The Two-Way
6:22 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Parts Of U.S. Emerge From Wave Of Scorching Heat

As Florida temperatures hover in the 90's, boys use a swing rope to cool off in the Suwannee River near Chiefland, Fla.
Phil Sandlin AP

America's South, Midwest and Southwest are suffering through drought and high heat. Those regions have braved a string of days that saw temperatures in the high 90s, with heat indexes commonly reaching above 110 degrees.

But forecasters say much of the eastern U.S. will experience a gradual cool-down in the next few days. "New York and the D.C. area will drop down intothe lower 80s by Friday," the AP said, "while Atlanta drops to the upper 80s Friday and Saturday."

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US News
5:53 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

WikiLeaks Suspect Manning: A Troubled Home Life

Before his arrest last year, Manning was reportedly involved in several altercations while serving in the Army.
Frontline

Before he was in the national spotlight, Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst who now faces charges of giving classified material to WikiLeaks, was an isolated young man with a troubled family life, according to Frontline correspondent Martin Smith.

In a profile of the jailed soldier for Frontline, Smith conducted extensive interviews with Manning's family and friends. Smith says his goal was to explore Manning's life before his arrest last summer.

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It's All Politics
3:51 pm
Fri March 11, 2011

Obama Effort To Counter GOP On Gas Prices, Budget Overtaken By Japan

President Obama at a news conference, March 11, 2011.
Alex Wong Getty Images

President Obama's Friday news conference, which reporters were informed of the day earlier, was initially intended to give him a chance to respond to increasing Republican attacks on his energy policy.

With rising gas prices in recent weeks as the backdrop, Republicans have charged that his administration's restrictions on domestic oil production were keeping gas prices higher than they'd be otherwise.

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Religion
7:47 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

Oklahoma's Anti-Shariah Law Put On Hold, For Now

Election board inspector Pat Cook places an "I Voted" sticker on a voter during early voting in Oklahoma City late last month.
Sue Ogrocki AP

A federal judge on Monday temporarily stopped Oklahoma's new anti-Shariah law from taking effect.

Oklahoma's law -- a ballot initiative approved by 70 percent of Oklahomans in the Nov. 2 elections -- would change the state constitution to prohibit courts from considering international or Muslim law when deciding cases.

Muneer Awad, head of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, wasn't surprised at the Nov. 2 vote -- but he was sad and worried.

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Around the Nation
10:14 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

40 U.S. Billionaires Pledge Half Of Wealth To Charity

Those making the pledge to give away most of their money include, clockwise from upper left, investment guru Warren Buffett, Microsoft mogul Bill Gates, CNN founder Ted Turner, Hollywood director George Lucas, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
AFP/Getty Images

Forty U.S. billionaires pledged Wednesday to give at least half of their wealth to charity -- either during their lifetimes or after death.

That could be a big boost to nonprofits, which have suffered from the recent economic downturn.

The list of those taking the pledge includes some of the nation's wealthiest individuals: Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett, T. Boone Pickens, Michael Bloomberg and George Lucas of Star Wars fame.

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Music
2:14 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

The Story: Music And The Internet

Credit jdaverhea.com

The Story focused on "Music And The Internet" today and brought on The Journal Record's Dave Rhea to talk about his rock and roll past.

Once upon a time, the music industry was the place where stars were made, and a lot of other people made a lot of money. Not any longer. Today on the program, two stories, two guys who once banked their future on the music biz ... and have now been forced to move on. 

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Sports
7:09 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

NBA's Thunder Strikes Gold In Oklahoma City

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder
Matt Slocum AP

Oklahoma City will experience something new tonight: NBA playoff basketball.

Not only are the Oklahoma City Thunder in the postseason -- the team is favored tonight over the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, even though the Lakers lead the series 2-0.

The Thunder are a great turnaround story. Last year, they were one of the worst teams in the NBA. And two years ago they were in Seattle, playing as the SuperSonics.

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Politics
10:29 am
Sat April 3, 2010

Offshore Drilling's Payoff May Not Be Energy

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, host:

This week, President Obama ended a ban on oil and gas drilling along some parts of the U.S. Atlantic coast and northern Alaska. The president's decision has staggered some of his own environmental supporters, but others say the decision is necessary to help decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil or win bipartisan support for an energy and climate change bill.

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Remembrances
9:49 am
Sat December 19, 2009

Oral Roberts Leaves Personal Miracles Behind

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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Law
7:28 pm
Fri December 18, 2009

Oklahoma Abortion Law 'Invasive,' Critics Say

In Oklahoma, a new law requires any woman seeking an abortion to first answer dozens of personal questions, including why she wants the procedure. That information, names omitted, would eventually be posted on a state Web site.

Those who support the measure say it will help them better understand why women are seeking abortions. Abortion rights advocates call the law intimidating and invasive, and this week, they are challenging it in court. Legal experts say the law is another test of how far states can go to regulate abortion.

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