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Crisis In The Housing Market
3:20 am
Fri July 13, 2012

County Considers Eminent Domain As Foreclosure Fix

Half of San Bernardino County's 300,000 mortgages are underwater. In an attempt to ease the mortgage crisis, the Southern California county is considering taking control of some of those properties by eminent domain.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 11:04 am

County and city officials in San Bernardino, Calif., are considering a controversial plan: using the power of eminent domain to take over "underwater" mortgages, where the value of the home is worth less than the original loan. Taking on those properties, officials say, would allow the homeowners to refinance those troubled loans.

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Television
3:18 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Sigourney Weaver: No Damsel In Distress

In Political Animals, Sigourney Weaver plays Elaine Barrish, a secretary of state and former first lady whom Weaver says is based on many former residents of the White House — not just on Hillary Clinton.
David Giesbrecht USA Network

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 11:04 am

There's no culture more distinct than the political circles of Washington, D.C., and Sigourney Weaver is taking it on in Political Animals, a new television series where she plays a former first lady and current secretary of state.

Over the course of a distinguished acting career, Weaver has battled intergalactic aliens and befriended gorillas in the mist. In Political Animals, Weaver's character, Elaine Barrish, finds her biggest adversary in a hyperambitious political reporter by the name of Susan Berg.

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Ask Me Another
9:53 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

You Wouldn't Like Him When He's Angry

Greg Pak visits Ask Me Another at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
Eric Nuzum NPR

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 3:19 pm

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
5:48 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

The Natural Gas Boom: Doing More Harm Than Good?

An expert panel debates the pros and cons of the natural gas boom during an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado.
Michael Alvarez

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 5:00 pm

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The United States is in the midst of a natural gas boom — about 200,000 gas wells have been drilled in the past decade. The boom has been fueled by the use of hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — which involves pumping a mixture of water and chemicals into the ground to get access to the gas.

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Around the Nation
5:10 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Setting Sun Casts 'Manhattanhenge' Shadows In NYC

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 6:10 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. When dusk fell in New York City tonight, the setting sun lined up perfectly with the street grid of Manhattan. This phenomenon happens only four times a year, two nights in May and two in July. It's been dubbed Manhattanhenge, and it draws photographers from across the metropolitan area and beyond. NPR's Joel Rose went to 42nd Street in the heart of Manhattan to capture the spirit of the moment.

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Around the Nation
5:06 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Sandusky's Scandal Still Rocking Penn State

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 6:10 pm

Melissa Block talks to Penn State associate dean Marie Hardin about how the school's campus culture has changed as a result of the Sandusky trial and the university investigation.

Around the Nation
5:04 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Report: Penn State Did Nothing To Stop Sandusky

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 6:10 pm

A former FBI director has released findings from his investigation into the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal. The university's board of trustees commissioned the report, asking him to examine what led to the scandal and how such problems could be prevented in the future.

Shots - Health Blog
4:48 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

WHO Says Virus Caused Illnesses In Cambodia

Cambodian children and their parents sitting at Kantha Bopha Children's Hospital in Phnom Penh on July 5.
Khem Sovannara AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 5:01 pm

Where do things stand with the outbreak of illnesses in Cambodia that landed scores of children in the hospital and was implicated in the deaths of more than 50? Here's a roundup of the latest info.

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Business
4:35 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Lobster Glut, Low Prices Leave Boats High And Dry

A lobster on a boat off Mount Desert, Maine, is measured to see if it is a legal size. There has been a glut of lobster this season, driving down prices.
Robert F Bukaty AP

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 6:10 pm

This summer is shaping up to be a record season for lobster landings in Maine. That sounds like good news for a state where lobstering makes up a large part of the economy.

It may be welcome news for consumers and food retailers, but for the state's 5,000 lobstermen, it's a different story.

Hard To Make A Living

On Portland's waterfront, about five lobster boats are tied up at one of the piers. Half a dozen lobstermen stand around discussing the current problem of oversupply.

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Poverty In America: The Struggle To Get Ahead
4:26 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Turning Trash Into Cash To Help Nation's Poor

A worker dismantles a mattress at a recycling facility in Oakland, Calif. The material will be used to make carpet products and proceeds will help support the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, a nonprofit that helps low-income families in Eugene, Ore.
Pam Fessler NPR

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 6:10 pm

The bad economy has hurt many nonprofits around the country, even as demands for their services have grown. That's certainly the case in Reading, Pa., which has been labeled the poorest city in America, with a poverty rate of more than 41 percent.

Now, one local nonprofit, Opportunity House, hopes to salvage some of its services by salvaging junk.

Looking For Help

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Shots - Health Blog
4:03 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

State Legislatures Stay Busy On Abortion Laws

Virginia Senate Republican Leader Thomas Norment, of James City, (left), and State Sen. Stephen Newman, of Lynchburg, listen to a Feb. debate on a bill requiring an ultrasound before an abortion. The bill was later amended to remove a requirement for transvaginal ultrasound.
Steve Helber AP

2011 was a banner year for state laws restricting abortion. And 2012 looks like runner-up.

That's the central finding of the midyear report from the Guttmacher Institute, the reproductive policy research group that keeps track of such things.

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The Picture Show
2:50 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Detroit Lost And Found: Vintage Photos Speak Volumes

These photos from the 1960s-1990s were found by two Italian photographers while working in Detroit.
Cesuralab

In 2009, Italian photographers Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese were on assignment in Detroit to document the U.S. economic crisis. While wandering around the city, they kept coming across old photos. They gathered about 1,500 over the course of two trips and, writes Arcara via email, "we fell in love."

"We thought we could do a better job working on this material that was actually taken from the people that lived in that town ... instead of taking pictures of the aftermath of the crisis."

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The Salt
2:23 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Studies Tie Human Bladder Infections To Antibiotics In Chicken

Some chicken contains the same antibiotic-resistant E. Coli that's been found to cause recurrent bladder infections.
iStockphoto.com

What do some persistent human bladder infections and some innocent-looking chicken cutlets have in common? Drug-resistant E. coli, scientists say.

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Around the Nation
2:15 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

What The Penn State University Report Reveals

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 4:46 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Shocking and callous disregard for victims, repeatedly concealed critical facts, failure to protect the children created a dangerous situation for unsuspecting boys lured and victimized repeatedly.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:09 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Staph Infections Tied To Misuse Of Drug Vials

Misuse of a medical vials can spread infections.
Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

Ten people were hospitalized and one was found dead after contracting staph infections from injections received at health clinics in Delaware and Arizona in early spring, according the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The infection clusters were described in the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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