9:54am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

No Smoking Outside Starbucks Shops Starting Saturday

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 10:17 am

Don't sit down here and have a smoke with your coffee, Starbucks says.
Mark Memmott NPR

Starbucks is moving its smoking ban outdoors.

Starting Saturday, according to signs posted in its more than 7,000 shops across the U.S. and Canada, "the no-smoking policy ... will include outdoor areas."

"Smoking will be restricted within 25 feet of the store and within outdoor seating areas," the notices read.

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9:50am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Calmly, From Portland, It's The Quiet Music Festival

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 12:05 pm

The show Portlandia recently featured a skit titled "The Battle Of The Gentle Bands." Portland will host the Quiet Music Festival this weekend.
IFC/YouTube

Not all music festivals are carnivals of noise, propelled by thudding drums and screeching guitars. In fact, for the annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland, which begins today, the goal is to experience calming sounds.

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8:58am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Video Shows Truck's Cab Crossing Tracks, Just Before Train

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 10:00 am

A still image from a video posted by Eastern Truck and Trailer captures a moment just before a commercial truck's trailer was struck by a freight train Tuesday.
ETT Corp/YouTube

8:35am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Two More Days Of Severe Weather Warnings For Hard-Hit States

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 9:24 pm

This ominous-looking wall of clouds formed near Purcell, Okla., on Thursday. There were more tornadoes in Oklahoma and Arkansas as severe weather continued to pummel those states.
Alonzo Adams AP

Update at 12:22 a.m. ET. Medical Examiner Confirms 5 Killed

The Associated Press is reporting that the Oklahoma medical examiner's office says 5 people have been killed in the tornado outbreak in the Oklahoma suburbs.

Update at 9:55 p.m. ET. Highway Patrol Says Two Killed:

A mother and baby were killed in the Oklahoma City area during the storm, the Associated Press reports, citing the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

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8:34am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

2 Years Added To Expected Life Of Medicare Trust Fund

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 6:23 pm

"The trust fund that finances Medicare's hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2026, two years beyond what was projected in last year's report," the program's trustees reported Friday.

In a statement, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gives some of the credit to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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8:14am

Fri May 31, 2013
Business

Can A Huge Hog Deal Pose A National Security Risk?

Smithfield hams hang outside the Taste of Smithfield restaurant and gourmet market in Smithfield, Va. Shuanghui International Holdings plans to buy Smithfield Foods, the world's biggest hog producer.
Rich-Joseph Facun Reuters/Landov

Americans do love their bacon, but is that romance a national security issue?

Maybe.

This week, China's biggest pork producer announced plans to buy Virginia-based Smithfield Foods Inc. Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa wants a national security review by an interagency panel known as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., or CFIUS.

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8:10am

Fri May 31, 2013
Barbershop

Should Journalists Attend Holder's Off-The-Record Meeting?

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 9:37 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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8:10am

Fri May 31, 2013
BackTalk

Should Art Sale Help Save Detroit?

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 9:37 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for BackTalk. That's where we hear from you. Editor Ammad Omar is with me once again. What's going on today, Ammad?

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8:10am

Fri May 31, 2013
Arts & Life

Rita Wilson Says Fifty Is Fabulous

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 6:26 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we'll head into the Barber Shop to get the buzz on some hot topics in the news. But first we want to hear about another place to hang out to find out about what's going on in the world. That would be the Internet. And while a lot of people might think that that's the domain of the younger set, it turns out that there is a thriving online world catering to 40 and 50-somethings.

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8:10am

Fri May 31, 2013
Politics

How Will Bachmann's Departure Affect Politics?

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 9:37 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Later in the program, we will meet with actress and producer Rita Wilson. She says passing the big 5-0 has liberated her from her creative rut and is editor-at-large of the Huff/Post50 website. She's now launching a new literary section and inviting other 50-somethings to get those creative juices flowing. She'll tell you more about that in just a few minutes.

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