at the Obama administration’s foreign policy, and the president’s reactions to these comments.

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NPR Story
2:06 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Miss. State Senator's Home Among Those Destroyed

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

Today emergency officials said that three people in Alabama, two in Tennessee and nine people in Mississippi died yesterday in a huge storm that reached the South after pummeling the Central U.S. over the weekend.

The Mississippi the town of Louisville was hit hardest.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Old 97's Have A Blast On New Album

The members of Old 97s (from left): Philip Peeples, Rhett Miller, Ken Bethea and Murry Hammond. Their new album is "Most Messed Up." (Courtesy)

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:43 pm

Old 97′s have been cooking their tasty brew of rock ‘n’ roll for 20 years now, and the Dallas-based band is out with a new album today called “Most Messed Up” that’s getting rave reviews.

The New Yorker calls it “blistered, blasted, and brilliant: song after song about the diminishing returns of the road, the ravages of early middle age.”

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Monkey See
1:42 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

How Craig Ferguson Unmade The Late-Night Talk Show

Craig Ferguson set a very individual course for himself in a field with a lot of standard elements. Now, as David Letterman moves on from CBS late night, Ferguson does too.
Lisette M. Azar CBS

As has become the recent custom over at CBS, when Craig Ferguson decided to announce his departure from The Late Late Show on Monday, he had a self-deprecating joke ready.

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The Two-Way
1:28 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Force Is With Them: Star Wars Episode VII Cast Revealed

J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars: Episode VII on Tuesday with Harrison Ford (clockwise from right), Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan.
David James

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 3:53 pm

Announced, the cast is: The Star Wars franchise has announced the cast for the upcoming Episode VII movie.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow will join the cast of the new movie. The three stars of the original films — Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill — will reprise their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, respectively. Also back are Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2 and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca.

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All Tech Considered
1:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Check Out The Barefoot Wax Sculpture Of Mark Zuckerberg

The public will be able to see the life-size Mark Zuckerberg wax figure in San Francisco.
Kurt Wagner Courtesy of Mashable

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:14 pm

I don't know how I missed this (yes, yes I do) but the life-size wax figure of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was unveiled last week.

As you can see here, the wax Zuckerberg is dressed in his signature hoodie, sitting barefoot with his legs crossed and his laptop in his lap. Mashable reports:

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Famed 83-Year-Old Jewel Thief Pleads Guilty To Stealing Diamond Ring

Doris Payne, then 75, poses in her cell at Clark County jail in Las Vegas on Sept. 23, 2005.
Jae C. Hong AP

For many people, their 80s are a time for quiet reflection — but Doris Payne didn't get that memo.

The 83-year-old walked into an upscale jewelry store in Riverside County, Calif., last October and said she wanted to spend a $42,000 insurance check. She tried on necklaces, earrings and rings during two visits to the store that day, according to the LA Times, before settling on three pieces. One of them was a diamond and white gold ring priced at $22,500.

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