Conflict In Libya
2:08 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Americans Emerge After Months in Gadhafi's Prisons

Matthew VanDyke, a freelance journalist from Baltimore, was held in solitary confinement in Libya for five months before he was freed last week. At left, he's shown in February, before he went to Libya, at right, after his release.
AP (left) and Jason Beaubien NPR

Last week, Matthew VanDyke, a freelance journalist and travel writer from Baltimore, went from solitary confinement in one of Moammar Gadhafi's most notorios prisons to one of Tripoli's most luxurious hotels.

VanDyke acknowledges that in early March, shortly after the uprising against Gadhafi began, he arrived in Libya in order to help the rebels.

"I was here to do whatever I could to help the revolution and I'll leave it at that," said VanDyke, who is now a guest at the Corinthia Hotel in the Libyan capital.

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It's All Politics
1:30 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Don't Read Too Much Into His Comment About 2012 Race, Powell Says

President Obama and former Secretary of State Colin Powell at the White House on Dec. 1, 2010.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Though he said this week that he hasn't decided who he'll vote for in the 2012 presidential race, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said today that shouldn't be seen as some sort of message about his opinion of President Obama — the Democrat who Republican Powell famously endorsed in 2008.

"I'm always undecided in every election" until he knows who the candidates are, Powell told NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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The Two-Way
1:30 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Powell: 10 Years Later, Americans Must Still Guard Against Fear

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, during an address in Washington, D.C., on March 1, 2010.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

"Terrorists can't change who we are," former Secretary of State Colin Powell told NPR's Steve Inskeep earlier today.

Americans, he said, will only lose touch with the freedom-loving, open society we enjoy if we "take such counsel of our fears that we change who we are."

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Serving in this role since the final days of the Clinton administration and primarily following the Senate, Welna reports on many issues he covered earlier in his career reporting both inside and outside of the United States. In addition he's covered the September 11, 2001 attacks, the wars that followed, and the economic downturn and recession. Prior to this position, Welna covered the 2000 presidential election and the post-election vote count battle in Florida.

Crisis In The Housing Market
1:20 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Goldman Agrees To Halt Mortgage Robo-Signing

Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 2:34 pm

Goldman Sachs and two other firms have agreed to stop some of their more controversial mortgage-signing practices, New York officials said Thursday.

Goldman's mortgage subsidiary had been under fire for what's been called robo-signing. That's when mortgage company officials sign and notarize foreclosure documents without properly reviewing them. Goldman is one of a handful of mortgage providers accused of the practice.

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1:15 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

In Jobs Debate, GOP Targets 'Regulatory Burdens'

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told members of his party that the jobs crisis would be at the top of their agenda this fall.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 4:50 pm

When lawmakers return to Capitol Hill next week, congressional debate is expected to pivot from debt and deficits to the nation's No. 1 concern: jobs.

President Obama will present his plan to boost employment next Thursday before a joint session of Congress. But the Republicans who run the House have their own ideas about what's needed for more jobs — and they've set their sights on what they call job-destroying regulations.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:07 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Efforts Founder To Track Long-Term Safety Of Silicone Breast Implants

A silicone gel implant (left) and a saline gel implant. The FDA agreed to let implants return to the market in 2006, but stipulated that manufacturers track long-term side effects.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 2, 2011 7:05 am

Silicone breast implants can cause problems for women who have them, and many have to have surgery to remove or replace the devices within 10 years. But implant manufacturers have done such a poor job of tracking problems that a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel says it may be time for a nationwide database of women with implants.

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

On His Summer Break, California College Kid Joins Libyan Rebels

Chris Jeon, 21, doesn't really fit in among the rebels. Reporters found the American kid in the middle of the Libyan desert, wearing a basketball jersey and converse sneakers. One of the rebels handed him an AK-47 and after toying with the safety, Jeon fired a couple of rounds in the air. Jeon, a math major at the University of California, Los Angeles, doesn't speak Arabic and he also knows little of warfare.

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Around the Nation
12:58 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

LAPD Officer Puts A Muzzle On Illegal Animal Sales

Cmdr. Andrew Smith with the Los Angeles Police Department helps enforce a city ordinance that cracks down on illegal animal sales.
Gloria Hillard for NPR

Los Angeles is cracking down on illegal animal sales. Thousands are sold on downtown streets every year. Recently, an ordinance went into effect that raises fines on the buyers, but curtailing this underground economy will not be easy.

Behind the wheel of an undercover car, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith admits the nickname Dr. Dolittle isn't the toughest moniker a cop could have.

"But I guess it fit OK, and I didn't really mind," he says.

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12:26 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

The State forester is watching growing fires closely

With a number of wildfires already burning in Wyoming, State Forester Bill Crapser admits he is nervous heading into the three day weekend. Crapser says their biggest concern is a blaze near Wheatland that has grown to 4-thousand acres and is threatening some ranches. But Crapser says the warm dry conditions across southern Wyoming, makes them especially nervous.

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