10:33am

Thu May 30, 2013
Parallels

As The Clock Ticks, U.S. Forces Scale Back Afghan Goals

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 3:15 pm

The gray line in the upper left comes from an aerial view of Afghanistan's crucial Highway 1, the main route between Kabul and Kandahar, the two biggest cities. U.S. forces are still working to secure the route which runs through lush farm valleys and the high desert terrain.
David Gilkey NPR

As the American military winds down its efforts in Afghanistan, grand plans for nation building are giving way to limited, practical steps: building up the Afghan forces and denying the Taliban key terrain, especially the approaches to Kabul.

About an hour south of the capital Kabul, one Green Beret team returned to a village where American forces had pulled out.

Lt. Col. Brad Moses, who was in the Sayed Abad district four years ago, wandered around the government center and expressed disappointment at the scene.

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9:56am

Thu May 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Immigrants Subsidize, Rather Than Drain, Medicare

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 5:42 am

Patients wait in line at Nuestra Clinica Del Valle in San Juan, Texas, in September 2012 file photo. A study released on Wednesday finds that immigrants, particularly noncitizens, heavily subsidize Medicare, and that policies that restrict immigration may deplete Medicare's financial resources.
Eric Gay AP

As Congress mulls changing America's border and naturalization rules, a study finds that immigrant workers are helping buttress Medicare's finances.

Immigrants contribute tens of billions of dollars a year more than immigrant retirees use in medical services.

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9:54am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas Man To Serve 25 Years In Plot To Kill Saudi Ambassador

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 10:58 am

A 2001 photo shows Manssor Arbab Arbabsiar in a mug shot. Arbabsiar has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for plotting to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S.
Getty Images

Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who has lived in Texas for three decades, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiring to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.

Last October, Arbabsiar pleaded guilty to plotting to kill the ambassador. He also admitted to working with Iranian military officials on the plan.

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9:53am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Another Letter Sent To The President Being Tested For Ricin

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 2:40 pm

A letter mailed to President Obama that is similar in some way to two possibly ricin-laced letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was intercepted Thursday at a mail-handling facility, the Secret Service and other law enforcement authorities confirm.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary says in an email to NPR that:

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8:30am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Smelted In Space? Ancient Iron Beads Linked To Meteorite

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 9:25 am

The metal in an Egyptian iron bead dating from around 3,300 BC has been found to have originated from space, according to analysis. Here, the bead is seen in (clockwise from top left) a photograph, a CT cross-section view, a model of nickel oxides, and a model in which blue areas represent the rich presence of nickel inside the bead.
The Open University/University of Manchester

Since it was found in 1911, an Egyptian iron bead has sparked wonder and debate over how it was produced — made around 3,300 BC, it predates the region's first known iron smelting by thousands of years. Now, researchers say the iron was made in space and delivered to Earth via meteorite.

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8:19am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Priest, Author And Critic Rev. Andrew Greeley Dies

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 9:18 am

Rev. Andrew Greeley, who was a best-selling novelist as well as a liberal thinker known for "sometimes scathing critiques of his church," died Wednesday night in his sleep, The Chicago Tribune and other news outlets report. He was 85.

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7:56am

Thu May 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Misplaced Blame On Childhood Ritalin For Later Substance Abuse

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 7:58 am

Would a Ritalin prescription for a child with ADHD in 1997 foretell a substance abuse problem for an adult today?
Robert Bukaty AP

People who had ADHD in childhood are more likely to problems with substance abuse as adults.

But there's been disagreement about whether treatment of ADHD with stimulant medications like Ritalin reduces that risk or makes future problems with alcohol, nicotine and illegal drugs more likely.

The latest look finds that young adults who took stimulants as kids were no more likely to have substance abuse problems later than those who had ADHD but didn't take stimulant drugs. It's the broadest and deepest analysis yet, but it still leaves many questions unanswered.

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7:55am

Thu May 30, 2013
News

Even Terrorists Have To Fill Out Expense Reports

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 9:30 am

7:48am

Thu May 30, 2013
Music Reviews

Festival Au Desert: Music Of Peace Not Silenced By War

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 6:20 am

Tartit performs at the Festival au Desert.
Chris Nolan Courtesy of the artist

Long ago, one of my college history professors hammered home a durable truth: "If you love art," she said, "you should hate war." Because some art is always among war's victims.

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7:47am

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Assad Says Missiles Are There; Rebels Said To Balk At Talks

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 5:46 am

Update at 7 a.m. ET, May 31:

Since we first posted about the reports of what Syrian President Bashar Assad said regarding the delivery to his military of Russian anti-aircraft missiles, new reports have surfaced:

-- "Russian S-300 missiles unlikely to reach Syria for months." (Reuters)

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